Savvis Reviews in New York City, NY

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Pros
  • Good pay and benefits are there (in 5 reviews)

  • some great people, really hard workers (but not appreciated) great basic salary (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / Life balance was a problem at times for sure (in 5 reviews)

  • Disconnect from Senior Executive management and workers not in St Louis, MO (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very laid back and fun work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Weehawken, NJ

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

    Pros

    Comfortable work area, with TV's, kitchen, and game room. 4 day work week.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours. Must be able to cover different shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more staff.

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

    Good company, bad management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Technical Specialist  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Technical Specialist in Weehawken, NJ

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

    Pros

    Benefits and stability
    Flexible schedule
    Managers do not micromanage

    Cons

    no cross training
    no opportunity to advance and learn new technologies
    race is factored when considering advancement in company
    those who do less work are somehow seen as being very competent
    very unprofessional when speaking to colleagues over the phone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none - management is only concerned when an incident negatively affects the client, then its SOP of CYA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good learning opportunities about the hosting world

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Savvis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. Data Center Audits Experience
    2. Managed Hosting/Colocation understanding
    3. Complex outsourcing solutions experience
    4. Good international experience in the hosting world

    Cons

    1. No career path
    2. Little recognition for good work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nurture, develop and invest in your talented people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long and rewarding but ready for change.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales in New York, NY

    I have been working at Savvis

    Pros

    Income potential
    Proximity to home
    Potential of my peer group
    Loyalty of the employees
    Industry space

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Lack of sr management visibility into issues
    Lack of sr management willingness to correct issues
    Recently acquired
    Business becoming commoditized
    Thankless place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are the most important assets you have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company but poor quality management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Hosting Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Hosting Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Savvis

    Pros

    Industry leader in the hosting,web and cloud.

    Cons

    Severe overwork of sr. solution engineers. No balance between work and family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the technical people that work at Savvis. They need to be heard if there's an issue. Management at Savvis was poor and lacked communications and competency in many aspects.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good learning experience, but tons of fiery hoops to jump through to get things done.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Savvis

    Pros

    Good exposure to infrastructure technologies, beginning and advanced training, very capable resources to work with, 24/7 staff (NOC) very reliable.

    Cons

    Management cares more about bottom line than staff. Lot of directors are workaholics and expect same from subordinates. Systems from various acquisitions were never integrated, so it takes lots of time/effort to get anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade internal systems. Keep expectations of staff high, but also cut staff slack (we work hard and long hours). Promoting talented people who lack management skills greatly hinders workplace satisfaction. Too many directors, too many hoops to jump through to get anything done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The Dirty Truth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Weehawken Employee  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Weehawken Employee in Weehawken, NJ

    I have been working at Savvis

    Pros

    HIgher Salary then competitors
    Name recognition, especially in the Financial Vertical
    Highly rated in Gartner Magic Quadrant
    SAVVIS is a cool name

    Cons

    Management rules by fear, its an ole boys network. Secret alliances everywhere,
    There is a high level of customer churn.
    There is a high level of staff churn, roughly 35%.
    Departments are measured on how quickly things get done- so nothing is ever resolved, its pushed out to another department.
    On any given day there is a high level of employee dissatisfaction since it is difficult to get anything resolved. Guaranteed you will leave work feeling unaccomplished.
    All resource is severely limited.
    We have a new CEO, Jim Ousley, who comes to us from us. He is a former SAVVIS board member who has been resurrected and energized with massive doses of Geritol.
    Other recent exec changes mount to a hill of beans, the majority of the exec staff are SAVVIS has beens that are being given life again.

    Lastly if you do onboard, expect to be provided an old heavy laptop that has been used.
    I hope you are geting the message that SAVVIS does not value its employees. If you are inclined to go for the salary, be prepared for the possibility of a very short tenure.
    Tough environment, akin to a pig that has been dressed up with lipstick for Wall St..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership of SAVVIS is ruthless as it continues to undermine itself by continuing to devalue their most prized asset, their employees that are east and west of St Louis. Let them retreat from the relentless changes and endless exec shuffling and figure out a way to create a professional and respectful work environment instead of being known as a chopshop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to work, but

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Weehawken, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Weehawken, NJ

    I have been working at Savvis

    Pros

    Casual, laid-back environment with a decent amount of room for personal and professional growth. However, in locations other than headquarters, there's a definite limit to what you can achieve, having seen what goes on in the headquarters

    Cons

    Lack of technical growth opportunities when working at a non-HQ location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where people are physically located has no bearing on their ability to perform a job.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great potential but Poor managed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Savvis

    Pros

    There are great products and great potential. The vision has been lacking but seems to be coming back around. Great flexibility.

    Cons

    Wrong people in wrong positions. People who should not be managers are in lead positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep your talent and reward them. Too many good people are leaving

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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