Sierra-Cedar Employee Reviews about "sci"

Updated 26 Apr 2018

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "It works for some..."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra-Cedar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is a consulting company. If you are talented and relevant to the SCI business offerings, you will stay busy. And you will be well compensated. You will also have a lot of flexibility in the way you manage your piece of the business. You might travel, you might not depending on the contract needs. There are options for everything... compensation structure, 401k, benefits (meh...). Generally people are helpful and supportive, but your interaction with other SCI staff is limited.

    Cons

    It's very easy to be on an island. Communication with upper level management is almost non-existent. There is no clearly defined mission for the company to evolve, so I have some concerns about what is on the horizon in the next 5 years as PeopleSoft needs (core business) decline. Professional development is largely driven by the employee's desire, and reimbursement for out of pocket costs will be considered case by case. Corporate standards are cryptic and conveyed by word of mouth, Managers will not have modern tools or the access to data that are part of running today's business. And the benefits... no one chooses the health benefits. $$$$$$ . The 401k is very good, although understanding the model and company investment can be challenging.

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  2. "Great People! Great Clients!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra-Cedar full-time

    Pros

    The consultants at SCI are tremendous and work very hard. Management cares about quality of life. Clients are like family.

    Cons

    Not SCI specifically, but consulting is a tough life. SCI tries to make it fun.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Fomer Consultant, now Manager"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra-Cedar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    While SCI isn't perfect, I believe the folks running the ship generally have a lot of integrity. They have core values they try to adhere to, and I believe they have their priorities in the right order. There are lots of different ways to advance at SCI and they do care about more than just the bottom dollar. Both as a consultant and now a manager, I've always felt like I was compensated fairly. I think they have high, but realistic expectations of consultants.

    Cons

    It's still a growing company, especially in some divisions, and that always means there are some growing pains. We do expect consultants to be quite autonomous and take the initiative to learn what they don't know. It's probably not the best home for a consultant who isn't willing to work hard and be self-sufficient.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Wow- Client Success is Paramount"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra-Cedar full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    SCI culture is to put the client success first. SCI has the largest independent Higher Education consultancy. If you are a student professional, this is the place to be. Multiple services lines with Workday, Oracle & Salesforce, for example. You are able to chart your own learning/growth path. It's fun, rewarding and the people are committed to client success. Leaders are accessible - it's a flat organization that has been in existence since 1981! Very supportive clients.

    Cons

    Overall corporate strategy can seem cloudy. It is not broadly communicated. Uncertainty about ownership structure and long term direction - this leads people to think the company is always for sale Sometimes, you need to self-manage your workload to achieve the work/life balance you need. Working from home, when not traveling to client site is mostly great but difficult for some to manage.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "No realistic or sustainable direction."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sierra-Cedar

    Pros

    Some telecommuting available. I don't have anything else good to say about SCI so here's a funny Glassdoor bug, the form element says 20 words are the minimum but the error message says 5. Inputting only five words is invalid so it must actually be twenty.

    Cons

    Infrastructure is stuck in the 90s, nobody still there knows how to migrate to better tools and attempts to upgrade internal systems usually blocked by senior management. The overarching thought process of all management seems to be "I still get a paycheck, why should anything ever change?" Very high employee turnover, not just in and out of the company but some folks getting promoted then demoted a few weeks later. Ironically there was no career path or way to advance in my position. Have to write and maintain a Sierra-Cedar branded resume that they use to sell you to clients. To-the-minute time tracking required but no time sheet is every really based on actual work, and yet they are all somehow still billable. Management obsessed with buzz words. The internal security department cannot be trusted. While I cannot know what went on in the minds of other people there did appear to be quite a lot of racism in team member selection; but that's typical for the area. All told this was the worst ops job I've ever had and I thank my lucky stars every day that I don't have to deal with those people any more.

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