The SAVO Group

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The SAVO Group Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at The SAVO Group

    Pros

    Really smart people. Everyone at the company is a top performer. People love what they do and are passionate about their work and their contributions to the company. The technology and services we sell are the best in the industry, and our customers list is second to none.

    Cons

    This is not a culture that works for everyone. If you are looking for a low-key, 9-5 job, SAVO isn't for you. If you are the type of person who thrives in a fast growing, innovative, fun, high pressure/high reward environment, this is for you. If you are smart, driven, and committed, you will succeed. If you are looking to coast, you'll quickly lose the respect and support of peers and managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SAVO has assembled a very strong leadership team that is committed to employee satisfaction, company growth, and, above all, customer success. This is a company that will do anything to ensure its customers are successful, and that philosophy begins at the top with the management team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Relaxed, .Com Atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at The SAVO Group

    Pros

    The Savo group offers the laid-back atmosphere typical of .com startups. People are very friendly and very smart.

    Cons

    The benefits package is poor and lags behind other employers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 9 people found this helpful  

    Savo is a predator posing as a house pet

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Implementation Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Implementation Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The SAVO Group

    Pros

    Able to wear a t-shirt and jeans to work, excellent location near the loop, all the grape Kool-Aid you can drink...

    Cons

    Savo excels at selling a progressive, west coast culture to would-be employees. Unfortunately, its' managerial style is incompatible with such an approach. Over time, this inconsistency has created a revolving door through which highly intelligent people enter...and as quick as they can find a better organization, exit. Fostering human capital is not a one of Savo's core competency.

    The SAVO product is largely smoke and mirrors. This "technology" is not far above something a talented CS major could come up with for his/her senior project. To make matters worse, management has no effective processes in place for project management, and shows zero understanding or acceptance of any proper SDLC. And to think, upper management had the audacity to compare Savo to Google during a certain quarterly...

    Sales has, to its credit, been able to position the product well, and ultimately tie up clients with long contracts. Never the less, such a strategy is not self-sustaining, and I can't imagine VC's are knocking down the doors anymore. While I am no longer privy to the financial health of the company, I would be shocked if Savo is in the black.

    It is truly a shame that, despite the pleas of the "real" talent at Savo, upper managements overt ineptitude has been allowed to continue. The only reason I stuck around Savo for a year was due to the people I met there. It is a real shame that this organization cannot retain much of its talent.

    Do not work here if you...

    are looking for a long-term career option.
    are looking for career progression.
    want to be appreciated for your skill and intelligence.
    do not have access to group therapy, have PTSD, or a good psychiatrist.
    don't want to be told to "stop trying so hard" *cough cough *

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is ultimately pointless to offer advice to the leadership at SAVO. The majority of those in this group are arrogant despite their incompetence, and are happy to ride out the gravy train until it derails.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Like all small companies that grow quickly, there are obvious growing pains.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at The SAVO Group

    Pros

    There were some incredibly smart, talented and committed workers. My role was to find and bring these folks on board and a role I completely enjoyed.

    Cons

    I never thought the relationship between the 2 co-owners was coherent. The disputes, as the company grew became more wide spread and there was an apparent problem in the organizational structure, which created wide spread confusion and hostility. To add, to the problem, many of the decisions which affected the over all health of the organization were kept in a vacuum and the personalities at the head of of the departments had little decision making ability over basic human relation and budget decisions.,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in and organizational development specialists. Listen to this person's advice. Give more information to all employees. Shut the vacuum off! The more employees know about decision making and where the company is going, the more they understand and most will back the company, even if not completely in agreement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    SAVO--Good idea gone bad due to poor management.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The SAVO Group

    Pros

    Fully 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop the micromanaging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive/Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive/Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The SAVO Group

    Pros

    SAVO 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.

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Women salespeople might feel uncomfortable at Savo

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Development Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The SAVO Group

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    A lot of turnover in Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at The SAVO Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your middle level managers. They close the deals for SAVO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Implementation Manager
    Former Employee - Implementation Manager

    I worked at The SAVO Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    SAVO's Sales Enablement

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at The SAVO Group

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Bad 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 ManagementAdvice

    Calm down, open up, and listen to your team before your funding dries up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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