Working at Perspecta: Company Overview and Reviews

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3.4Work-Life Balance
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Overall Reviews at Perspecta

Background Investigator | South Carolina | Jan 15, 2021
It's not all that....
Contrary to popular belief, working from home is not as great as one might seem to think. I was either at home all day sitting in front of my screen typing reports or out driving around town interviewing individuals. Your work is based on a point system based on your level; which requires gathering documents or interviewing individuals. You will also use your own vehicle, which the company will reimburse you for just gas. It's up to the investigator to maintain their vehicle and to be insured. The points system ranged from .05 to 3 points per item, which meant that one specific item (interview/document), could require more work and typing than the other. This means one needs to methodically plan out their week, with scheduling their work and driving. The work itself was fun and I was able to learn about different agencies; regarding their functions and purpose. Hardest part of this job, are the people. I did meet some interesting people! Some of my interviewees that I encounter, became confrontational/irritable as they question your motive. Yes, people do not like Investigators calling their work or knocking on their door, displaying a “worthless” silver badge asking questions regarding their neighbors/friends' worthiness. Their most popular saying….”Your badge looks fake and I can buy that online!!” I have had the doors slam in my face, threaten, call the LEO/Security on me, and report me to my company. Which ironically the company took their side over mine. Understandabl
ProsOffice Supplies; printers, papers, etc; Reimbursement of expenses; Quarterly bonus;
ConsPay and sub par benefits; insurance/dental, and dealing with irrational people
Senior Fraud Investigator | Collinsville, IL | Feb 15, 2019
You can make your own schedule and work at your pace
I don't get the negatives, maybe they didn't have a good manager. I personally have been very happy after one year. I learn a lot from refiles. You learn from mistakes and they make you sharper. You begin to feel a better comfort level after about 6 to 8 months, but will probably never master the job. I've been employed by three employers, including my military service in my 52 year life. I have NEVER had a career where I am entrusted to log my work hours unsupervised, schedule my appointments unsupervised and conduct my work unsupervised. It's very nice to be entrusted in this manner. My colleagues in my region are exceptional with guidance and assistance. My manager arranges dinners and luncheon parties. Our clientele are absolutely wonderful people and we are well supported. Bonuses are easily achieved and I have received two substantial bonuses and a recruitment bonus before my one year anniversary. Ive taken two vacations this year and get very good compensation packet regarding holidays and vacation. Benefits could be better priced. Days go by fast. Report writing is tedious and done in third person. Took some adjusting for me because I was a Police Officer many years. Employer is strongly recommended. Training in Loveland is a blast and very enjoyable. Lovely town and great training staff. I have been promoted to Level II after 8 months and am about to receive my Level III. You do have to pay attention, provide details and resolutions and provide d
ProsCompensation, time off, flexibility
ConsMedical insurance is sort of expensive
Engineer | Stafford, VA | Oct 15, 2018
Mismanaged by Private Equity Bankers
The positive reviews on this company are not accurate. The company is being mismanaged by a Private Equity Investment firm that has no experience in the business domains where Perspecta (formally Vencore) is active. In addition the person serving as Perspecta’s president is an employee of Veritas Capital not Perspecta. According to the Presidents resume he lacks the experience managing an organization the size of Perspecta. Perspecta employees are subject to almost yearly cuts in pay and benefits. In some cases the pay cuts can be as high as 30%. Renewing an option year on a contract or being moved to another contract are events that result in employee pay cuts. Staff reductions are common place. Perspecta management positions are exclusively filled by retired military personnel as a result there is no upward mobility for college educated professional employees. A portion of the management is retired in place, their only concern is drawing a pay check in addition to their government retirement check and provide no value add to the organization. Management takes great pride in reminding employees of the corporate training policy. Vencor’s training policy was “An employee can have all the training the employee wants as long as the training is outside regular business hours and the employee pays all expenses associated with the training”. I assume the company maintains the same policies after the name change. Perspecta’s business model is to supply bodies to government service c
ConsManagement lacks Ethics. President is very arrogant and condescending.
Investigator | Loveland, CO | Feb 2, 2019
Corporation of Cancer
Corporation of cancer Perspecta’s mission statement: We question, we seek and we solve. Because we know what it takes to answer our nation’s most pressing challenges. It’s more than know-how — it’s the relentless drive and commitment to mission success. Every day, we enable hundreds of thousands of people to take on our nation’s most important work – making our country stronger in the process. This Corporation has a total lack of respect and dignity for the hard-working citizens that provide security for the nation of the United States. Compensation has never changed for over 10 years, since 2009. This Corporation has a blind integrity for suitable payment, because the investigator must provide their personal resources for productivity. No payment increases are provided because the company falsely claims that their bonuses compensates raise increase. Bonuses are provided only during major national holidays; in other words, if you want a bonus expect to work during Christmas. The contractor liaisons that is assigned to mediate between contractors are useless and normally punked down to have any effect. Contract investigators are overworked for very little pay; $200 commission and no compensation for travel or personal resources utilized; i.e., electricity, printer paper, ink, gas. This company supports NBIB; which provides security clearance to the Trump Administration - from the top falsehood integrity. We lean towards Corporation similar to this company to be fair and i
Field Investigator | North Carolina | Feb 18, 2019
Difficult to advance in rural areas
I enjoy this job and the mission most days and I had a very supportive manager that helps me out. My background made transitioning to this job somewhat easy. The training was heavily focused on one type of interview which I learned very well and then got to the field and conducted 1-2 a month on average. The rest of the stuff that was kind of glossed over in training made up the majority of my work and I felt ill prepared to complete it. Review can be frustrating because most refiles count against your stats even if the reviewer was incorrect. So basically you can be penalized for doing the job correctly. When it comes to credit for the work you do, I work a rural area and sometimes have to drive an hour away only to not be able to track someone down. I will get paid for this time but will receive 0 credit and it will appear as though I have done nothing for those hours worked. Because the amount of credit you earn per hour is tied to your promotions and bonuses (the only way to get a pay increase) working in a rural area is difficult. The expectations for the amount of work you will complete are the same as working in a large metro area like DFW. With all that, I would imagine I would be more satisfied with this job if I was doing it in a large city but if that isn’t the case you will likely have a hard time. Regarding the “you make your own schedule” you can’t turn down interviews that are outside the M-F 9-5 so if that’s when someone requests to meet you have to meet them
ProsGood pay for low cost of living areas
ConsPromotions are difficult
Background Investigator | Oregon | Jan 3, 2019
It's Not Worth It
Like many others, I read all the negative reviews and thought people were just wrong. The training probably should be longer and once you start work you are very unprepared and on your own. The Reports you submit are graded by reviewers, some who have zero experience in the field, and they will rip them apart, sending refile after refile. Some refiles will just point out vague errors because they're not reading reports and trying to do too many reviews in a short amount of time. Each time you turn in a report it comes back with different opinions about your so-called errors. Turnover is definitely happening; investigators aren't treated well. I believe that a lot of Field Managers are doing a fine job, preventing as much minutia as possible to assist their investigators, but they can only do so much. Like many others who have posted reviews here, I have also noticed that this company has the worst pay, $17.54 an hour to start. By the time you have paid for your health, dental, vision, and other benefits, you will be lucky to net $2000 a month. Your work output per week/month will determine if you receive a bonus, and you aren't going to see a raise worth bragging about. Frustration sets in and there are many, many, many days that it's easy to walk away. A typical week, since finishing training, is at least 50 or more hours, and over 500 miles driven. The only thing I have enjoyed about this job is meeting some fellow investigators, my field manager, and some great peo
ProsA home office
ConsRefiles, Refiles, Refiles, Extra Hours, Excessive Miles, low pay
Site Lead | Rancho Cordova, CA | Feb 2, 2018
Upper level management could care less
I was the Site Lead at a Data Center that was shutting down. First it was 9/2017, then 12/2017 then 2/2018 and then 3/2018. It was decided to keep this DC open for ONE client for another 60 days. The daily routine was trying to determine what the contractor companies upper management wanted us to do. Cryptic notes, unreadable IM's, no compensation for monies spent out of pocket and no consideration for those people doing the work... It was an embarrassment. For one client they want 365/24/7 coverage. The client isn't even active in the DC. The members of the crew I managed (I use the word "managed' in a broad sense) were always at risk of being fired. This was the SOP during each and every week. It was a stigma. It was a way of life. I would try and cushion that impact, but upper management made no bones about it... sometimes even lauding the fact that someone got let go for being human. HP is no longer an American company. 70% of the DC support workforce is off-shore... And more and more of it is going the same way almost weekly. DXC is probably one of the worst companies to work with. They stress education at the contractor level, but the folks that work there use crayons. The people I worked for could be a good contractor company, but the level of upper management needs a little more than a 6th grade education and a much stronger backbone. What a shame...
ProsData Center experience
ConsFar outweigh the Pro's
Contractor | Vienna, VA | Sep 4, 2020
Bitter sweet
I was hired as an IC which provided me the opportunity to work from home. Once I made it through their training and was working freely from home, I found that the reasons for refiles were inconsistent, two similar cases could be refiled by two different reviewers and two different sets of questions were asked. It just seemed there was trouble with consistency and communication between Reviewers and Investigators. However, no employer is perfect and that is not why I left. I left because I was living off my savings, on paper the money looked good but in practice, my time was eaten up by refiles and remedial tasks. Some periods there was no work at all. With all that said, I do actually regret leaving and I have felt that way for a while now. I loved the job, I loved the purpose and the importance. I realize now that the job was more important to me than the money, hindsight is 20/20 but had I been a bit more thoughtful, I could have figured out the money situation on my own, or with time I would have become more efficient with the work instead of throwing away my one opportunity. I'd love to come back and do it again at Perspecta or another Contractor. Unfortunately, my job applications have not amounted to anything. So sad, its really all I want to do with my life at this point.
ProsWork from home, be an Investigator
ConsLong hours, not much pay.
Senior Fraud Investigator | Loveland, CO | Feb 12, 2019
Work culture is Driven by the Bottom Line
Caseload is always at 150-170% despite repeated requests to be more realistic. More than one person assigns work and they do not communicate w/ one another. Computer systems are down or malfunctioning on a daily basis inhibiting effective completion of work. More time spent waiting for various programs to work properly, if at all. Incompetent personnel, who fail in the field, are moved to undesirable management positions since they are "owned" by the company having been extensively trained. This makes for a disastrous, unprofessional work atmosphere. There is no work/life balance in this job. This company is under pressure to produce an overdue work product at the expense of its employees. The turnover rate here is higher than the retail or food service industry. A sure sign a job stability or toxicity is its turnover rate. The upper management will never know the numerous issues experienced by its predominantly remote work force because the lack of access remote investigators have to voice concerns other than to their one manager. There is a reason these investigative companies are a dime a dozen, merge w/ others and are constantly changing their names.
Prosset own work schedule
Consunprofessional management
Warehouse Lead | Oklahoma City, OK | Aug 25, 2018
DXC TECH is not employee oriented
The actual DXC Tech. management group knew nothing about what our division did. When the "pure play spin merge" occurred they didn't have the decency to even address us - We were the only division in the country processing a Commercial Insurance Account as a TPA. However, our onsite management in the trenches was excellent and did the best they could to provide a fun atmosphere at their own expense. I liked my job every day and didn't find any of it particularly difficult. The most difficult part of the job was keeping my mouth shut publicly about the GROSS incompetence of some employees. What I learned was never hesitate to ask questions about anything. Back to corporate DXC, I didn't understand anything about their methods. It was impossible to get any personal assistance with anything. An HR problem had to be submitted on a "ticket" to people in another country who could not understand English well enough to provide answers, they introduced technology with no instructions on how to use. My feeling in general was they were unaware of the importance of employees in accomplishing their goals
ConsCompletely oblivious to employess needs

Questions And Answers about Perspecta

If you were in charge, what would you do to make Perspecta a better place to work?
Asked Nov 20, 2019
I would implement mandatory annual salary increases, even if it was only 3% per year but then Merit increases would automatically be on top of the standard 3% per year.
Answered Apr 29, 2020
I would implement mandatory annual salary increases, even if it was only 3% per year but then Merit increases would automatically be on top of the standard 3% per year.
Answered Apr 29, 2020
What is the interview process like at Perspecta?
Asked Jun 25, 2019
Panel of interviewers on a conference call. Asked real-life scenario questions and hypothetical scenarios dealing with staff members.
Answered Apr 21, 2020
Phone call with a recruiter then an in person interview
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How often do raises occur at Perspecta?
Asked Jun 27, 2018
Promotions in some cases requires you to apply, negotiate pay and move into a new role on an account that has budget to absorb your pay level
Answered Sep 23, 2020
You need to produce at the next level of investigator for three months straight while maintaining 85% quality in your work. You'll find that it's impossible to maintain unless you like about the hours you're working.
Answered Jan 24, 2020
How do you feel about going to work each day at Perspecta?
Asked Sep 4, 2018
I was happy
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Loved working from home
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What questions did they ask during your interview at Perspecta?
Asked Jan 26, 2018
Questions to determine my level of knowledge
Answered Jul 27, 2020
The typical where do you see yourself in 5 years, talk about your previous work experiences in more details, what is your weakness, etc.
Answered Apr 20, 2020