Sentinel Technologies Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Overall good atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sentinel Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with good benefits - strength in numbers.

    Cons

    Due to being large company they segment employees into distinctive specific tasks/jobs - so if you want to do a variety of projects or work on a range of your skills this might not be a fit for you. Had to change departments to expand my skill set and I forced the move myself

    Advice to Management

    Understand the requirement for management to have the departments divided into tasked based - but somehow encouraging growth and maybe cross training might help employees more.

  2. Overworked and Under Appreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sentinel Technologies 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

    Great hands on expierence and great exposure to large projects. If you're just starting out in the Network industry this is a great place to grow.

    Cons

    There is a lot of favoritism within the organization. Not to mention the old boys club that has been mentioned before. If you're part of the club you'll get the raises and perks. If you're not, they will run you into the ground without any reviews or performance increases.

    Projects are not managed well and lots of disorganization. Its embarrassing to be on customer calls when something has been oversold or sold incorrectly. This seems to happen way to often, I'm surprised they're still in business. A lot of this has to do with management being to cheap or willing to fix problems.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the politics and starting grading everyone based on merit. Fix the problems at hand. No one in management appears to be able to make a decision. If you don't learn to adapt, you'll be stuck in 1999, which sometime feels like you already are.

  3. pretty decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Recruiter in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Recruiter in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at Sentinel Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice management team
    decent benefits
    solid reputation

    Cons

    100 call/wk quota
    low pay
    micromanaged

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  5. Overworked and unappreciated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Sentinel Technologies as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pay is good and on time. Benefits offered were good. Lots of product areas to work on in your field. Appears to have a lot of work

    Cons

    PMs will run you into the ground. Heavily concentrated on billable hours and your focus will always be billable hours. Lack of concern from management. Old boys club still exists. Engineers are all really young in their 20s. Lots of people leaving the company every week.

    Advice to Management

    Quit listening to the 20 year olds.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Overall pretty solid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sentinel Technologies

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, mostly provided the tools to succeed

    Cons

    A lot of red tape and processes slow things down.

    Advice to Management

    Try to adapt to newer methodologies.

  7. Helpful (1)

    network engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sentinel Technologies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for Sentinel allows you an opportunity to work with the latest technologies. Good health benefits, paid time off and competitive salary.

    Cons

    The structure of the company is so that very often you work on specific equipment. This can be great in that you become very good at working on a specific product however, it can be a double edge sword as your skill set will become less versital.

  8. Helpful (2)

    A Company left behind

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sentinel Technologies full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Coworkers and administrative staff are friendly to work with and are generally professional and friendly. If you are an entry level Engineer or Administrator, pursuing a consultative role, this is a great place to begin. However, have the realistic expectation this position will only be 2-4 years maximum.

    Cons

    The company as a whole lacks general direction and has been left behind by the trending IT verticals. Disconnects from sales strategy to delivery are clearly apparent and leadership is unwilling and incapable of working collaboratively to identify business initiatives that will provide profitability and growth. Individuals hired as a technical entity with more than 5 years of experience will find they are not challenged and will not be provided necessary resources to grow professionally. Sentinel will sell the expectation of playing to a much larger market, however, dont be confused or misguided, they are very much an SMB player and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. They continue to win the Chicago Tribune "Top Workplaces" award, however, culture and employee satisfaction continue to degrade. During my tenure I experienced a minimum of a 30% attrition rate and the average individual left, including myself, because of concern surrounding the long term viability of this companies ability to compete and deliver successful solutions to customers.

    Advice to Management

    In a simple statement... Get out of your own way. Many of you have worked for Sentinel for 15+ years. The loyalty is admirable, however, your lack of perspective and understanding of the IT verticals has left you behind. Your compensation structure is lacking and you are typically 10-25% under market value as a base with a none existent or infant bonus structure. Identify clear business strategies relative to markets you can successfully deliver within. Build Sales and Delivery goals surrounding your markets and stick to them. Remove centric individuals with too much power that are shadowing executive leadership from the realities. In general do a better job as leaders and stop hiding atop your ivory towers.

  9. Helpful (1)

    If you aren't a part of the boys club you were not treated like an employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sentinel Technologies full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    When the economy was good you stayed busy

    Cons

    If you were not bulling you better be in the office so you could play spider solitaire

    Advice to Management

    Invest more money in employee training then company cars they drive.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Company to gain new skills and enhance current skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Engineer in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Sentinel Technologies full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Time Off when you need it. Managers don't breathe down your neck. You get to work with some of the biggest household corporate names in America.

    Cons

    Internal ticketing and dispatch needs a little face lift. Sometimes the system is a bit counter-intuitive, but you get used to it.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Over Worked Without Relief

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sentinel Technologies full-time

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of talented technical team members, project managers and other support staff that provide a great learning experience. Good for technical knowledge growth. The majority of typical employees are good people you enjoy seeing everyday. Excellent medical/dental benefits (coverage and premiums), and relatively fair pay (against the market).

    Cons

    There are the inner circle long-timers, then there are the rest of the employees. If you are not inside that circle, you feel expendable and less relevant. They will talk of improving things (such as work-life balance, headcount, promotions, bonuses), but then do not follow through. And unfortunately mediocre work seems to get the same rewards as people that work harder and better. Lots of people leaving right now.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of spending time being angry at former employees that left, or bragging about being a Top Work Place (according to a newspaper), spend that effort asking your employees what matters to them and actually listen and adjust. Expecting employees to remain long term and be loyal, but over working them and leaving them worried about reprisal, is just going to lead to more turn over of good people.

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