Oakwood Systems Group Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Oakwood Systems Group President & CEO Charles Windsor
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oakwood Systems Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was offered a very good starting salary with some decent benefits. Plus my phone cost was expedience off as well.

    Cons

    Was highly encouraged to work extra hours with out any additional pay. When i worked at customer sites I felt I was sitting in an island with out any assistance available for me to use.


  2. Not a healthy place

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oakwood Systems Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are looking for a way to expand your technical skill-set, then Oakwood has something to offer. They work on good projects that will expose you to a lot of growth opportunities.

    Cons

    They really have no interest in the health\balance of their employees. They view their people as resources to be used, burnt out, then replaced. You will work long hours, be asked to come in early\stay late for meetings, and will not be offered anything in return.

    Advice to Management

    Re-think the way you treat your employees. They are the face of your organization to the customer.


  3. Good Technical Opportunities But Ownership Out of Touch and Difficult Company Culture

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oakwood Systems Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some good opportunities to grow your technical skills.

    Cons

    Ownership does not value the employees and completely out of touch with clients as well as employees. Experience is not valued. Made clear that technical resources can be easily replaced. Client satisfaction is poor on most projects even though company tries to spin making it sound positive. Will take any project regardless of whether company can deliver. Benefits are expensive and poor choices provided. Promise of bonuses never materialize.

    Advice to Management

    Ownership needs to sell or stay out of day to day business. Use to have some great leaders in management but will not listen to them. Value your delivery people and their experience.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not Fair People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oakwood Systems Group full-time

    Pros

    They have a nice office location.

    Cons

    Harrassment Racism uncool never knew who my manager was.

    Oakwood Systems Group Response

    Nov 4, 2014 – Director of Human Resources

    The company prides itself in providing a work environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment as an important part of our Company philosophy. The Company is committed to maintaining ... More


  6. Not a great company to say

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Good Management and growing company

    Cons

    No Comment at this moment

    Advice to Management

    Study market and increase the pay according to market, since daily commodities are increasing day to day, the salaries are getting paid is not enough and should get revised atleast once a year for all employees and then include their performance apprisal.


  7. Decent consulting firm

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented employees, decent pay rates.

    Cons

    "Sink or swim" mentality. Every man for themselves.


  8. Fun people to work with, but stressful environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are very intelligent and skilled.

    Cons

    Company morale is low, seems like its the "regular" employees vs upper management. Professional worth is based upon percentage of billable hours.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great place for Microsoft talent

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Infrastructure Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oakwood Systems Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    empassioned organization, very familial atmosphere, excellent healthcare, very good salary,

    Cons

    It is a sole proprietorship, and the owner can be somewhat mercurial (I'm being charitable). It is in fact a small IT consultancy with strong ambitions to serve large institutions (fortune 500), but it still chases very small engagements because it needs cash-flow. This leads to a number of questionable contracts that are very difficult to service. Consulting talent becomes little better than staff augmentation and cannot provide thought leadership or guidance, particularly when the guidance is not what the customer wants to hear. Oakwood has yet to convince CIOs that it can make a difference to their business if client leadership follows Oakwood's guidance to help the client be successful. This leaves simple staff augmentation, application development, and basic infrastructure services as the value add. OH, the performance review process is a real circus. It's so silly I can't even get disappointed. Monty Python comes to mind. Their heart is in the right place though.

    Advice to Management

    Charles does a lot of things well. He needs to liberate himself from his big 5 glory days though, and work his organization for what it is, in the market it's in. If he wants to run a true consulting rather than staffing firm (he has both with Talentporte) he and his consulting staff need to learn to provide guidance and have the courage to vacate engagements in which the client is not giving his team due respect and attention. He has the basis for taking it to the next level and he has senior staff who can lead client organizations to success through effective use of technology, but he needs to convince his client base that he and his staff can do so, and if the client does not agree be prepared to wish them well.


  10. Great company and people, some struggles have come up though

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oakwood Systems Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Oakwood has great people, they are willing to share knowledge within their team as well as with other teams. I think they are on the brink of some exciting stuff.

    Cons

    Key people have moved on and management needs to find a way to retain. Cannot stay in limbo on this one.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who can lead their teams and allow those managers to do just that. Business isn't always good, but maintain communication and positive leadership. The CEO might need to relinquish some control in order to do this effectively.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Growth opportunity for the self-starter

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Oakwood Systems Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are willing to work hard and bring solutions, not just problems, you are listened to. If you are willing to define, support and defend a new offering, Oakwood has a history of enabling people to go so far as even starting a new practice. Reviews within at least some groups at Oakwood are established with SMART goals chosen mostly by the employee, aimed at their growth the way they want. The mentorship, training, flexibility and empowerment are simply second to none among companies for whom I have worked.

    Cons

    Consulting is not for everyone, so having to learn constantly and take on challenges for which you are not yet equipped can be off-putting. There is difficulty in communication from the topmost tier of the organization. The senior leadership seems to believe that allowing difficult news to filter through rumor channels is more effective than directly addressing the concerns. The standard benefits are not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate. Do it too much. Be transparent even when it hurts. Better communication leading to stronger trust could set this organization on a far better track.



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