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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Very bad management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Slightly better than average compensation package

    Cons

    -Very bad management
    -Management doesn't care about work life/balance

    Advice to Management

    -Management is a two-way street, so listen to the needs of the employees.


  2. "Good work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S1 full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and good environment

    Cons

    Repeatable work in some projects

  3. "Former S1 review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good working environment..
    met good mentors

    Cons

    The workplace needs revamping- looks like still an old office


  4. "Talented people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at S1 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very bright people - very lean environment - empowered and expected to get on and do things. Was a relatively small global organisation but with an exciting feel.

    Cons

    After losing key contracts it became unviable as a business entity and was then taken over. Significant and enduring cost-cutting was necessitated.

    Advice to Management

    Opportunity to reflect on product/services market suitability. Essentially US products were not suited for international markets and were never sufficiently adapted.


  5. "company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology and business knowledge.
    Provides learning opportunities. If you perform well you will definitely get opportunities. Seniors from EUROPE is good.
    Good banking product

    Cons

    no work life balance. No Growth after a certain time period

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management


  6. "Pays well, otherwise pretty dysfunctional. Hopefully things will improve under ACI."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at S1 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    S1 pays their employees quite well, and there are numerous opportunities for international travel & assignments.

    Cons

    S1 is bedeviled by constant short term thinking by senior management. Root issues are not addressed, and the proverbial can continually gets kicked down the road as bandages are applied in a haphazard manner to gaping wounds. An incredible amount of time is spent maintaining separate reports - one 'true' version, and another falsified version of events/status/progress for clients. This is a practice that is not only encouraged, but mandated, by senior management. Something is very wrong when a significant part of your job is obsfucating the truth. No regrets at all on leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Think long term, invest in people. Honesty, transparency, and ethics will go a long way.


  7. "Not applicable - acquired by ACI Worldwide"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Implementation Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Software Implementation Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at S1 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance - including telecommuting and flex time
    Good social environment receptive to family, with no problems with family members visiting office

    Cons

    Bad telecommuting policy - open to interpretation and not really conductive of management goals (i.e. why were they enforcing things the way they were?)
    Bad/deceptive salary - they justified based on industry average and claimed to want to sit on the 60th percentile. However, their figure used was inc super, whereas the salary data was a mix of inc and exc super - inference is that they were actually positioned at 45 - 55th percentile but tricking employees to think they were at 60th.

    Advice to Management

    N/A - acquired by ACI worldwide

  8. "Fun work environment, if slightly uninspiring work."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at S1 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on the team little to moderate stress levels. Professional managers, realistic deadlines and interesting clients. Short to medium term projects, never assigned to boring projects for too long. Nice team culture.

    Cons

    Compensation not nearly as good as in banks and competitors, who keep poaching talented developers. Johannesburg's team not growing fast enough / stagnating. No drive to innovate, since clients (banks) don't desire cutting-edge technology. Little contact with software once it's been shipped to a client. More strict and boring processes put in place by ACI Worldwide Inc.

    Advice to Management

    Retain and hire more top talent by offering higher than "industry standard" compensation.


  9. "Software developer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cape Town (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cape Town (South Africa)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at S1 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Felt like I was doing something important. Smart people.

    Cons

    Blue collar coding, heavy workload, people are too smart for the work they are on.

    Advice to Management

    Lower the hiring standard and you will have less of a employee turnover.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "S1 used to be a Great Place to Work!! Unlikely that ACI will keep it up..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at S1 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    S1 Pune (International PSO) was an awesome place to work - one of best talents and places that I've worked for so far. I was given complete freedom and flexibility at work, good compensation and some very challenging work. Great colleagues, especially from Europe, a good sense of being one-global-unit and a fun, party culture!

    Cons

    Working with Asia Pacific Management was a sad experience - it all changed in 2010-2011. I don't know how the management based in Singapore got where they were but they clearly lacked work experience and seemed to have no idea how to run large units within truly international companies. They were all expats for Singapore - they introduced an element of racism and ugly management in a great workplace such as S1 - and sure enough, they lost all great talent in the process. I quit S1 because of similar reasons as well, APAC being my last engagement before leaving - if the APAC Management would have been talented like the rest of the S1 world, I would have stayed back. Stay away from S1 if being hired for any of the APAC Professional Services engagements.

    Advice to Management

    You need to look at serious reorganization of your Singapore-based APAC Management to reign in further damage - over the last two years they've caused enough damage. Other than that, keep it up!! S1 was truly one of the best places I ever worked!


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