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SPARC Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. "This company is still great even if it's not the same."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SPARC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, some interesting projects and amazing people. Yes, it's different since the buyout but greater Booz Allen has pretty much kept out of our hair. A name is just a name! From reading other posts about Senior MGMT not doing their job makes me scratch my head. I've never seen anyones voice not heard or concern addressed, perhaps there's other things to those reviews.

    Cons

    VBMS is boring, some of the newer hires aren't the "rockstars " they claim to be.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where we came from and what made Sparc a thing. Remember our guidance and give hug-factor.


  2. "It"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SPARC full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere fun projects and new building

    Cons

    The purchase by Booz Allen Changed Management style in some departments

  3. "This Company Does Not Exist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SPARC full-time

    Pros

    It was one of the best places to work when it existed.

    Cons

    The work wasn't always the most exciting back in the day.

    Advice to Management

    Pull the profile and stop lying to engineers for recruiting.


  4. "This company use to be great"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SPARC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and good restaurants in the area.

    Cons

    This company was once great and I enjoyed showing up to work every day. Since the company was acquired management appears to no longer care about culture. I now feel like I am working for a giant machine and no longer at the enjoyable company I was once at.

    The recruiting staff still pitches the fun and productive work environment Sparc used to have, but that is sadly no longer the case.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back a CEO who cares about their employees.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "This company no longer exists"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SPARC full-time

    Pros

    When it existed in 2015, it was a great company!

    Cons

    This company no longer exists. Booz Allen Hamilton bought most of the federal contracts and the people in an asset purchase and the company itself is basically vacant with no employees. SPARC is now just a fake brand name of a dev shop in Charleston S.C. and there is no CEO. All the systems are now BAH and this profile is very deceiving for future employees since they will not be working for "SPARC" since there is no entity named such.

    Advice to Management

    Remove this profile and stop lying to help recruiting


  6. "Chill Culture, Smart people, boring projects"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SPARC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - relaxed culture
    - competent leaders

    Cons

    you end up working boring projects


  7. Helpful (1)

    "You can find 20 other dispensaries you'd rather work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SPARC full-time

    Pros

    Awesome employees. They know the right kind of people to hire.

    Cons

    Upper management is terrible and if you ever have something to report against anyone in upper management, you'll get fired or it.

  8. "Great Place to work...but it's still just a job."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SPARC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great communication. Leadership genuinely tries to make changes based on employee feedback. Very nice people.

    Cons

    Clique-ish. One big project that can get to be very boring. Slowly being absorbed into Booz Allen's corporate brain. Senior engineers who are very busy can act as a bottleneck to change. Some micro-management. Some in leadership believe their own press too much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying creating new opportunities.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "project manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Moncks Corner, SC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Moncks Corner, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SPARC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    agile start up company with high energy and innovation. a lot of personal perks such as unlimited vacation, cell phone and new Macbook pro, natural lighting really help with the environment...go green

    Cons

    in twenty words or minimum we have looked really hard for the true Cons and were unsuccessful to find the hard concrete solid Cons.

    Advice to Management

    get more managers to listen to the little guys or big guys, we appreciate the dog friday and the balanced work life schedule.


  10. "It's good stuff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SPARC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    SPARC is an inspiring place to work, having an excellent culture and an inspiring team whose members are both hungry for knowledge and eager to share/teach. It was a great entry point to the industry -- I started as an intern, e.g. -- and they've continued to hold my attention and interest well into my career, now working in the senior developer capacity.

    Cons

    Occasionally, the environment can be distracting, albeit fun. It's great to have the freedom to engage neighboring teams in a knockdown dragout nerf war after builds succeed and software ships. Only then is it fun; otherwise, it can break concentration and kill an afternoon's productivity in critical times.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage area experts to share hard-won lessons through workshops, perhaps over lunch. This would increase cross-disciplinary/project interest and know-how. With a well-rounded team, inter-project mobility could reduce developer burnout and stagnation, further inspiring the culture of excellence we're known for.


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