CS Stars Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
29 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great colleagues and work environment. Unstable leadership and comparatively low pay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CS Stars full-time

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working, talented development and IT teams. Industry leader. Flexible work schedule. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Constant leadership changes. Not client focused.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on talent retention by offering competitive salary and stable, creative culture.

    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No One Minding the Store

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CS Stars full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Bright staff, some team players but many not.

    Cons

    While the staff is bright, they lack business experience. During my tenure, the leadership (leadership being a euphemism) acted without any strategic thinking. Worse still, in a company so small, the right hand didn't know what the left was doing. Sales people were selling what the company terms "custom solutions" when there was a four month backlog to even begin development work on anything custom. Since sales didn't know this, they misled clients (unintentionally) sometimes resulting in client demands for a letter of intent to prove that contracted work would in fact be executed. Given the critically of the outage, the management team should have issued letters of intent to all clients explaining the backlog. Instead, project teams were strictly instructed NOT to inform clients and to basically string clients along until the work could be executed. Naturally, this put tremendous strain on project teams. It really was amateur hour.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Building Castles On Sand

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    Former Employee - Systems Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CS Stars full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart, ambitious coworkers. Great opportunity to get experience using a wide variety of applications and programming/database languages. Great resume enhancer. Generous PTO and benefits through Marsh.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours. Employees are constantly asked to take on a significantly heavier workload with no additional compensation. Lower level employees are virtually anonymous, unrecognized and unappreciated. Consequently, all their big plans are built on a foundation with extremely low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start acknowledging the rank and file employees actually PUTTING FORTH the effort, not the middle managers "spearheading" the effort.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Organizational Dysfunction

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CS Stars full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The colleagues are smart, reputable and agile. The compensation is better than average.

    Cons

    Employee turnover is very high. Management structure is confusing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the employee with more empathy.

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

    Great people in a company that lacks direction.

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    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL

    I worked at CS Stars full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You work with really smart people. Vacation time and benefits at Marsh are tops. You can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Company strategy vacillates and as a result it puts a lot of pressure on employees. Product design is unfocused and leads to trying to please too many clients on the sales side. Project management is lacking and you end up putting a lot of time in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a clear direction for your product and company growth strategy. Incorporate employee career plans into this strategy. The people here are great and don't mind working hard when they know it's leading to a goal that benefits the company and their personal career growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with potential, but fails to correct inefficiencies and hold people accountable.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CS Stars

    Pros

    Ability to work from home.
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Workload is overwhelming
    Compensation year after year is small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your employees.
    Replace management positions with in-house employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Review of Stars

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CS Stars full-time

    Pros

    If you're passionate about data, software, relational database technologies etc., then you should work here.

    Cons

    Be careful! If you accept a job here, you must continuously exceed expectations to get a minimal base pay raise. Your salary coming in will be very similar to your salary heading out. You have to really like what you do here to put up with it, or you will want to leave within 1-2 years.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    CS STARS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CS Stars full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule with work from home opportunities. Excellent benefits from Marsh. Trying to move towards more cutting edge web technology. Trying to hire. Lots of open positions.

    Cons

    High turnover with no replacements has caused people to be extremely strained. 60 hour weeks seem to be the norm. Declining market. Old technology. Tons of technical debt. Some of the most knowledgeable employers have walked away. Offshore presence is way too big.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Communication. Integrate with the people. Big culture change is needed. Pull away from Marsh conservative culture and move towards a more innovative approach.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shows some promise, but has a long way to go.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CS Stars full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people are nice, smart, and hard working. Benefits are very good as part of Marsh. Location is great. Work-life balance is nice.

    Cons

    The culture is not good. Hiring has stalled below the upper management level. Compensation is not good and raises happen every other year, at best. Morale is very low. No career path. No mentoring. No value on managing people. Frequent lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yikes. While the new strategy in the market seems promising, you've got some major housekeeping to do. Change has been managed poorly and employees feel completely unappreciated and under valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice place to start but not to stay

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    Former Employee - Systems Consultant  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Systems Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CS Stars full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits thanks to parent company (Marsh)

    PTO/Sick/Holidays

    Cons

    If you are willing to be judged not for the work you do but the butt you kiss, then this place is for you.

    Long hours/poor pay - very low raises if any

    Very cliquish, high school/college frat mentality

    High Turnover, including CEOs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to keep experienced workers happy. Yes the bottom line is important but it is of no use if you can't keep the people that know the products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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