Sg2 Reviews

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  1. Nice working environment; good place to cut your teeth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL

    I worked at Sg2 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free food! They hold many events such as a happy hour recognizing birthdays, etc. They've had free massages and wine tasting events, just to name a few. There are plenty of events and perks here. There's also a free shuttle for those that take the CTA purple line to/from Chicago.

    Cons

    There isn't an outlined growth plan or even a structure in place for promotion or many differentiating compensatory rewards. For example, everyone receives the same amount of vacation, albeit that it's a good amount. So, if you've been there for 5 years or even 10 years, you have the same amount of vacation with someone that just started there day one. Also, if you are the stellar & most competent person in the team, there isn't anything different for you, even in comparison to any possible slackers. It feels as if the perks noted above is what should keep you happy. People need other motivating factors and rewards for their hard work, especially if they stand out.

    Advice to Management

    All departments should create an outline and structure for growth and promotion. I saw some very good people leave because they were treated just like all the others. Otherwise, the perks and events do provide a means to improve morale, it allows us to get to know our peers or other people in other departments, and it promotes a fun atmosphere. Unfortunately, you've also fostered a culture where the best employees leave and you're left with the ones that don't seek self-improvement, are less competent, and are complacent. You could lose a good talent pool and be left with a pool of slackers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Cut your teeth; then move on.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sg2 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

    The salary is market-rate for most positions, with decent benefits. There is depth of knowledge and a passion for healthcare that is truly unmatched. As a new entrant into the workforce, you will work with talented individuals and help leaders at top health systems make important strategic decisions.

    Cons

    Sg2 is branded as a software-as-a-service (SAAS) company, but this characterization is severely disingenuous. With that unfortunate designation, only positions explicitly tied to the analytics platform (eg "Directors of Strategic Analytics") are viewed as having any real value. However, a peek behind the curtains reveals the analytics retain little value absent consulting or thought-leader support. Management is feckless. There is (ironically) a fear of change (for a company that has recently been sold), so employees are tasked to maintain the status quo rather than propose new ideas to further support our clients. So many talented people have left for failing to kiss the ring, even though their ideas were daring, likely profitable, and true client-pleasers. I was sad to see so many (many, many, many, many, many) great people leave.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Allow MedAssets to replenish the ranks of management with those who are open to new ideas that will ultimately better service our clients.


  3. Helpful (1)

    They Care

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL

    I worked at Sg2 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always seeking feedback and trying to improve Made a lot of changes in the last year that I was there Lots of growth opportunities Good benefits They recognize achievements and acknowledge employees for their hard work - lots of Champaign toasts on Fridays to celebrate milestones Free lunch and breakfast

    Cons

    For a long time they had some people in management that were making people miserable sometimes they really miss the mark even though they have good intentions too many company reorganizations didn't always feel like a stable place to work sometimes they put people in roles that they were not qualified for and there is a trickle effect that made things very difficult and frustrating


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to impact health care for over 1200 hospitals across the US

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Sg2 full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    This is the smartest group of colleagues I've ever worked with (and having done consulting nationally and worked at two of the AMCs here in Chicago previously that's saying a lot!). It is also the most energizing - the team here is willing to share their time, talent, ideas, and expertise with clients and internal teammates. We can go from discussing health care reform, to chemotherapy technology advancements to how CMS severity adjusts for readmissions tracking all during lunch. Interesting and diversified projects are a given. Amazing clients and opportunities to work directly with them on today's challenges in health care. Every week I get to hear clients say "thanks, this really made a difference." Curious, self-starters who work well as a team and check their egos will succeed here. Fantastic benefits including health, life and dental insurance; 401K with match; mobile, gym and transportation subsidies; generous PTO; social events including annual Sg2 Charity (give back to the community day), holiday parties, monthly happy hour and yes, breakfast and lunch every day.

    Cons

    We are a relatively small company so communication can be a challenge. Instituting weekly all-company meetings to hear directly from executives and showcase research, new analytics and consulting projects have certainly helped as have new organizational structure, expanded manager-level team members, Peer Council, and regular visits from the President to team meetings. Given size training is more on the job but the new quarterly in-service days include classic training (time management, public speaking, project management, team building, training on Sg2 offerings and internal systems) as well as team meetings for more customized work sessions and training. A new focus on regularly gathering market feedback and using this to guide and prioritize corporate direction and new projects is helping to minimize the sense of "sudden changes." We are still a relatively small, entrepreneurial company at heart with a lot of big ideas so deciding what not to do and staying focus is often our biggest challenge. .

    Advice to Management

    Continue focusing on what the market tells us to guide decisions and keep communicating those decisions across the company, consistently. Helping increasingly productive teams work well in concert will ensure Sg2 continues to meet goals and be an energizing place to work.


  6. Helpful (3)

    The most dysfunctional company I have ever worked for...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL

    I worked at Sg2 full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good salary, free breakfast and lunch daily, ample vacation time, premium insurance benefits.

    Cons

    Inadequate opportunities for career advancement, lack of internal structures, poor management styles, insufficient recognition for hard work, absence of accountability for one's actions, policies not consistently enforced across the entire company, high turn over rate, CEO changes products and naming conventions at the drop of a dime.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and their concerns. By taking your employees (Exec and Non-Exec) seriously, perhaps problems can be resolved quickly and talented people will stop seeing this company as a mere stepping stone to something vastly better.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Doing good things...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Sg2 full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    People are passionate, smart and have deep conviction as we help change healthcare to make it more sustainable and more efficient while trying to keeping it the best in the world.

    Cons

    It's still tough to change the old habits of healthcare executives who have operated successfully in a volume based world for their entire careeers. This isn't easy work, but it's worth it when you see clients making fundamental change.

    Advice to Management

    You've made significant changes...stay the course, becasue its working.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Serious problems at the top

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Sg2

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sg2 has attracted a very strong collection of talent and provides them with above average compensation. The benefits are very good and the company tries to demonstrate a caring attitude for its employees-- free breakfast and lunch are much appreciated.

    Cons

    While the company has attracted good people, it doesn't utilize the talent it has. Good people are hired but aren't placed into the roles they were hired to fill. The problems start at the very top... Michael Sachs (CEO) and Steve Lefar (President). Sachs constantly panics and too often changes the direction of the firm... a different flavor each quarter. It's very frustrating for all levels of the company and creates a lot of dissatisfied employees. A year ago Sachs brought in Lefar, but he's clearly a puppet. He has no professional presence, isn't presentable in front of customers and seldom comes out of his office to interact with anyone other than the executive team. He seems to be afraid to get down to the grass roots working class in the company. Very unimpressive and friends of mine who are at Allscripts say he was pushed out of there. This dynamic couple have only quickened the pace of Sg2's downward spiral. Their arrogance and lack of business smarts have become known well in the industry. Sg2 continues to create a poor working environment and the executive team has some good people but they are afraid to speak their minds for fear of getting on the wrong side of Sachs and Lefar. There continues to be good people leaving, even several VPs, and lots more are currently looking.

    Advice to Management

    The executive team needs to tell the 2 leaders that the company will continue to struggle with little to no growth if it doesn't empower the workers. Lots of unhappy people and the numbers are growing. Young people are finding this to be a place to stay for a year and then move on. Granted, some of the executives will stay until the ship hits rock bottom but unless Sachs and Lefar step aside and let the real talent do their jobs, this company continues to slide downward.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Inform Yourself About Your Job to Avoid Dissapointment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Skokie, IL

    I worked at Sg2

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

    Pros

    - Energetic young people - Very driven individuals - Great responsibilities given to junior members (ie 'given the reigns) - Free breakfast / lunch - Generous vacation allowance (5 weeks) - Interaction with people in Senior Management that are thought leaders in their field

    Cons

    - Job switching (Bait and switch); In other words a number of employees have signed on expecting one job and ended up with another. For example a number of analysts/consultants are not working in the traditional consulting sense where one would have projects, client interactions, and presentation deliverables. Conversely they are authoring publications, writing computer code, and creating decks for Senior Management. This was not what they were told they would do when they interviewed for the job, nor what they expected. - Historical lack of clear direction from Senior Management. I would like to point out that I understand new management has been brought in and has thus far been impressive (from what I hear). - Ever changing mix of new products/publications has created two problems: 1) Sales force is not sure what to sell or how to sell it. 2) Junior members that are producting products/publications are unsure of what expectations are or how to develop them. - Low raises, no bonus 2 out of 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear in regards to job responsibilities and expectations when hiring new people. Certain titles come with expectations within the industry. Continue to bring in leaders with successful track records within industry and new ideas. New blood can reinvigorate the company. Best of luck!


  10. Helpful (2)

    my 2 cents

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

    I have been working at Sg2

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    wide range of projects extraordinarily smart team members good benefits must prove that you can do it must be willing to step out of comfort zone as analyst, immediately start to access clients

    Cons

    high energy unstructured environment you must create your path you must be a self-starter heavier reliance on on-the job training vs. formal training stressful trying to meet aggressive timetables

    Advice to Management

    invest in more formal training, provide more direct feedback from all levels, make interal opportunities more widely visible to all staff


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good Learning Experience but a Stepping Stone, Senior Management is underwhelming/Lost

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL

    I worked at Sg2

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very smart, creative, and enjoyable employees (non-senior management) during my time at Sg2 (though many of the people I worked with have left the firm). Healthy amount of autonomy. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The recent post by the CEO is a classic example of how Sg2 senior leadership responds to criticism, criticism that should be taken seriously to correct problems. Instead of looking into and addressing the common issues posted on Glassdoor.com,, the CEO responds with an emotional post, rating Sg2 as 5's across all categories (seriously, no company is perfect) and attributing poor reviews to “frustrated” ex-employees. Stating that our “anger stems from a feeling of being trapped or being a victim in some fashion” is narcissism at its best. Are you serious? Apparently, anyone who left Sg2 must be disgruntled, otherwise why in the world would anyone leave Sg2!?!? Technically, the open door policy is true but he left out a key point. I for one went to senior management on numerous occasions with no action taken. It is a situation where actions speak louder than words and most issues raised fall on deaf ears. The situation exists because the CEO has surrounded himself with senior staff that borders on nepotism. If the CEO is aware of all of the issues, then shame on him for not taking appropriate steps to correct the problem. If he is not aware of the complaints, then he has a serious problem in that some members of his senior staff have withheld vital information from him. This could help explain why there has been such large percentage of voluntary resignations in the past 12 months. Rather than spending time defending senior management on Glassdoor.com, maybe the CEO should take an objective look at the situation and possibly acknowledge that a problem exists. Here are a few of the issues: Lack of strategic direction (changes every 3 to 6 months), corporate structure, senior leadership, hiring "Yes" women or men for senior management positions (FYI - I was not passed over for a senior management role - so I do not have a grudge - just stating facts), rrewarding those who have little impact/input on the overall well-being of the company - likes good soldiers, long-term growth projections.



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