SASCO Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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  1. Project Engineer

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at SASCO full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are an entrepreneur minded person, this is the company for you. They allow you to drive your own success. And equip you with the tools to grow and achieve all that you can.

    Cons

    If you are not a driven, self tasking, "hungry" type person, you will struggle here. They say they only employ the top 10% and it shows. This is not a company where you just show up and collect a check. I wouldn't consider this a "con"


  2. Helpful (2)

    Worst employer ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at SASCO full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bonus, if you're extremely lucky.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment, harassment, managers threatening to kill you, long work hours, no raises in 5 years, incredible personnel turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Manage with temperament and compassion, instead of with an iron fist.


  3. Helpful (4)

    High turnover, unfriendly environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SASCO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company pays a large part of cost of health benefits.

    Cons

    This company has very high turnover. They like to fire people without any notice at all (this happens often). Also, day to day, working here can be difficult, hugely competitive environment, company has favored employees and everyone else is viewed as expendable. Some employees like to throw other employees under the bus (ie. frequent reporting of small mistakes) to make themselves look better to management.

    Advice to Management

    Lessen the turnover, create a more stable environment and working culture. Try to value all employees equally and not choose favorites.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Awesome Cultural shift in the last 6 months

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at SASCO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The new COO who also serves as the CIO has made an amazing difference in this company, we all love coming to work at Sasco now.

    Cons

    None at the moment, the future is bright

    Advice to Management

    Continue moving forward and do not get in the way of the people with the ability to make change.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Definitely Different

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fullerton, CA

    I worked at SASCO full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Staff level personnel are very likeable, friendly and full of great ideas on how to improve. They share a genuine concern for current policy, process and management.

    Cons

    No autonomy to do what you were hired to do. Us against them attitude with internal service teams. Lacks management cooperation and common goals.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Not a great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Fullerton, CA

    I worked at SASCO full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Had enough equipment to work with as an IT professional.

    Cons

    The owner, Larry Smead, has a very bad attitude and treats everyone with disrespect which filters down to the workforce creating a nasty work environment. A lot of foot traffic, many are fired or demoted for no specific reasons. Went through 4 engineers within a year. Unhappy working environment, not flexible. The Assistant CTO left the company and the company never hired another and put the helpdesk manager in charge of managing talented Systems and Network Engineers. Not a great choice...

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees are hard working employees. Stop the political stuff and treat others with respect. Your employees are miserable.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Definitely work but a lot of people coming and going

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SASCO full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    At times the bonuses/profit sharing was good, but unfortunately have not seen that in a few years. When not in the office, worksite dress attire is casual. Have met and worked with some very down to earth PM's.

    Cons

    A lot of office politics, upper management is a revolving door. At times too many chiefs for the tribe. Expect an endless list of priority one tasks, with very few compliments


  9. Helpful (1)

    Old construction company with a stable job.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Low Voltage Technician - Installer in Woodinville, WA
    Current Employee - Low Voltage Technician - Installer in Woodinville, WA

    I have been working at SASCO full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stability. Job growth opportunities. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Poor management. A lot of bad politics involved between union and the company. Expect you to work a lot of hours.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to adapt to new technology.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Change with the Times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Administrative in Fullerton, CA
    Current Employee - Project Administrative in Fullerton, CA

    I have been working at SASCO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Depth of resources and some financial strength.

    Cons

    Culture is of silo financial managment, not a happy, open, friendly, people oriented place to be. 1st year you earn only 5 days of PTO including sick, what kind of policy is THAT ?

    Advice to Management

    Improve the culture. Ask employees for input, survey them and our customers and see what really matters to each. TRAINING: Do you wish for new SASCO employees to become socialized to the workplace by default....or design ? Companies get exponential results from top-down participation in program areas like Safety and Marketing. When the entire office sits together for quarterly lunch meetings they can determine and communicate what is important and acheive expectations. Working is a silo without any idea of how to fully engage with expectations is a certain way to fail to meet them.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Sasco Nepatists Extrordinaire

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Installer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Installer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at SASCO full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They had work where there was none in my town

    Cons

    Out of 9 people on the jobsite 7 were considered foremen. Mostly of hispanic decent they would speak in Spanish when they didnt want me to understand the conversation. Only the "in" crowd would be kept on after the job was over. Carrot dangling about the next job is SOP for this outfit when they have no intention of keeping you for the next job.

    Advice to Management

    Get some good union representation for this company. The crews in the field are running off talented help to save their own skins. This is common practice especially if management is on site. Newer or lower level techs are kept from having input or even conversations with upper management. There is a reason for this.



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