Fractal Analytics

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Fractal Analytics Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
222 Reviews
3.8
222 Reviews
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Fractal Analytics CEO Srikanth Velamakanni
Srikanth Velamakanni
183 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work culture, flexibility offered to employees is unseen in other similar companies (in 40 reviews)

  • Work Life balance is quite easy with flexi timings and location of working (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • I can not say it is middle management incapability as they were not given proper coaching (in 23 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do your due diligence, this ain't your daddy's Olds

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

    I have been working at Fractal Analytics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial spirit is present, even with 700+ in India
    Recruiting and development of new technical staff (in India) is amazing
    Fractal Sciences is the real deal
    Business climate for analytic services is beyond hot

    Cons

    India has scaled; US / UK has not
    US Sr manager(s) working too hard; could be more strategic
    Benefits are sub-par: 401(k) not matched, vision and dental are weak or of no benefit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    US / UK: Need to empower experienced people managers in order to reach scale. Repeated a different way... Credit the hard working ethos, but we will not scale on the backs of 1, 2 or 3 most senior, stunning as they may be. Must delegate and trust. And then sometimes you (we!) need to make that hard decision and redirect the team members who have not performed. There seems to be a remarkable inability to come to grips with the obvious and this is killing moral and team development on key accounts.
    General: If we are selling to the F100, then please examine the HR pkg of those companies and emulate. The US / UK benis are not up to snuff. Get a US / UK HR consult for review, and listen. We need to be able to pull candidates from the same pool we sell into. Recruiting is hard enough, there is a reason for the dearth of diversity in the candidate pool.
    SV-PA: Sorry for the media, too far downstream

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Fractal Analytics Response

    Nov 19, 2014CEO

    "SV-PA: Sorry for the media, too far downstream" - I am happy to chat with you anytime to understand and possibly solve any issues you may have. Please feel free to reach out.

    SV

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Confusing place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fractal Analytics

    Pros

    CEO is willing to do everything he can to make this company a grest place to work

    Cons

    They have hired delivery leads with limited understanding of consumer analytics and no people management skills. Such people never really had any point of view and were interested more in gossips/cricket than helping team and clients generate high quality output. 

    Promotion process is flawed to its core. People were promoted to associate directors in an extremely short period of time, only adding to the widespread suspicion that promotions are based on how hard you laugh at your manager's joke rather than objective performance achievements. 

    Srikanth wants to do the right thing but I don't believe he has the right set of middle /senior management backing him up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to make sure you have right set of people leading your employees. Wrong managers either new hires or promoted prematurely would create confusion, frustation and eventually make you best folks leave.

  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Imbalanced employee mix

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

    I worked at Fractal Analytics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    CEO is great, but seems like has no idea about what is happening in the co!

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

    I have been working at Fractal Analytics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Free food
    -Flexi timings
    -Flexi leaves
    -work from home

    Cons

    I am shocked to see the CEOs response that freshers are allowed to choose! This is completely untrue. Freshers are asked to select their choices and when they choose modelling based projects (which are less), they are given reasons like the following:
    "You are new, I think you should learn a little first. So I think a reporting project is best for you. "
    And once you stay in reporting, you are stuck for it forever , as the managers would say that you need to be in a project for atleast 2 years! who are you kidding??
    "You can do more consulting in reporting than in analytics project "

    Leads are pathetic.. All they care about is themselves and their selfish motives. They have no inclination to work. SHOCKED THAT THE CEO IS NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    implement implement Implement something to tackle the massive amount of displeasure and disgust created by your leads!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the best place to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fractal Analytics

    Pros

    1.The enthusiastic lot of the analysts and senior analysts. Its amazing how these people relentlessly put in hours of hard work to get things right. They may be wrong or, misled but all they want to do is do it right.
    2. The CEO - the man to respect who puts in everything to put things in the right order

    Cons

    1. Since we are not doing rocket science let's not make it sound like one. Its analytics and let's call it that. There are managers who has no idea of what to do how to do and blindly follow whatever they are asked to do and these are the same ppl who ask us to think out of the box. I believe 1 st you need to know where the box is! And what's already there in the box.
    No homework whatsoever, these managers are getting rusted by not working at all.
    C'mon sir!! If your responsibility is to distribute work load you really don't have to be a senior consultant at fractal analytics. You can do that by being anyone else.
    Good projects but lack of clarity from managers leads to waste of time which leads to lesser time to improve on the current stand which leads to no improvement in quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have been trying to do everything right. But you are missing out in an area that appears to be negligible but it is eating from within. AL and SCs needs to be trained/supervised or, whatever. But they need to do their job. That is all I request. Thanks

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not at all a good place

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

    I worked at Fractal Analytics

    Pros

    Only few projects are good in terms of quality of work

    Cons

    Middle 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please invest more on building the right talent rather than fearing on the attrition rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    hahaha

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

    I have been working at Fractal Analytics full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    instead of giving high level dialogues can we have some action please?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Fractal Analytics Response

    Jul 21, 2014SVP & Chief People Officer

    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
    ... More

  9.  

    Reporting company

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

    I have been working at Fractal Analytics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good infra and work environment.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on data science and advanced analytics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    It is on a Downhill Journey....

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

    I have been working at Fractal Analytics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1 - 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)

    Cons

    1 - 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 ManagementAdvice

    Why 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Fractal Analytics Response

    Mar 15, 2014CEO

    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
    ... More

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Taken a distastorous turn in the last couple of years

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

    I have been working at Fractal Analytics full-time (more than 3 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    NPS 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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