Strata Decision Technology

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Strata Decision Technology Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
72 Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Challenging work, rely on some good people, leadership team ignores employee feedback

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager - Consulting Services  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager - Consulting Services in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Strata Decision Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - There are quite a few good hard working co-workers that keeps the company going.
    - Strata has a great list of client organizations that will give a boost to your resume.
    - Employees can learn a lot in a very short amount of time. There are always opportunities to take on more work and responsibilities.

    Cons

    - Insecure and incapable leadership team
    - Strata is always short staffed which accounts for terrible work life balance
    - Work/responsibilities not distributed properly with the team and company which disproportionate amounts of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership team needs to stop pretending that they care because they really do not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Weak Management, Terrible Office Politics, Motivation Killer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Strata Decision Technology full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Being an SME who was recently bought over by a private equity firm, this company is focused on growth but has maintained some of the start-up feel. It is a young, fun firm with opportunities to take on various responsibilities as long as it doesn't get in the way with management's insecurities (more on that later). Although not many, I have met a handful of genuine people that I truly respect and hope to cross paths with again in future.

    Cons

    Many of the existing reviews are spot on (the ones with low rating) and yes, management have been told to write (positive) reviews to bring up the score. Most of senior management consist of mediocre employers straight out of school, who stuck around and got promoted very quickly which stunted their growth and development leaving behind an inapt team of insecure, poor decision makers inhibiting company growth and improvement that the current CEO is trying to achieve.

    It is extremely discouraging to see that even with a seemingly level-headed leader injected into the company, the team of young, inexperienced, overly sensitive and insecure management continue to compromise good intentions, hard work, team spirit and optimism of some of the rare bright talent (a couple within management, mostly below management but who usually perform management duties, coaching of their team and exceptional work but cannot break through the ceiling management has created with their insecurity).

    But don't get me wrong, the young team of inexperienced managers are not bad people, they are great do-ers who were placed in leadership roles they weren't ready for which causes a detrimental impact to the company. The only thing I blame them for is not having enough self-awareness or concern for the greater good to step down from their role and let more adequate leaders unleash the business' full potential. This has cultivated a toxic environment that rewards brown-nosing, contentment with status quo, personal (and inappropriate) relationships, blaming others, hiding/lying about mistakes, where honesty, trust, openness and integrity are punished.

    No room to grow with very few respectable, honest people you can confide in and learn from. If you stay at this place too long it can be soul crushing. When you leave a company, people say you are leaving your manager. In my case, this is absolutely true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To CEO: You owe it to the company and the dwindling number of hopeful bright talent to make some difficult decisions (it's not exactly difficult when it's obvious to 75% of the company) to either terminate or demote non-performing VPs, AVPs, Directors and Managers. How many years do they get to "prove themselves"? Where is the accountability that has been constantly preached about when you joined?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Good experience as a first job but limited long term advancement and unsatisfactory management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Strata Decision Technology

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to work with some very intelligent and driven people. The company allocated appropriate funds to technology.

    Cons

    Management was a closed box. Managerial level decision would be made that directly affected the operation of the company with zero notice to employees. If employees did not agree 100% with management then they were not allowed into the "inner circle". Management sought yes men/women and did not like to be challenged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open regarding what is going on within the company. Inform employees of company decisions, why they are made etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Strata Decision Technology Response

    Mar 22, 2013

    Given that this post is 2 years old, I can say that my experience as a new employee has been the complete opposite. The vision and goals of the company are very clearly communicated to everyone on ... More

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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Political atmosphere, lack of management, good pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Strata Decision Technology

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are excellent if you're willing to work long hours and navigate the politics of the organization.

    Opportunities to become a client lead on the consulting side are excellent if you can quickly learn the software and some basic financial concepts. Opportunities to work with senior leadership at hospitals and health care organizations are numerous.

    Small company means less red tape around a lot of administrative functions.

    You can move into a 'management' role quickly.

    Cons

    This is not a consulting firm, it is a software company. The job titles are deceiving. Employees either create and test the software (development and SQA), or implement and support the software with clients (consulting and tech services). There is no advisory work being done at this company.

    Room for professional growth and experience is limited for consultants. Most skills gained at the company are specific to the software at Strata (although client interaction is frequent).

    There is extremely high turnover at this company. Many people start at Strata right out of college and move on to something relatively soon after. The turnover is exacerbated by a lack of a formal training process and stretched resources.

    Managers are generally inexperienced. Most are under 30 years old and have no other job experience other than Strata. There is a lack of vision and direction from the CEO, who is generally disconnected from the actual operations of the company.

    Performance metrics are vague and seemingly arbitrary at year-end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experienced management to run the company.
    Don't hire consultants to implement financial software.
    Focus on supporting current clients, solidifying the software, and creating a core of strong, experienced employees before trying to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Strata Decision Technology Response

    Mar 22, 2013

    Given that this post is 2 years old, I can say that my experience as a new employee has been the complete opposite. Also, the company is moving towards a best practices approach where consultants are ... More

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