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SRA International Washington DC Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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Lawrence B. Prior III
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  • While I still loved the people that I worked closely with, upper management change which led to not so great changes within the company (in 24 reviews)

  • Internal mobility seemed to be quite difficult unless your own business unit had other opportunities to move you to (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Semi-Organized chaos"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect II in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect II in Fairfax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRA International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good technical expertise, genuinely good people. Excellent new hire orientation. Good salaries at my level, excellent internal IT resources (if you never worked with incompetents, you can't appreciate this). Very strong customer orientation.

    Cons

    Some senior staff have never worked anywhere other than SRA, and there is a strong "this is how we've always done it mentality".

    Significant staff shortages led to constant fire fighting, being assigned a task and barely starting before being pulled to work on a crisis, then pulled from that to work a bigger crisis, ad-infinitum. I was generally scheduled at 150% of availability, and others I knew were in worse shape.

    Near constant internal reorganization, as different business elements competed for budget.

    Frequent assignments at remote local offices required extensive commuting, mostly just to be visible when working.

    Acquisition/ merger with CSC Federal has probably exacerbated many of these problems, and added new ones.

    Advice to Management

    Spend the funds, and staff up to match growth plans. There is a significant penalty in quality and performance when employees are required to multi-task so much, so often.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Meat Market - Pork, Beef, Poultry, or Fish?"

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    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Security Engineer in Falls Church, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRA International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are quite big and everywhere now. They have gone from a small little office in Fair Lakes Va. to a major megaladon power house around the beltway. There is some amount of there,,, there I guess.

    Cons

    As the title states, you are reasonably accepted if you are on a task and billing with no issues. However, if you are on a task that needs anything but clocking in to work like hard decisions, or bad subs or anything out of the norm, then you are in for trouble with this company. Under those circumstances, they grow cold quick and you are on your own. There is no empathy, no support no plans to upright you, no team of fixers to surround you in support when the subs rebel.

    Advice to Management

    Make SRA and teh contracting life in general less of a meat market feeling. Dont hire people who have no office home, desk or form communication other than their government office. Don't leave people feeling like machines that are supposed to just figure out a way to navigate when a contract ends. Don't come in an hire former contractors from you competitors and expect good warm team experiences.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Principal System Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    I worked at SRA International full-time

    Pros

    Well compensated, flexible hours, training opportunities, great co-workers

    Cons

    monchromatic leadership, failing business model, business developers should not have oversight of existing business

    Advice to Management

    Encourage participation from broader spectrum of employees, Keep a line of separation between Business Developers seeking new business and Oversight of existing business, the reason for this is simple, these professionals should be evaluated on their merits to attract new business, not retool and descope existing contracts to offset their losses.


  4. "A Caring Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SRA International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company gives employees the opportunities and necessary incentives to succeed. It places emphasis on skills while encouraging and assisting employees to sharpen their skills.

    Cons

    I cannot in good faith think of an important one.

    Advice to Management

    I will recommend the company to both rookies and seasoned veterans.


  5. "Senior Document Control Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Document Control Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Document Control Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRA International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good team to work for, good working hours, and pay, excellent management team● Write, review, or execute plans for testing new or established document management systems

    Cons

    I don't know any cons to this company


  6. Helpful (3)

    "SRA Review"

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    Former Employee - Expert Network Engineer in Fredericksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Expert Network Engineer in Fredericksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRA International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company and opportunity if they have work.

    Cons

    Merged with CSI a so-so company

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees. Create a better path to keep talented employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Was a good company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRA International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Before they were bought by a Private Equity Co.:-
       Professional
       Treated staff well and sought to retain them
       Paid well

    Cons

    Once they were bought by a Private Equity company, then it was all about maximizing profits.
    Some employees were given the option to cut their salaries by upto 20%

  8. "Very respectable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great clients and projects. Huge Client list.

    Cons

    None that I saw. Liked everything about it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Global Privacy Officer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Global Privacy Officer in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SRA International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was a great company.

    Cons

    Merged with another company in 2016 and has changed significantly.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your people, they matter


  10. "Great Growth and Development Opportunity"

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    Former Intern - Growth in Fairfax, VA
    Former Intern - Growth in Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SRA International as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Bright coworkers from a variety of backgrounds
    -Variety of large contracts and projects to engage with if hired for specific technical skillset
    -Company genuinely cares about employee quality of life, growth, and development

    Cons

    When staffed on business capture team;
    -Pressure to generate as much new business as possible without time to focus on specific projects
    -Work can be repetitive when tasked with continual proposal writing efforts

    Advice to Management

    -Allow for more clear-cut paths for those staffed on business capture to grow and expand into other areas of the company. Bring together technical and business-facing teams for more frequent interactions to help focus on opportunities of specific benefit to the company's ongoing operations.


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