Savvis

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Savvis Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
140 Reviews
3.1
140 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance was exceptional (in 7 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits are there (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / Life balance was a problem at times for sure (in 5 reviews)

  • Disconnect from Senior Executive management and workers not in St Louis, MO (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work fo!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Coordinator in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Savvis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Balance of work and personal life. Great environment

    Cons

    Lack of Training, The internal promotion was almost not existent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Long term professional.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Savvis

    Pros

    Good training opportunities offered to staff.

    Cons

    Frequent reorganization and management changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More all hands calls and strategic goals sharing.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall Good - DBA / IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Savvis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    * Great people to work with
    * Pay initially is nice.
    * 401k match
    * Nice benefits
    * Environment to learn all sorts of different technologies
    * Comp time for any night/weekend work

    Cons

    * Lack of competing pay after a while.
    * Bonuses / Raises seemed to be few and far between.
    * Work / Life balance was a problem at times for sure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Hire more people to support the additional after hours / weekend work. This would cut down on the burn out.
    * Compensate the good workers to prevent them from leaving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was fun....for a while.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Savvis full-time

    Pros

    The members of the rank and file are very fun to work with. There is a lot of talent at that company at this level. They are laid back, work hard and tend to enjoy what they do. You can learn a lot here in a short time.

    Cons

    The management layer is bloated and somewhat unorganized. Not a clear vision on how to execute a company vision. Part of this is attributable to a bit of blurred vision coming from the C and VP level post CTL 'merger'. But even prior to that this problem existed to some extent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake of the large telco influx, get back to building slick products the market wants and move on. Empower the employees to take some risk so you're not perceived as being slow to react.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Happy...when we were Savvis

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Savvis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Savvis had a relaxed atmosphere with great talent. The pay and benefits were competitive and there were many growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Savvis was acquired by CenturyLink and we are now a much larger company with a much smaller presence in St. Louis. Because of the acquisition, there is a trend for employees to find better opportunities outside of the company and a lot more overall dissatisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Location is the key...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Savvis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, Mid-to-Senior level managers that listen, great collaboration between co-workers within business units. Cxx level management is not tolerating poor performance and has been putting poor performing players out to the pasture which has been long overdue.

    Cons

    CTL gave us all the extra-costs of being CTL employess (taxed benefits, higher health ins premiums, less PTO) while deferring any benefits that might offset the higher costs. A lot of wasted money spent on projects destined for failure. Location is key to finding the good places to be. Savvis' business units try to work autonomously and their competing goals and legacy processes cause friction between them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We're way to eager to hold on to old technology that has gone past its expiration date. Additionally we're throwing too much money out the door to reinvent some tools just to turn around and buy other companies that already figured it out. I do see a lot of hope with our current direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a pretty good working experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Savvis full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Many of the Agile Team Members are very highly qualified. They are willing to help you understand many of the development elements in the upcoming Sprints.

    Cons

    Sometimes management needs to allow the workers more chances to recommend process improvements. It is sometimes difficult to figure out who to talk with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with the teams - ask the members for more ideas. Track all suggestions and provide definitive answers (Yes, No, Maybe).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Savvis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong technical People and respectful

    Cons

    chaotic, people work in silos, not much collaboration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great People to work with, just need more people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cloud Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Cloud Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Savvis as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great People. Great Technology. Working as best they can to take the technology and services to the next level.

    Cons

    Hugely understaffed with the amount of work and growth they are experiencing. Products are slow to market and with all the features needed due to overloaded staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people and fast. Too much Work in Progress, prevents focus to get work completed and provide high quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My Favorite St. Louis Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Savvis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent management. Ethical corporation. Lots of long-term employees who know a lot about the company and where it needs to go, mixed with a new and enthusiastic bunch of Agile teams.

    Cons

    Parent company (CenturyLink) doesn't share the Savvis vision. In the long run, the Savvis dedication to excellence may be diluted by CenturyLink's dedication to mediocrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fix what isn't broken!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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