Work/Life balance discouraged
Systems Administrator (Former Employee) – Virginia – July 18, 2016
I was hired for a job by Sotera at a customer site. It was a contract they had just won and transitioned over several employees from the company that formerly he'd the contract.
The current employees had been in the system for several years, some double-digits. I was expected to be completely versed in under two months and didn't even have account for two weeks of that. I may have not been the perfect fit, but my experience would enable me to ultimately do well.
Because the company was new to the contract, they were unable back employees, especially those new to the program. I understand this, but Sotera has enough work to understand even with experience that it can take a while to completely learn a complex infrastructure.
There was a lot of back-stabbing and people throwing others under the bus among the government employees on the program and Sotera was not in a position to defend their people from this. Management itself was also unwilling to stand up to the customer and, in at least one case, demanded that I make sacrifices in my personal life to appease the customer, even if just for the sake of appearance.
Expensive benefits, management with no backbone