Savvis Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
139 Reviews
3.1
139 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance was exceptional (in 7 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits are there (in 5 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.  

    The company is extremely volitale since the acquisition by CTL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Savvis full-time

    Pros

    Company Culture was amazing. Work life balance was exceptional.

    Cons

    Since the acquisition by CTL the company has been extremely volitale. The company has had a hard time with creating a one Company mindset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Establish company wide implement process and procedures. Communicate clearly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job, not a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere and dress, free soda

    Cons

    Lots of people are just slackers, taking up space, doing the least possible to keep their jobs; the best people move on to other employers, leaving the slackers behind. Also, the outlook is bleak because it appears all or most of the St. Louis jobs will be relocating to CenturyLink headquarters in Monroe at some point - or at least that's what the rumor mill says. Morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency would be appreciated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice people... slow moving culture

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    good people: smart, trustworthy
    adequate compensation
    good technical resources

    Cons

    slow in meeting the demands of the market, particularly in the IaaS space. If AWS represents the fast moving end of the spectrum, Savvis is on the opposite side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cultivate a more entrepreneurial, risk taking culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Savvis as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bad 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 ManagementAdvice

    Clarify your business goals communicate them, look for ways to make life easier for your developers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Happy...when we were Savvis

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Savvis 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Leader in the industry, building for the future.

    Cons

    Big company politics, still working through Centurylink acquisition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Savvis as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

    A bit laid back in the work designation.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaos, at every level

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Town and Country, MO
    Current Employee - Operations in Town and Country, MO

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

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

    Absolute 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for politic players

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Savvis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

    Being acquired saved Savvis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, bad management

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    • 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 (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

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