Sapphos Environmental

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Sapphos Environmental Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
5 Reviews
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  1.  

    Walking on broken glass is less painful

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

    I have been working at Sapphos Environmental full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits. Wide variety of projects, clients, and jobs to work on.

    Cons

    Extremely high turn over rate, average employee tenure with company less than five years, average age of employees mid twenties.

    The standard method of operations with regards to human resources is:

    1. hire educated, experienced, and talented people at a salary above industry standard,
    2. demand 100 percent loyalty and dedication of them through guilt and manipulation,
    3. when it is perceived they are unable to perform their work at this unrealistic level of perfection, arbitrarily and capriciously humiliate, belittle, abuse, ridicule, and strongly encourage them to leave,
    4. after they have left the company belittle and ridicule their performance to their peers and Sapphos clients,
    5. repeat the process with next hire.

    Senior management team of 10 reduced to 5 in less than two years. See number 3 above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Stay away

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

    I worked at Sapphos Environmental

    Pros

    solar powered building is good but unafordable gimmick

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. massive exodus of good people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to senior staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    TOXIC ENVIRONMENT. STAY AWAY

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sapphos Environmental

    Pros

    No pros are mentioned as no one should be encouraged to work here. The cons outweigh the pros tenfold or more.

    Cons

    I agree with the person who said walking on broken glass is less painful. The owner acts like an insane woman. She had a yelling match with a manager during working hours, then she walked out and slammed the front door, then proceeded to continue the argument outside, but within earshot. Things like this are not unusual there. Staff cringes when they hear her high-heels clicking towards them on the concrete office floors. She lies, deceives and is fickle in her alliances. Work there is impossible - imagine being asked to pick up 200 shards of that glass with one hand and build a pyramid. And if you succeed, she will take credit or give it to someone else. Metaphors aside, imagine you've been asked to prepare several proposals at one time, while remaining 97% chargeable. It can't be done but you will be treated like a traitor for saying that. A typical pattern is treating a person like royalty the first year, then trashing on them after that honeymoon period. There is something seriously wrong with this woman and it's too bad it's not against the law for bosses to act this way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do NOT take a staff or manager position here. Several managers left while I was there. Run, don't walk, AWAY from that place. It will turn your life UPSIDE-DOWN and not in a good way.

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  5.  

    If you can make it here, you can make it any where.

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

    I have been working at Sapphos Environmental full-time

    Pros

    A woman-owned company that employs an extremely smart, talented, hard-working technical team. Highly structured and organized processes and guidelines in place for preparing various reports, proposals, and for general office processes. Firm structure allows those with relatively little industry experience to get a wide breadth of experience in project management, business development and proposal efforts, which is great for career growth. Staff retreats are very generous with company paid overnight stays and meals at high-end resorts. Great comaraderie among staff. Most technical group managers are very knowledgeable and make an effort to mentor their respective groups. Salary and benefits are decent to good.

    Cons

    Although there is a management group to help guide the business, decisions, frequently arbitrary, come directly from the president. Therefore, the corporate management style is more micro-management verging on dictatorial. There is little positive reinforcement from the top for good work. The overall atmosphere is often oppressive, leaving the staff feeling demoralized and stressed. Perspective employees should make it a point to ask for the staff attrition rate during the interview process and consider the response carefully.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The staff is much more aware of what is going on internally than management will acknowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good and Bad

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

    I worked at Sapphos Environmental full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong interest in quality work, hiring smart and resourceful people, and great benefits for a small firm. Many great individuals you can learn from. Can gain good project management experience there. Very well organized and has clear company procedures to help workflow.

    Cons

    Oppressive pressure. At times there is contradictory or irrational management direction coming from the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My manager was helpful and mentored me. But utlimately the president makes the decisions, which are often heartless and flawed. The company culture is overall positive, but there is a dictatorial approach from the top. Many walk on eggshells and find the environment tense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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