Good company possibilities, but no oversight of contracts
Working for Leidos has really good potential, IF you can get in. The Leidos corporation offers methods and opportunities for career advancement, education, and getting recognized for your work. The problem is that Leidos is a company that doesn't believe in responding to applications, if you're not best qualified (including internal ones!). So you'll just be sitting there wondering what happened or if you were even qualified or not, without the opportunity for an interview, so make sure your resume is TOP notch!
Compensation and benefits are pretty generous with Leidos for contract work; not many contracting companies offer such a good deal. Leidos definitely needs more oversight in their contracts. If they did, I'm sure several people would no longer be working. But big Leidos doesn't seem to be anywhere to be found, even after company surveys revealed poor management and low employee satisfaction.
Work/life balance is great, with great flexibility when you need time off, but again, not sure if that's Leidos in general or just the contract I'm on.
Although Leidos offers ways to get recognized through bonuses and such, you have to first have a manager that actually "manages" and cares about his people and their reputation and careers. Instead you get more and more responsibility, without any advancement; so you'll just sit at the same level you were hired, with twice the responsibility.
Unfortunately the good ole boys network sup
ProsBenefits, Pay, Schedule
ConsUnsupportive management, Hypocrisy by management, Poor oversight of contracts by the company, Good ole boys network.
Geospatial Analyst | Missouri | Apr 7, 2014
No Job Security, Terrible Benefits, Cutthroat Management, and Unethical Practices
Job Security. This company deals with government contracts for certain positions. If you are looking to work for them in this capacity (as an FTE), don't bother. If your position is eventually descoped, they will only compensate with two weeks of Overhead pay (used to be 4 weeks) while other contractors will compensate much much more and will actively try to place you in other parts of the company, unlike Leidos. If your position is not descoped but others are, your positions is still not safe.
The benefits. They are a joke and that is a sad fact because they have employees who depend on those benefits. Employees used to have excellent benefits, Cadillac healthcare benefits, but they have been reduced to worse than Wal-mart benefits. A single person working for this company will pay in the neighborhood of 100-150/month for insurance. The insurance doesn't cover very much and the deductible is several thousand dollars just for an individual. If you have a family or a chronic illness, this is not the place to work. No bonuses are paid to employees anymore. To be fully vested in the 401K, you have to be there 5 years... most contractors have full vesting to start. They recently cut the matching of the 401K back drastically.
Management. Not honest at all about job security. Will tell you one day your job is fine and call you into a meeting and tell you that you are being laid off the next day. Job performance is no guarantee of job security. Cronyism is a factor in the mana
ProsThey won't be around for long.
Intelligence Analyst | Bethesda, MD | Aug 19, 2019
The Bethesda contract lead by LEIDOS is a FRAUD, CORRUPT and a DANGEROUS mission that CAN and WILL harm the security of the United States.
The current Program Manager (I will not name him) who's been stuck in the same position in LEIDOS since 2007 is incompetent, corrupt, and dangerous to the security of the the United States of America (I will explain below how). Everyone in the company has gone up the corporate ladder and he is STILL stuck at the same position. He will not defend his employees no matter how hard they work, how many languages they speak, and what kind of higher education degrees they hold. In Jan 2019, LEIDOS won the current contract in Bethesda. Because there was a friction between DLI students (unqualified military linguists, who FAILED to learn a language at Defensive Language Institutes, which our tax payers paid $150,000 a year per student). Because of their failure to complete the jobs they were hired for (TRANSLATING), they are ALL (13+) have been AWARDED with promotion to non-linguist positions and managerial positions with HIGHER PAY! (If they were UNABLE to learn a language in 12 months at DLI, what makes you think they can MANAGE or complete other complex tasks)
And if qualified native linguists (multiple language skills, 10+ years of experience, higher education (B.S and Masters degrees)) have complained, the PM will NOT hire you or will be fired. But those native linguists who DO NOT have a High School degrees, with minimum English language skills are hired and kept.
The Bethesda contract is a FRAUD, CORRUPT and a DANGEROUS mission that CAN and WILL harm the security of t
Assistant | Norfolk, VA | Jun 15, 2017
This company does not live up to job expectations
Nepotism, "Will not listen to change that will improve processes" Not allowed to voice concern or improve processes. No Advancement and No Training available. No Access to systems for months. Enjoyed the ease of no uniforms but did not enjoy the hateful atmosphere that both the ATAC Director and Top Leadership of LEIDOS possessed. Neither would listen to other employees. Its their way or the highway. You are Targeted and Easily got rid of if you do not get along with anyone. They play politics and use anything they can find to get rid of you. They constantly compare you to others and do not pay you enough to put up with the amount of harrassment you get daily. Extremely discriminatory and defamatory. Workplace culture fosters bullying and hate among the employee leadership. The Hardest part of this Job is being told to shut up and know you have no voice. There is no Training available and there are no improvement to old programs that are used. What I learned from this job, nothing that was good for me to take and use elsewhere. LEIDOS and The Department of the NAVY NAVSUP should not come near one another and should separate as soon as possible as they are two very different companies with very different ideas on how to manage programs and they do not mirror nor foster cohesion among the department of the defense. The TARP Program is frustrating due to leadership will not listen to improve processes so that the field can do better operations. The NAVY Program do not
Management Consultant | Kingstowne, VA | Jan 11, 2017
I love working for this company - Top Shelf
On site Contract Executive Assistant: Calendar management including the conference room for classified briefings, meetings and teleconferencing. Management of the classified suite along with the civilian security officers; scheduling travel for team both within the US and International; processing re-imbursements in a timely manner; making sure security clearances were forwarded to meetings outside of the Department of Health and Human Services i.e. congressional hearings, Department of Homeland Security; Centers For Disease Control, etc.; review correspondence for signature by senior leadership; prepare all aspects for conferences US/International. Prepare weekly agenda, send invitations via MS Outlook to participants an manage responses for special projects i.e. Zika, Ebola conferences and meetings. Ensure audio/visual equipment is serviced on schedule; liaison with IT Department regarding the service and upkeep of department computers classified and unclassified. Projects: forward invitations, prepare materials, and take notes for approval and distribution.
My learning curve - surrounded what parameters are required to provide an educated best projection regarding disasters; there are mathematicians that have expertise in various disciplines; how analytics of a given subject is processed, managed, and executed.
My co-workers were wonderful PhD Mathematicians, PhD Epidemiologist, and Policy Consultants - I loved them because they would answer questions I had and neve
Prosline training job specific; tuition assistance; team members are great; upward mobility
ConsNeed to provide sick & personal time in conjunction with vacation.
Software Engineer | Annapolis Junction, MD | Aug 9, 2015
Nice guys in a tough business
A great employer given their tough business. Serving the intel community has gotten way harder and that is hard on all employers and employees in that space. The post sequestration world includes "low cost technically acceptable" awards versus "best value", and buying manpower on multi-prime IDIQ contracts that were designed for buying printer paper. Rates have gone way down and you now see people abandoning their clearance to go commercial - you never used to see that. The post Snowden world includes security folks who are paranoid, badly overworked and having more than their share of dim bulbs. All in all very worrisome for national defense. For Leidos, the drop in rates has caused them to drop their contribution to benefits, and salaries are OK but small companies can offer better. The problem with small companies is that they have few contracts and if you are bumped off one you will likely be gone very, very quickly. That happened to me when I worked for MasterPeace Solutions. After two months the owner had lunch and said he wanted me in a leadership spot with up to 8 people under me. That was Wednesday. On Friday sequestration hit, the contract I was on lost 11 people, I was the second newest on the contract and I was one of them. On Monday I was told best of luck. From " we want you in management" to "don't let the door hit you on the way out" in three business days. Small companies just don't have the overhead budget to keep people very long. At Leidos I lost my spot o
Prosreally nice morale building activities, manaement who seem like genuinely nice guys
Conslimited $$$ but everyone in the intel community faces that
Consultant | New York, NY | Aug 26, 2014
Lots of Promises, No Delivery
When the company was Vitalize the recruiters, practice managers and mangers were all great. They communicated with you regularly and were available whenever you needed them. They offered great jobs, pay, work advancement opportunities with additional certification, etc. I was put on a contract right away and promised I would have a chance to get additional certification for every year I was working. Once my contract ended after 4 months I was on the bench for 3 weeks before a friend of mine who was on a contract told me about an opportunity available. They wanted to interview so I notified Vitalize and we made it happen and I ended up getting the contract. I was able to keep my hourly rate and was told I would still have opportunities for additional certification and future rate increases. Shortly after I started that contract the company merged with MaxIT and then a short while later (with several changes in staff and policies) they became Leidos. Over the 2 1/2 yrs I was on this contract I was never given the opportunity to receive additional certification and I never once had a review of my work (although I was continually told it would happen) to get an increase in pay. My billable rate during my contract was $134/hr and I worked a lot of hours with little to no vacations. I figured I made Leidos over $180,000 in my 2 1/2 yrs. Thats a lot of money to make off of one individual over a period of time, especially when all they did was use a system I input my exopeses into t
Prosthey give you a computer
Constoo much change too often, bad communication, no delivery on promises
Recruiter | Westfield, IN | Jun 27, 2016
Enjoyable Job, but Corporate is Greedy
I'm a FT remote internal employee with Leidos Health and have been here several years. I've had the opportunity to see all of the changes that the company has gone through over the last 4+ years, and constantly dream of the days of yesteryear.
While I am lucky enough to have a position that I love, the corporate greed and financial tightening that I have witnessed is starting to take a toll on me... and several coworkers that I know as well. We are seeing everything stripped before our very eyes - benefits, expense reimbursements, raises/rewards, etc... While the CEO is making more than $5M, some of us are seeing our pay decrease year after year - even with record sales. And nobody cares.
This company has now taken on a mentality that you are just a replaceable number to them, and if you don't like the changes, then you know what to do. What kind of culture is that? Those of us that have been around for awhile went from personally knowing the owners, to having this large company that basically now owns you.
I have seen large turnover among the internal employees, including executives, and I expect that to keep continuing until people feel no longer taken advantage of.
I could honestly type another hour worth of the negative changes that I have seen, but I will stop with what I have. I stay here with the company because I've been here awhile, I know the company isn't going anywhere, and my particular position allows me the flexibility that I need in my w
ProsStability, flexibility, benefits, remote position
ConsGreed, salary, constant changes and turnover, some management stretched too thing just to save money
Senior Network Specialist | Little Rock, AR | Apr 25, 2015
Great Work Place!
Consult with users and evaluate requirements, recommend designs, provide cost analyses, plan projects, and coordinate tasks for installation of data networks.Primary technical contact for critical issues for a global Intranet application. Tasks included resolving technical failures in a timely manner, automating application monitoring tools and providing technical expertise for application upgrades. Prepare technical training and process documentation for team to aid with day-to-day support issues. Analyze and resolve technical problems for established networks. Plan, test, recommend, and implement network, file server, mainframe, and workstation hardware and software. Serve as technical specialist in network problems and emergencies. Troubleshoot and resolve network production problems.
Assist with critical system outages, software upgrades and capacity planning. Coordinated with business executives, software experts, help desk and data source teams in a 24x7 availability environment.
Conduct technical research on network upgrades and components to determine feasibility, cost, time required, and compatibility with current system. Recommend network solutions for short-, medium-, and long-range network projects. Determine plan layout for new hardware or modifications to existing layout. Work as a team member with other technical staff, such as systems to ensure connectivity and compatibility between systems.
Work with vendors to resolve complex network problems. Maintain c
ProsGreat Managers, Coworker
Project Manager | Washington, DC | Dec 18, 2018
Office location matters; heavy management; too much stress for government contracting
Potentially a good place to work, or a bad place, depending entirely on which office and location you might be working, and/or your manager. Our office was highly removed from the corporate culture (people wore jeans), but stuck with highly bureaucratic IT solutions infrastructure, and poorly managed and dated offices (make sure to visit the office you will actually be located... you might need a dust mask if you are at an off-site location, or better off if with a client).
As a government contractor, our contract was really a niche product offering. "Top-heavy" management made work here difficult if you want advancement or realistic promotion, especially the new managers who can be pretty aggressive to some. There are also "remote" managers that is not the best, and lower supervisors frequently come and go more quickly. Direction often was to 'do this' but not clearly help new employees on the best or preferred ways to get things done. Instead there are a lot of recriminations and stress after the fact. Lots of running around with their heads cut off to resolve a new fire everyday, instead of a smooth well oiled machine.
Meanwhile, there are some co-workers that really are talented and skilled, but they're probably underused, but then there are other employees that you have no idea what they even do. Fair balance of men/women employees, and diverse, but older crowd so not as innovative or flexible work culture.
Also, I work a straight 40 hour week, bu
Questions And Answers about Leidos
What is the interview process like at Leidos?
Asked Sep 4, 2016
Answered Nov 6, 2020
Easy over the phone.
Answered Mar 31, 2019
What benefits does Leidos offer?
Asked Jul 28, 2016
Answered Nov 5, 2018
Health, dental, life insurance, maternity leave, matched 401K, discounted shares
Answered Jul 26, 2018
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Leidos a better place to work?
Asked Feb 8, 2017
Don’t tell candidates they have the job and then not follow up with clearance paperwork.Hire Great leaders not ex military full of hot air who don’t follow up in hiring process
Answered Jul 13, 2020
Keep it the way it is. I love the company I would not change anything.
Answered Sep 24, 2019
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at Leidos?
Asked Sep 2, 2016
As an Independent you have to know your product and have good work ethic
Answered Feb 3, 2019
Its critical to interview with the people who will be your direct supervisors, and to request a job site visit of where you will actually be working. Many co-workers interviewed at another site before joining only to be sent to another Class-C building in DC, more like a warehouse of boxes and dust, and furniture and equipment from the 80s or 90s. Totally the opposite of state of the art.
Answered Dec 18, 2018
On average, how many hours do you work a day at Leidos?
Asked Jan 7, 2017
10 hours typically Mon-Thurs and admin days on Fridays after travel home.