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SPARC Reviews

Updated June 6, 2018
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Pros
  • "You get to work with some pretty amazing people and the culture allows a rather frictionless flow of communication and teaming on work" (in 2 reviews)

  • "You can see why they have been voted one of the best places in SC to work so many times" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "The purchase by Booz Allen Changed Management style in some departments" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Below market salaries, primarily government contracts, required to use inferior technologies per the government contract" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SPARC full-time

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere
    Friendly people
    Great work and home balance

    Cons

    Below market salary
    Owned by government contracts
    No growth opportunity
    No annual bonus
    Annual salary raise does not correspond with performance
    No guarantee of salary increase with position movement

    Advice to Management

    Be more engaged with your employees' hard work, education, motivation, and willingness to move up within the company. No incentive means no employee. Employees deserve bonuses (especially since they are now owned by a 5+ billion dollar company) and salary adjustments should be based on performance!

  3. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SPARC part-time

    Pros

    Great Experience, learned a lot.

    Cons

    Communication within organization is difficult sometimes,


  4. "This company is still great even if it's not the same."

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    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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. 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


  9. "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


  10. 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.


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