SRA International, Inc.
Also Known As: Systems Research and Applications Corporation
Consulting - Information Technology
- “SRAers walk the corporate talk of honesty and service”
- “The company encourages you to have a career, not a job”
- “The federal government is, in general, a really good, recession-proof customer”
- Strong emphasis on community service
- “Sometimes it's like we're in that awkward teenage period—too old to be cute and too young to be beautiful”
- Little communication from upper management about the firm's direction
- “Not enough cross-pollination between major sectors”
- “The firm tends to keep poor performers around long after they should have been fired”
ABOUT THIS COMPANY:
SRA founder Ernst Volgenau began his career in the military. An Air Force lieutenant, he spent the 1960s and 1970s working as an analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, performing weapons system and command structure analyses. Later, after gaining experience with computer program management and database development, Volgenau was named director of data automation for the Air Force Logistics Command. After retiring from the military in 1976, Volgenau decided he had more work to do: He founded Systems Research and Applications Corporation in 1978, and operated the company from his basement. Within a month, Volgenau had hired his first employee.
Systems Research and Applications Corporation was reincorporated as SRA International in 1984, and its initial public offering in 2002 brought in $90 million. Today, Volgenau serves as board chairman, while president and CEO Stanton “Stan” Sloane oversees daily operations. Students at George Mason University’s School of Information Technology and Engineering know Volgenau as the man whose name is on their building; in 2005 the IT school was renamed the Volgenau School of IT&E, in recognition of a $10 million donation from Volgenau and his wife Sara, the largest individual contribution in George Mason’s history.
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YOUR CAREER AT SRA International, Inc.
SRA offers extremely attractive benefits, including up to five weeks of personal leave, tuition reimbursement for education and training, medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k) deferred savings plan with SRA contributions, employee stock purchase program and incentive and bonus programs. The company also commits itself to quality training programs through the Center for Performance Enhancement and Learning (CPEL).