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Savvis Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • great environment , good pay, great work place (in 4 reviews)

  • good people: smart, trustworthy (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Parent company (CenturyLink) doesn't share the Savvis vision (in 3 reviews)

  • Telco's don't get cloud and services (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fast Paced fun but sometimes work / life balance isn't right"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Administrative in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Web Administrative in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    young fast environment, competitive salary, good potential to move up

    Cons

    work/life balance isn't right. The salary was a little on the low side but I did start off in a junior position

    Advice to Management

    Be more direct with clients. they seem oversold / sold but don't understand fully what they are getting and that translates to problems with installations and tech management.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Going through a reorg and management is out to prove themselves worthy of sticking around."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CIO ORG Side in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - CIO ORG Side in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is room for upward mobility within your career. Plenty of overtime if you are an hourly employee. 1 Savvis is a really nice building to work in.

    Cons

    The CIO Organization management tries to squeeze every last drop of blood out of the stone as possible. The company has grown by hundreds of employees over the last year and management has gone without adding to the internal infrastructure. There are too many levels of management which impedes on corporate agility and innovation. There is a lot of red tape so it is quite fitting that Savvis has chosen red as their corporate color. Savvis does not choose to employ a service oriented management style where they leave the lower employees to make the day-to-day decisions and try to remove roadblocks to help them be more agile. No. This is the send-the-question-up-the-chain and get approval, which management is too busy to do, style of management. The very rigid top down, cannot-will-not-surrender-control, type management. If you do not like to be micromanaged then this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    A job is a business transaction between two parties and both parties must be satisfied, not just Savvis. Eliminate unnecessary layers of management.

  3. "It has its ups and its downs"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom on schedule, ability to make decisions, team I work with.

    Cons

    Pay is not up to par with other engineers, hours are long, quality of life is suffering,

    Advice to Management

    The slogan, "Do more with less" is getting old. May want to revisit this idea.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good if you don't expect high performance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Savvis is full of good people that believe in the product. Overall a good portfolio and lots of passion.

    Cons

    Leadership fails to invest in staffing so delivery teams are incredibly over worked and application development teams are under qualified and under inexperienced leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in internal teams to bring in talent. Remove legacy leaders that don't bring value to the organization rather than limping along out of some sort of loyalty at the expense of company performance.


  5. "I have had an excellent experience at Savvis"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibilty
    acknowldgement of a job well done
    excellent communication

    Cons

    Contract work
    too many meetings about meetings

    Advice to Management

    Hire the contractors that you feel represent Savvis in a positive way and who make a difference.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work to spite issues with executive management."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Operations Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Technical Operations Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Personel Growth. Advancement opportunies, Recognition for job well done.

    Cons

    Too much look too few employees. Too many managers.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of adding additional layers of management to somehow have the smae amount of people get more work done just add additional workforce.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Too much work for the number of employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Adequate pay and benefits for employees.

    Cons

    Employees not recognized for hard work

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Go work somewhere else, not here."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sterling, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -flexibility of management when it comes to approving personal time off
    -ability to work remotely
    -great team to work with
    -training once a year (but based on budget)
    -good # of personal time off per year

    Cons

    -local office is going down the hill; needs re-carpeting or wall paint (looks gloomy)
    -no good salary increase (they always have an excuse why) as they focus more with the $50 - $75 visa card as a way to reward your best performance
    -employees feel under appreciated as they do all the work but no return of appreciation
    -business is really focused on customer care but not on their employees
    -customer can dictate who can go and who can stay in the project (customer is always right)
    -local management lacks leadership and will not support you when bad things happen: you are on your own and you will be hit under the bus and they will not care.
    -managers don't trust their members; they only trust who they want to trust
    -full of dishonest managers
    -non-uniformity in some of the benefits that you get compared to what the corporate states when it comes to local managers that approve expenses, number of days working from home, etc.
    -expensive health insurance

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are the best assets you can have. Without them, Savvis and its business will definitely not survive. Happy employees means you get more happy customers.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Long and rewarding but ready for change."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Income potential
    Proximity to home
    Potential of my peer group
    Loyalty of the employees
    Industry space

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Lack of sr management visibility into issues
    Lack of sr management willingness to correct issues
    Recently acquired
    Business becoming commoditized
    Thankless place to work

    Advice to Management

    People are the most important assets you have.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Unhealthy Workplace"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Four weeks vacation is their enticement, but it's a double edged sword!

    Cons

    Four weeks vacation but you never get to take. Work avg. 60 hrs a week & it's still not enough for mgmt - disrespect to employees are common here - morale is so bad - mgmt is promoted within & typically someone's buddy & of course they lack any professionalism or mgmt knowledge - hostile workplace - very unhealthy!

    Advice to Management

    Hire professionals from outside & pray they stay any length of time.


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