Strategic Business Systems

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Strategic Business Systems Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
16 Reviews
3.4
16 Reviews
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    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Storage Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Data Storage Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Strategic Business Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is the start of my second year at SBS. I have been extremely happy with the company, and the corporate culture. To the reviewer that said there is no bench time that is a complete falsehood. I had a month on the bench between contracts and never worried for my job. I'm extremely happy with the senior leadership and they are always willing to listen if you have a comment, concern, or even an idea. I have taken several trainings while I have been with the company and have not had any issues getting them approved or developing my skillsets with certification testing.

    Cons

    Honestly I can't think of one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Strategic Business Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The culture of this organization is amazing. From Kevin Kohlhaas,CEO, on down they believe in and display the utmost concern for their employees. "Balance" is strived for from both a personal and business perspective. As part of the Storage Consulting Group, I knew that both management and co-workers had my back if necessary. These guys work hard and play hard. This is a fast growing small company with a lot of potential and the right leadership to realize that potential. I would definitely work here again if the future holds that in store.

    Cons

    I truly can say I did not have a negative experience with this organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aspiring company with growing pains and no corporate culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Storage Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Storage Engineer in Sterling, VA

    I worked at Strategic Business Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    SBS has a quick hire process. All my colleagues seemed very nice. The company trusts you to do your job and pays well.

    Cons

    I barely met anyone in the company; I only met my boss in person when I was on vacation. For me, the corporate culture was non-existent. Training budget was also non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Arrange face-to-face team meetings at least annually. Provide opportunities for training other than [whatever's free]. Grow your company slower with respect to your project management team, which was sorely overworked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great culture!

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

    I have been working at Strategic Business Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is a genuine interest in the employees, a rare trait for consulting businesses today.

    Cons

    There really are no cons that I can think of at this time. They are very proactive in ensuring that work is available and the employees are productive and happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Temp agenciy for Hitachi

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Storage Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Data Storage Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Strategic Business Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience, leave at first opportunity.

    Cons

    Company is currently laying off Senior Engineers due to re-structuring of it main client Hitachi Data Systems.

    Company does not honor or pay for accrued vacation/benefits when laying of workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please review your employee management practices. Could lead to trouble.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Team of People

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Strategic Business Systems full-time

    Pros

    If you are interested in working on the latest in storage and networking technology, SBS works will of the major providers

    Cons

    SBS is in the PS business, so you have to be willing to continually improve in order to stay valuable to clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on employee career development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exodus of consultant talent is occurring...

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

    I worked at Strategic Business Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are green on the consulting side, it may be a good company to start at to hone your skills. Did get a regular paycheck.

    Cons

    SBS was a respected consultant company before Brocade bought them, then sold them off after the Brocade VP that spearheaded the purchase was fired. Has not been the same company since. It's too bad - before the company was sold to Brocade there was great talent and a real sense of community within SBS

    Emotional, inexperienced management. Don't seem to care enough about career development to do yearly reviews and the excuse not to do them is... no pay increases expected so what's the point.

    Don't expect any training unless it's on your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current leadership is failing the company. Hire new management that understands consultants are their most valuable asset. Without strong consultants that are treated with respenct, SBS will only be a temp contract company in my opinion. Stop using non-compete threats as a way to try retain people. It doesn't work and it only makes people more determined to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company I've ever worked for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAN/NAS Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - SAN/NAS Engineer in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at Strategic Business Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible with accomodating your personal needs. Works hard to keep employees informed.

    Cons

    Pretty much all the jobs involve travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Room for improvement, could be a great place to work at.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sterling, VA

    I have been working at Strategic Business Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to get exposure to a lot of different technology. Small company atmosphere, so you can make an impact. You can travel and see places.

    Cons

    Severe lack of communication. No career path or advancement. The company is a body shop of engineers not consultants. You have to be in the inner circle to advance. There is a lack of vision in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate or be marginalized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    They promise you the world until you sign their employment offer

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

    I have been working at Strategic Business Systems

    Pros

    You will get paid. You will be insured. You will be able to travel to client sites.

    Cons

    This company is essentially a temp agency. They fill positions for large corporations (Dell, EMC, VMware, and Northrop). Most of their contracts can be canceled with little notice leaving employees without a job if they cannot find a new position. There is also a 0% bench time policy. If your job ends, your employment will be terminated. The business was thriving until it was sold to BRCD in 2008 and then started to crumble with the same management team that was in place. Management was disengaged after the sale to Brocade and never made any attempts to grow the business causing salary and hiring freezes for several years.

    Pay and insurance benefits are below industry standards.
    401K benefits - not worth mentioning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop listening to the lady in charge. Implement annual employment reviews and start paying attention to employee needs to perform and complete tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend

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