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Software Engineering Institute Reviews

Updated October 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance and flexibility (in 15 reviews)

  • Benefits are great, as is the job security, once you're in (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • rarely open to new ideas and feedback (in 3 reviews)

  • No cons, the entire experience was positive (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good place for student internships"

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    Current Employee - Programming Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Programming Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, interesting projects, other interns of similar experience to work with

    Cons

    No serious cons I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure interns are acquainted with the team and with support resources


  2. "SEI experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Software Engineering Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    interesting work and good benefits

    Cons

    management is overloaded with former senior military leadership who do not understand how to run a business

    Advice to Management

    bring in some folks who know how to run a business and eliminate the red tape

  3. "Great benefits and support!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -great work life balance
    -opportunities for professional development through the university
    -flexible schedule
    -professional environment
    -respected managers

    Cons

    -long approval process
    -challenging to move up in the company
    -rarely open to new ideas and feedback
    -free tuition but still taxed, money taken directly from paycheck, most people can't even afford the taxes

    Advice to Management

    Encourage your team to pursue professional development and regularly ask for feedback.


  4. "New Full Time Employee"

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

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute full-time

    Pros

    Supportive environment, great research opportunities, and excellent benefits

    Cons

    Can be a siloed environment

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more collaboration


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Member of Technical Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance
    - Experienced subject matter experts in a variety of fields
    - Decent job security due to viable USG contract supporting SEI

    Cons

    - Career growth is extremely stagnant and many individuals "top out" with their salaries relatively quickly. It's strongly suggested to negotiate your salary as much as possible once offered a position.
    - Industry pays significantly higher than comparable positions at SEI
    - Minimal employee incentive programs in place for heightened performance

    Advice to Management

    Strongly encourage management to further evaluate compensation structures for existing employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "stagnant, not much actual software engineering, not very pleasant"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Software Engineering Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work life balance
    positive business outlook due to lucrative government contracts
    stable employment
    perks of being attached to a great university (tuition reduction / free tuition for undergrad classes / access to campus activities)

    Cons

    technologically stagnant
    most employees are over 40, which may or may not be a con for you
    a lot of political infighting, especially at the management level (but it trickles down)


  7. "My best job experience in 35 years!"

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

    I have been working at Software Engineering Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Learn and apply latest topics; innovation
    Flexible work schedule; remote working ability
    Access to latest technology and ideas from CMU

    Cons

    Bureaucracy from University and federal gov't
    Senior positions must locate Pittsburgh or Arlington, VA
    Increasingly requiring PhD to be hired

    Advice to Management

    Increase long term research topic stability

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A Great Place to Start and End a Career"

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Software Engineering Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-Life balance and flexibility
    Interesting, cutting-edge technology
    Lots of incredibly intelligent people
    Fantastic benefits

    Cons

    You hit your ceiling pretty quickly if you don't have a PHD
    Very bureaucratic, lots of road blocks
    Pays significantly less than industry
    Lots of politics

    Advice to Management

    Improve career advancement opportunities for non-PHD employees
    Have a better sense of what your employees can make elsewhere, and adjust compensation accordingly - you don't have to match, but don't low-ball.
    Allocation of assets should be more about merit and less about politics
    Cut red tape where appropriate


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Living off past glories"

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

    I worked at Software Engineering Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great location and potential to work with CMU faculty. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    This used to be a world class R&D Institute. It is now mostly populated by retirement age males that live in the past technically, working on insignificant and menial DoD contracts, and ex-military management who care not one bit about building world class research and a thriving, dynamic collaborative culture. It is managed like the military, strictly hierarchical and stifling of new ideas and thinking. Steady as she goes was a fave management email mantra... (and slowly sinks). A lot of 'young' rats are jumping off this ship.

    Advice to Management

    treat staff like people, not resources. Create a dynamic culture, not one that feels like working at IBM in 1990 where your manager wanders the corridors to check everyone is in their offices (yes - this is true!!). . Employ a CTO with vision and energy to work technically on projects and mentor staff, someone who cares, rather than with an over-inflated ego that is simply aimed at self-promotion.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Too much politics"

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, Was able to work with some very smart people.

    Cons

    Slow to adjust. Not innovative. Too many backroom deals. No clear path to be a successful employee. Lacks diversity. Management hides in their offices.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent.


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