Leidos Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 9 Jul 2020

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent pay, on hire"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Leidos full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Your co-workers will be fantastic. Everyone is passionate about what they do, and they're always willing to answer a million questions. I bugged people daily for months - nobody ever questioned it. In fact, some of my more experienced co-workers asked just as many if not more questions than I do. The sharing of information is incredible. The pay is good, as well - they pay competitive rates with genuinely good benefits - they rival Federal Gov't benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management frequently tried to micromanage. The people acting as your managers (scrum masters, to be specific) don't have any idea what's actually happening. I am strongly against bloating managerial infrasturcture, and their idea of "agile" is slow as a turtle when it comes to change. You might as well call it "short term two-week waterfall" - it's bad. When the scrum masters don't call for 10 hours of meetings per week, work is done - and it's great. The problem: that only happens once a month, at most. Twice a year evaluations. Raises are given out like clockwork. Flat percentage, doesn't matter if you performed 120% for 6 months or if you performed at 75% for 6 months. If your boss thinks you don't deserved to get fired, you get a raise. The problem is that your raise is the same % as everyone else around you. It's not truly performance based. This also means there's no promotions. The only way to get promoted is to apply for another job within the company using the internal system to refer yourself.

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  2. "Minimal Training"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Leidos full-time

    Pros

    Great company Decent benefits Work/Life balance was fine Some friendly teammates

    Cons

    Minimal and/or insufficient training No clear support structure (if the website can't answer your questions, you might be in a serious pinch) Discouraged from asking questions Role frequently unclear Some in upper management were borderline abusive (including berating employees and monitoring employees' break/bathroom/lunch times); others were quietly passive aggressive Would often be highly critical without spending much time on areas or strategies for improvement, and stingy with appreciation

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  3. "Good company with good people"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Morgantown, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Leidos full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The opportunities provided for growth are excellent.

    Cons

    Upper management can sometimes be disconnected.

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Poor management"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Leidos full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good compensation packages for sales employees

    Cons

    Very poor management. No one cares. HR exist interviews don't matter. My manager was aggressive and abusive and upper management didn't care.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "23.5 years then shown the door."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Leidos full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed the chane to learn and travel.

    Cons

    Male dominated environment. Standing up for one's self will get you fired. Upper management does not have your back even when they say you do.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good company for young professionals just entering workforce but lacks internal mechanisms to retain talent"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cloud Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Leidos full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Benefits (401k, dental, PTO) -Work Life balance/Work pace -Highly intelligent coworkers -Good network of senior level folks to reach out to

    Cons

    -Too much politics -Raises are kept at a minimum -Difficult to really advance unless you go out of your way to get a title change/promotion -Easily can be stagnant and stuck at a position for years -No clear career path management -Too many levels of abstraction from upper management to lower level folks

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  7. "Prime to Sub"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Leidos full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    fixed schedule, good work life balance

    Cons

    Many employees forced to go from a prime contract to a sub-prime contract. When going to a sub-prime contract pay is drastically reduced as Leidos is no longer your employer and you now work for the sub prime contract as a much lesser pay. Managers have no ability to fight for you with upper management when they make this decision. Employee reviews are not set by performance. Upper management determines any increases despite an employees performance.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Unethical company, get the experience and get out ASAP"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Leidos full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Is okay with paying overtime (base rate) if the project budget allows, turnover are very common so it's easier to get in then gain some experience and get out

    Cons

    Upper management : Unrealistic expectations and goals, incredibly low budget given to employees while still billing clients at ridiculously high prices (I'm guessing the upper management takes all the money while doing none of the work), 2% annual raises are standard but be prepared to walk on water if you want a promotion or anything beyond 2% raises (all of my coworkers in the office have NEVER had or seen that happen unless if it was an EXTREME case), There was some talk about performance bonuses but I think they were only given to senior engineers or higher (I don't expect the bonuses to be that much anyways, maybe 2% salary max). If multiple employees leave due to bad middle management, upper management won't do anything so don't even bother saying anything in the exit interview Middle management : I have a feeling what you experience is heavily influenced by middle management in this company. I have seen behaviors of middle management in the office ranging from checking on employees on Skype if he's offline for 1-2 hours or checking up on project progress every 15 minutes or getting off when an employee occasionally arrives late by 10-15 minutes or expecting employees to jump over hoops for unexpected deadline changes (even if it involves working 60+ hours weeks through weekends unpaid or 30 something hours continuously overnight partially paid due to not enough budget). Wage is roughly 10% below other competitors, 15 days PTO, 6% 401k match vested in 3 years, average healthcare, lots of unpaid overtime expected, no performance bonus, standard 2% annual raise and higher raises are almost unheard

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid commercial health"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Leidos full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary due to other divisions of the company being successful.

    Cons

    Trial by fire. Limited to no training with non-experienced supervisors leading through poor example. High turnover at corporate levels down to regional management. Most tenured upper-management has less than two years of experience with the company.

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Ok at best"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Leidos full-time

    Pros

    Large company so there may be good teams to be found. I can only speak for my experience and other teams I interacted with. Efforts have been made to be perceived as a "tech company who happens to do government contracts" though mostly insincere. It's definitely still very much a "government contractor who happens to do software." Low technical bar for hiring so it could be a good stepping stone for early career folks or "lifer" types who just want to do the minimum and grind away until retirement. Looks ok on the resume in the DC area. You will relate to every Dilbert cartoon you come across.

    Cons

    Low technical bar, zero focus on culture -- Mostly mediocre unmotivated coworkers. Culture of doing the bare minimum to "meet requirements." -- Mediocre results for clients. Most teams are best described as boring people doing boring work in a boring place. Strictly hierarchical decision making process where technology choices are made by non-technical upper management who don't understand the implications of their decisions. Poor software development practices. Upper management talks about "agile" and "devops" but these are not done in practice. Arbitrary deadlines. Management believes stressed out employees is the ultimate sign of productivity. Management is considered a quasi-retired position which serves as a reward for loyalty/tenure. Most middle managers therefore lack management/leadership skills and simply serve as yes-men for their bosses. "but we've always done it that way" "it's already been decided" are unofficial company mottos. Frustrating environment if you take pride in your work/craft due to above issues. You will relate to every Dilbert cartoon you come across. Poor tech resources. Tiny old monitors, mediocre computers, IT resources such as VPNs are slow and unreliable.

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