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Good Laid Back Company
QA Analyst (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAMay 4, 2017
Typical day at work consisted of managing the database and creating test data for business analysts that requested it.
I learned more about databases and other things that where taught on a monthly basis at "lunch and learn's"
Management is friendly and easy to get along with/approach
workplace culture is open workstation concept
Hardest part of the job was having enough work to keep busy
Most enjoyable part was the relaxed rules on phone usage etc.
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good work experience
QA Tester (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAApril 25, 2017
ok place to work but not long term company needs more sales force to drum up business for employess/consultants to work on.
good place to start within the QA field.
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Supportive work environment but lacks good management
Java Consultant (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAApril 10, 2017
Employees are supportive at work and good work environment. Lacks good management in the company. It's affecting the company's growth. Stability of the employees is a great problem with this company. Not a great place for people who wants to work for long term.
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No room for advancement
BQA (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAMarch 2, 2017
Good place to work for college grads but no room for advancement after that. No communication from client site to SDLC. Not enough money for work done. Mandatory overtime.
Pros
experience
Cons
compensation
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Do not deserve stars!
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 6, 2017
No job security
No client diversity- Highmark, their client has opened another branch in India for cheap IT labor.
No competitive compensation
No professional growth
Unprofessional management
You will take a step back in your career if you'd join them, good luck peeps!
Pros
Healthcare benefits
Cons
Everything else
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Somewhat decent company that is more of a recruiter than a company
Quality Analyst (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAJanuary 27, 2017
Joined the company and saw the problems almost immediately. There's access to managers through email but not really much else, you'll form more of a connection with whatever company you're placed than with SDLC themselves. Minimum effort to show their appreciation for your hard work and overtime. They talk about big growth within the company but not show it with your raises annually, people are usually finding work elsewhere after a couple years. Only stuck within the company for the last two years to gather more professional experience.
Pros
Online Training course site, Medical/Dental plan decent
Cons
Don't feel like you're a part of their company, Hard to further career advancement even when taking training courses, Little or no job security
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Very engaging company culture with lots of room for you to grow.
Applications Developer Intern (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAJanuary 4, 2017
I did a summer Internship for SDLC prior to graduating. All of the management and all of my applications development co workers were extremely helpful. I learned a great deal while working here. They welcome new ideas, which is a big plus for me. If you are on the bench (between client jobs) and have and idea, they encourage you to run with it and welcome suggestions to improve the processes they already have in place.
Pros
friendly co workers, great company culture
Cons
you may be on the bench for a bit, but that's the nature of consulting.
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Worst Company to work
BUSINESS SYSTEMS ANALYST (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PANovember 3, 2016
Cheap Company I ever worked in my life
no work ethics
its not a company
its staffing agency and they promote themselves as a company
they dont even have their own office
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Great Company
BQA (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAOctober 25, 2016
GREAT COMPANY We bring the best of thought leaders and advisors, proven methodologies and a hard-won philosophy that successful execution is the key to creating a positive ripple effect through an organization in addition to sustainable growth. To help our clients overcome their most complex challenges and harness the power of opportunities, we offer specialized capabilities within four service areas:
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Working is good
Java Consultant (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAApril 30, 2016
Sometimes workload is too heavy, but I guess that is the case with any developer. The management is good and there are quite a few people who are really helpful.
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Good -place to start
Junior Technical Business Analyst (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 25, 2016
Nice job to have starting out, especially out of college.
Gives you the ability to learn many aspects of the business world.
Poor communication between higher-ups and employees especially those lower on the chain
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Great place to get in the door
Consultant/ Highmark Blue Cross (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAJanuary 23, 2015
SDLC Partners is a spring board for getting in to Highmark, they focus a lot on SDLC and have required meetings that are handled outside of where you are located. The meetings are times that are not paid and the time missed from your assigned position has to be made up. Which interferes with travel to and from work
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It's cool
Benefit Quality Analyst (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PADecember 29, 2014
great entry level position and great work life balance, hard part is that you are at the client place most of the time so it's hard to tell who you actually work for
Pros
learning
Cons
salary, advancement
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Good company with intelligent innovative individuals
Production Support QA Consultant (Current Employee) –  Pittsburgh PAMay 28, 2014
While raises and compensation could be better this is a good place to work especially those for starting out in the IT industry
Pros
Good people, challenging projects
Cons
Poor healthcare benefits
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Promise the world but don't deliver
Anonymous (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAApril 14, 2014
This company will make big promises of advancement but when it finally comes up on review time they will make excuses why they aren't going to give you a raise or promotion. Usually they will say you have not done enough SDLC work (unpaid work).

The SDLC work is essentially volunteer work that they expect you to do on a weekly basis. It doesn't matter if you are putting in 60+ hours a week and getting raving reviews from the client, they expect you to use your personal time to do this work.

If you are looking for a good, fair employer that will deliver what they promise, look to absolutely any other company. They look at each employee as expendable.
Pros
This is good work experience and a nice résumé builder.
Cons
They under pay, make hollow promises, find excuses to not promote, expect unpaid work on top of your client work, and will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat.
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Great consultancy for those with drive and ambition.
Senior Consultant (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAApril 9, 2014
Worked closely with leaders within the consultancy to drive output both internally and externally. Good guidance by Principals. Great company atmosphere. Solid co-workers and selection process.
Pros
Challenging opportunities.
Cons
Demanding clients.
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No Client Diversity
Consultant II (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAFebruary 12, 2014
No client diversity, if client contract ends and you’re sent to the bench and may never return. 90% of SDLC business is Highmark. The company thinks very highly of themselves and likes to present themselves as an Accenture type organization, they are not. There are many meetings and events where they will tell you how great they are doing, how much money they are making, and how many people they are hiring. (The meetings are on employee time and you’re expected to make up any time spent away from the client)

SDLC is finding it hard to grow as Highmark cuts back on contract work so in turn SDLC’s business is reduced along with staff.

Joining this company was a huge mistake, I would have been better off as Highmark employee. They present everything to be great but it’s far from good. The health insurance is expensive both in premiums and deductibles. There is a 401k but they do not match. (Managements answer that people don’t leave because of a 401k) To anyone thinking of joining this company, DO NOT they are a glorified staffing agency. They say they offer training programs but deny requests for additional training.

There is no company culture, quarterly meetings are held with practice leaders and staff. That may be the only time you see these people since almost 100% of your time is spent at the client site. These are simply hooray for SDLC meetings so they feel important.
Pros
OK compensation for the area. Most co-workers are decent.
Cons
Most Everything
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Don't work here
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Monroeville, PAJanuary 26, 2014
Communication is lacking between the client and SDLC.
•Unless you have the tech skills to move to Consultant II level, there really isn't anywhere to go after a year.
• Training process is severely lacking.
•Extreme gossip and office politics.
•The work is repetitive and tedious, wonderful for dull type A personalities, torturous for outgoing type B.
•Lack of meaningful stimulation in a cubicle farm.
•Big Brother environment.
•SDLC wants you to promote their company by brown-nosing in your free time.
•You aren't paid for attending mandatory company meetings, you must use your own break time—your payment is in pizza.
• As an employee, you're easily discarded. If you don't quickly live up to the high expectations of the client, you'll be replaced immediately with a fresh-faced recent grad.
Pros
Coworkers are great
Cons
Don't expect any more than 2% raises
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Management doesn't care
Consultant at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PASeptember 23, 2013
If you come in at the bottom tier, you'll stay there. Everyone is looking out for themselves and management most of all. Firm is most interested in profit and does little to foster relationships beyond what makes the company look good. Hires mostly newly graduated college age people and people with visas, because they offer the cheapest labor to clients. No training upon introduction to client. Quality is not a priority.
Cons
Critical thinking is not required, Company not interested in employees beyond how they can profit from them
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Typical Consulting Environment
Consultant II, QA Analyst (Former Employee) –  Pittsburgh, PAAugust 16, 2013
Great location and well established client companies.
Competitive pay but poor benefits package.
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