Sierra-Cedar Reviews

Updated 24 Mar 2020

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  • "no job security, zero loyalty from management, no training, employees are just a number(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Sierra-Cedar full-time

    Pros

    Senior Management have been around since the founding, they have guided the company through all the difficult economic times, and really care about the employees.

    Cons

    There really are no cons.

  2. "Good Company"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Integration Consultant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra-Cedar full-time

    Pros

    All of the colleagues are experienced professionals.

    Cons

    Project forecasting is a challenge.

  3. "Great People"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra-Cedar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people and lots of variety of work available because it is a flat organization.

    Cons

    Not a lot of career opportunities for advancement because most employees have been there for 20 years.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "No structure whatsoever"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sierra-Cedar full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There’s a lot of freedom for consultants to do their own thing and bring their own style/flavor to an implementation. This is mostly due to the lack of structure, however.

    Cons

    There are bright consultants but management is terrible. On the student side, there’s a VP who is tremendous but all delivery directors outside of this guy talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. The delivery director over there is absent minded, ditzy and overly emotional and this breeds a bad culture.

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  5. "Senior oracle dba"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Sierra-Cedar full-time

    Pros

    Good technical exposure on oracle dba

    Cons

    Benefits like medical/team outings need to improve

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Employer"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Client Services Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and good vacation

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement Pay increases are very rare

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Unprofessional Company"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderābād
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra-Cedar full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work Life Balance. If you do not want to work at all, kindly join this company.

    Cons

    Useless management and HRs. Management doesn't have any knowledge. Company without any benefits and policies. If you are unfortunate and get hired here, your career is ruined.

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  8. Helpful (8)

    "Show Some Respect To Your Employees With Hardship."

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Remote, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra-Cedar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They give you a loan to buy a computer since they do not provide you with one (probably because they screwed over so many past employees out of their earnings that they left with those laptops but this is only speculation) They then require to manage the computer they give you a loan for (even though its your property) and require you to provide assessments of your own property like why you might have a contract on their that might be for some work your wife was doing and what not. It was remote which is good, and always good if you don't have these snakes breathing down your neck.

    Cons

    Their medical plans are just horrible, had to go with my wife's plan since they are so bad especially since she's pregnant, glad I went with her plan and not theirs. When you first start, not only do they not provide you a computer here but they provide you a business loan to go buy on in case you do not have one. So that means, if they fire you before your 3 months is up (they take it out over the course of 3-4 months), or let you go, you owe them money. Most people get shifted around to do multiple duties and there is no upwards mobility at all here and they do not provide a reasonable spend for solutions and tooling. Their cloud business is rather thin. I came here to do the work that I was used to doing at a large education provider which involved many technologies but I ended up being the cop-out for their lacking security they didn't budget anything for. Other reviews here about knowing your place is very much realistic, they do not listen until the last moment when their clients/customers ask for these things. They have no sense of standards for security or monitoring, they live in a vacuum where things get repeated but they do not listen where they have multiple clients and multiple needs. There are some people that have limited cloud or technical experience in management here so when they listen to you its usually after a couple weeks of you repeating yourself (whilst they complain that what you are talking about is the same as the week before LOL). It reminds me of deer in headlights, where they don't start running till it's too late. The other real reason I'm writing this here today was because they ended up silently terminating my employment after a real hard period in my life and SHAME on THEM! I had a near loss of a family member and I had to travel, which I actively took PTO/family leave (because it was required and that was not a problem at all), but when I got back, it seems like they had an agenda to terminate my employment here after I took a couple days for last minute travel (which they approved of). Things obviously changed looking back at how they approached the meetings and then putting the ownership on me for security tools that I could not implement because there was no budget for them at all probably because margins are so tight. This company does NOT respect the PTO and the Family Leave that they give people. In fact, they gave no reason one day (even after I notified the manager that I was going to leave for an emergency) whilst I was taking care of something medical and removed all my access along with not even a peep, not even a phone call( no attempt at a phone call), I didn't even get an email, or any next day airs to my house, NOTHING, like they wanted to sweep me under their rug and disappear me (no respect granted here to an employee). Many employees are very nice here, I definitely enjoyed working with them, but this company in the way that it is run is about as foul as the trash inside a dumpster on a hot muggy day. The people at the top have limited relationships to develop any solid business or REAL relationships. They might have a handful with some close relationships they had in the past with people at some EDU, but again, just a handful. They fantasize that the products that they are building are going to be embraced by the entire cloud community while not making any impact or inroads in that entire community. The employees building this tool are excellent in every way, they are forging some pretty intense integrations but the leadership and the marketing even poorer. There is no integration to company benefits or HR here, there are no performance assessments for employees (there is a reason for that), there is no communication from the top to the employees, this is all smoke and mirrors till the obvious becomes real that their cloud business is suffering. Professional development, is non-existent, they want you to take certifications, and yes they will pay for them, but they will not pay for any sort of training at all. In fact, went to several conferences so that I could take labs and learn that were available, and they required me to take PTO time because it wasn't "RELEVANT" to their business (I should probably have just quit there as that was a redflag). Modernization is non-existent, recommendations that are made months prior are only executed when the client requests or requires it. They specialize in the Peoplesoft and they do not look at other avenues to expand their business on, which impacts their ability to sell other services that might be relevant and can drive higher revenues in general in the cloud. There are no internal corporate standards whatsoever, they are not communicated or conveyed in any sort of way. Leadership is authoritarian at times and combative on calls where professional recommendations are given. Sometimes they get combative about requirements that have not even been created yet, because they just created them as they were talking. Leaders will sit on calls talking about their Jeeps (waste a good 10-15 minutes) and then go on the attack for a professional recommendation for tool selection when you give one. When you give them a tool that works, "Ohhh that's too much", but they don't give you an opportunity to work out a cost with a company they just dismiss it. They put you on wild goose chases here and it basically demoralizes you and your resolve to offer any impact to a potential solution at hand. The only thing here that works is their 401k, but then again, that's managed by an external company hence WHY it actually works.

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "Very clickish"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Hosting 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra-Cedar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary, and most people work remotely.

    Cons

    The environment is very clickish and on the hosting side very Peoplesoft heavy. Hosting of other SaaS or ERPs has not been developed.

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  10. Helpful (6)

    "Know your place."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sierra-Cedar full-time

    Pros

    Organization doesn't force an outward culture (shared services BI / EPM) and pays well.

    Cons

    Organization has a social / political slant (shared services BI / EPM). If you know your "place" you will have no issues. Pays well, but no perks; therefore, your net may be the same. Some say medical is expensive, again reducing the value of pay.

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