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  1. "HR does not care about about employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sg2 full-time

    Pros

    Smart technical staff. Some have wired behavioral issues.

    Cons

    They don't care about you. You are nothing to them. HR is totally the worst I ever delt with.

    Advice to Management

    You have miss the boat.


  2. "Stuck in Their Ways"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sg2 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The free food is always a plus, but it has actually gotten worse over the last couple of years. There is a very causal office structure that allows you come and go as long as you are getting your work done.

    Cons

    For a company that is touted as an analytics and healthcare technology company, they have some of the worst technology that I have ever seen. Their analytics are decent, but other that their "grouper" and "forecast" methodology, they have nothing proprietary and it can easily be replicated by their competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Aside from the Consulting Team, most of the VP's are very much terrible at their jobs and have no idea how to manage a team. They have way too much control and input into the direction of the company and I'd argue that none of them have any idea how to run the company. At the end of the day, they need to allow the current CEO to do his job.

  3. "Slow Motion Decline"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sg2 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong reputation in market
    Smart colleagues passionate about health care
    Access to high-level leaders at client organizations
    Free breakfast and lunch

    Cons

    Acquisitions over last couple of years brutal
    Goiod people leaving,, not being replaced at same caliber
    Lack of cohesive exexutive leadership
    Favoritism and back-biting occurs at managemrnt level

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the concers of employees at all levels within the company. Hire more people who can actually do the work,


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sg2 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You're surrounded by very smart, gifted individuals that are passionate about health care. The organization is very academic and you'll end up debating health care trends and policy over lunch or coffee quite a bit. Sg2 also provides great access to the industry, so you'll be interacting with high-level health care leaders regularly.

    Cons

    The academic environment, while a strength, also presents a weakness. There are times when the vision for the company is focused on high-level strategy instead of engaging clients on change management.

    Additionally, Sg2 has gone through a 2-year period without firm leadership while it was first bought by MedAssets and then by Vizient. Hopefully, this period of change will calm down.

    Advice to Management

    With the acquisition by Vizient, there needs to added focus on sharpening the path forward for Sg2.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "An environment that fosters bullying"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free breakfast and lunch for employees

    Cons

    Very clique-ish environment, poor training, managers foster a culture of bullying

    Advice to Management

    Clean house


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Future Looks Promising, But...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sg2 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sg2 is a trusted advisor to the C-suite of health systems and hospitals nationwide. And for good reason. Great minds are working diligently to make the healthcare system better for all in a rapidly changing business environment. Our analytics and Impact of Change methodology and insight is top-notch. The culture is collaborative, committed and passionate about improving healthcare. Despite multiple sales/mergers, the parent companies (MedAssets, Pamplona, Vizient) seem to recognize the highly-respected niche Sg2 holds in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Multiple sales/mergers are a distraction and makes folks nervous. We've experienced higher than normal employee attrition in the past 12-18 months - hoping very much with Vizient leadership things will settle down. Now more than ever we need strong Sg2 executive team and middle-management to protect and grow Sg2 during the next chapter.

    Advice to Management

    Invest is Sg2 senior and middle-management leaders. Keep vision focused on what has distinguished Sg2 in the market and ahead of the pack: thought-leadership, analytics, innovation and an unwavering commitment to our clients.


  7. "Work and coworkers are best in the business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sg2 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best collection of minds I've ever worked with, unwavering commitment to the customer and pushing the envelope, ability to do on ork that is challenging and game-changing.

    Cons

    Staffed lean, need to add talent quickly to keep up with demand.

    Advice to Management

    Figuring out the MedAssets integration will be key. Fun place to work, need to keep Sg2 culture alive and well.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Cut your teeth; then move on."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sg2 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary is market-rate for most positions, with decent benefits. There is depth of knowledge and a passion for healthcare that is truly unmatched. As a new entrant into the workforce, you will work with talented individuals and help leaders at top health systems make important strategic decisions.

    Cons

    Sg2 is branded as a software-as-a-service (SAAS) company, but this characterization is severely disingenuous. With that unfortunate designation, only positions explicitly tied to the analytics platform (eg "Directors of Strategic Analytics") are viewed as having any real value. However, a peek behind the curtains reveals the analytics retain little value absent consulting or thought-leader support.

    Management is feckless. There is (ironically) a fear of change (for a company that has recently been sold), so employees are tasked to maintain the status quo rather than propose new ideas to further support our clients. So many talented people have left for failing to kiss the ring, even though their ideas were daring, likely profitable, and true client-pleasers. I was sad to see so many (many, many, many, many, many) great people leave.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Allow MedAssets to replenish the ranks of management with those who are open to new ideas that will ultimately better service our clients.


  9. "Nice working environment; good place to cut your teeth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sg2 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free food! They hold many events such as a happy hour recognizing birthdays, etc. They've had free massages and wine tasting events, just to name a few. There are plenty of events and perks here. There's also a free shuttle for those that take the CTA purple line to/from Chicago.

    Cons

    There isn't an outlined growth plan or even a structure in place for promotion or many differentiating compensatory rewards. For example, everyone receives the same amount of vacation, albeit that it's a good amount. So, if you've been there for 5 years or even 10 years, you have the same amount of vacation with someone that just started there day one. Also, if you are the stellar & most competent person in the team, there isn't anything different for you, even in comparison to any possible slackers. It feels as if the perks noted above is what should keep you happy. People need other motivating factors and rewards for their hard work, especially if they stand out.

    Advice to Management

    All departments should create an outline and structure for growth and promotion. I saw some very good people leave because they were treated just like all the others. Otherwise, the perks and events do provide a means to improve morale, it allows us to get to know our peers or other people in other departments, and it promotes a fun atmosphere. Unfortunately, you've also fostered a culture where the best employees leave and you're left with the ones that don't seek self-improvement, are less competent, and are complacent. You could lose a good talent pool and be left with a pool of slackers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "They Care"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sg2 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Always seeking feedback and trying to improve
    Made a lot of changes in the last year that I was there
    Lots of growth opportunities
    Good benefits
    They recognize achievements and acknowledge employees for their hard work - lots of Champaign toasts on Fridays to celebrate milestones
    Free lunch and breakfast

    Cons

    For a long time they had some people in management that were making people miserable
    sometimes they really miss the mark even though they have good intentions
    too many company reorganizations
    didn't always feel like a stable place to work
    sometimes they put people in roles that they were not qualified for and there is a trickle effect that made things very difficult and frustrating


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