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SavATree Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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    It is what you make it......

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

    I have been working at SavATree full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1) Good benefits
    2) Opportunities to grow within the company
    3) Thinking outside the box is encouraged
    4) Co-workers are great
    5) You can leave the job at the office.
    6) Training is encouraged & provided
    7) You can share your thoughts with the senior team at any time. They make themselves available.

    Cons

    When you are busy, you are busy. Workload at times can be overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to the ideas of everyone in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I don't feel human working here

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

    I have been working at SavATree full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most employees actually care about the company and work really hard.

    Cons

    Everything about management.
    The continuous improvement is killing this company. This is a tree service company, not some high end glass building company where ties are needed. Management pushed this down everyones throat, yet the don't follow there own rules. Very unfair. They are waisting everyones time by having management meetings on what field people are doing. Why not ask them or go into the field instead of having management spend their whole day or days figuring out something so stupid? Spend more money on food, gas, and the money field people make for the company so you can sit on your butts and talk about something you have no idea about. Then once a decision is made, the people who disagree won't touch it, very childish.
    Business isn't doing as well as management wants it to be. Pushing everyone to get better and be more robotic doing everything in a standard way. People want to be special not just a number and we are losing clients because of this. Management also doesn't care about the 20% minority. If you don't make the 80% we won't help you since you aren't in the majority and a waste of their time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your hard working employees and pay them well. Many field workers came here because they just needed a job and took a low paying job. Since then they have worked their butt off and when the typical one or two year raise comes by they get the max 5% if they are lucky. What is 5% of someone who low cut themselves to a $30,000 job who should be getting 45-50? It's nothing and disrespectful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate in Bedford Hills, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate in Bedford Hills, NY

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

    Pros

    There really isn't anything good but to be fair...casual Friday is a pro.

    Cons

    Every negative review on here is accurate. The blatant abuse and misconduct is appalling. Cannot even fathom a company like this exists. Management is a hot mess. You are expected to know everything but are taught nothing and not knowing is held against you. This company is a disaster to work for. Antiquated systems and ridiculous policies give management the false impression they are going in the right direction. I'm trying my best to give a broad description and not divulge details as I fear the backlash, as do all employees. The employees live in fear everyday and do not speak out . Please think twice before working here. If you have another option, chose it! Don't do what I did and read these reviews but accept the job thinking I could make a difference. Don't waste your time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the 401k

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

    I have been working at SavATree full-time

    Pros

    There really are none to list.

    Cons

    Too many to list in this space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After reading the above about the 401k being a benefit (or a "Pro") I feel the need to mention the most you can get as an employer match is $1,000 regardless of how much you contribute (However, you must contribute at least $1,000 of your own to get that "benefit"). So if you work for 20 years you will receive a whopping $20,000. I know that sounds silly, because no one will work for this company for 20 years. Even sillier is the grandiose email that is sent stating how the company has contributed to your future.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult

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

    I have been working at SavATree full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The one good thing about this company was their convenient location...

    Cons

    Management was unrealistic and thought they were multi-billion dollar company. There's a reason why the turnover throughout the company was so high...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want people to be excited to go to work (and succeed), pay them for the skills they bring to the table.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    HQ Finance Dept - Avoid Avoid Avoid

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

    I have been working at SavATree

    Pros

    Free onsite parking and business casual dress code. Modest annual bonuses attainable (at least in part.) 401k plan.

    Cons

    The corporate finance department is an unneccessarily tense work environment, lacking inspiring leadership, respect and professionalism.
      Throughout the corporate building there are way too many employees more than happy to tell you how unhappy they are working here.
        This company's finance department has a long-standing reputation as a place where careers go to die; where costs are suppressed via turnover. This seems to be supported by the actions of the CFO hired in 2008. Under his tenure the company has had in this department's senior positions at least: Six Controllers, Four Human Resource Managers, Three Payroll Managers and Three Recruiting Managers. (I spelled out the numbers so you would know they are not typos.) Raised voices and negative comments about superiors, peers and subordinates from him are par for the course and help create the bad environment.
      Success in the junior positions (a/p, a/r clerks, junior accountants) is generally represented by working mothers adept at handling high volumes of work. At this level there have been people who have quit after a week, or gathered their things at night and left, never to return. Some survivors have been there 3-5 years or more; in fairness, some have left the company due to family need or moves and actually returned, but, then again, there is such a thing as the Stockholm Syndrome.
      All in all, it seems better to be a woman working in this department than a man.
      Compensation seems middling to below average; raises are modest but benefits weak. There are modest bonus potentials and a 401k plan.
      Workplace hours are 8:30am-5:00pm with a half hour break for lunch. Expect to be putting in 1-2 hours overtime daily. Putting in long hours looks to be held in higher regard than productivity; if you're leaving before 6-6:30 on anything more than once in a blue moon you will start to feel are being looked at differently.. Employees must take vacation days if they stay at home due to blizzards, hurricanes, etc. Remote work is really not an option and you will feel like you had better be immediately caught up when you are able to return to work.
      The work-place is presented as fast-paced. Having worked at truly challenging, fast-paced firms, I would disagree. If anything, this workplace is high volume.
      Annual reviews (for those who make it that far) are laughable and demoralizing. The CFO denies the highest ranking so your highest possible "score" makes you seem, at best, like an average staffer. It is imperative that you keep track of your accomplishments as you are unlikely to have them recognized in your evaluation. Make sure they get noted or else you will wonder if someone else is taking credit for your work.
      Management in other departments seems sane, though to me is not particularly dynamic/impressive. As anywhere, there are some prima donnas, particularly on the sales side. The president/owner is the perfect moral complement to the CFO; he has a lot of opinions but seems to back down rather quickly once confronted with facts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company is undeniably a financially successful firm, and will likely remain so, but it will never be a great firm unless it learns to properly treat and mentor its employees. Shouldn't an owner be embarrassed by this department's reputation; have you no shame, sir?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    SavATree Response

    Mar 4, 2014Recruitment & Career Development Manager

    While there are several factual errors in this review, we do recognize that there are opportunities to improve and have multiple initiatives in motion to do so.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Boring, Uninspired Workplace

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

    I worked at SavATree part-time

    Pros

    Fairly interesting company, you end up learning a decent amount about trees and plants

    Cons

    Don't learn anything about business, extremely structured workplace, everybody seems miserable and constantly talks about how much they hate the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in younger people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    SavATree Response

    Jul 10, 2013Recruitment & Career Development Manager

    SavATree is a thriving company that continues to grow with the assistance of our experienced and dedicated staff, both organically and through attrition. Each of our 24 locations have their own ... More

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