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SAM Companies Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2019

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SAM Companies CEO Christopher M. Solomon
Christopher M. Solomon
6 Ratings
Pros
  • "Since being at SAM, the last XX years of my XX-year career have been profound in regards to getting the opportunities one has strived so long for(in 11 reviews)

  • "Benefits are great (medical dental vision 401k match and etc)(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "SAM is growing rapidly so they have their growing pains but seem to managing it pretty well(in 7 reviews)

  • "(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (5)

    "A great company that takes care of their employees!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    SAM is a great company that does so much for their employees. It's a friendly, family and employee centered environment with no arbitrary rules. The company and managers give you the tools to grow in your career and truly support that growth, whether it's in your own department or another. Departments share resources with other departments and offices to make it a more collaborative. There are many other benefits... outside the typical healthcare, 401k, etc. There are free breakfast tacos on Wednesday, daily fresh fruit and monthly events. As mentioned, SAM gives back to their employees in ways that can't be put on a benefits sheet. They sent volunteers to help rebuild employee's homes that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. They give away a $10,000 scholarship to an employee's family member attending college and are encouraged to do so many volunteer hours for the community. It feels like a company that may have existed 30 years ago; where the employees do good work, are rewarded/appreciative and stay until retirement.

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    Cons

    SAM is growing rapidly so they have their growing pains but seem to managing it pretty well.

    SAM Companies2018-11-06

    SAM Companies Response

    November 14, 2018President & CEO

    We are pleased to hear that you are having a great experience working for SAM. We have progressed in many ways over the year, and continue to find opportunities to support our employees as our company grows. Our firm is founded on a set of Core Values that serve as a guide in all ...

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  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are career driven, focused and, take the initiative, the opportunities seem to be limitless. Since being at SAM, the last XX years of my XX-year career have been profound in regards to getting the opportunities one has strived so long for.

    Cons

    Priorities. What company does not have them, however, sometimes those priorities can be misguided.

    SAM Companies2019-04-30

    SAM Companies Response

    May 10, 2019President and CEO

    We’re happy to hear that you have established career growth during your time with SAM! Our organization supports employees by providing Learning and Development opportunities to help them achieve their career goals and flourish in their profession. We are proud that you have taken ...

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't waste your time."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at SAM Companies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This was a great place to work when it was So-Deep.

    Cons

    When SAM took over, nobody was happy. Many people eventually left the company because of this. Low pay and will not think twice about laying you off. It's all about the bottom line, nothing else.

    SAM Companies2019-08-14

    SAM Companies Response

    August 21, 2019President and CEO

    We are sorry that you did not enjoy your experience with SAM. SAM acquired So-Deep in 2016, to combine the strengths of two great companies and enhance the value we deliver to clients, and we have achieved that goal. Subsequent to the acquisition, SAM has significantly upgraded the ...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Survey Instrument Operator in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at SAM Companies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging work, Learn new skills at variety of job locations.

    Cons

    Transfer to different offices, for a few weeks or days.

    SAM Companies2019-07-13

    SAM Companies Response

    August 2, 2019President and CEO

    We thank you for your feedback and are pleased you had a positive experience during your time at SAM. We are proud to be recognized as a leader in the industry and are thankful for the opportunities to work on exciting and challenging projects across the nation. These projects provide ...

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Run Away, fast"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SAM Companies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some very good staff members and well, Austin

    Cons

    Horrible executive management, owned by venture capital firm that drive every decision on profit first, impact last. Everyone Eng Tech and above has to sign non compete and company will sue you if you leave to work for anyone they think is or could be a competitor. Turned in notice, they show letter says cant work for anyone within 200 miles of any SAM office or they will sue, virtually eliminates all of eastern... USA companies. As soon as they find out who offered you, they send offering company letter threatening to sue them also. Learned they have sued more than a dozen employees since 2014 and almost as many companies for offering SAM employees better pay and benefits. On your last day, they hand you a letter from company attorney saying for the next two years if you talk to another SAM employee about work or if you talk to any company SAM has or wants to perform work for they will sue you.

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    Advice to Management

    If you have to threaten employees to keep them, or threaten other companies who can offer your employees betterment, you are obviously doing many things wrong.

    SAM Companies2019-04-21

    SAM Companies Response

    May 6, 2019President & CEO

    At SAM, we are proud to be recognized as an innovative leader in our industry and we challenge ourselves day in and day out to raise the bar even higher. Our commitment to continued advancement requires a tremendous investment in progressive technology paired with talented and dedicated ...

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  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time

    Pros

    Overtime and flexibility available. You can learn valuable and marketable skills.

    Cons

    Unpredictable, hard to know what you're getting into from month to month. You need to be flexible yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to keep your good people

    SAM Companies2018-10-13

    SAM Companies Response

    November 2, 2018President & CEO

    I truly appreciate your feedback. We strive to foster an environment that supports a healthy work/life balance because we believe in the importance of taking care of our people. It is a priority for us to see our employees grow and develop their skill-sets overall throughout their ...

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Managers do not take responsibility"

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

    I worked at SAM Companies full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, great HR staff

    Cons

    For the last few months I was interrogated like I was a POW on the projects I was working on. I was interrogated several times and each time lasted almost 30 minutes. It was always very negative and never any positive feedback. If you are hired for anything above entry-level they have high expectations on your performance even though they do not provide the proper training. If a project manager had negative... feedback from their superior the project manager would direct that negativity on you and pass on the blame to you. The project managers never take responsibility for missing deadlines and instead make you take all the blame. They will allow certain people to make mistakes but I was targeted for mine. This company does not treat people equally. I wish I left sooner.

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    Advice to Management

    Get more involved with your projects. If you have someone lower level than you handling the project be more involved and supportive instead of blaming others.

    SAM Companies2018-10-31

    SAM Companies Response

    November 6, 2018President & CEO

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We welcome input to help us improve on roadblocks as we continue to grow our business. It is unfortunate that you did not have a good experience working with our firm. As a means to strengthen our internal communication, ...

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  8. "Overall a good place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time

    Pros

    SAM has great benefits as well as the most up to date equipment and technology.

    Cons

    With any large company politics comes into play.

    SAM Companies2018-07-08

    SAM Companies Response

    July 19, 2018President & CEO

    Thank you for the feedback. We are proud to offer a best-in-class benefit package to our employees and will continue our commitment to invest in the latest technology to deliver superior services to our clients.

  9. "Good Place to grow and learn"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've been reading these reviews and have remain silent as everyone is entitled to their opinions. However, I am tired of reading the negative opinions of some while the majority of us at SAM who enjoyed coming in to work everyday, allow those few negative opinions to represents us. My coworkers and I talked about these reviews and are in disbelief of what is being said. Company encourages employees to learn and... grow, we have great benefits, can't beat the 401k match and insurance and the food at SAM you can't beat it. Are they perfect? No, but what company is??? One thing I do know, they really do care about the people.

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    Cons

    Busy....lots of work..some may consider this a con, put for some having the overtime is good thing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the direction that you are heading, remain open to new ideas and feedback and hold more state of company meetings. Those were very helpful.

    SAM Companies2018-06-22

    SAM Companies Response

    July 19, 2018President & CEO

    Thank you for feedback. We are proud to be able to offer our employees with a best-in-class benefits package, especially our robust 401k company match. We appreciate all feedback, as it provides us with opportunities to improve and the ability to discover new ideas to make us an employer ...

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  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Survey Technician in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice and polite people. A very well organized company

    Cons

    Nothing talk about right now

    Advice to Management

    Nothing right now

    SAM Companies2018-06-10

    SAM Companies Response

    June 19, 2018Marketing Communications Manager

    It is important to us at SAM that we provide a good work environment for our employees. We strive to create a positive environment that cultivates teamwork and professional growth for staff. We are glad to hear that things are going well for you and encourage you to share your experience ...

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