Background Investigator | Crane, IN | Oct 21, 2019
I started my employment with CACI on May 24, 2019. I should have known that it was going to be a terrible experience from the beginning. Someone dropped the ball and my start date ended up being two weeks later than expected. I was not given information from my recruiter about the process of transferring my credentials. My thought on this was, "everyone makes mistakes and it'll be ok." I should have known better. The communication problems only worsened from there. I was given a name and told that this would the person that would help me navigate through the on boarding process. I was more or less on my own. I could email and ask questions and wait hours or days for a response. I had no idea what needed to be completed or how. I'm still finding out things that I am supposed to be doing on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and had never been made aware of. I did my timecard training and asked for more information on time strings...what times strings to use and for what business. That took months to get answers. I had no idea for the first month that there was an admin time string, a local long distance time string or time strings for training, team meetings and IT issues. God knows I needed that IT issues time string.
For the first two months that I turned in expense reports, I submitted my mileage for each day that I traveled for work. I got paid and everything was great. The third time I turned in an expense report, it sat and sat. I contacted the revie
MASSIVE THEFT OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN RETURN FOR BAD BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS
CACI along with the other criminal players in the background investigation business (Keypoint & USIS) have clearly stolen taxpayer $$$ in return for rushing background investigators to submit Reports Of Investigation (ROI's) aka "Whatever the subject or source says I'll put in the report without vetting it and quickly submit it to meet stats."
The entire process is a complete joke and a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars to dispatch investigators to ask silly questions of subjects when the subjects could have answered the "followup questions" on the original SF-86 or other questionnaire. Driving to meet with a subject to play secretary and review the questionnaires for errors is a total waste of investigators time.
I want the public to know as a former background investigator this entire process is broken and has placed our country at GRAVE RISK FOR DAMAGE TO NATIONAL SECURITY. The entire operation is rigged to allow greedy contract companies such as CACI to bill the government for awful work and make BIG $$$. The government is simply a big fat ATM for these companies to withdraw taxpayer money from without any accountability.
CACI works background investigators OFF THE CLOCK ALL THE TIME which is a clear violation of the contract the company signed with each background investigator and also federal law. Does CACI care? No! They know they are doing it! Does the Department of Labor care? No! The Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division is incompetent. They never ans
Low-Ball employees on pay offers and give the excuse it's a fixed price contract. CACI pays their Level 2 Engineers ($65-70k/year), less than Boecore ($77-78k/year)(sub-contractor on the same AFSCN CAMMO contract). CACI is paid $75-79/hour from the government for a Level 2 Engineer and CACI only pays roughly $34/hour for a position that would normally be paid $90k+/year.
Turn over is a huge problem. 10 people have left the CAMMO cyber team in under a year. Several turn overs on the software, networking and project management teams means there is constant change in personnel. How CACI won the "Best Work Place Award" is mind boggling.
CACI and sub-contract managers circumventing the CACI's retention/telework policy to justify their paychecks and positions. Managers use the excuse "Teleworking is not allowed on the contract." No where in the Performed Work Statement, Statement of Work, Technical Orders, or any other documents state telework is not allowed when no meeting scheduled. But still required by the sub-contract management to drive 30 miles and 1 hour each way into the office to sit even though the same work can be done from home logged into the CACI virtual desktop. Of course that same sub-contract management equates 3 years in the Boy Scouts to other people's 20+ military service...DERP
CACI does not promote from within. A Level 3 Engineer position ($83k/year) opened up and none of the CACI employees even knew about it until after a Boecore employee
ProsEasy work, Decent health care & benefits
ConsMicro-managing management, Disrespectful and dismissive management, Doesn't pay equal pay sub-contractors on the contract are being paid. Excuse after excuse
High Turn-Over, Unethical Management, Toxic Sr Vice President of center
If you like a company that will take all measures to win, build a govt contract empire and a cussing CEO that has more concern about the money its making than its employees? This is place for you! I wish my review wasn't true information, but its best for the future applicants. It was a dream job to work with the government. CACI came to Oklahoma City 2 years ago, hired hundreds of people, told us about internal upper movement and a work-life balance. I've learned if you have to advertise it, its probably the opposite. Over 1/2 of the employment in 2 years is now gone already. Hours are exhausting. Individuals working well beyond 40 hr work weeks and they know that which is why they will offer you salary pay. Several have left without notice they were so tired. Conflict of interest is disregarded when hiring managers such as the AR manager hiring her relative to only later to promote the same said individual to the AR management position as well. They kept it hidden by keeping the relative under supervision of the finance director (which left as well I might add) but everyone knew what was happening. More than one person left over that incident alone.
The Senior Vice-President of the entire Oklahoma City branch is a micro-manager and only wants to see numbers, numbers, numbers! Does not engage with lower-level employees unless its a Rah Rah meeting about how many millions of dollars the company profited and here's a cupcake and Taco truck ticket for your hard work. While m
Upper management made a bad choice that caused CACI to no longer receive their regular case load from the feds. With barely any cases to work, THOUSANDS of employees went without pay for months and upper management was still paid the entire time. CACI never admitted what really happened and strung employees along for months. CACI didn't want to pay people's unemployment, so they just cornered people into quitting, all the while acting like they were such nice people for not laying anyone off. Sure you didn't lay us off, but you weren't paying us either. Being on leave without pay for months with no answers and no end in sight is not a gift! If you can't afford to/don't want to pay people, at least fire them so they can collect unemployment and pay their bills! During that time, until people started threatening law suits, CACI actually expected new employees to pay back all training costs if they quit. So employees were on leave without pay for months, and if they quit, would have owed the company thousands of dollars. After the threat of law suits, upper management announced that employees would be allowed to quit without repercussions like it was their idea. Zero integrity. Total cowards. Don't care about the employees at all.
CACI says they care about national security, but all they really care about is making money. They create monthly stats that are impossible to meet and turn a blind eye. If you don't meet the stats you will be fired. So you have two choices: work more
I came into the position as a developer with more knowledge of the stack than the tenured personnel, as far as the platform and technolgoies being used. However cronyism and clickish exclusionary behavior by my lead and other personnel on the team, kept me from integrating effective standards based thought processes. My attempts to introduce standards based design into what was a very badly designed system were generally marginalized until a Caucasian millennial on the team validated that it was a good idea while reintroducing it as their own, some time after they laughed at my proposed updates at previous meetings. I consistently found myself being passive-aggressively ridiculed under the guess of a joke, or my ideas undermined by my team lead, who was a subcontractor as well as by other subcontractors within the group that knew less than I did about the technologies with which we worked. Much of my time was spent waiting to get tasking because the lead, who was not qualified for her position and basically would complain about there being "too many objects" when our environment was a Java based SOA development team. Due to her ignorance of true enterprise or senior level Java development experience, she let a socially accepted more junior engineer do whatever he wanted because he was accepted as a local SME on everything computer science. (Also there was a demographic difference such that I seriously considered it an EO complaint situation.) In all the experience drain
Do not take any position beneath your desired salary! NO MATTER WHAT IS PROMISED!!!
Management promotes, supports, and gives bonuses to individuals they like. If you should so happen to be an individual that cares more about your work than making friends, you will likely feel overlooked and unappreciated. As a top performer in the department, I cared more about getting my work completed accurately and efficiently. I had only a few people I would stop and talk to and they understood my priority.
I thought I was working for a company where my work ethic would speak for itself. I was wrong. I was constantly being told I needed to do more while at the same time told I needed to let others help me with my work. Pretty incongruent right? The truth is, I did not need help. I was known for accurately working all of my mods within SLA timeframes.
That wasn't enough and I was never promoted to a senior position. Despite the fact that I was NOT failing audits and could complete mods faster than just about everyone on the floor, I was placed under manager review because he THOUGHT I was doing something wrong. The auditor told him both verbally and in writing that my work was compliant and accurate on several occasions. It did not deter his impulsive actions however.
I do not understand this leadership style. I do not understand a company that expects educated individuals to act as sheep who cannot think for themselves. I do not recommend this company to anyone with experience and
ProsWork from home options are a plus.
ConsPromotion, No clear direction, Constant turnover, office politics, Bonus structure and qualifiers undefined, insecure/inept 1st line Managers
Senior Contract Administrator | Reston, VA | Mar 12, 2018
I don't have many things bad to say about CACI. Is is one of the best places I've had the opportunity to work and I've met and worked with some great people. I would say one of my favorite parts of this company is the work to life balance and the autonomy i was given in my position. I don't work well being micro managed and I feel my manager was very hands off when she needed to be and knew when to step in.
The only negative thing I have to say about CACI is the layoffs. They honestly seem to be too frequent and the layoff process is too indiscriminate / without compassion. When I was notified of my layoff it was on Skype conference meeting call titled "important meeting" arranged by some total stranger with almost 30 other people who were in the same boat as me. My manager was not on the call and didn't even know she was losing me and a bunch of my other coworkers until about an hour before I was made aware.
This might not be fair to say this is a specific problem with CACI as many large contractors seem to be doing this a lot these days, but it sucks that I can't grow roots in a company. I honestly thought I would be safe from any layoff due to how excellently I was performing (was told frequently) and I even picked up the portfolios of two colleagues that had recently left the company but were unable to backfill their positions. I feel like I went above and beyond for this company but it didn't return the favor, and I feel a bit cheated.
I've been with the company for a little over a year and was placed at the help desk. In the beginning I was enjoying the job and learning a few things here and there. Then the government changed our work hours and put all 5 of us on third shift while the soldiers got to enjoy first and second shift Monday thru Saturday while we covered the 24 hours of Sunday and M-F 2200-0600. Not bad when we have 5 people and get to work 4 10 hour shifts. Well now we are down to three bodies and the hours haven't changed. We are getting burned out and our Program Managers don't want to hear it and won't carry our concerns to the government. If we try to carry our concerns forward we are told we are being insubordinate and all the government wants to hear about is that the contract is being fulfilled not the problems we are having doing it.
Good luck getting off the Help Desk to another team. We have been told the only way we will get off the Help Desk is if someone on another team quits or DIES!
Oh and when they advertise for "Help Desk" support it won't be called that when they advertise for it. It will be called "System Administrator II" or "System Administrator III". If you do apply for one of those jobs and do get an interview make sure you ask will you be going to the Help Desk?? Even if you ask they will not be straight with you until you take the job and actually get to the site. Once they have you roped in then you will learn your true fate. That is what has happe
CACI Maybe a good company if your not a Background Investigator! Pls Read!!
Former Employee of 2 years: This is my experience, read other investigator reviews they all say the same, the rest of company doesn't seem as bad.
First off you will spend 30 days living in a hotel for the training program, Then you will sign a 1 year contract that says if you quit or are fired before 1 year you have to repay the expenses for your training approx $4,000, When you start work you will be placed on a quota system which starts out slow then progresses to 5 points per day, Don't believe the hype that a subject interview takes 45mins and a source interview takes 15 mins... ITS A LIE! Ive had subject interview take up to 4 hours and source interviews that took up to 30mins, Work slows down or stops frequently during your employment, caci will want you to travel to a different state for a period of no less than 3 weeks due to the work stoppage in your area, You will be constantly micromanaged and you are pushed even harder during the end of the period to exceed your quota. Report writing is crazy, they have guides for you to follow but then always reopen your report on something that was not in the guide, Reports frequently get reopened on the day its due, You are required to fix reopens as when they are reopened it deducts points from you, Reopens occur numerous times until a reviewer is satisfied and you can not bill for fixing reopens. I have never talked to anyone who has received a bonus. Everything is reimbursed but sometimes you have to wait 2 weeks or more t
Proswork from home office, work independently, carry a shiny badge. lol
ConsWorking for free on Reopens, Micromanaging, Long hours, Work slows and Work stoppages, Wait for reimbursement checks, No sick leave
For more than 3 years I have provided support to the Department of Defense’s Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) where I functioned as the subject matter expert (SME) for cyber security/information assurance (IA) as we built an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for world-wide users (foreign and domestic) of the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program, Security Cooperation Enterprise System (SCES). I provided direction and managed the execution of Vulnerability/Threat/Measures of Effectiveness (Penetration Testing) assessments and remediation for the SCES during development. In addition, I was charged with performing the IAO (ISSO) functions associated with the DOD’s Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). As the SME, I worked with the development team to provide direction on the IA architecture. The sources use for the program’s Cyber Security program recommendations are vetted from organizations such as OMB A-130, Center for Information Security benchmarks (CI-Benchmarks), DISA STIGS, SAN’s Critical Security Controls (CSC) as well as CNSS 1523, reports from both US Cyber Command and the program’s Computer Network Defense Service Provider (CNDSP) of current cyber vulnerabilities. Using these sources allowed the program to make risk based decisions on changes, additions and/or deletion of controls that were providing security protection as well as policy implementation in the areas of protecting controlled unclassified information
Questions And Answers about CACI International Inc
If you were in charge, what would you do to make CACI International a better place to work?
Asked Oct 19, 2018
We would love to learn this type of feedback in your next Touchpoints Session!
Answered Jul 14, 2021
Morale with this company is low and turnover is high. Management, especially upper management, does not seem to care about the employees. You are just a number.
Answered Oct 14, 2020
What benefits does CACI International offer?
Asked Jul 8, 2016
At CACI, our employees are our greatest asset. Our broad and competitive mix of benefit options is designed to support and protect our employees and their families. To learn more about CACI's Benefits, please visit: https://careers.caci.com/benefits
Answered Jul 13, 2021
In 2018 they are in the process of combining sick and personal leave into one bucket and guess what...people are having personal days taken away from them. Next year I lose three personal days, which has never happened to me. I am expecting future cuts to the benefits program.
Answered Oct 17, 2018
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at CACI International?
Asked Mar 1, 2018
CACI interviews consist of basic prescreen questions, and behavioral, interpersonal, critical, and in several cases, technical questions. We are surely interested in learning about your
hands-on professional experience, but also want to dive deeper into how you handle specific workplace situations, how you resolve complex problems, and what your long-term career goals are! Success in a CACI employment opportunity begins with a solid foundation of knowledge on the jobseeker's part. Before interviewing with CACI, we encourage you to do preliminary research about CACI as an employer, the requirements of the job you are applying for, and the background of the person (or people) that will be interviewing you if known. Our website and social media pages are great places to start.
Answered Jul 13, 2021
Be honest and at the top of your game.
Answered Dec 28, 2019
Are employees allowed to work remotely a day or two a week?
Asked Jan 5, 2017
CACI will not corporately dictate where work needs to be performed. Location is dependent on the needs of the role, including security requirements, customer requirements, the level of supervision and interaction, and many other factors. If employees and their groups believe that work can be done by teleworking all or part of the time, as opposed to onsite full-time, this should be discussed with the employee's leadership and customers.
Answered Jul 13, 2021
The entire job is remotely there is no office. As someone who did not like working from home this was not ideal and a major reason for my decision to quit.
Answered Oct 25, 2017
What is the work environment and culture like at CACI International?
Asked Jul 8, 2016
CACI's culture is the driving force behind our success. Our culture is built on two pillars: Character our commitment to ethics and integrity in all we do and Innovation our dedication to advancement and excellence in all we do. Visit our Life at CACI page to learn more: https://careers.caci.com/global/en/life-at-caci
Answered Jul 13, 2021
Very caustic, you just never knew what kinda of crazy thing management was going say and do. The saying at the worker level was "Think of all the possible solutions, and then you know the direction we will not go in"