SSI Group Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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  1. Generally good people to work with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Technician in Mobile, AL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair compensation, supervisors were very understanding of non-work concerns, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    At times felt underutilized, work wasn't extremely exciting.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Has gone downhill in last year

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

    I have been working at SSI Group full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers, good pay. With all the recent layoffs, getting good equipment is usually not a problem, either.

    Several old-timers have been leaving in a "brain drain," so good opportunities exist for new hires.

    SSI has a lot of recurring revenue which will keep it afloat quite a while longer.

    Cons

    Very political: who you are and whom you're friends with matters a lot.

    Management is very top-down; unless you are a manager, don't expect your ideas to be considered.

    Agile development methodology is agile in name only. CTO is a micromanager who emphasizes process, documentation, and contracts — in direct opposition to the Agile Manifesto.

    Recent (and constant) layoffs have taken their toll on morale. I think most people who are remaining are at least engaged in a passive job search. (The good pay, however, allows us to be picky, so that's a pro.)

    Advice to Management

    Is there a way to purge the new executives who have come in in the last few years? They are good at making friends and political alliances, but it's not clear that they have any record of success. Anyone who is a threat to their powerbase is being eliminated or marginalized, but I think old-timers like Mr. Lyons and Ms. Short — for all their faults — do have the best interests of the company in mind and do have some good ideas. I think the CEO means well and would be pretty good if he didn't have a cabal of connected subordinates who conspire against him to push their own agenda.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Could be something, but run by small minded good ol' boys

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Mobile, AL

    I worked at SSI Group

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

    Pros

    If you want to live in Mobile, AL (would have to have family there) you can do that and make some pocket change here.

    Cons

    Everyone in control is an absolute idiot. The people at the bottom are the most talented, intelligent people and are never given a chance to prosper because the people at the top are all hacks and worried about being replaced. Smart is the enemy.

    Advice to Management

    Russian roulete, alone. You only need to play 6 rounds!

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  5. Helpful (2)

    By far the worst company I have ever worked for. Do not work for this company the culture and management are horrible.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Mobile, AL

    I worked at SSI Group

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

    Pros

    I cannot even think of any positives to include here, the health benefits were good but you paid for them.

    Cons

    This company works in VB6, really? Yes really. Their software is poor quality, no documentation, management have some real issues between the different departments in turn this creates power play inside political drama. Everyone works under a lot of stress thinking they could be fired due to all of the layoffs 160 + when I left. The senior employees are miserable and they rely on them for training because "we no longer have the resources to train as we once did". Intimidation is a common practice by management for the teams in Client Services.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up, your unhappiness is infectious and affects everyone around you. The reason why many do not leave is because they have families and houses in the area and they do not want to uproot their family. Provide the needed resources for newly hired employees and invest in them as you should, SSI owes that responsibility to their employees.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Watch your back

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good location and good co-workers. When hired I was offered an opportunity to excel and acquire professional growth.

    Cons

    On the surface this company projects itself to be caring and with a common goal....for all to be part of one team. However the team that they protect is the management team and by that I mean UPPER management. The only training provided is the new hire training yet nothing on going. They offer "training" through a portal but it has NOTHING to do what we do on a day to day basis. Professional growth non-existent. VP's that make promises they can't keep because they lied about it in the first place. If you ask a question the answer you get is "why are you asking". Your opinion and input is not taken into consideration. Mr. Lyons theme is ONE TEAM yet in order for a team to be a true winner, the leaders must lead without personal agendas.

    Ever since the new CFO took over the morale is at an all time low. People are being laid off left and right.

    Advice to Management

    I don't believe that CFO Mr. Terry Pefanis has The SSI Group, Inc. best interest at heart. You no longer have Mary Hyland, James Murphy or Sidney Weinacker and with that you no longer have The SSI Group that we all admired.

  7. Helpful (2)

    A true southern good ole boys club

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

    I worked at SSI Group

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

    Pros

    Non, they treat everyone like dirt. Management goes around other management so there is no chain of command. You get a clear cup in orientation that you are expected to use instead of a soda can. They stress more care for the carpet then employees.

    Cons

    Everything, the place is a joke. No direction, no real leaders, HR is worse then the mafia. I would look somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair!

  8. Good company getting better

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

    I have been working at SSI Group full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great improvements have been made in the office culture in the last year: casual dress, more flexible work hours, and, most importantly, management engagement in working to improve the company and the quality of life at SSI. Recent efforts have been made also to improve the quality of the workforce, which is much appreciated by the majority of hard workers at SSI.

    As a software engineer, SSI is probably now one of the best places to work in Mobile.

    Cons

    I cannot speak for all departments, and my impression is that it does depend somewhat on which department you work in. Not all departments are as well managed as others.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the improvements begun in the last couple of years. When the employees feel like members of a team, they will work better and for the common good rather than just "doing their job." Let's make SSI a billion-dollar company!

  9. Helpful (2)

    Worst ever company to work with.. Worst worst..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Programmer in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at SSI Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No Pros.. Worst management, Work work environment.. Hiring firing policy.. Worst project design..No work from home.. strict time in and out policy.... nothing is to praise.. If you like to grow in your career than pls pls dont join this company.. If you are out due to any reason for 1 hr than you have to send mails to all the managers about this and take permission..bcz they monitor you by different internal sources positioned in each team..

    Cons

    No Pros.. Worst management, Work work environment.. Hiring firing policy.. Worst project design..No work from home.. strict time in and out policy.... nothing is to praise.. If you like to grow in your career than pls pls dont join this company.. If you are out due to any reason for 1 hr than you have to send mails to all the managers about this and take permission..bcz they monitor you by different internal sources positioned in each team..

    Advice to Management

    Give respect to your employees and their skills... If not they you will soon fail and collaspe

  10. Helpful (2)

    Okay place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Programmer in Mobile, AL

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

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

    Pros

    The culture is really laid back. No micromanaging.

    Cons

    Depending on the position you receive your range of activities may be limited. There is not much to say for training. They just give you the job and you have to learn along the way.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in creating a training regimen for all departments. The throw them in the water and swim method is not ideal for a formal institution.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Technical Positions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at SSI Group full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to get in with a growing technical company in the healthcare industry.

    Cons

    Office space is a bit cramped.

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