Summa Technologies Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great organization to work for

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

    I have been working at Summa Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -challenging work assignments -intelligent people to work with -fun culture with good work/life balance -growing organization with new career opportunities created as a result -definitely employee centric culture

    Cons

    - not much to really mention here, the senior management team seems to focus on the right things

    Advice to Management

    - retain the culture as we grow - continue to hire talented people at all levels


  2. Helpful (10)

    Once a great company, now just another staff-aug consulting company

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

    I worked at Summa Technologies full-time

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

    Pros

    Intelligent co-workers. When on longer projects, pay is decent. 50/50 chance you may consult on an interesting project (that also may be a con) Beer in the fridge.

    Cons

    Up until 3 or so years ago, Summa was a fairly small boutique consulting company with a formidable reputation in the heart of Pittsburgh. It was viewed as one of the top places to work, boasting a vibrant culture, an intelligent workforce, and a burgeoning list of successful projects. The delivery team could be highly selective when vetting possible projects, and ultimately staffed these projects with a healthy sized team of Summa consultants. Projects were designed and implemented by Summanoids, from top to bottom. Client respect seemed to be at an all time high. Then, senior management decided to do 4 things: Expand into territories where Summa had absolutely no presence. Hire, hire, hire. Even if means setting the bar lower for candidates with no software coding experience. Invest into groan-worthy partnering technologies. Make most top level consulting positions primarily sales focused (may have been a necessity for expansion) Over the past 3 years, so much has changed. Summa sold its soul for unsustainable growth and geographical expansion (hoping to be bought by one of it's partners?). The company's overhead has also been disproportionately mushrooming. Of course, while trying to sustain this growth, delivery has to take any project it can staff. Desperately shifting more and more to 1-3 person staff augmentation "projects". Note that Summa once secretly prided itself in turning away staff augmentation opportunities. Now it seems to be the norm. Many consultants fear their next project. Not surprisingly, the naive geographical expansion backfired to the point where people hired in other regions work primarily for Pittsburgh projects... from another state. The investment/transition into partnering technologies is clearly seen as a precarious short-term "money grab". By pushing this, management has effectively alienated many of their top consultants. Once highly regarded, core consultants are viewed merely as replaceable commodities. Seeing through the facade, many consultants wise up and leave for greener pastures, and in doing so, learn they can make the same money elsewhere. Pride in working for Summa has faded, as the culture has veered towards the way of "brain-drain". Now, Summa is really just your run-of-the-mill "eat what you kill" enterprise consulting firm. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on partnerships and expansion, and more on what made Summa a great place to work: the consultants


  3. Helpful (4)

    From Meritocracy to Plutocracy

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

    I have been working at Summa Technologies full-time

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, good reputation, remnants of culture still thriving. Chances are good you will not have much down time.

    Cons

    Once a boutique consulting firm, senior management have decided to go for quantity over quality. Their long term goal is to turn what was a great little company into a terrible big company. Since the departure of certain founding senior managers, the firm has been trying to grow way too fast for the market. To account for this, they have dramatically lowered their hiring standards and their investment in long-term employees. A functional management structure was replaced by a cadre of sycophantic 'leaders' who have poor or no managerial skills. Summa is trying to fulfill a vision that is a mismatch for the market they are operating in and their effort to expand geographically and technically have largely been failures. A great company that used to be largely self-governing has become a dysfunctional organization with senior managers that are not in tune with the original spirit of Summa. Culture is basically DOA with the departure of so many key people.

    Advice to Management

    Pointless. Management has shown they simply don't care about what consultants think about the changes, and that they are going to follow through on their 'strategy' to enrich senior managers at the expense of the rest of the people who built this company.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great company sells out top talent

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

    I have been working at Summa Technologies full-time

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

    Pros

    Above market pay, good beer provided, still some very talented technicians.

    Cons

    Used to be a dynamic, creative, self-organized company that had no bureaucracy and excellent incentives. About three years ago, management decided to grow the company and completely sell out the consultants that grew it. The culture has been destroyed and the quality of technicians hired has been steadily decreasing, meaning the departures of key people have not been repaired. The company is not much different than any other average consulting company without rhe incentives, culture and structure that made Summa awesome. An exodus of remaining talent is coming soon.

    Advice to Management

    Management wants Summa to be a money making machine and don't care about what they have done to the company we loved so much. My advice is to stick their 2020 vision where the sun dont shine.

    Summa Technologies Response

    Jul 29, 2015 – CEO

    Thank you for your feedback, we will certainly give careful thought to your comments. I would like to respond to a couple of your concerns though. While it may seem that the company has grown more ... More


  6. Helpful (3)

    Fantastic experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - UI Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - UI Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

    Pros

    fair bonuses and raises, work-life balance, great mentorship structure.

    Cons

    mostly local consulting opportunities (this may be a pro for some looking to stay in one place)

    Advice to Management

    allow employees to give preference of available projects to work on


  7. Helpful (2)

    A great place to work - an employer who really gets it

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

    I have been working at Summa Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    * Very employee-centric culture * Work with intelligent people whom you can learn from * Open communication and team collaboration * One of the few companies in the region more interested in "doing the right thing" for its customers and employees

    Cons

    * No cons - just keep on growing and improving

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Truly great place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Extremely talented group of technologists, nice culture (lots of events to "network", have fun), and good diversity of projects. There are so many people to learn from, that even if you're not on the "right" project, there are plenty of ways to be engaged.

    Cons

    Not all projects are challenging/interesting or use current technologies - but that's just being a consultant. Also, with heavy growth, some of the small-company feel is getting lost.

    Advice to Management

    Need to maintain culture with growth. Don't become too "corporate".


  9. Helpful (4)

    great

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

    I have been working at Summa Technologies

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to work - great people, culture, projects, clients. Great opportunity to grow career in an exciting fast paced environment.

    Cons

    The Summa client project diversity is high - in technologies used, roles needed, cultures experienced, duration and team size - good for some, not good for others.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work -continue to hire great talent and focuson quality vs. fast hires of knuckle dragging mouth breathing mooks


  10. Ok Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

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

    Pros

    Good employees; Good projects and clients; Good atmosphere; Ok infrastructure; Good culture;

    Cons

    Bad management; Bad career opportunities; Bad salary and perks;

    Summa Technologies Response

    Jul 14, 2014 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review and we are sorry to hear about your current experience. However, this Glassdoor profile is for the Summa Technologies in the United States, in Pittsburgh, and not ... More


  11. Java Solutions Architect

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Java Solutions Architect in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Java Solutions Architect in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Summa Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Possibility to work with great people, learn a lot, been able to teach as well. Good environment.

    Cons

    nothing that I recall of.



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