SDLC Partners

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SDLC Partners Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
29 Reviews
2.3
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SDLC Partners Principal Partners Chris Simchick, Scott Barnyak, & Christy Maruca
Chris Simchick, Scott Barnyak, & Christy Maruca
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  1.  

    Great company with lots of opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at SDLC Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I think individuals forget that this is a consulting company. You are a consultant to client and it’s important for the individual to work on developing a strong relationship with the client. It’s also important to understand what you want to do. Some of the reviews on here are fairly negative but I think it might have to do with individuals who felt they weren't moving up or were unable to really do more. I worked my way up the chain but I did that by taking more responsibilities (this also means more risk) and being able to really explain your actions. Once you become a trusted adviser and you are able to show how you can make a difference you’ll see your career grow.

    Cons

    On the real, there are many cons but know that there is always going to be cons in most companies you work at. Number 1 con is they don’t pay as well as other companies. It’s hard to get promotions and it’s hard to get a good raise. I don’t think that the company pays what the average price is in the industry and if you’re on the low level it’s even more difficult to get paid what your colleges are getting paid. This is one aspect that really discouraged me and I tried to raise my voice to but it was heard to an extent. Changes are always promised but I hope we’re able to see better changes. Another way to really make more money is to work overtime. For the most part, if you’re in a good project and you’re being challenged you will automatically put in more hours. Hence your wage will increase, but not sure how long those days are going to last. As mentioned in the pros, think about how you can show value. Remember you’re a consultant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know we’re trying to make improvements on wages and making sure we’re at a tier where folks are getting paid accordingly but there is always more that can be done. It’s also important to have yearly bonuses to help with employee morals. I think it’s also important to bring transparency to how we can make a difference in bringing in new clients.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An average local company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at SDLC Partners

    Pros

    If you are a Pittsburgh local and do not want to travel much, this could be good gig. HighMark is the primary client. Partners are approachable and culture is decent.

    Cons

    Salary is 20- 30% lower than the market rate. No 401K, poor benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talent retention is the key to deliver on projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Perspective from somebody who worked for SDLC partners for more than 6 yrs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at SDLC Partners full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Excellent Employers , excellent owners who truly cares for its employees
    * Great location
    * lots of opportunities for growth and career diversification
    * melting pots for great talents
    * competitive salary
    * transparent
    * atleast for some folks , there were and still are lots of good and interesting opportunities to learn from.
    * for a medium size organization , SDLC has presence in almost all aspects of Software Development Life Cycle - from Application development , mobile development to Automation testing , to proper project and program management , to Business Intelligence field etc.

    I normally do not write review , but after reading some of the review in glassdoor , i felt like I should contribute. I have also moved on to some other organization , but I have mostly positive experience with SDLC. If you have issues with work life balance while working with client project , there is little any employer can do unless you take the initiative. Same goes for anybody who feels he/she has not been heard. This doesnt mean I never had any issues (nothing that cannot be managed if addresses in proper way)

    Cons

    * Some of its practice needs more diversification and better client base
    * Earlier they were dependent on only one client (mainly) , but now things are changing and SDLC is making its presence felt to other businesses within Pittsburgh. Still a bit more expansion is required when it comes to client base.
    * some of its strength can also be its weakness, like , it has presence only in Pittsburgh. Things are changing , but a little slower.
    * could stream line some of the HR process instead of doing things on ad-hoc basis. Although changes done in recent past are definitely in right direction.
    * Could have better process for Green Card processing (again this also has been addressed , so , not a con technically)
    * The office cubes could be bigger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * keep doing what you are doing
    * Diversify more (maybe)
    * Need projects outside Pittsburgh as well.
    * Need to invest in employee training more so as to gain competitive edge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Selfish company with disconnected workers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at SDLC Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent PTO allowances, and hey... at least you have a job.

    Cons

    SDLC is a company that cares, well, only about itself. They preach about being a "family", but other than the occasional picnic, everyone is disjointed and communication is at a minimum. A few years ago it was a much better place to work. But after losing many practice directors and managers over the last year or so, it's become unbearable. Which is why myself and many others are actively seeking employment elsewhere.

    The benefits are TERRIBLE, they do not match on 401k, and lower-level management was told (during the last round of performance reviews) not to give out raises to anyone who did not overwhelmingly meet their goals. Dozens of workers received no raise (not even a raise to cover cost-of-living hikes), even though they did more than enough to earn one. Some of these managers actually left the company shortly afterwards, because of the terrible taste in their mouths from telling their workers they can't reward them for their hard work.

    SDLC has - basically - only one Client: Highmark. If Highmark were to drop them, they would probably close up shop within the month. At least 90% of their business comes from one single client, and that is NOT a good business model to have.

    If you're looking for a stressful job with no reward, bad benefits, no 401k matching, terrible managers and no security that they won't close their doors at a moment's notice, this is the place for you. If you enjoy a workforce that's about 80% overseas workers, with huge language barriers and a crab mentality, this is the place for you.

    Otherwise, run far, far away from SDLC Partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the people you've put in charge. And stop trying to get the cheapest labor possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to kick start your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant II in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Consultant II in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at SDLC Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smaller organizations can always provide better learning opportunities. Good exposure to clients at a relatively lower level in the org. Good work culture, lets you maintain a work life balance!

    Cons

    High dependancy on a single client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company could benefit from better leadership

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good from afar, but far from good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant II
    Former Employee - Consultant II

    I worked at SDLC Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    SDLC hires intelligent, hard working and personable people. The folks that you have the opportunity to work with are the biggest pro to this company.

    Cons

    SDLC is a self described 'pay for performance' organization. However, the only ones getting paid for the consultants performance are the partners. The raises are terrible and do not fall in line with the pay ranges given to new employees when they are hired. HR continuously makes up new procedures and changes rules for promotions and raises and the excuse is always that this is a 'new' company and they're working out kinks. After ten years in business, that excuse is no longer applicable. No 401k match and expensive health benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people well and they will make sure you succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Learned a lot, but poor compensation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant I in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Consultant I in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at SDLC Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had the chance to work on very large industry projects after starting in a true entry-level position.

    Cons

    Poor compensation and impossible to adjust if you started low. Majority of work is only for one client, so once you are slotted it can be difficult to move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are your product, start treating them like they are truly valuable, instead of just lip servicing the idea of a consultant.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Promising Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SDLC Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth and learning.

    Cons

    Local only to Pittsburgh and nearby areas for now.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Communication Challenges, Low Morale

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

    I have been working at SDLC Partners full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Smart associates who are willing to work hard and learn. Recruiting does a good job of identifying strong candidates.

    Cons

    Leadership has a difficult time managing change and cannot handle open communication or difficult conversations. The organization is constantly concerned by risk rather than encouraging smart risk-taking to fuel growth. Company culture is subdued, morale is poor, and most high-potential employees are unhappy with future prospects. Within one year at the company I have seen many of the top performers move on to other companies out of frustration and a desire for career growth that they cannot attain at SDLC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how you manage leadership of the company... open the doors to fresh ideas, capital, and a bit of intelligent risk taking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    One client, no upward mobility.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant I
    Former Employee - Consultant I

    I worked at SDLC Partners full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume, actually hires college grads/no experience. Flex schedule if with the right client, some jobs work from home. You don't actually DEAL with SDLC as you are the client site 100% (which is a good and bad thing)

    Cons

    No 401k match, communication is lacking, management takes forever to implement new ideas, your only communication with SDLC is by email and the quarterly meetings which you are NOT paid for, only in food and drinks. My specific department seems to be left "out to pasture". We were without leadership over 6 months and when we asked were continually told "work in progress". Seems like the draw of this company is you could eventually be hired with a pretty notable client, however, this client had been downsizing so this possibility seems to be fading. Do yourself a favor and just don't .... You'll be stuck in your position with no way out, even if you express interest in other positions/moving around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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