Krames StayWell

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Krames StayWell Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014

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2.5 23 reviews

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Trent Sterling

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32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    2 people found this helpful  

    For the most part, extremely positive. Merger of two companies is proving to be exhausting.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIntelligent, caring and creative people-people who want to make a difference in the lives of health plan members and health consumers.

    ConsVery top-heavy with layers of management. Difficult to make decisions and current work on merger branding and messaging is slow and exhausting. Multiple waves of layoffs have disrupted work flow and morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company has grown through acquisition and as such, there are multiple office cultures and not one consistent company culture. As mentioned above, multiple waves of layoffs have created low morale and management distrust. Very few opportunities for growth and.or promotion. Decisions are made without input from management.

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Significant Changes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork-life balance was great and many management team members well qualified

    ConsSeveral management team members were inadequately qualified for their responsibilities. High turnover and many reorganizations created low morale in what was once a stellar organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrent Sterling didn't have the insight to keep the company in a stable growth mode; shifted many upper management who were extremely well qualified with people who didn't know the company's strengths and challenges.

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

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    Such a shame

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Evanston, IL

    ProsLots of talented colleagues, a few great managers, client-focused environment and good work-life balance. The work is varied, and the company has many great products to offer.

    ConsThe top-level management of this company has no clue: no clue where its strengths lie, no clue where the market is going, no clue how to connect the disparate parts of its business, no clue of the level of talent and brains it is squandering with endless mergers, layoffs, and cutting back of benefits. This place has so much potential but is going to hell fast.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of Trent Sterling. He seriously has zero clue how to run this type of business. Value your employees.

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

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    Such a shame!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Yardley, PA

    ProsWorking for a patient education and health communications company is very exciting when you think of all the people you can help educate. The fact that they have medical illustrators and writers on staff was a huge benefit to the business. Nice office buildings. Fair compensation and benefits.

    ConsKrames StayWell is a traditional publisher facing the challenge of staying profitable like all the other traditional publishers in the country as the world moves to more electronic solutions. However senior management has not brought new ideas and solutions to the table -- only budget cuts, layoffs and shut downs. Management's decisions have the employees spinning in circles rather than being productive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you are going to hire consultants, it would be preferable to hire professionals rather than relatives.

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

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    Run for your lives!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAlthough it wasn't supported by management, when collaboration happened with colleagues it often produced great results for clients and the creative process.

    ConsIf you're sticking around this doomed company, you're either working at the super-uptight headquarters in Yardley, PA (where you might have a slight chance of survival for a couple of years), or you're clinging to the hope that that they won't beat you down too hard before laying you off so that you can get your severance package. May the odds be ever in your favor....

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire Trent Sterling. He's incompetent.

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

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    A place undergoing changes

    Senior Editor (Former Employee)

    Pros-good scope of work, with opportunities for growth and development
    -good managerial support
    -great coworkers and mostly great clients

    Cons-focus of company is shifting a lot--they can't decide whether to act like a publisher or agency
    -shifting focus has resulted in a lot of upper management transition and instability
    -poor morale due to lack of direction and the pressure put on non-management staff to close revenue gaps

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommit to a vision for the future of the company and stick with it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Communication

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Yardley, PA

    ProsIf you keep your mouth shut, you'll keep your job.
    You will be allowed time off, if you provide proper documentation or it is a reason management approves of.
    Empty promises are made on a daily basis.

    ConsThere is no communication between managers and staff.
    Managers do not respect their staff, and behave extremely unprofessionally.
    Management discriminates against pregnant women.
    Requirements constantly change; sometimes during the same meeting.
    Managers are never held accountable for poor performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSit in the shoes of your staff for a day, and then you'll understand their feelings.

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

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    Good company but no growth opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Bruno, CA

    ProsSmart people, competitive pay, good work-life balance.

    ConsNot willing to let people move up, even when the skills are present

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more growth opportunities and look at people as more than their current position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    An example of what is wrong with corporate America.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsSome great people work here - smart, caring and down to earth.

    ConsThe infrastructure is built on tedious corporate policies that suck the creativity, individualism and innovation out of every employee that actually has the desire to contribute.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHonestly, its too far gone. Just start treating employees better, and hire some more people to even the workload out. Senior management should get out of their silos and interact with those at the front lines. You might learn something.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company being run into the ground -- no executive leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThis company was built on the legacy of two very successful companies -- Krames, StayWell Custom Communications, both with clear definition about their value proposition to the market.

    ConsSince merging to become Krames StayWell several years ago, there has been lip service to becoming a unified company with a core vision and strategic plan. The company is constantly reacting to market needs in a superficial manner, not investing properly in the market research and strategic planning process to carve out a unique niche. The company is totally driven by profit and revenue growth -- not the needs of clients and the market. This is a classic case of a private equity managed organization that continually makes decisions to meet unrealistic numbers -- which usually results in impulsive reorganizations and layoffs to cut expenses so that the bottom line looks healthier than it actually is.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNew top leadership (CEO) will save this company

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

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