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Saab Group Reviews

Updated November 7, 2017
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  • Great work culture, work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Great co-workers and great work environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Growing Business. Growing Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Manager in East Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in East Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saab Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits (Health, PTO, tuition), great collaborative culture, rapid growth presents abundant opportunities to learn and grow personally and professionally.

    Cons

    Will need to hire the right talent, quickly to keep up with the demand.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to maintain a collaborative environment while growing exponentially.


  2. "Few Year Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saab Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Saab is a group of talented, friendly and compassionate people.

    Cons

    Work / life balance can be lacking at times.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better insight to employees on how to achieve professional growth and how to add longer term value to the business' strategic outlook.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work. Growing!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in East Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in East Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saab Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highly competitive salary and decent benefits. Up to 4.5% (50% of 9%) 401k matching plus up to 5% 1-for-1 share matching (3yr to mature) making up to 9.5% total benefit. Beating most US defense and aerospace company.

    Cons

    (For US) Foreign owned company operating under SSA. Many restrictions.
    Thin on R&D spending.
    Syracuse site has very snowy winters (a plus if skiing is your thing)

    Advice to Management

    Invest more on research and development. Better career path development. Keep up the good work.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A promising little defense company with a few issues."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saab Group full-time

    Pros

    The company is growing at an impressive rate, and the on-boarding process is finally starting to take shape. It has excellent benefits and great job security. You are not removed from the company simply due to a lull between contract periods. There is likewise excellent documentation within their hardware and software. This typically makes interpreting software implementations a very simple process. Software engineers are similarly brought on and immediately introduced to

    Cons

    The pay is only average, which would be acceptable if the opportunities to advance weren't so few in number. They still use an antiquated performance evaluation model which is largely dependent on your relationship with your manager. It is similarly dependent on the success of the project to which you are assigned. If you are assigned to a successful project, you will be moved up in the company. However, if you are assigned to a failing project, you will work endlessly without appreciation or capacity for lateral movement within the company. Supposedly, the company encourages flexible hours with the opportunity to work from home. In practice, you will often put in over twenty hours of unpaid overtime a week, only to be told that you 'may be working hard but you're not working smart'. Upper management likewise lets mid-level management performed unchecked, and refuses to listen to any complaints of abuse or aggressive behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Managers largely operate unchecked, which is a serious problem. Some managers will push all of their associate employees to second-level positions with less than a year of service and no Masters degree. Others will have you working there for years at the same level of pay, regardless of ethic, capability or education. Employees in systems engineering are glorified, while software is often treated with contempt. A balance needs to be established, and mid-level management needs to be held to a strict standard.


  5. "Saab"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Swedish Automobile Company Car

    Cons

    Saab Automobile is now out of business in North America


  6. "downsizing, layoff and others"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Saab Group full-time

    Pros

    People were nice at work and fairly supportive

    Cons

    Bad management and senior management turnover rates were too high. Promises were not kept and a lot of false statements were made.


  7. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in East Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in East Syracuse, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saab Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people, good working environment but layoffs happen whenever sales fail to meet goals from Sweden.

    Cons

    No long term strategic plan. Difficult to plan resources without a plan. Company is engineering centric with good engineers being promoted to management. Not much regard for employees if job requires long travel. Some favoritism in job assignments and promoitions

    Advice to Management

    Get s strategic plan, identify your core competencies, identify the skillsets you will need to accomplish the strategic plan and bolster the competencies. Respect non-engineering skills in your labor force.

  8. "Pretty Good"

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    Former Employee - Test/Optimization Engineer in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Test/Optimization Engineer in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saab Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good crowd of people trying to do smart things.

    Cons

    Like any workplace- it's not perfect. They're not as awesome as they think they are- but they are good.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give people busy work.


  9. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Saab Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people with a very friendly work environment. Able to work across disciplines with others for a broad range of experience.

    Cons

    The small size of the company and limited potential for advancement until someone else leaves. Travel requirements can be extensive.


  10. "SDAS Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Saab Group full-time

    Pros

    Great company with great future.

    Cons

    Parent company is very inefficient in US operations structure.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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