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Social & Scientific Systems Reviews

Updated January 3, 2018
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Pros
  • Exposure to really important public health and commercial drug development research (in 11 reviews)

  • Flexible options for telecommuting and work from home (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Depending upon department, there are limited opportunities for advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • Bottom line: there is a deficit of soft skills within the project management team and at the end your confidence and peace of mind may take a beating (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Really Interesting Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to really important public health and commercial drug development research
    Experience with wide variety of activities and regulatory requirements
    Most staff have sincere desire to improve public health

    Cons

    Working on government projects can be frustrating
    Being a government contractor, at times there is more emphasis on educational degrees than on measurable historical performance, which limits advancement opportunities for some good staff

    Advice to Management

    This company is moving in the right direction, and I expect even better things to come in the future.


  2. "Programmer II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    minimal internal promotions unless you know someone

  3. Helpful (1)

    "One bad apple in (mid) management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems full-time

    Pros

    The CEO (KB) has great visions and right mindset for the employees and the company.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, some in management (I'd like to hope not all) don't share the CEO's vision or help his cause. Such 'manager' hurt the team/project. I'm sure there are good managers in other departments and other teams. But my experience was adversely impacted by this one bad apple and their unethical, untruthful, and selfish practices.

    Advice to Management

    ...


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Growth Strategy: Lays of employees to meet bottom-line."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work from home is available.

    Cons

    The company growth strategy with the new president (Kevin Beverly) is to lay of employees to be able to pay out dividens to employee owners. He just hasn’t got it figured out. They never comply with the terms of their contracts and always appear to be working on the edge. So many things are wrong with the company - no plolicies and they don’t update their procedures to reflect Federal guidelines.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in ways to grow the company. Lay-offs to meet the bottom-line is not a growth strategy. You can only do this for so long then its time for the President to leave. Or is he still President? Change is inevitable.


  5. "Good Company and Team"

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

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A beautiful work environment with wonderful team members. Company has good benefits, matching 401k plan, and its a good place to grow.

    Cons

    Retention power is low due to ending government contracts. A strong marketing team is needed to acquire more jobs to keep the company running.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The flexibility is awesome! Great pay!

    Cons

    No room for growth. Don't promote!

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not the place it once was"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Silver Spring, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of PTO

    Good ESOP

    Nice offices and physical space

    Cons

    Too much work for the number of staff

    Issues with organizational infrastructure

    Awful phone systems and problems with conferencing lines

    Sink or swim mentality

    Overwhelming disconnect between executives and everyone else

    Advice to Management

    More respect needed for employees

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great CEO, Great Company Mission, Great Call Center - Terrible Management in Health Research Dept."

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    Former Employee - Research Specialist in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Research Specialist in Durham, NC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Social & Scientific Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits - especially the retirement plans and ESOP program, convenient/nice location, company mission is great if you have a public health, health policy, research or social sciences background/interests. Overall, I loved the CEO and other executives - they were warm, friendly and helpful to the employees, especially those of us who came over via a buy-out of SRA International's health research department. I feel that the company itself has a lot going for it and is engaged...the management/project leaders however...see cons

    Cons

    I won't name names, but some of the project managers/project leaders are absolutely terrible. If you want to have dignity, feel respected or feel included as it pertains to your team when you leave at the end of your work day, that isn't happening if you get placed with the likes of the project managers that used to be and may still be on the NIH Gulf project or the NIH Rapid Response Project. All too frequently, many people felt they were condescending, expectations were a moving target that seemed impossible to achieve despite best efforts - assuming you were lucky enough to have a clear set of instructions or a clear sense of the assignment provided in the 1st place. Constructive feedback and support was severely lacking...when you have an 800+ page protocol, complicated nesting/sub-groups etc. for a study, I don't advise anyone to take a sink or swim approach in their on-boarding of new employees...but they do. Bottom line: there is a deficit of soft skills within the project management team and at the end your confidence and peace of mind may take a beating.


  9. "Good compang"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits are great. The ESOP program is an added perk.

    Cons

    Downtown Silver Spring is not a great location.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It's okay for temp or part-time"

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

    Pros

    They have great flexible schedules

    Cons

    not many opportunities for advancement


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