Strategic Information Technology

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Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
5 Reviews
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  1.  

    Things are looking up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Strategic Information Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has a new CEO from the outside and has been reorganising to become a hi performance company. This is a very positive thing that may breathe some life into the company and help them refocus their place in the market.

    Cons

    The company reorganized and let some people go, but the same management is still in place and that's where most of their problems are. There are senior management in place who are only there because they stuck it out for a long time or they are friends with the owners, not because they're qualified or good at what they do. The pay and benefits are below industry standards and they do everything they can to get out of giving people annual raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on your current course and improve compensation for current employees. Cheap isn't always better - it costs a lot of money to hire the next cheap developer or support person.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in North Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in North Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Strategic Information Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Flexible scheduling and nice working environment. Senior management is user friendly and not much politics in company.

    Cons

    Company does not offer pension plan.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    This company might be in trouble

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in Stouffville, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Developer in Stouffville, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Strategic Information Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee/tea, pop for 25 cents, great culture if you play golf.

    Cons

    Sales have flatlined, clients are leaving, management seems to be clueless. Executives are only looking out for themselves and will backstab others and hang their staff out to dry if it makes them look good. You can't trust anyone - beware of frenemies!

    Salary and benefits are way below industry standard and the answer to everything seems to be hire more cheap labour. Processes are almost non-existent and QA is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and start listening to your employees and valuing them while you still can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Be Aware of What This Place is About and Act Accordingly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stouffville, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stouffville, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Strategic Information Technology full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free Coffee, tea and soft drinks.

    Cons

    SIT is located in an industrial park on the outskirts of Stouffville, an isolated rural town on the suburban fringe of Toronto. Due to the physical distance from its principal client base in Toronto and from key commercial and educational technology clusters, the company exists in a bubble. Practices and methodologies are dated and tired. Its apparent just by looking at the user interface, which looks as though it was lifted from Windows 95, to the marketing literature with a logo which looks as though it was designed in 1974. Variations of "same old, same old" are the mantra of the place. If you want to work on the cutting edge, this may not be the place for you.

    Compensation and benefits are significantly below industry averages and this is by design. The company tends to recruit older individuals close to retirement, graduates looking for experience or people that are willing to live on less in return for a shorter commute. Given these preferences, the workforce generally doesn't project dynamism that one would expect from a software development organization.

    Certain managers within the company are reasonable and well intentioned while others are insecure, bullying and badly behaved. Feuds between managers and functional areas are common place. A few managers feel that they have license to behave rudely and aggressively to other managers, employees and customers. Quite frankly, I'm amazed that their behaviour has been tolerated. I would not be surprised if this behaviour contributed to employee turnover and the loss of clients.

    The architecture underlying its applications is rigid and this has precluded significant improvements to functionality. QA and product management are loosely defined and managed. When compared to applications from other vendors in the core banking software space, the user experience with SIT's offerings feel awkward and disjointed.

    If you're considering joining SIT, my advice would be to pay attention to your instincts. Don't ask yourself what the place could be but be mindful of what it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the organization for what it is and don't put off the changes, as painful as they may be, that you need to make for the company to become what you want it to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Good people with management that takes good care of those who really apply themselves.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Stouffville, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Stouffville, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Strategic Information Technology

    Pros

    If you're talented and can communicate well, it won't take too long before you're offered good opportunities to grow both your talent and responsibility. Strategic Information Technology is a family-oriented company that reveals its commitment to family in a number of ways including: flexible working hours (if required), children's holiday party, employee holiday dance and party, and more. There is also a weekly company meeting that all employees are encouraged to attend and encourage to speak up if there are any questions.

    Cons

    SIT has lower compensation than the industry average but is far more family oriented than most software companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your eye out for the talented quiet ones who, week by week, produce excellent results but may not be great at communicating this fact.

    Recommends

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