SBM Site Services

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SBM Combines the Worst Aspects of Corporate, Blue-Collar Work Cultures

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Assistant Ops Manager
Former Employee - Assistant Ops Manager

I worked at SBM Site Services full-time (more than an year)

Pros

-Ability to be promoted through levels of management quickly, if you're willing to fight for it.
-Be able to work as a vendor for many of the world's top companies and get to manage dynamic campus environments
-Fast-paced work environment, diverse workforce (a huge plus if you're fluent in Spanish)

Lots of opportunity for growth. If you're looking for a career in facilities management, you may find what you're looking for here...

Cons

....if you're willing to work 70 hour weeks forever, be chained to your Blackberry 24 hours a day, and tolerate a generally toxic mix of 1950's style corporatism and blue-collar construction type work environment.

SBM has a long way to go to become a good employer to work for. Things that should have made me run screaming for the door:

1. Formal Dress Code - what West Coast-based company still requires dress shirts and slacks? Even for employees working in the field and on night shifts?

2. 1950's Style Conservatism - do not even think of trying to become a manager here if you are gay/lesbian or female. Sexism and homophobia are rampant here. I encountered many instances of blatant homphobic remarks here that in more mainstream companies would get a senior manager fired. I made the mistake of coming out to several of my coworkers in a casual manner while I worked here, and I sincerely regret doing so as it was not well-received. Women in management, even talented women with Masters degrees, are generally given sub-standard assignments and treated condescendingly as if they were mere secretaries.

3. Total Lack of Work Life Balance - As another commenter wrote, you will work 60-70 hour weeks here or you will be fired, point blank. Ironic given that one of SBM's 'core values' is a work-life balance which does not exist here. You will be in meetings, audits, and site walks during your mornings, swamped with SBM's endless internal paperwork in the afternoons, and then need to transition into night shift operations starting around 6-7pm. So your total work day will stretch on average from 9am-8pm every day at minimum. Add to this the numerous safety incidents or escalations you'll inevitably encounter during the night shift and your work life will become an unavoidable, all-consuming 24 hour hell. On many SBM sites, you will not have support staff so the cycle described above will be truly inevitable, with no one to turn to if you need a sick day or (God forbid) a vacation.

4. Insane Turnover - the line-level employees have a running joke when they meet you as a new manager on-site, as if to say "wonder how long he'll last". Senior management at SBM loves to hire and fire, you will see many management employees get the axe even if you work there for a short time. SBM brags about its 40% (!!!) turnover rate as "the best in the industry" like that's something to be proud of. This level of turnover makes it very difficult to maintain good relationships with your customers and makes morale very low overall.

5. Incompetent Senior Management - SBM's upper management is full of people who know how to under-bid their competitors and little else. When a serious problem is presented to them on safety, environmental, or other compliance issue, they are reactionary. They will not give you the resources (time, budget) to actually solve the problem and then will punish you and your site harshly for not solving it. If you are a site manager, you will learn to fear your Regional Manager and CRM's like the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. They are empowered to do little but shuttle from account to account, slashing budgets, laying off employees, and undercutting your projects at every turn. You will have to work very, very hard to have a relationship with them that isn't deeply antagonistic.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't hire and fire, don't deliberately under-bid projects, invest in your employees with fairer compensation and better perks to meet industry standards, provide greater separation between day and night shift responsibilities so managers don't burn out so quickly.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Site Manager..6 months..walked off job:)..with 6 mouths to feed!!

    Former Employee - Site Manager
    Former Employee - Site Manager

    I worked at SBM Site Services full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Horrible Horrible expereince!!!!

    Cons

    Horrible, experience and a complete trainwreck. Treated employees terrible from the top down. continously underminded by the reginal manager which was a dicator..stay away from any jobs in the south if she is still there. Please seriously reconsider taking a role with this company. Unemployment is a much better option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with your employee's..They are the reson you make money and pay your salries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Better Than Most

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at SBM Site Services full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Independence, Autonomy and Freedom to Achieve successes sum up the biggest reasons to be a part of this dynamic and process driven organization. If you want the ability to set your own path, earn a good salary and really develop your own professional skills, this is an excellent environment to do so. Part of that seems intentional, but sometimes it can be more out of need to find your own way.

    Cons

    Some downsides would include a general lack of ability for the Corporate team to clearly define roles, responsibilities and what success looks like, although, there have been many improvements made in the recent months / year. Reviews can go without completion for months / years and the weight seems to be on the employee to drive those processes when they do occur.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that people want to be successful, and they want to clearly understand the expectations - which means it should be incumbent on Corporate members to work closely with their teams to help define what success looks like. Also - stop valuing brevity over content - your folks in the filed are bright, hard working and capable for the most part, and one word, semi-cryptic responses can be very disappointing...try to take at least a moment or two to read through what is presented and acknowledge the good and bad of each communication in a way that builds positive behavior, but breaks bad habits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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