The SAVO Group
3.1 of 5 30 reviews
www.savogroup.com Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

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Mark O'Connell

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Beware Big Brother is watching.....I was "let go" due to a personal FaceBook posting .

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at The SAVO Group

ProsInitial impression was rather favorable - great teamwork.

ConsUpper management, VP & above seem to have some internal in-fighting and disagreements on processes. Additionally, after setting an appointment w/ a VP, he checks out my personal Facebook page and decided that I had interests that were in conflict w/ SAVO and had my contract terminated w/out warning or notification of any internet/ social networking policies, after only 2 days on site.....simply a tacky way to treat a new hires.

Advice to Senior ManagementMicro-management and secretly spying on employees w/ out informing them of corp policies is simply really bad business.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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SAVO--Good idea gone bad due to poor management.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at The SAVO Group

ProsFully stocked refrigerator, generally nice co-workers, state of the art computers, free lunch on occasions, the impression that you can get promoted with hard work.

ConsThe worst combination of ownership and management: In my years in IT I have never seen such incredible micro-managing from two college buddies who have no people skills whatsoever.

I've seen people fired indiscriminately, and have talked with many who desperately wanted to quit (but are keeping their jobs until something better comes along). I talked to one guy who had consistently received perfect performance reviews. Two weeks late and this guy received a Poor review. Fortunately, he quit.

Unless you're one of the three Savo employees in his good graces, don't expect management to ever give you a compliment. On the other hand, you can expect to be criticized and defamed and abruptly fired.

At Savo, getting fired is a blessing in disguise.

Did I mention that the company's flagship program is poorly designed, badly written, and almost impossible to use?

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the micromanaging.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Don't work at SAVO, you'll be miserable.

Account Executive/Sales (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at The SAVO Group

ProsSAVO is a great place to work if you aren't looking for a long term career opportunity and work from home. (Also a great environment if you like big changes.) A giant fridge full of soda and plasma screen T.V. awaits you if you do work in the office.

ConsSenior management is too protected and new managers poorly chosen. Too much office politics exist in the organization.

The Operations leader is seriously abusive, micromanages sales, and terrorizes sales employees of all performance levels. An entire sales team was dissolved last year but cleverly swept under the rug. Turn over is so bad less than ten non-management staff have been there for 2 years or more. SAVO made an employee council to address problems but they don't have authority to make a difference. Every six months everything changes but never improves.

SAVO Sales and Operations Managers cause: new employees crying during training, yelling behind closed doors, a person with a disability put in a corner and humiliated, late commission checks with mistakes, wrongful termination threats, and employees walking on eggshells even if they are great at what they do.

Sales Development is currently led by green highly incompetent Middle Management in the Marketing Department who is in turn managed by an only part-time Vice President neither of whom has prior experience leading a sales team. One Vice President of Sales had a stack of HR complaints against them but was never fired, just demoted to a different job.

If you go to HR for help and management finds out, you'll be fired. If you leave SAVO, management will trash your reputation (said trashing is with HR's full knowledge and participation).

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease get rid of the Senior Management in charge of Operations before you get sued. Don't put Account Executives in Account Management roles when their manager screws everything up and ruins the team. Please let Sales be in charge of Sales Development, not marketing. The CEO at SAVO is a swell guy, and I like him quite a bit... I'd even go so far to say he's handsome- but he's in trouble so long as he's confident in the performance of Senior Management, especially in Operations.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Women salespeople might feel uncomfortable at Savo

Sales Development Representative (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at The SAVO Group

ProsYou get to use a lot of different software at Savo in the Sales Development Rep (SDR) role. Salesforce.com, Savo, Jigsaw, Hoover's, Excel, PowerPoint, and you're given flexibility with the tools. It's a great job if you are new to the high tech realm and are relatively new to sales. The CEO rocks! There are pockets of wonderful people there such as the East Coast Sales Team.

ConsThe sales and sales development teams are primarily male dominated with too few women salespeople. Some women might feel uncomfortable or left out in this environment. Sales Development has had over 5 managers in the last 2 years. Few SDRs make it over a year there. Every time management changes so do the expectations. Some Account Execs are so talented they should manage us, but there is a history of ineffective managers who do manage us. People with absolute genius, integrity and true leadership ability aren't given the chance to reach their full potential due to office politics. Involvement from the Operations Department is not well received by many.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the East Coast Sales Team even more to scale positive change across the company. I can't say enough good things about the East Coast Sales team.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Don't work here

Implementation Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at The SAVO Group

ProsThe SAVO story comes across as inspiring at first and you feel like you are at the beginning of something great.

ConsYou are not at the beginning... A product that sounds like a great idea is really too expensive for what it does and companies would be hard pressed to realize its full potential. Despite some great people implementing and selling the product the execution of the strategy is ineffective. At the end of the day the product is made more complicated by the company in order to sell the subscription model. They say as a small company you have the ability to move anywhere and make a difference but there isn't any good place to move. People move out not up.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a bigger company to partner with the bring the solution to bigger companies in conjunction with other providers. Find a way to develop employees more and fund new ways to utilize their talents because the day to day operations are pretty mundane and someone could easily stagnate if they are there too long.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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SAVO was a HORRIBLE experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at The SAVO Group

ProsNice people (not in management).
Comfortable environment.

Cons1. Management
2. Mass firings for no apparent reason other than to massage high-placed egos.
3. Brain drain--smart people leaving in droves.
4. Extremely poor employee morale (can you blame them?).
5. No clear guidance.
6. People scared from speaking up, less they be fired next.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you can't say anything nice about someone...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Savo- A Sales Enablement Scam

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at The SAVO Group

ProsAt Savo there are/were many tremendous, notable non-management staff. They are a great group of go getters. Savo is also funded by a fantastic venture capital company that lets the company spend excessively to expand. Prospects for improvements and promotions exist to some degree for employees who can ride out an acquisition.

ConsPart of Savo's covert political maneuvering prior to management restructures included threatening to terminate people for things that weren't even real transgressions. Petty mistreatment didn't scare me into quitting but the company didn't have good ethics and values. What I've learned from Savo is vindictive people work hard toward the undoing of many if left unchecked, and failure to take responsibility for your own happiness in life has dire consequences.

After you leave Savo you become a scapegoat, particularly if you were forthright. Savo bad mouths a lot of employees both former and current, a dishonorable habit that was widespread and unhindered while I was there. Savo relishes the verbal sewage emitted regarding their direct reports yet shamefully feigns virtuousness. Savo is someone else's crisis now and I'm wiser for this tough experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen an employee exhibits the valor to say something is erroneous at Savo, listen! Savo employees are not bad if they fault others in good faith (or in desperation) to make improvements.

My advice to Savo is own up to what is Savo's fault. Savo should swallow their own medicine, admit errors, and own their failures. An example of one of Savo's major malfunctions is failure to amend supervisors' loathsome conduct.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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