Savvis
2.9 of 5 123 reviews
www.savvis.com Town & Country, MO 1000 to 5000 Employees

Savvis Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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2.9 123 reviews

                             

50% Approve of the CEO

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Jeff Von Deylen

(14 ratings)

39% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "my role is reasonable work life balance, but also signals there could be more work can be done"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Senior Management knows how dysfunctional Operations at the mid-level and the tech front lines and has done nothing to correct it"
    in 4 reviews
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Happy...when we were Savvis

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I have been working at Savvis full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSavvis had a relaxed atmosphere with great talent. The pay and benefits were competitive and there were many growth opportunities.

ConsSavvis was acquired by CenturyLink and we are now a much larger company with a much smaller presence in St. Louis. Because of the acquisition, there is a trend for employees to find better opportunities outside of the company and a lot more overall dissatisfaction.

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

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Co-workers were pretty great but there was a lot of red tape that made work difficult to get done.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I worked at Savvis as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGood people to work with
Relaxed office culture
Good pay and benefits
Flexible with hours worked

ConsBad company leadership
Leadership didn't care about developers or making their life easier
Hindrances to getting anything done
Confusing and unclear business strategy
Little to no communication from leadership to developers

Advice to Senior ManagementClarify your business goals communicate them, look for ways to make life easier for your developers.

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

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Good Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsLeader in the industry, building for the future.

ConsBig company politics, still working through Centurylink acquisition.

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

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Chaos, at every level

Operations (Current Employee)
Town and Country, MO

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

ProsThey have health benefits as required by US labor laws.
They pay you on time, usually.
Want to sit around and not do your job? This is the place for you. No one is held accountable, no one cares and no one knows. Goals and numbers are made up last minute and you are judged harshly anyhow.

ConsAbsolute Chaos. The problem with Savvis is that there is no corporate culture. Its as if they took people from all corners of the earth and threw them under the general umbrella of a company name with no direction, authority or even general job description outside of "make money". Things like honestly and work ethic are secondary if even that once you get to the Senior Manager level. Manager and lower are beaten down with moving goals so no one cares and no one is driving this thing.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo something besides fudging numbers to make your bonus. If you don't want to do anything then get out of the way for those that want to.

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

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Awesome work culture

QA Engineer (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I have been working at Savvis as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThey handle work as play..there is not much pressure on anyone.
The senior management is cool and really help anyone who has any technical snag or issues with the code.
Collaboration between various teams is pretty awesome.

ConsA bit laid back in the work designation.

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Good for politic players

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

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

ProsThe office is kind of fancy looking from outside
The salary is ok, the training, reimbursement is easy

ConsToo much politics. People are not enjoying their works.
The few people that I like, who are nice and hard working, are among the firsts to get laid off.
Some terrible people live happily there.

Advice to Senior ManagementBeing acquired saved Savvis

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good company, bad management

IT Technical Specialist (Current Employee)
Weehawken, NJ

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

ProsBenefits and stability
Flexible schedule
Managers do not micromanage

Consno 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 Senior Managementnone - management is only concerned when an incident negatively affects the client, then its SOP of CYA

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Location is the key...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

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

ProsGood work/life balance, Mid-to-Senior level managers that listen, great collaboration between co-workers within business units. Cxx level management is not tolerating poor performance and has been putting poor performing players out to the pasture which has been long overdue.

ConsCTL gave us all the extra-costs of being CTL employess (taxed benefits, higher health ins premiums, less PTO) while deferring any benefits that might offset the higher costs. A lot of wasted money spent on projects destined for failure. Location is key to finding the good places to be. Savvis' business units try to work autonomously and their competing goals and legacy processes cause friction between them.

Advice to Senior ManagementWe're way to eager to hold on to old technology that has gone past its expiration date. Additionally we're throwing too much money out the door to reinvent some tools just to turn around and buy other companies that already figured it out. I do see a lot of hope with our current direction

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

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Overall good company that allows your voice to be heard

Operations (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

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

ProsAbility to voice an opinion and make changes
You can work on many different technologies depending on department
Ability to move up or around to other departments
Casual environment

ConsHard limits from parent company on internal move raises
No official work from home policy
Sales tends to sell packages without the proper support

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow upper management to give higher internal raises at their discretion.

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

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It has been good so far.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsWork-Life Balance has been good so far.

ConsShift timings are not employee friendly.

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

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