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Savvis Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
140 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.  

    Overall a pretty good working experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Many of the Agile Team Members are very highly qualified. They are willing to help you understand many of the development elements in the upcoming Sprints.

    Cons

    Sometimes management needs to allow the workers more chances to recommend process improvements. It is sometimes difficult to figure out who to talk with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with the teams - ask the members for more ideas. Track all suggestions and provide definitive answers (Yes, No, Maybe).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Swimming in a sea of mediocrity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great local team with really nice people and camaraderie.

    Cons

    Mediocrity, as a sales rep its ok to make 50% of your #, and you don't get canned! Only 30% of the 2nd year sales reps stay around bc it not challenging, and the culture is definitely more telco (beauracacy) and its difficult to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more of a culture, and strive for 100% of quota and create more of a Win Win environment.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fair

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Savvis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good base pay, incentive comp a bit low, products are diverse

    Cons

    some of the products don't work as suggested re: cloud and management is too layered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce management structure and simplify reporting structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The good, The bad, and The Savvis

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Serives in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Serives in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Savvis

    Pros

    Internet Hosting company puts you to work servicing some of the Internet's biggest names. The company's data centers are pretty technologically advanced, and working in them does have some degree of prestige. The health benefits are fair, and there is an ESPP.

    Cons

    The company is based out of Saint Louis, and has offices around the globe. Many sattelite offices appear overlooked, with favor instead placed on Saint Louis employees and offices. Is a career path in a location outside the "favored area" (STL) worth it? Not really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support Jim. He has a vision, and is probably the only person, at this point, who can right the ship. Too much time has been devoted to reorgs, and not enough time has been given to fix things that have been disfunctional for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not a bad place to work; the company has definitely turned itself around in the last few years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Savvis

    Pros

    Unbelievably friendly and helpful colleagues. Many people at SAVVIS have been through two acquisitions (Exodus -> Cable & Wireless -> SAVVIS) involving round after round of layoffs, so the remaining people are those who you would want to work along-side; there is a mutual respect amongst your peers. Managements' visions have done good things to the company as it picks up larger and larger customers while providing bigger and better services. Lower level management has always been willing to bend over backwards to allow time off for personal needs.

    Cons

    Since acquiring the datacenters from Cable & Wireless, raises have been minimal at best. That's assuming you even get one. Very little room for growth or promotion, but the opportunities do arise if you look for them. The company has slowly become more and more "corporate" in the sense that many company changes over-complicate things and are frustrating to deal with on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, but consider rewarding your employees with better compensation. 2% raises every year (or sometimes every other year) to employees with stellar manager reviews provides little incentive to improve.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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