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Sierra Systems Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Sierra is very flexible when it comes to work-life balance, and that's extremely important to me (in 11 reviews)

  • Sound financial management, challenging assignments, good people that generally practice transparency and like each other (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • It's tougher in a consulting company but more social events would help bring people together (in 3 reviews)

  • Management is a popularity contest with great people being let go and vile slime balls being promoted (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good clients, good technologies to work on. Mid level consulting company with good work/life ballance.

    Cons

    Nothing really negative to add.


  2. "It all depends on your project."

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are on a good project it's great. The company has some strong client relationships so that can help set things up for success.

    Cons

    Limited control over where/what you work on. Unreasonable demands if your project is underbid or over promised.

  3. "Good Company but depends on branch manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Exposure to large clients and systems

    Cons

    If you're unlucky enough to get a poor manager, you have no recourse.

    Sierra Systems Response

    Jan 23, 2015 – HR Generalist

    We appreciate your leadership team feedback. If an individual is struggling with a manager or has concerns about the senior leadership we encourage them to contact their Career Advisor, Resource... More


  4. "Solid, growing company with great potential"

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

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

    Pros

    It has been my experience that management is fully engaged in employee and client interactions. Good leadership; management teams work hard to balance employee wants with company needs. The aggregate technical knowledge is exceptional; some of the best people in our industry work for Sierra.

    Cons

    There is a culture gap between the US and Canada. Both Canadian and American employees would do well to recognize this and make an effort to cross it, rather than being frustrated that it exists. Together we could go far; but the resistance to change among the employee base is strong.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new ways off accomplishing goals; the culture difference should be a way for both groups to learn and grow.


  5. "Business Consulant"

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

    Pros

    Nothing really go special to offer the clients

    Cons

    Becoming a bodyshop - no real value to clients


  6. "disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    solid benefits
    good work life balance

    Cons

    getting laid off immediately upon return from STD. Very discouraging. No compassion.

    Advice to Management

    consider your employees when drafting your RIF list. One day it will be your turn. Hopefully you will be physically able to interview without any notice.
    At least dont lay off the last day of the month. COBRA cannot kick in fast enough for those of us who are seeing doctors weekly...


  7. "Great company that treats employees like family, seriously lacks growth path for employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary in par with industry, non demanding career, nice work life balance, great co workers and decent challenging engagements available.

    Cons

    Not a great career path available for aggressive growth, less employee development in terms of leadership or technology,not a lot of choices to work

    Advice to Management

    provide multiple career choices to employees.

  8. "Good place to work for as a consultant - very qualified technical expertise"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, very solid reputation in the industry, some really interesting projects you can work on. Good corporate culture but limited growth opportunities in technical areas

    Cons

    really no downsides - besides the limited growth opportunities ... and of course the road warrior life style that comes with being a consultant. But that's just the nature of the job really ... and some positions can adapt towards limited travel

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing with the individuals in mind


  9. "Very client-focused consulting firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlike many consulting firms that seem to be purely driven by project margins, Sierra Systems if very focused on client value. Unless you're interested, you'd never find out how well (or not) the company or your project is doing, because the emphasis on the projects at hand. The consultants are mostly good, and many have there been for a long time. There is not much internal competition.

    Cons

    The company has some very long-term client and long projects, which means that you could find yourself working on the same project for a much longer time than anticipated. You are responsible to built your own career and management won't push you much to grow so it's up to you. The company is actually Canadian and sometimes seems to be a little too much so, afraid to be aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    The company is still a "best kept secret" to the outside world, especially in the US. The focus on public sector clients worked well in the past but may not work so well in the recession.


  10. "Great reputation in public sector !!!"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very friendly corporate hierarchy and corporate culture, You will be able to work on very different projects using a large scope technologies. This is the place where you can grow into a managerial position and be happy with it, a lot of traveling is usually required - but this can be worked around individual preferences. I found myself in a position where a very strong and competent technical mentorship was in place.

    Cons

    If you don't like to be a road-warrior - not a place for you...

    Advice to Management

    More private sector attention !!!


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