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Updated Feb 17, 2014

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    Walking on broken glass is less painful

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pasadena, CA

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

    ConsExtremely 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 Senior ManagementLearn to treat employees with respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementDo 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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    If you can make it here, you can make it any where.

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsA 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.

    ConsAlthough 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 Senior ManagementThe staff is much more aware of what is going on internally than management will acknowledge.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStrong 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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