Software Technology Group (UT)
Software Technology Group – Salt Lake City, UT
STG is looking for a Data Integration Engineer. This is a full-time salaried position with full benefits. The Data Integration Engineer is… Dice
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I worked at Software Technology Group (UT) full-time (more than an year)Pros
Working with the right client is a great experience, and STG tends to be more present for you than other staffing firms.
- Benefits were decent
- Being able to optionally earn PTO by working overtime is nice
- Their bench program allows employees to continue to be paid when not on a contract with a client, while also improving their skills (with a lot of caveats).
- Seems somewhat more concerned with employee well-being than other staffing companies**
** Account Managers actually show up to check up on employees at client sites, which many other staffing companies say they will do, but never really do. The thing is, this seems to be more about trying to maintain a good relationship with the client than making sure the employees are doing okay. Since the account manager offers nothing more than a quick hello and then search out their contact with the company itself it seems that their motive is not in the employee's interest.Cons
Working with the right client is more of a tribute to the client than to STG itself. STG will say whatever it needs to in order to hire someone, but in the end they treat their employees like products instead of people.
- They say they are not a "staffing" company. That's exactly what they really are though.
- Company culture takes a backseat here. There is little sense of community among the staff.
- What the Client wants always triumphs over the employee's wants and needs. The company will agree to nearly everything the client wants on your behalf and treats you like a product they are selling instead of a person.
- STG states that the 'bench' is about improving your skills and knowledge in between contracts. In reality the company steers you away from improving skills and knowledge and towards whatever will land a project ASAP.
- The bench is miserable. You are made to feel badly about not being on a contract when you are on the bench for any period of time. There is a strong sense of distrust from management towards bench employees.
- Management is very unreasonable and unaccommodating about being able to take PTO, sick days, etc. regardless of whether you are on the bench or with a client. They don't seem to want you to take any time off for any reason.
- The pay is actually lower than what is typical across the industry.
- I was told several very misleading and exaggerated things about the work environment, work conditions, types of clients/contracts, being able to decline projects that aren't a good fit, working from home when needed, etc.
- STG is struggling to keep up with modern and current technologies. Most of its staff works with .net and older style HTML development. Mobile, modern HTML, and design are all things the firm struggles to understand.Advice to ManagementAdvice
- Tell employees the truth about opportunities, work environment, time-off and so on. Some people might actually be okay with the reality of the company, but coming with expectations that are unrealistic is toxic.
- If the bench is really about improving skills and knowledge, don't discourage it and be more accommodating. Give employees the opportunity to *work together* on bench projects. Being on the bench was very isolating.
- The biggest thing STG was missing was a sense of community and camaraderie.
- There is a huge disparity between how management/administrative staff is treated vs developers, designers, etc. It feels like the software equivalent of working at McDonalds. For instance: Management go away to expensive retreats, while employees at-large just get a "bowling night" once a year.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO