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Very good for the entrepreneurial, high-initiative types.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Engineer
Current Employee - Senior Engineer

I have been working at Sirius Computer Solutions

Pros

Top management is outstanding -- watch and learn! If you "make your numbers" in services, they leave you alone. If you're in service delivery (i.e. field engineer), your manager probably won't care much about what hours you work (that is, you can and will work 90 hour weeks and 5 hour weeks) -- just build your reputation for getting the job done, on time and on budget without customers complaining and you're all set. NB: Sirius is a business -- carry your load or you won't last. Some like that, others don't.

Cons

This is subjective. I rather like working hard, so have no complaints with big hours (although family and friends hate it) -- your mileage may vary. "Promotions" for field engineers don't exist. Frequently you have to "implement" a "solution" that has been sold to the client, but have to reverse-engineer the design because there's little or design data carried forward from the sales side to the services side. Each presales person seems to have his own "rules of thumb" that they use to approximate what the client might actually need. Sometimes the actual requirements are outside the use-cases served by the "rules of thumb" and so some creativity is needed to make sure what you end up implementing serves the client well.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Sure. And right after that, I'll teach Eli Manning how to throw a football. Are you kidding me? Mr. Najim and Mr. Mertens don't really seem to need much unsolicited advice at the moment.

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    OK, but too much focus on short-term financials

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sirius Computer Solutions

    Pros

    Sirius is a place that values and compensates top performers. The engineering talent at Sirius is exceptional...iron sharpens iron, and that holds true among the engineering team. Sirius also has a very broad base of customers spread around the country. There are some very good people on the leadership team at Sirius, with a real emphasis on continual improvement.

    Cons

    Sirius is driven 100% by financials, and while it is a for-profit institution, there is a laser focus on short-term financial return. As someone coming from an acquired company, it is amazing how Sirius continues to grow with very minimal investment in process and infrastructure. The back office is an absolute mess, and things that used to be easy and work well are now broken and difficult to get done. I used to love the focus at my legacy company on innovative solutions and an exceptional experience, with financial success being a byproduct. Today, financials are primary with solutions and experience being necessary to accomplish the primary goal...subtle but important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire a COO to fix the organization and back office infrastructure...Sales controls the company, yet sales by its nature is focused only on short-term. Continue to invest in new technologies and the engineering organization, as that investment is the path to long term success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Ineffective back office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sirius Computer Solutions

    Pros

    All co-workers are professional and very capable and there is a good amount of camaraderie. Sometimes that seem in spite of senior management, not because of.

    Cons

    Merger with MSI occurred in December 2010. Since that time commission payments have been late and incomplete. Senior management did not give anywhere near enough time and focus to correcting this issue over several months.
    There are numerous other issues with the back office in general. Most of this stems from a very convoluted workflow and no ownership or accountability of any step in the process by the individual handling it. Some of this may be fixed as integration of systems continues but not enough is being done and not fast enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that once an employee takes ownership of any step in the process they are held to standards to make sure that it is done correctly and timely. An incredible amount of time and effort is wasted tracking down problems that crop up somewhere along the line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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