I worked at SSG full-time (More than a year)
Nice people, very positive environment
not very organized or structured
Advice to Management
commit to structure
Positive setting and fun crew to work with.
Very shady company it closed down as it went out of business.
Fun diversions at the work place to distract you. Lots of snacks and there's always beer at the office. Ultra casual dress code if you are able to work in the office (and not on permanent assignment somewhere). No a-holes, everyone is a very nice person (at least on the surface). Quarterly meetings with all employees give you a good understanding of how the company is doing (for better or worse). A few expenses reimbursed is nice (cell phone, internet, laptop "lease back" where you get to keep the laptop). Office is in a nice area. It's a small company.
When times are good they will treat employees well with bonuses and if you bring in more revenue in a month they will compensate you extra (although not guaranteed).
It's a small company so a few deals that close or fail to close can make a big difference in the mood there. Zero room for career growth. As a consultant there are two levels of management above you: At the top there is the president and the other partners, and right below them is the president's best friend since high school and then there's you. There is no promotion to owner or best-friend-of-owner. There is no investment in you as an asset.
You'd better be happy with the job and pay when you start because it will stay exactly that way for as long as you work there.
Bizarre pay structure with a small guaranteed component and majority of it a monthly "bonus" that is paid out at the owner's discretion. You should nominally get your target salary and you usually get close, but never the exact amount. During lean months or for no given reason at all it can be less. Sometimes it can be used as a passive-aggressive performance review. It's very stressful to have management always tinkering with your salary by a few percent every month. Depending on the timing and manner in which you leave they will leverage the pay structure to give you as little as possible.
Technology is cutting edge. There is great room for growth. Projects are exciting. Room to ba a self starter. Room to be a creative developer.
Technology is cutting edge but the business approach is stale. Focus should be on engineering not moving product. Quality control needs more attention as well. HR could be much more professional.
Advice to Management
HR needs to be more professional. Focus on profit should be on IT engineering instead of raw equipment sales. Value Added is what makes a VAR different than a distributor.
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