SITA Reviews

Updated 12 September, 2014
Updated 12 September, 2014
108 Reviews
3.0
108 Reviews
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SITA CEO Francesco Violante
Francesco Violante
61 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Multi Cultural, Work/Life balance, Benefits, Vacation package, Good work environment (in 9 reviews)

  • Good work environment and flexible hours (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Pockets of dysfunctional senior management that doesn't understand the business (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper levels of management make decisions that place hardships on support personnel (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at SITA full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work with.

    Cons

    Better motivation,

  2.  

    Good work-life balance, supportive co-workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Developer  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at SITA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits (like RRSP matching, bonus, more than average vacation)

    Cons

    Big company, so it takes time sometimes to get things going, and make decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture your employees, and try to promote their growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    SITA is a good company to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at SITA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    There are too many budget restrictions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open, understand what your people do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Montreal office is the worst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Helpdesk  in  Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Internal Helpdesk in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at SITA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good group of people (staff)
    Good facilities, very modern

    Cons

    Management is the worst I have ever worked for, they seem lost half the time.
    Treat their people as numbers, plugs to fill holes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to reign in their middle management, stop treating staff as dispensable garbage. Staff has no say in anything, management controls with a whip and chair, this is no way to run a global company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sita Inc

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burnaby, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC

    I have been working at SITA

    Pros

    Provide some flexible hours to balance the work life as well as social life. Good way for junior developers to gain some experience.

    Cons

    Poor documentation, development management, team management and software development process being applied in within the company. Some of the people are competent or qualified to do what they are suppose to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs improvement to become organized and be a proper software development company. Too many things open for errors where it can be minimized as much as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Is this company still a good company to work for?

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

    I have been working at SITA full-time

    Pros

    Salary & benefit is good as a new hire and if you are a top performer in the eyes of the key decision makers.
    Loads of personal time to yourself as your bosses are doing the same.

    Cons

    PERCEPTION is EVERYTHING. If you are being perceived to do a great job (even when you are really loafing around), you get promotions and good salary so long as you know how to say the right thing to the right people. There is no consequences to the Management when they do the wrong things and yet if you are a junior staff, the same wrong doing might land you in a hot soup, At best, those with authority get commented but over time, things will die down and they continue their sweet life. If you comment about improving the system for the sake of the company, you are either tasked to do the work (which is hard when there is zero or no support from the so-called Leaders) or you are labelled as being negative in your mindset. So, be with the right crowd and you are right even when you do the wrong things.

    Top Leaders are out of touch with what's happening below. The second or third layer of management is covering their mistakes and no one seems to know.

    NEVER JOIN SITA FINANCE. This is not new. The decision to consolidate the function in a single location, regardless where it is, is a failing decision. That decision had caused so much pain and sufferrings to the colleagues I know, and everyone ends up working for Finance eventually when they failed to make payment to the vendors. We have to help our vendors chase payment! And imagine our salary was shortfall due to bank charges because a stupid decision made to consolidate the use of the bank globally and it's never been discussed or communicated until it happen! We are made to pay for bank charges for the company and it's my salary! While it got resolved much later after many complaints (they never get it), it leave a deep and sour impression with me that they actually make such silly mistakes. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR SALARY IN YOUR BANK!

    It was a lot a lot better when we had the regional Accounting team as they owns the local knowledge. If you are applying for a finance job in SITA, think twice. It's fine if you are applying for a very senior role, but if it's a junior role - forget it.

    HR IS NOT GOOD. HR can do a better job for the company. Why is the new hire who had less working experience than me gets a higher salary package!!! Those who rejoined the company also get a big increment when they come back for the same position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do an analysis of the performance of the second tier management, ie the VPs & Directors of each functions. Deep dive into what they are actually doing in their day job.

    Check their expenses claim.
    Check if they come to office each day when they are not travelling for work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great colleagues , bad Directors, VPs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at SITA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, friendly and knowledgeable
    Pay is competitive
    Benefits are good

    Cons

    As others mentioned before, no matter how much work you did or how many years you have been there they can trash you like a tissue paper.

    No possibility for advance in career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have great people working there, try to keep them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good for retirement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Sales in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Extremely good work-life balance, good employee benefits as compared to similar companies/industries

    Cons

    It's who you know, not what you know - in order to be recognized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not put inexperienced managers in people manager roles, simply because they are conveniently there at the right place (level) at the right time (restructuring etc)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Travel opportunities and unique experiences but lack of checks and balances in management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    SITA allows constant opportunities for interaction with people from diverse nationalities and backgrounds and, if your position allows, travel opportunities across the globe. Lots of variety -- can be very exciting.

    Cons

    SITA has a complete lack of checks and balances in management positions and has had more than one issue with corruption from middle management on up through the C level ranks. This creates miserable fallout for everyone down the line. Corporate HQ is in Europe and they are often out of touch with what goes on in the Americas.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Operations Field Engineer

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

    Pros

    Multicultured environment
    Decent travel benefits
    Can be very laid back depending on site
    Salary is ok
    Yearly review bonuses
    Interesting technologies

    Cons

    Poor communication between regions, management and ground level
    Personalities can cause a lot of trouble
    Depending on your site, career development can be limiting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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