Savvis

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Savvis Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
140 Reviews
3.1
140 Reviews
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Jeff Von Deylen
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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.  

    So close to something great, but missing the mark.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good. Company does some things very well. Overall one of the better employers I have worked for.

    Cons

    Career advancement is almost non-existent unless you want to move to St. Louis. Tends to have great visions, but is unwilling to invest the resources necessary to achieve them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of ignored talent in the company. Learn to use it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great People to work with, just need more people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cloud Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Cloud Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Savvis as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great People. Great Technology. Working as best they can to take the technology and services to the next level.

    Cons

    Hugely understaffed with the amount of work and growth they are experiencing. Products are slow to market and with all the features needed due to overloaded staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people and fast. Too much Work in Progress, prevents focus to get work completed and provide high quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company. Unmatched technology for the Midwest.

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

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

    Pros

    Not another company like them in the Midwest. They have huge clients. They offer the best technology to customers. Global support teams.

    Cons

    Big clients get what they want to the detriment of uniformity. Overworked and under appreciated at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push hard to create simple and uniform products. Start naming products in simple and uniform terms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Savvis - Worst place I've ever worked.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security Operations Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Security Operations Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    - It is possible to find some talented engineers, if you look long enough.
    - You'll get to observe poor management first hand, and know how to quickly identify it in the future.
    - You'll get to experience a company run by the "good 'ol boys", so you'll be able to identify and avoid a Good-'ol-boys company in the future.
    - After six months, you'll begin having lots of good things to say about that last position that you left.
    - If you hire in as Management at Savvis, your lying skills will be developed to the point of expertise.

    Cons

    The Operations Center is an absolutely abysmal place to work.

    Personal Opinion: If you are a Security Engineer, You will hurt your career by listing a position in the Savvis "SOC" on your resume. It's that bad.

    Managers, Directors and VP's are among the worst I've ever seen, anywhere.
    Far too much Departmental in-fighting, Lying for success and Corporate "Spin".

    Senior Management knows how dysfunctional Operations at the mid-level and the tech front lines and has done nothing to correct it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Nuke the Operations Center Management Team from Manager level up. Start over with Operations and Security management that has industry experience outside of Savvis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Could be a great 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 3 years)

    Pros

    nice people who work a lot

    Cons

    not enough people to actually do the work, too many leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    My Favorite St. Louis Company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Excellent management. Ethical corporation. Lots of long-term employees who know a lot about the company and where it needs to go, mixed with a new and enthusiastic bunch of Agile teams.

    Cons

    Parent company (CenturyLink) doesn't share the Savvis vision. In the long run, the Savvis dedication to excellence may be diluted by CenturyLink's dedication to mediocrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fix what isn't broken!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Work Here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation and some people are knowledgeable in their professions

    Cons

    Poor management. All yes-men at the top. This company is going nowhere. They're so disorganized that they don't know what they're doing. There's so much in-fighting between groups that nothing gets accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone at the director and higher levels, and let CenturyLink take over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company - well positioned. Future is TBD.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Objectively speaking, the company has a nice portfolio of managed services that are on par or better than the competition. The culture is good - sales org is a lot of fun and good work atmosphere. As are the service teams.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional in the delivery and ops side of the house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real about financials. Company needs to invest into R&D to mature it's product set and get to market more quickly. Also needs to focus on profitability - or at least have a plan for it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Environment, Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hosting in Town and Country, MO
    Current Employee - Hosting in Town and Country, MO

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere of the business is very friendly and comfortable. It is a complex business model, so it is always a challenge to keep making yourself better.

    Cons

    There are a lot of employees, so it is easy to get caught up in the mix and get lost in all the commotion. If you are not willing to learn, the pace of this business will pass you up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more of a connection with your subordinates and make them feel like they are a useful part of the team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great just disorganized

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Drupal Consultant in Town and Country, MO
    Former Employee - Drupal Consultant in Town and Country, MO

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

    Pros

    Great Place to be great people.

    Cons

    At times very disorganized with changing goals with little idea of dev time and a terrible code review process (timely good code was enforced but a very time inefficient way of doing it)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the processes a little more interaction between clients and developers might help

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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