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The program managers seem to be either brainless, or perhaps in over their heads. My pm didn't answer emails, or return calls when I needed info on certain subjects. That's unacceptable when you're the only Sotera employee in the region. If you absolutely need a job, and Sotera has it, take it. When something better comes along, take it.


Got paid on time.


Everything else. Very unpleasant experience. Twice.
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Sexism and Racism Title VII Complaints

Sotera is a horrible company. While employed, I witnessed employees ridiculed solely because of how they were born. Great company only for white males


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Emotional Distress
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Worst place I ever worked

This company have absolutely no care about their employees. No incentives, no pay raise for the 3 years I was there!!! Left without looking back. Ok
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Only gets contracts based on under bidding competitors. It was extremely disheartening to realize my salary dropped even though the contract was won. Not a professional move to drop one's salary drastically.
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Horrible experience

Company had just won the contract. The pay was above average but was simply to mask the fact that their management were not up to par, totally incompetent, and could care less about your personal issues. No cohesiveness, no leadership, and no tact. Left the company and never looked back. No way, never again
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Bad Company Owned by Investment Firm

This company is owned and controlled by a California investment firm that knows nothing about the defense industry. The CEO has totally ruined several great companies they've acquired.




Poor Management, No Job Security, Poor Working Conditions, Low Employee Morale.
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Work/Life balance discouraged

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.


Good pay


Expensive benefits, management with no backbone
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Just another body farm

I have great co-workers, and that's about where it stops. Contrary to what management claims, they're not interested in your growth or what you want to be doing. They want your butt in a seat so they can charge the government exorbitant rates for your expertise. You will rarely get a raise, and if you do, it'll be so small you won't even notice it. I'm regularly instructed to not rate people so high during evaluations, even though I'm on the front lines and see the great work people are doing. The VPs just slap each other on the back and the people actually creating the success get very little reward for making these clowns rich. As soon as the new CEO came in, the place became even more corporate than it was. They're losing people left and right and not doing that great a job winning new business. Benefits are average. Sick time and PTO are the same thing, so if you have kids, pray they never get sick. Otherwise, you'll never take an actual vacation.


I haven't been laid off yet


See above. Too many to list.
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Great work environment

A challenging work environment that provides satisfaction for a job well done. Very rewarding work because of who our customer is.
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Please if you are planning on a short term job as you are waiting for another opportunity than go ahead and work there....but if you plan on making a career stay away from this company....salaries are not even close to what the job you will be doing is worth compared other places. The upper management is completely clueless and I found to be totally disconnected from anyone one contract. And don't even try to move around in the company, it will never happen unless you are already in a management role..I have seen this happen first hand on numerous occasions, where an current totally qualified employee would apply for a new position and they would get turned down and then an under qualified person would be hired from outside the company. My ex-collegues and I chalked to 1 thing..they could pay someone a lot less that was coming from the outside. It was good experience at first but after you are there for a bit you start seeing its true colors.


Worked with some of the best people in the world


Salaries, Hr, Upper Mgmt.
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I would not work here if possible

Incompetent management, horrible HR department, and low pay. I highly recommend staying away from this company
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Probably not a long term place to work.

Sotera appears to be a very stressed company after purchasing a few companies in 2012. Many top and low level employees have left or have been asked to leave during the past couple of years. I would imagine at this point in time the third party owners of Sotera probably wished they had never bought the company. Administration was understaffed, pushed to work too quickly, and the word quality took a back seat. Some very nice people have been asked to alter their lives too much to help the company.Not a company I would recommend to a friend.


Payroll is made every two weeks.


Company asks too much of its employees.
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Great mission/employer/team

I'm the former employee of this company who very accidentally wrote a comment that appeared critical of the company. Here's what I meant to say:I would recommend this company to anyone, PARTICULARLY those interested in working in a nurturing environment, with great benefits, and in pursuit of a critical U.S. national security mission.
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Dedicated to a key mission, and to keeping employees happy.

I would recommend this company to anyone except those interested in working in a nurturing environment, with great benefits, and in pursuit of a critical U.S. national security mission.
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2.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.3 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
1.8 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
1.5 out of 5 stars for Management
1.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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