SSOE Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. very smart staff but needs long term work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Designer in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very smart project managers, designers and support staff, lots of software training, resources, flexible hours

    very nice people to work for

    Cons

    started implementing a cost saving program called 2 second lean most went along with it but i don't see the benefits.

    lack of diversity of work, most with a large tech client

    most decisions come from toledo HQ

    low wages

    Advice to Management

    please go after long term local clients other than the obvious.


  2. Hire & Fire firm

    Former Employee - Structural Designer III in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Structural Designer III in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at SSOE 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

    Smart, very nice people who are easy to work with for the most part. We eventually got some decent hardware that is up to the task of large and complex Revit modeling.

    Cons

    Very little progress to diversify clients and sector's leave them little choice but to staff up and then layoff. You better get enough salary to cover your next period of unemployment that is just around the corner.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with people who interview and disclose the facts about how many people get laid off and how often. They may appreciate the candor. At least they may not be as devastated in the end


  3. Sr. Vice President

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH

    I worked at SSOE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small company fell with focus on clients.

    Cons

    Can be inflexible with systems.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Well...

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

    I have been working at SSOE full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The people on my team are nice and helpful. Like my clients. Good benefits. Fruit of the week is a nice touch. Convenient to my house.

    Cons

    Things have been changing so much and not in a good way. Frantic and reactionary. They don't seem to value people anymore. Internally focused on cutting costs and forming committees to solve problems. Mandatory OT... And not just a few hours every week. Past CEO was a strong leader and well respected. New leadership in place seems like what they say to the masses and do are different. Just not the quality firm it once was.

    Advice to Management

    Couldn't imagine where to begin.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good

    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at SSOE (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging work. Good compensation. Family environment.

    Cons

    Inconsistent work. Company relies too much on one client. This can lead to unexpected layoffs if a big contract does not go through.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify clients.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Still growing on me right now

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

    I have been working at SSOE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Senior management wants to do better

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth is limited


  8. Helpful (1)

    Engineer 3

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at SSOE full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of over time is they have a job. Fast pace work so you never get board if you can survive the rollercoaster of hiring lots of people then laying off lots ore when the work runs out.

    Cons

    There is inconsistent work, lots of stress, and poor work life balance. Management has no plan just reacts to whatever happens and calls it a plan.

    Advice to Management

    diversify your Oregon clients


  9. Good learning environment

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

    I have been working at SSOE full-time

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

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers. Large experience pool to absorb information from and learn from. Flexible working schedule. Not much travel needed depending on department.

    Cons

    Pay isn't very good. Insurance is OK, but seems to get a little worse every year. Work sharing some lower design aspects with overseas offices gets frustrating.


  10. Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at SSOE

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

    Pros

    I have worked at SSOE for over 20 years. In that time, I have had tremendous opportunity for personal and professional development. The people that work at SSOE are some of the best! Everyone that I have worked with has been willing to share their knowledge and experience and that has helped me to have a full understanding of all the services we provide. Our client list is World Class! It has been exciting to see all the clients for whom we work -- it is impressive. Our former CEO just retired. He was one of the best leaders and left the firm in good hands. Our new CEO has laid out a new vision and is focused on the culture of our organization. Our Management Team just presented the results of our annual employee survey. They really listen to what the employees are saying and I have seem many programs and improvements implemented as a result of this survey. OveraIl, I think it is an exciting time to work at SSOE!

    Cons

    We all have something that may frustrate us about our employer on any given day. Overall, though, I am completely happy to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on the culture and our employees! You are doing great and I can't wait to see where we will go!


  11. MEH

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

    I have been working at SSOE

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

    Pros

    There is a job here.

    Cons

    The health insurance benefits aren’t that great. They say that they have health insurance, they do, but when you use it you are rejected. One of the guys in my office is out big money, because they denied his health insurance claims



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