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SAM Companies Reviews

Updated September 13, 2018
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Survey Technician in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Survey Technician in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time (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 Companies Response

    Jun 19, 2018 – Marketing 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... More


  2. "Surveyor"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Survey Crew Chief in Westerville, OH
    Former Employee - Survey Crew Chief in Westerville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of work. Survey side has good people in charge of you.

    Cons

    Can’t believe what certain members of management tell you. It’s definitely a boys club. The survey management was always straight forward with me. Can’t say the same about the SUE management. As long as you either stay away from SUE or kiss their butt you’re ok.
    I wish that I had an exit interview with HR from Austin. I think they’d like to know more about the Columbus Ohio office.

    Advice to Management

    Survey keep doing your thing. Sue management “Take responsibility for your errors. Don’t throw blame down the line”

  3. "Overall a good place to learn"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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 Companies Response

    Jul 19, 2018 – President & 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... More


  4. "Good Place to grow and learn"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time (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.

    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 Companies Response

    Jul 19, 2018 – President & 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... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Just like the other reviews say.. If tacos make you happy"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits but average pay

    Cons

    The common theme here is management problems. It definitely is a good ole boy attitude and if you aren't already in the club then you never will be. The upper management lies to the clients and the employees about expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Shake up your upper management. Just because they have been a PM for 10 years doesn't make them a good one. Stop pressuring the techs to work long, late, early or on weekends & holidays just to make yourself look good. People are not happy and I predict a mass exodus before too long and your reputation won't help to fill those jobs.

    SAM Companies Response

    Jul 10, 2018 – President & CEO

    I like to start by thanking you for your feedback. We work hard to promote a culture of inclusion, focus on recognizing all our employees’ contributions and talents and are committed to providing... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a good company to be a part of"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    SAM makes a strong effort to take care of its employees with benefits, events, parties, etc.
    They invest a lot in new technology.

    Cons

    Lots of political nonsense. If that stuff doesn’t bother you then you should be good. Some teams are worse than others.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time interacting with employees and not VPs

    SAM Companies Response

    Mar 16, 2018 – Marketing Communications Manager

    Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it. SAM tries to create a good and positive work environment for our employees and we are proud to be voted as a Top Workplace for six consecutive years... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Project surveyor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Project Surveyor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Surveyor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None to speak of. Advice - Don't accept employment there.

    Cons

    Absolutely the worst place that I have ever worked. Nothing but office politics, managers slamming doors, closed door meetings all the time. Co workers come and go (fired or quit) from one day to the next. Employment is a revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. It's probably why SAM has lost so many projects.

    SAM Companies Response

    Mar 16, 2018 – Marketing Communications Manager

    We are disappointed to hear that your time with SAM was not positive. We try to provide a company culture that is challenging and allows employees to grow and succeed. Although we do our best to keep... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "The worst place I have ever worked!!! Don't believe the hype. Stay away. RUN!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is not a single good reason to work here.

    Cons

    Unhappy people who live in fear of their managers. Managers rule through intimidation. Management is ridiculous. I think they took a class on how to be a corporate hell hole. God help you if you ruffle a superiors feathers. This company loves to hire and fire many temporary workers. Management is dishonest and the whole structure is pathetic. Can't wait to leave this hell. They try to make up for all they lack with breakfast tacos. What a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up. Do your job and treat employees fairly.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Office Technician"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAM Companies full-time

    Pros

    Respectable 401k match, relatively laid-back corporate atmosphere.

    Cons

    Duplicitous management who seeks to exploit their employees for the absolute bottom dollar. Will task employees with upper-level criteria work without accompanied promotional incentive nor contractual obligations. They sell additional hourly workload to sell an idea of time-and-a-half pay though everything is a loose sell on hollow ambiguities.


  10. "Not too bad"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAM Companies full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great (medical dental vision 401k match and etc)
    You can get all the hours you can handle if you really need the money (that’s if your work is decent)
    Environment is great

    Cons

    Pay could be better. Only reason I don’t leave is because work environment almost makes up for it. I’ve been offered better paying jobs but for now I’m okay where I’m at.

    Advice to Management

    Check the quality work of your projects (per manager) at least once a year. I’ve had to redo a couple of projects again in a tight deadline due to lack of quality. In the end it’s SAMs reputation on the line as well as the licensed surveyor


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