Savvis Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    It was fun....for a while.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Savvis full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The members of the rank and file are very fun to work with. There is a lot of talent at that company at this level. They are laid back, work hard and tend to enjoy what they do. You can learn a lot here in a short time.

    Cons

    The management layer is bloated and somewhat unorganized. Not a clear vision on how to execute a company vision. Part of this is attributable to a bit of blurred vision coming from the C and VP level post CTL 'merger'. But even prior to that this problem existed to some extent.

    Advice to Management

    Shake of the large telco influx, get back to building slick products the market wants and move on. Empower the employees to take some risk so you're not perceived as being slow to react.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great people, not so great leadership

    Current Contractor - Program Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Contractor - Program Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The people are wonderful. Smart, friendly, and mostly helpful. In cloud, they are pretty cutting edge for a STL company.

    Cons

    Poor communication from executive leaders. Path of the business, seeing 'what's next' and personal development seem to take a back seat. Executives seem too busy to help, to chat, and even to attend meetings they've asked you to set up for them.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your management peers. Get a consistent message and share it with your teams.

  3. The company is extremely volitale since the acquisition by CTL

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Savvis full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    It's a job, not a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Transparency would be appreciated

  6. Nice people... slow moving culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Savvis full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    cultivate a more entrepreneurial, risk taking culture.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Savvis as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  9. Good Company

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leader in the industry, building for the future.

    Cons

    Big company politics, still working through Centurylink acquisition.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Chaos, at every level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good for politic players

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Being acquired saved Savvis

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