I worked at Safe Systems full-time (Less than a year)
I came into Safe Systems with some experience and having one final year of college left, I got hired as a Network Analyst. I was happy to have the job and excited to learn. They are accommodating for needs such as school, family and anything that you may need time off for. The culture is relaxed and family oriented. They do periodic cookouts/lunches and workers can go to the gym together during lunch, etc. Overall, great place to start and learn!
- Work life balanced was not that great, due to longer hours
- Management were all friends from Georgia Southern, and would have favors for their friends.
- The 'inner circle' all hung out and pushed each other up, constantly making inappropriate jokes and letting their friends get away with what ever
- RARE work from home option, while all the work can probably be from home like most other tech companies
- High turnover; while being there for almost a year, I've seen at least 6 people come and go, which is fairly high considering their NOC has approximately 16-22 Engineers and Managers
- Lack of process or any workflow
- Management suggested and promoted inappropriate study behavior for certifications (example: promoted bonuses for passed Microsoft certs in order to maintain gold status partnership which would include employees accessing test material and other means banned by Microsoft to pass the certifications; certainly lack of integrity
Advice to Management
Overall, Safe systems is a great starter job, anything above that, I would say it lacks. I was blessed to work and learn from an intelligent group of people. However, it seemed as everyone there, including the seniors, were just there to gain experience and move on. Sometimes you have to have places like that. It's a little bit of a shame considering its a good company with lots of room to grow, but certainly would benefit from some experienced management (working now with Fortune 20 organizations, now I clearly see this). One thing that is great is the culture (aside from the buddy-buddy and inappropriate jokes)The learning opportunity is there for those motivated. The job exposes to a diverse amount of technologies and software, where can demand 20-40% higher salary upon leaving. One thing I would suggest is for management to recognize talent, promote fairly (not just friends) and try to be more competitive to keep talent rather than such a high turnover. It seemed like very little people actually and genuinely liked working there.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Safe Systems (Alpharetta, GA).
First they do a phone screen that is basically just a personality review to see if you'll fit in with the company culture. Nothing difficult your basic HR questions. There is only 1 more in person interview without that and will last about an hour. They go over your resume and talk about your experience. Again they ask personality questions to see if you fit in. It's a small company of 80 so culture is very important.
I am used to working with recruiters so I may have made a mistake by not asking for more. They do post an exact salary, not a range. I believe I was the 2nd to last interview and received the offer 2 days after my 2nd interview.
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