Seibels Bruce Reviews

Updated May 7, 2015
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  1. Web Developer

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Seibels Bruce full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced challenging environment. IT staff has lots of energy and enthusiasm. Competitive salary levels. Good 401k company match. Tuition assistance.

    Cons

    Going through growing pains. More project management.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with rank and file employees. Need to continue to add new talent especially in IT.


  2. Web Developer

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Seibels Bruce

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Co workers try hard. Free coffee, free parking, lax dress code. Not much positive to say. Has there for several years. Been a roller coaster but I know feel that an upswing is possible

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Rampant office politics. Thought we were making some progress last year when some bad apples left, but we turned around and hired them back. Too much focus on short term patches and fixes

    Advice to Management

    The people make the difference. Focus on people. Invest in training. Focus on quality instead of short term gains. Update to show the true CEO.


  3. A Lesson On How Not To Run A Business

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    Former Employee - Lead Business Analyst in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Lead Business Analyst in Columbia, SC

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

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

    Pros

    The people..the ones that do the work. There are some great people at Seibels who really care about the business, unfortunately, I haven't seen any on the management side.

    Cons

    Everything else. Senior Management is the good 'ol boy network and women play a supporting role. If you're a woman who knows her stuff, you will be relegated to the corner somewhere, ordering lunch or decorating the building for the holidays..while the men take care of business. The current CIO is just biding his time for retirement, uninterested in software development and more interested in maintaining the status quo, chaos and mediocrity. The current direction is to purchase software instead of developing it. I expect the top notch developers to leave. What talented people want to support systems??

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the owners...get rid of current Senior Management in IT, identify your business strategy and IT strategy.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Stay awayu.

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Seibels Bruce full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    no real rush to get work done. nobody cares what you do.

    Cons

    Everything. Nobody knows what anyone else is doing, no collaboration, awful place.

    Advice to Management

    clear house and start over.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not a good place for anyone that enjoys programming

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seibels Bruce full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, laptops, convenient parking, occasional work from home

    Cons

    IT management is an unfortunate blend of ignorance and incompetence. There is no real project planning, no sense of the big picture, no desire to deliver to customers a world class application and no idea how to manage a software development department. The only thing that keeps the company afloat is the extreme dedication of the people who do actual work. Many times developers and business analysts are expected to work an unbelievable amount of overtime to meet an arbitrary and unreasonable deadline set by those with no clue about what it takes to implement the product. The stress level at times can be unbearable. It was believed that the old CIO was the cause for most of the stress, but things did not get any better after he left. There is no longer a since of pride in the work that is done. The unspoken, and sometimes spoken, mantra of management is to make it good enough.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to upper management is to replace all of IT development management with those who really know how to manage IT development. Stop setting deadlines without first talking to the people who will have to work to meet that deadline. Focus more on fixing core issues instead of hiding them in hopes the customer does not run across them.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "New" management team has created a dysfunctional IT department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Benefit package is adequate. Location is convenient. Building has an old-fashioned charm. As in all companies, there are some wonderful employees that will take the time to help even while their workload is overwhelming and do it willingly.

    Cons

    Speaking solely of the IT department, promotions are almost non-existent. Many of the 'leads' and 'seniors' are relatively new employees from outside hired at that level; the remainder rose to their position under the previous management. A very limited career path is in place that is only beneficial to those coming in as a trainee. There doesn't seem to be any real thought process behind where people are placed when reorganizations occur and no concern if people are unhappy with the result. The level of professionalism has decreased. I don't know how some people are deemed to be 'management' material but it doesn't seem the IT management team, for the most part, has had any actual training in managing people. Having professional discussions about issues has been replaced by yelling, swearing, confrontation and threats. It is sometimes a very scary place to work. Work loads are very uneven with those that have the knowledge being over-allocated while the un-experienced and incompetent are allowed to coast. What they can't do or don't want to do just gets taken from them and moved to the rest of the overburdened staff. It's not the incompetent that get fired; it's the knowledgeable people that point out the problems with what management is doing.

    Advice to Management

    The IT management that was supposed to break down the walls of the 'silos' that had developed has made the walls stronger. Actually, the 'silos' have become more like islands with each area working independently on the 'base' system. Each area uses its own expertise or lack of it and goes off in its own direction. There has to be an overall plan for the direction of the development and/or fixes to the system and the direction has to be incorporated into the fiber of each area's daily work We will lose in the long run if we continue to make every new customer it's own system. That approach didn't work before and there's no reason to believe it will work going forward. It increases maintenance; it increases errors because people aren't aware of the differences and it can't be sustained if we're serious about growing the number of customers we have. A small number of individualized customers will need more staff to maintain and have a higher error rate than a large number of more standardized customers. Respect your employees that have knowledge even if they were brought in by the 'old' management. If you look around you might notice that a high number of the new employees that have been brought in to 'raise the quality' of employees you have are already gone. New employees don't have the same dedication to 'Seibels' that your longer term employees do. It's that dedication to our long term customers that have kept a lot of those employees here. The new employees also realize how expectations at other companies are more realistic than the expectations we're currently working under. The over-stressed environment, extended hours and excessive work levels involved in keeping afloat when faced with unrealistic 'drop everything else' deadlines drive less dedicated employees away and will probably soon chip away at those that really don't want to leave but can't keep up the pace anymore. Last, remember that we are all people trying to do our best. Leave the condescending attitudes at home and be thankful for the staff you have that really are trying to succeed and make Seibels succeed. Being in a management position doesn't make you a better person or a smarter one just a higher paid one.


  8. Helpful (2)

    The truth about Seibels

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    Current Employee - Developer
    Current Employee - Developer

    I have been working at Seibels Bruce full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Seibels has great medical benefits. Fast paced growing company New managers and architect are in fact open to new ideas and looking for innovative solutions. Lots of room for advancement. I have been promoted several times. Hard work is required but it is also recognized and appreciated.

    Cons

    Several people have left taking what they knew with them. This were people who blocked a lot of progress, but things were tough for a while when they left. We are just now getting stuff better under control from that. This past year they have made a few new hires that helped bring some technical expertise and is more open to progress.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is a problem. Don't try to keep secrets thinking that no one will find out. Announce your plans early so you can be the ones making the announcements. By the time you get around to saying anything everyone already knows all about it.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Don't buy that "truth about Seibels" story below.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seibels Bruce full-time

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, but you'll have to put up with a lot of crap for it.

    Cons

    The CIO is an arrogant narcissist. He claims to value the opinions of others, but that's only true if those opinions are in line with his own. He forces things to be done his way and then blames others when things go wrong. He is unprofessional, rude, and a poor excuse for a leader. Project management at the company is an absolute joke. They have no clue how to plan, prioritize, or monitor projects. There are endless meetings with no tangible benefits, and many of the meetings turn into shouting matches. The "truth about Seibels" review below claims that the people who left were blocking progress. No, those people were trying to prevent more stupid things from being done. They were fired or encouraged to leave for their efforts. All of those people are now much happier in new jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the company. Get out and bring someone in who knows how to run a technology organization.


  10. Helpful (1)

    The Seibels experience

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    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Seibels Bruce full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Free coffee, parking, nice view of downtown from the break room.

    Cons

    Too many politics at play. IT Management haphazardly throws out unreasonable dates to customers. Too much outsourcing to India. IT employees are fearful of the tyrannical new CIO, who has run off most of the talent. Those who stay behind are just biding their time until a better opportunity comes along, or trainees who don't know any better.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot run a company like this. Do you really expect folks to stick around in such a hostile work environment? As to the outsourcing, you get what you pay for. Seibels now has one of the worst reputations in town now, and this is coming from recruiters. Do you not see this? If your plan was to take one of the best places to work, and run it into the ground, you have succeeded!


  11. You can always find plenty of things to do/learn.

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    Former Employee - Architect in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Architect in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Seibels Bruce full-time (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is in transition and moving towards the right direction as a software company. Benefits and pay are competitive in the area. No crazy working hours, and the new management team seems care more about the results other than the hours you put in.

    Cons

    Dress code for development team is business casual. a lot of office politics going on. Older employees seems do not like most the changes are going on there.

    Advice to Management

    Less outsourcing and try to bring talents in house.



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