Software Technology Group (UT)

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Software Technology Group (UT) Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Like family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Software Technology Group (UT)

    Pros

    I worked there for over 5 years and it was always like family for me - the flat management structure was nice and they always gave detailed feedback about my performance. I received decent raises the entire time I worked there, and the benefits were always amazing for the small size of the company.

    Cons

    More specific help on how to improve so-called soft skills would have been helpful, but I'm not sure what can be done about that. I did feel that I was pigeon-holed into working on LDS church contracts once it was known that I had a temple recommend - and those were horribly managed and rarely successful. That said, if I had pushed back hard enough on those, I'm sure they wouldn't have minded putting me elsewhere...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management? Hmmm - not sure I have any...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Enjoyable

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Software Technology Group (UT)

    Pros

    Everyone is very positive and understanding of the day to day frustrations of software development.

    Cons

    You may not always like the contract you are on. unfortunately it may be hard to get removed from that contract

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to fire a client if they are not treating your people properly.

  3.  

    Exciting Company, Great Way to Gain Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - .NET Software Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - .NET Software Developer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Software Technology Group (UT) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The owners and management were very caring, and really made it a great place to work. Although consultants who are employees generally get a salary, if you work more than 40 hours per week, you get paid for it (straight time). Many times, I've heard management tell clients that any overtime is up to the consultant, that they do not require anyone to work more than 40 hours per week. I always felt that they had my back. To me, it's the best way to do consulting work - benefits and a guaranteed paycheck, while getting a variety of experience with different clients over time.

    Cons

    I really enjoyed the variety of experience that I gained, while I was here. However, sometimes it was a little too much variety. Most contracts last at least a few months, and some have been on the same one for a decade. But, you have to roll with it, and realize that you aren't likely to have the same work environment in 6 months or a year. That can be good and bad, and I know that my experience would never have been as broad, without it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the individual relationships with employees. It builds loyalty, and will keep a developer on a difficult project, because they know you'll take care of them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very stressful work environment. Glorified Staffing Firm.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Developer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Software Technology Group (UT) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with the right client is a great experience, and STG tends to be more present for you than other staffing firms.

    - Benefits were decent
    - Being able to optionally earn PTO by working overtime is nice
    - Their bench program allows employees to continue to be paid when not on a contract with a client, while also improving their skills (with a lot of caveats).
    - Seems somewhat more concerned with employee well-being than other staffing companies**

    ** Account Managers actually show up to check up on employees at client sites, which many other staffing companies say they will do, but never really do. The thing is, this seems to be more about trying to maintain a good relationship with the client than making sure the employees are doing okay. Since the account manager offers nothing more than a quick hello and then search out their contact with the company itself it seems that their motive is not in the employee's interest.

    Cons

    Working with the right client is more of a tribute to the client than to STG itself. STG will say whatever it needs to in order to hire someone, but in the end they treat their employees like products instead of people.

    - They say they are not a "staffing" company. That's exactly what they really are though.
    - Company culture takes a backseat here. There is little sense of community among the staff.
    - What the Client wants always triumphs over the employee's wants and needs. The company will agree to nearly everything the client wants on your behalf and treats you like a product they are selling instead of a person.
    - STG states that the 'bench' is about improving your skills and knowledge in between contracts. In reality the company steers you away from improving skills and knowledge and towards whatever will land a project ASAP.
    - The bench is miserable. You are made to feel badly about not being on a contract when you are on the bench for any period of time. There is a strong sense of distrust from management towards bench employees.
    - Management is very unreasonable and unaccommodating about being able to take PTO, sick days, etc. regardless of whether you are on the bench or with a client. They don't seem to want you to take any time off for any reason.
    - The pay is actually lower than what is typical across the industry.
    - I was told several very misleading and exaggerated things about the work environment, work conditions, types of clients/contracts, being able to decline projects that aren't a good fit, working from home when needed, etc.
    - STG is struggling to keep up with modern and current technologies. Most of its staff works with .net and older style HTML development. Mobile, modern HTML, and design are all things the firm struggles to understand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Tell employees the truth about opportunities, work environment, time-off and so on. Some people might actually be okay with the reality of the company, but coming with expectations that are unrealistic is toxic.
    - If the bench is really about improving skills and knowledge, don't discourage it and be more accommodating. Give employees the opportunity to *work together* on bench projects. Being on the bench was very isolating.
    - The biggest thing STG was missing was a sense of community and camaraderie.
    - There is a huge disparity between how management/administrative staff is treated vs developers, designers, etc. It feels like the software equivalent of working at McDonalds. For instance: Management go away to expensive retreats, while employees at-large just get a "bowling night" once a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people but not a great company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Software Technology Group (UT)

    Pros

    Great developers and good people to work with. Benefits are okay, better than other contract firms but not as good as many companies.

    Cons

    Projects are whatever comes along and some are not technically interesting. Need to have patience to take good and bad assignments or you are better off finding a job at a company doing the kind of work you like.
    Company has a LDS tone, maybe because that is the biggest client. All of the management team is LDS and it seems to influence the company too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on finding interesting projects. Add some diversity to the ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good developers but poor communication from management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Software Technology Group (UT) full-time

    Pros

    Smart developers and good technical leads.

    Cons

    Lack of communication. Employees are just out there until they hear otherwise. Projects vary so one might be engaging and another boring. Different than picking an employer and knowing what you will be doing. Consulting sounds like it will be more leading edge and interesting but it is often fairly mundane.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the same page and communicate effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work at!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Software Technology Group (UT) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of resources to learn, develop new skills.
    Great PTO policy -- earn PTO by working overtime, cash out on PTO whenever you want.
    Responsive, but hands-off management.
    Regular 6 month and yearly performance reviews.

    Cons

    You may not be interested in a consulting gig as a software developer. If your client isn't near the main office it is harder to be part of company culture. You will always wonder if you could make more money if you were just freelancing or working for your own consulting company. Overall, not too much to complain at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was kind of hard to actually get hired -- I feel like if I hadn't really followed up I wouldn't have got the job. If you want to make sure you get more developers working for you, make sure you don't let talent slip through your fingers because of inattention!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Software Technology Group (UT) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Both business and technical management is highly supportive and effective.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility due to available slots to be promoted into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management says they have good values but doesn't follow through in practice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Software Technology Group (UT) full-time

    Pros

    The company has hired some great developers who do good work for clients. For the most part they can just go about their business and not be affected by things in the office.

    Cons

    Management doesn't 't live up to promises made, especially about doing the "right" thing rather than what is expedient or inexpensive. Consultants are really numbers on a page rather the "friends and family" they are made out to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live the values you sell to candidates during the interview.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    For the right person, they are top notch employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Software Technology Group (UT) as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Higher side of average pay and above average benefits. Owner is very nice and easy to work with (seems to have an endless supply of patience).

    I worked for them before, and during that time they were the best employer I ever had, bar none.

    Cons

    While the health insurance is provided at 1/2 cost, it's not the best policy I've seen. Its also far from the worst, so whether its a con depends on what you previously had.

    If you have non-typical requirements, they can be "interesting" to work with.

    Not always prompt with the salary; Several times I had to wait until Monday for a previous Friday paycheck (but they never actually missed any for more than the weekend).

    At least one bad apple in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Other than getting rid of the bad apple (which I give zero chance of happening) there isn't much else that isn't nit picky or related to my abnormal needs that I would change.

    The pay check deposit delay can be hard (had late utility payments 2 times because of it).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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