The SAVO Group
3.1 of 5 32 reviews
www.savogroup.com Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

The SAVO Group Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
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3.1 32 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

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Mark O'Connell

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    SAVO--Good idea gone bad due to poor management.

    (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsFully stocked refrigerator, generally nice co-workers, state of the art computers, free lunch on occasions, the impression that you can get promoted with hard work.

    ConsThe worst combination of ownership and management: In my years in IT I have never seen such incredible micro-managing from two college buddies who have no people skills whatsoever.

    I've seen people fired indiscriminately, and have talked with many who desperately wanted to quit (but are keeping their jobs until something better comes along). I talked to one guy who had consistently received perfect performance reviews. Two weeks late and this guy received a Poor review. Fortunately, he quit.

    Unless you're one of the three Savo employees in his good graces, don't expect management to ever give you a compliment. On the other hand, you can expect to be criticized and defamed and abruptly fired.

    At Savo, getting fired is a blessing in disguise.

    Did I mention that the company's flagship program is poorly designed, badly written, and almost impossible to use?

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the micromanaging.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't work at SAVO, you'll be miserable.

    Account Executive/Sales (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsSAVO is a great place to work if you aren't looking for a long term career opportunity and work from home. (Also a great environment if you like big changes.) A giant fridge full of soda and plasma screen T.V. awaits you if you do work in the office.

    ConsSenior management is too protected and new managers poorly chosen. Too much office politics exist in the organization.

    The Operations leader is seriously abusive, micromanages sales, and terrorizes sales employees of all performance levels. An entire sales team was dissolved last year but cleverly swept under the rug. Turn over is so bad less than ten non-management staff have been there for 2 years or more. SAVO made an employee council to address problems but they don't have authority to make a difference. Every six months everything changes but never improves.

    SAVO Sales and Operations Managers cause: new employees crying during training, yelling behind closed doors, a person with a disability put in a corner and humiliated, late commission checks with mistakes, wrongful termination threats, and employees walking on eggshells even if they are great at what they do.

    Sales Development is currently led by green highly incompetent Middle Management in the Marketing Department who is in turn managed by an only part-time Vice President neither of whom has prior experience leading a sales team. One Vice President of Sales had a stack of HR complaints against them but was never fired, just demoted to a different job.

    If you go to HR for help and management finds out, you'll be fired. If you leave SAVO, management will trash your reputation (said trashing is with HR's full knowledge and participation).

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease get rid of the Senior Management in charge of Operations before you get sued. Don't put Account Executives in Account Management roles when their manager screws everything up and ruins the team. Please let Sales be in charge of Sales Development, not marketing. The CEO at SAVO is a swell guy, and I like him quite a bit... I'd even go so far to say he's handsome- but he's in trouble so long as he's confident in the performance of Senior Management, especially in Operations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Women salespeople might feel uncomfortable at Savo

    Sales Development Representative (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsYou get to use a lot of different software at Savo in the Sales Development Rep (SDR) role. Salesforce.com, Savo, Jigsaw, Hoover's, Excel, PowerPoint, and you're given flexibility with the tools. It's a great job if you are new to the high tech realm and are relatively new to sales. The CEO rocks! There are pockets of wonderful people there such as the East Coast Sales Team.

    ConsThe sales and sales development teams are primarily male dominated with too few women salespeople. Some women might feel uncomfortable or left out in this environment. Sales Development has had over 5 managers in the last 2 years. Few SDRs make it over a year there. Every time management changes so do the expectations. Some Account Execs are so talented they should manage us, but there is a history of ineffective managers who do manage us. People with absolute genius, integrity and true leadership ability aren't given the chance to reach their full potential due to office politics. Involvement from the Operations Department is not well received by many.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the East Coast Sales Team even more to scale positive change across the company. I can't say enough good things about the East Coast Sales team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot of turnover in Sales

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsNice office, young smart staff, great consulting and implementation staff and leadership, solid Marketing effort. Mid level sales managers are great.

    ConsA ton of turnover in sales, strategy and message changes every 90 days, product is cool but is over priced, there are to many competitors in SAVO's space now, ton of effort for small deals, top sales leader is really a Marketing guy who micromanages everything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your middle level managers. They close the deals for SAVO.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't work here

    Implementation Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsThe SAVO story comes across as inspiring at first and you feel like you are at the beginning of something great.

    ConsYou are not at the beginning... A product that sounds like a great idea is really too expensive for what it does and companies would be hard pressed to realize its full potential. Despite some great people implementing and selling the product the execution of the strategy is ineffective. At the end of the day the product is made more complicated by the company in order to sell the subscription model. They say as a small company you have the ability to move anywhere and make a difference but there isn't any good place to move. People move out not up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a bigger company to partner with the bring the solution to bigger companies in conjunction with other providers. Find a way to develop employees more and fund new ways to utilize their talents because the day to day operations are pretty mundane and someone could easily stagnate if they are there too long.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    SAVO's Sales Enablement

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsGood environment. Good customers. Potential for growth.

    SAVO feels like a company from the early 90's that has slipped through the cracks. Waking up in the 2000's it is out of place. It is too big for its britches living off VC funding, and all managers feel like they're terrified to make a mistake.

    But this has its benefits. The place feels like family. Everyone sticks together. This is helpful if you fit in.

    The office is beautiful. They feel like a hip company to be part of.

    They're always learning. Sure, they may not admit it, but their curious about improving their processes. This makes it a good place for those on their feet.

    ConsBad product. Bad management. Bad company tech decisions. Some bad team leaders/members that create toxic office.

    To put it bluntly: their software is not relevant in today's market. It has made the job of all employees much harder. From a sales perspective it is nearly impossible to have people listen to you.

    The sales and customer support teams are the sole reason the company still exists. They've worked miracles. But many other teams get away with very little. Some departments need a full revamp or a new perspective. They still act like an old-style tech firm, in an industry focused on new media.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCalm down, open up, and listen to your team before your funding dries up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    SAVO has evolved...you wish you worked here.

    Smarty Pants, Know It All, Sales Savant, GURU (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe people, the culture...very laid back but with great work ethic all around. The founders are great guys.
    They take pride in what they have built in the last 10 years. They are human beings, when family or other things that happen in life need attention, they are very supportive and insist on your well being , first and foremost. That speaks volumes...

    ConsBecause it was a small company for so long and then it grew really fast...communication got sidetracked. I feel they have made great leaps in the last year to correct this...Not many downsides really...I've worked in some bad environments w/ shady people, but this place is the best by far.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up - it's software.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Up and rising company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe people are what make SAVO a place you want to work. The product offered is great and I believe we have a great opportunity to take a stronghold in the marketplace

    ConsAt ttimes, it appears as if Sr Management micro-manages the employees. There is a lack of consistency regarding personnel performance and measurement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen and trust your management team to make sound decisions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting potential but not a great place to work

    Implementation Manager (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Proshighly likely company will be purchased and stock options will = $$$ for some employees

    ConsQuestionable management that promotes atmosphere of fear and innuendo. There also tends to be a high level of turnover and management has a tendency to write it off as young employees taking their experience gained at SAVO and moving on. To a certain extent this is true, but to a greater extent people leave because of unpleasant work conditions brought on by some in management who are out of touch with how the operations side of a software company works. CEO is woefully removed from what is really going on in his company. Gets his information from limited sources that know how to spin and manage up to their benefit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave more confidence in your employees and understand that spreading gossip as a c-level executive is a poor management strategy. CEO needs to reconnect at a broader level with employees. This is a 70 person company -- not IBM. We are too small for such a disconnect with upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    An outstanding story with an ending that will be written in the next two years

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsCompany is growing fast and has a great product that customers love. The company has an outstanding customer list and nearly all of these customers are excited about what they have been able to do with SAVO. When implemented properly, SAVO can be an very powerful means to share knowledge.

    ConsCompany is going through typical struggles of a company growing and trying to figure out what works. Many of the employees had been there for a long time and as the company continues to try to scale, there has been some turnover and politicing... nothing too unusual but at times a challenge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove our decision making around key personnel.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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