Saab Sensis
3.6 of 5 12 reviews
www.saabsensis.com East Syracuse, NY 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 26, 2014

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Saab Sensis President & CEO Marc Viggiano

Marc Viggiano

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great company to work for.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Saab Sensis

ProsLots of interesting work, great environment, friendly management, very good life work balance. Talented people.

ConsSalary compensation is just average.

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It's a govt contractor, so you have to put up with red tape, but they stay grounded and are a good solid company.

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Syracuse, NY

I worked at Saab Sensis full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat environment and coworkers, stable work environment.

ConsGovt red tape. The ebbs and flows of contract work. Lots of middle management.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/a

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Saab Sensis full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSmall enough company where you get to know pretty much everyone. Yearly reviews and everyone has a chance to contribute. You can also just do your job and what is asked of you. Management usually looks for its employees to go above and beyond their job responsibilities when it comes time to do annual reviews.

ConsUps and downs with sequestration which can strain work opportunities and cause for boring days at work. Growth has slowed over the years and the culture has changed a bit from what it used to be.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Syracuse, NY

I have been working at Saab Sensis full-time for more than a year

ProsBenefits and culture are great

ConsNone that i can think of

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Now a good place again to build your career!

Senior Staff Engineer (Current Employee)
East Syracuse, NY

I have been working at Saab Sensis full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat compensation, work/life balance, well respected company, very meaningful job, and nice people.
Tries to value innovation and reward talents - at least back on the right track.
Bought by SAAB AB in 2011- went from a small unstable company to be part of a well-respected global company.
Central NY is a great place to raise young kids - great public schools (FM, JD) and very reasonable housing cost

ConsDepends too much on government contracts - concerns w. sequester coming.
Not a highly profitable business - means no bonus.
Attracts mostly local talents - hard to attract top notch.
Senior and mid management are still on the weak side - lack of experience in general and perceived as lacking accountability - not to bad if you are afraid to make mistakes...
Syracuse winter means lots of snow - not too bad if you like to ski...

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to attract top talents and invest more in R&D & new product development - give more budget freedom to senior tech leaders but hold them accountable for new capability development.
Start giving bonus / awards to top performers.
Train right engineers to do effective BD and train your engineers to self manage or be efficient managers (or the other way around if you dare) - a more flexible work force can better coast through downs such as sequester with good stability.
Need to train your managers better, enforce best practice - invest in good tools (not laughable costly ones), streamlined leaner-overhead processes, transparency, accountability reflected in compensation review process, and retool your managers - retire BB for example.
Keep those great benefits going!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The companies technology makes it safer to fly and the business would be more viable with stronger product management

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Syracuse, NY

I worked at Saab Sensis

ProsTeam of people are talented technically, and solutions for making air travel safer are the best in the world (most installations at world's 100 busiest airports).

ConsThe positives said about technical talent are countered by the lack of business savy talent. While there are several strong business leaders there are not enough people with business talent. Additionally tuition reimbursement frozen and talent voluntarily leaving before the new owners Saab and also under the new owners.

Advice to Senior Managementput in place stronger strategy and product management; turn back on tuition reimbursement to keep talent

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
East Syracuse, NY

I worked at Saab Sensis

ProsGood benefits package with a relaxed environment

ConsNo fiscal responsibility and no accountability of middle management up

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees and act, not react

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Small company - not a bad place to work

Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Syracuse, NY

I have been working at Saab Sensis

ProsGreat atmosphere. If you push hard enough you can get assignments you want.

ConsLack of good leadership causes the focus to be reactionary.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Went from great for couple first years then all down hill

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
East Syracuse, NY

I have been working at Saab Sensis

ProsAbove average benefits, average pay, nice building with cafeteria and gym, easy flex time and decent amount of vacation. Most of the people are very friendly. Is an OK atmosphere when there is plenty of work.

ConsNot a great place for less experienced engineers since there is no mentorship, there are few people who are willing to help you grow and get the right opportunities. Very difficult to move around jobs, tend to chase charge numbers all the time. Getting on jobs requires a lot of informal networking, so hopefully you have a lot of friends. A lot of good work goes on, which goes unnoticed or rewarded by management. Management changes the mission of the company on a daily basis, can't seem to stay focused.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no good reward system for engineers, and less experienced engineers are overlooked. Fire all your BD guys, if they don't bring contracts in with REAL money then they're not doing a good enough job. Don't attack 10 opportunities and hope for 1. Focus on a few projects, do them on time, with superior quality, and don't promise things you can't deliver. Management always babels about waste and inefficiency, but BD is the biggest waste of all.

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Overall disappointed

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
East Syracuse, NY

I worked at Saab Sensis

ProsGreat physical culture, nice facility, great cafe, nice surroundings, good vacation allowance, low stress, great pay.

ConsThey don't understand what it takes to be big - they still were organized like a small company. They did not have an organizational structure with adequate accountability.
I was hired with the promise that plenty of work would be available after the initial project ended. This was not true; there was no more work and there was a 100+ person permanent layoff.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to develop an organizational structure with specific goals, objectives and deep accountability. The company is very lax with key suppliers, letting them dictate design and timing, way beyond what should be allowed. They don't seem to feel a timing date provided to a customer is to be considered "do or die" and in the end will have a serious detrimental effect upon the survivability of the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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