Savvis Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
137 Reviews

3.2
137 Reviews
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Jeff Von Deylen
18 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Company. Unmatched technology for the Midwest.

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

    I have been working at Savvis full-time for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Savvis - Worst place I've ever worked.

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    • 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 for 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
  3.  

    My Favorite St. Louis Company!

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    • 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 for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Work Here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Savvis full-time for 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
  6.  

    Good company - well positioned. Future is TBD.

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    • 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 for 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
  7.  

    Great Environment, Great People

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for 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
  8.  

    Great just disorganized

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    • 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 for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

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

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

    Pros

    The compensation plan is very competitive for sales teams. Their product portfolio is robust and they provide flexible work environment.

    Cons

    The support structure was horrible for managed services customer and the deployment teams are overwhelmed and are not staffed adequately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly management. Helpful peers. Generous benefits.

    Cons

    Pay raise cap. Quick growth that stunts quickly. Limited staffing. Complications brought by Century Link merger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work closer with Century Link to bring back old Savvis culture and benefits for a hosted environment.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    We only hire the MOST SENIOR Java Developers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Reasonable work-life balance.

    Cons

    Completely unchallenging work. Bad management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a little time to investigate who is really running the IT teams at savvisdirect and ask yourself why. Then fire that person and all of his friends. They are doing a terrible job and wasting a LOT of your money. I'll give you a hint. It isn't anyone with a manager's title.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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