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Fractal Analytics Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2014
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3.6 180 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

Fractal Analytics CEO Srikanth Velamakanni

Srikanth Velamakanni

(145 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work culture in simple words 'Reporting is treated with reverence as it can generate most of business"(in 34 reviews)

  • Work Life balance is quite easy with flexi timings and location of working(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • I can not say it is middle management incapability as they were not given proper coaching(in 22 reviews)

  • As company is growing very fast, work - life balance is a concern(in 11 reviews)

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    Imbalanced employee mix

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLooks like there are opportunities and growth is rapid but you must know how to grow

    ConsA company that only appreciates the employee whom he needs, promotions are given randomly but no one is concerned about any of the employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe HR and team mix needs to be balanced. Too many senior employees in the team can't grow the team, they can only fight among themselves for the best approach

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not at all a good place

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOnly few projects are good in terms of quality of work

    ConsMiddle management is waste - they don't have any knowledge but would interfere in each and every thing. Resignation is the tool people use to go up - whether its promotion, band change or onsite opportunity. There is no proper skill set mapping. There is no transparency in the system. Decisions are taken higher up and people at analyst level don't even know what is happening. At times it feels like it is purely a BPO, a service provider. They talk about innovation but hardly 5% of work has innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease invest more on building the right talent rather than fearing on the attrition rate.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    hahaha

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Mumbai (India)

    Pros-Awesome CEO, genuinely works hard and puts efforts to take everything to next level
    -Company recording terrific growth, expanding well
    -Excellent learning options, good place to build skill sets. Lot of good training's
    I had the best learnings here analytics wise, i made sure i keep learning from people kept asking kept talking to people made sure i know whats going on in other projects. If you have the drive learning can be phenomenal. Thanks to the CEO's vision.
    -I had the chance to work on some great projects, i am grateful

    Cons-Flexible timings, so if you are going to be at an analyst or senior analyst level its bad. Beacuse managers who are onsite will treat you like a s--lave and expect you to work late even on a Friday night, 4th of july which happens to be a US holiday. Because they pay you and you are a slave. On an average flexible timings end up making you work more than 10 hrs
    -Recently at a fresher party in delhi office, there were drinks(commissioned by a very senior person) in the house and on the house and it the end things like guys were forcing girls to drink and making lewd comments. Yes this happened in office premises.
    -Middle management bad, they think they are Ram Charan's and Vikram Pandit and know it all. Its just not in sync with what the client expects.
    -Fractal itself doesnt think high of itself when being direct to a client. We follow whatever the client says is right! No its not i have the data to prove it, no i wont give the recomendation so that client is happy coz its not true! But because we want to make client happy we will do it. If you want to be mckinsey bloooody gawdaaaam act like it.
    -Like when theres a client coming to office we make sure we get the best cuisines and food but we got no money for annual party which we skipped last year etc
    -Startup culture(so bad, like a duplicate google! Be google or else dont try). Be professional, be an epitome of professionalism
    -Half the projects are just template refreshing, good luck if you get stuck
    -Fractal does chindigiri, makes client bill for 4 people and in actual will put just 3 people on projects. Leads to mismatch between expectations, people on project gets frustated
    -HR's think they are kings and rule the company. Can all of us take a moment to read an awesome article which came out, saying why their should be no HR department?
    -When i joined, the HR's forced me to write a good review on this site and thats why Fractal has so many good ratings. Their view was freshers joining read it and its motivating.
    -60-80% crowd IITians so girls if you hear guys staring at you or lewd comments i am sorry. Sorry but this is true. Yes fractal did fire a couple of people or more, but does that solve the problem?
    -I will write more soon, the truth nothing else.

    Advice to Senior Managementinstead of giving high level dialogues can we have some action please?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Fractal Analytics SVP & Chief People Officer responded to this review

    Jul 21, 2014

    Hi there,

    We are shocked to hear of the alleged behaviors at Fractal.

    We take your review very seriously, because if true, not only it is completely unacceptable behavior, it is a clear
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    Reporting company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood infra and work environment.

    ConsMiddle management does not know anything about analytics. Old values getting diluted through mediocre new hires.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on data science and advanced analytics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Team leads are not taking responsibility

    (Current Employee)

    ProsVery live environment. Great CEO and Flexibility to change projects and locations.

    ConsI had to face problems with my mentor. I was not given proper mentoring. My manager used to ignore me. Feels like isolated. Huge disparity among employees is created because of Managers.

    Getting a good human as manager is very rare thing. Management listens employees only when employee resigns. Escalations to skip level managers do not lead to any action.

    Middle Management is very weak. They either pretend to be not aware of or really do not have expected skills. How come they were promoted to leads with such a minimal experience and maturity ?
    Is no of years of experience is the only criteria for getting promoted ?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Leaving this company was best thing happened

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPolicies are getting better over time. Work culture in simple words 'Reporting is treated with reverence as it can generate most of business"

    ConsAppraisal process needs lot of redefining. Once a person gets certain rating he/she will get
    same forever. Labeling culture which demotivates. This is one people principle quote ----
    "Once a Fractalite, always a Fractalite" It can be read as "Once rped, rpe forever till resignation"

    Popularity or resignations play big role, other employees are held back.

    Some employees (with the help of seniors) pretend to have external offers and resign to seek
    better opportunities with in Fractal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It is on a Downhill Journey....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros1 - People, People and People. Fractal manages to get good people and HAD good culture (which unfortunately is dying). CEO is trying to bring people centric policies but things are yet to mature
    2 - CEO is passionate about the company and is trying very hard to keep a good culture going but I feel he is not adequately supported by middle and senior management
    3 - HR is changing and it is for good (360 feedback mechanism and other initiatives)

    Cons1 - Hiring Policy: Externalizing the growth is biggest mistake Fractal has made over the last 2 years. It slows down the growth and learning opportunities of existing employees across levels (even the growth at Analyst and SA levels have slowed down). Also, it has made the Fractal Pyramid uneven (Span of control is inconsistent across levels)
    2 - Sub par Compensation
    3 - Lateral Managers: Many new managers that Fractal have brought in are not able to adjust quickly (they are one of the reasons of dying culture, politics and attrition). Image and perception (like all other big organizations) has become more important than getting actual work done
    4 - Mentoring: Since the Fractal outlook has been to externalize the growth, there has been very less focus on grooming and mentoring existing talent pool. Also, trainings if provided are inadequate and not very effective. Managers (who should be the one to coach) are so busy in managing their image and in fire-fighting that they do not see this as important task to spend their time on. This resulted in creating a weak next in line managers
    5 - Quality of Work & Staffing: Fractal primarily does reporting work with some good analytics project. You have to blessed to be able to work on such projects. And poor staffing decisions have many time messed up such good projects which almost never came back
    6 - High Negativity and Attrition: All the above factors have made the work environment very negative where people just finding nooks in what others are doing and the crab mentality has sunk in. All these dissatisfaction at work place has resulted in unprecedented attritions rates and it needed drastic (like people policy) steps to halt them temporarily (appraisal cycle should revive the flow). Also, Fractal has unable to realize who the key people are and they have not been able to retain them. This will hurt in the long term

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhy should anyone work for a small company who does not pay well (which pays less than what a smaller company should), does not give good quality work and does not even provide growth opportunity. Answering this question (and may be the CONs section) should help stem the attrition rate and bring Fractal on right track

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Fractal Analytics CEO responded to this review

    Mar 15, 2014

    Very sorry to hear that you feel this way after spending more than 3 years at Fractal.

    (a) Our growth has been rapid and hence it was necessary to bring people from outside. Yes, many of the
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    Taken a distastorous turn in the last couple of years

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Some great guys at the Analyst/Senior Analyst level as well as the managers who have risen from within Fractal
    - Flexible hours
    - People principles are a step in the right direction. But in the hands of lateral hires, can and will be abused

    Cons- Highly incompetent middle managers hired from outside in the past 1.5 years have led to a lot of frustration amongst the juniors as well as introduced politics and favortism in the the system
    - Perception of work rather than work itself is what counts. In order to progress, you must constantly advertise how good a job you have done, again something introduced by lateral hires
    - HR was terrible and continues to be terrible. If you advertise your low selection rates and the calibre of schools you go to, follow the same for the HR team as well. Highly incompetent!
    - Staffing on projects is underpar. Randomly pulling off 5 people who know nothing about the potential requirements.
    - Distribution of work --> Some teams work 80 hour weeks, some teams come in to play foosball. But still appraisal is based on NPS. Clearly, if a team has to work greater number of hours, it may be due to poor staffing/ understaffing/ poor scoping -> errs on the part of the senior/middle management, which the junior staff pays for in the appraisals. I don't know any solutions to this problem, but please be more aware of who is doing what.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNPS is a complete farse- Not everyone is dealt an equal hand. It is your responsibility to be perceptive of the quality and quantity of output, rather than relying on the middle management or the NPS. I have heard in one of my appraisals that only one person in the team can get an A. What sort of a criteria is that?

    Please promote people from within rather than getting people from outside. Please review your selection/hiring process. Poor HR = Poor hiring?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    regretful work experience

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsGreat leader Srikanth.

    In the recent days, they are trying to improve the situation as the attrition reached peak level (almost 25-30%).

    Freedom in terms of location and career path with little bureaucracy.

    There are no cubicles at work space. Good move from traditional approach.

    ConsI regret myself for working in this company. Very poor opportunities.

    Are they giving opportunities based on strengths or weakness ?

    MBA grad (who is interested in business development) is given technical works
    One guy with MMM experience is given MGRC (data harmonization)
    Analytic techniques enthusiastic is given reporting tools work
    Stats / Economists are given reporting

    This effects individuals career severely. Lot of my old friends told me they were offered better opportunities when they resign.

    These are managers response to employee when we ask for better opportunities.
    MBAs --> Not meeting the expectations. We set the bar high.
    Engineers --> Lack of business skill or statistics knowledge
    Economists/Statistician --> Domain skills or technical skills are poor

    By all means, getting good opportunities is miserable. Scarcity of opportunities.
    There are very few lucky ones who get it either by relations or resignations.
    I could have learnt a lot if I were in a different organization instead of wasting my time.
    There were no market corrections in the last mid appraisal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of spending efforts in branding It is advisable to improve work culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pay scale and HR needs improvement

    (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat leader. Srikanth is like role model to many employees.

    Flexible but long working hours. Poor work life balance. Lot of employees work beyond late nights.

    Good experience with reporting tools training and internal competitions.

    ConsTeam management is horrible. Senior management focus is merely on firm initiatives but do not groom middle management. This leads to blaming each other. I can not say it is middle management incapability as they were not given proper coaching. It leads to political scenarios.

    Average performers do not get much newer opportunities.

    I never saw the motivation from apex members other than CEO.

    Pay scale is terrible. You have to negotiate with HR very seriously. These are some of the rough estimation numbers I heard from peer group.

    Analyst A1 varies from 2.5 LPA to 4.5 LPA
    Analyst A2 varies from 3 LPA to 6 LPA
    Analyst A3 varies from 4 LPA to 9 LPA
    Senior Analyst A4 varies from 6 LPA to 10 LPA
    Senior Analyst A5 varies from 7 LPA to 12 LPA
    Lead Analyst P1 varies from 9 LPA to 13 LPA
    Senior Consultants and above get more than 18-20+ LPA

    We can clearly see lower band people get higher pay checks than some of the higher band people. Good to hear minor corrections happened after recent town hall in the end of 2013.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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