Savvis Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Savvis full-time (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
  2. Great just disorganized

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    Former Contractor - Drupal Consultant in Town and Country, MO
    Former Contractor - 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
  3. Fantastic

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    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 (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
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  5. We only hire the MOST SENIOR Java Developers

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    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Savvis as a contractor (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    2nd comments of Reviewer below"isorganized, out of touch Mgmt. who are too lazy or clueless to fix long standing...."

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The are bright gems...however hard to find..it's like calling support for any company and you get crap..so when you find the one who really helps you wish you could get them everytime...same here..

    Cons

    VP/Senior Directors/Directors as a majority have not a clue on their business....most were promoted as part of the good ole boys network and are mostly un qualified for what they do..Ditto on all what anonymous said below.

    Jim Ousley was an excellent leader so it was sad to hear him go. Savvis is trying to get execs with real experience and expertize onboarded, but they leave out of frustration..the network frustrates them by blocking them at every turn when they try to make improvements or institute best practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Inept leaders, this company will fall in on itself soon

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

    I have been working at Savvis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lot's of interesting work to do, some very dedicated and hardworking people.

    Cons

    Atmosphere of intimidation and much in-fighting among leaders. Leaders not credible, and lack experience to understand the costs of what they want. VPs promote "yes-men", engineers get burned out. All the "leadership and development" and "better process" gets preached to the choir, and few are willing to tell the emperors they have no clothes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let CTL find real leaders to replace you. 95% are a fraud.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Post acquisition of Ciber ITO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Savvis full-time

    Pros

    Motivated management who wants to make a difference

    Cons

    More words than real results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break silos and re-dress organization in cross functional disciplines. Spread and allow expertise to flow across business lines to add value to engagements elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. It has its ups and downs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Savvis full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits are there.

    Cons

    Too much work per individual.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful

    Disorganized, out of touch Mgmt. who are too lazy or clueless to fix long standing, systems company issues.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good hard working people holding up the base of the company doing the grunt work. Free soda. Cafeteria with decent food. Nice looking building?.... does that even count?

    Cons

    - Sr. Mgmt has no concept of strategy. No forethought. Everything is just knee jerk reactions. No push for documentation or company wide process'. Everyone is frantically trying to get other people to fix their problems. No accountability, just a promotions for the most incompetent people imaginable.

    - Nothing works. Nothing. The corporate email system constantly halts and stutters throughout the work day making it impossible to be productive for any length of time (has for the last couple of years). Phone systems just hang up or wait forever to dial, The document system is like something out of the 90's with no oversight or controls. The ticketing/CMDB/billing DB system is an absolute joke with a replacement on its way that looks way worse. At the end of the day anyone with a brain is left wondering "This is a tech company? Really?"

    - There is a distinct almost visible thresh hold of competence that can be seen across the Sr. Mgr to Director level of mgmt. Most at or beyond this level are clearly out of touch with the teams they manage and have come to depend on their ability to schmooze up their supervisors or blame people lower on the totem pole for their inability to do anything but react to events. These incompetents are then brought into rooms where business decisions are made which effect the entire organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly less than 20% of the employee base is winning the bread for the overwhelmingly fat & lazy majority. Seek out these few gems and promote them or at least ask them what you can do to make their jobs better and take seriously their response.

    There are CLEAR long standing deficiencies with the organization. It would seem that no one at the Sr. Mgmt level is driving any sort of initiative to develop global process' to ensure any measure of success between what is being sold customers and what they are actually getting. This is not an exaggeration. Take 1 day to sit with every level of the people supporting the product life cycle wonder how you did not see the glaring holes in company process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Overall a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Savvis full-time

    Pros

    Great people, most frontline and middle management really seem to care about making things better and doing things the right way.

    Cons

    Sometimes poor communication between groups. Very silo'ed environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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