Krames StayWell

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Krames StayWell Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
29 Reviews
2.3
29 Reviews
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Trent Sterling
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  1.  

    Good company with approachable management and executives.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Krames StayWell full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed working there. My manager was professional, helpful and friendly. Company executives were very approachable. Pay was reasonable.

    Cons

    There weren't many opportunities for advancement. There were also issues with communication between departments that were never resolved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When issues between employees arise, make an effort to address them right away instead of allowing them to fester and grow.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Evanston office no more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Evanston, IL

    I worked at Krames StayWell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Creative, talented co-workers. Work can be interesting & creatively rewarding.

    Cons

    Constant upheaval amongst management, round after round of layoffs, and now all Evanston staff work from their own homes because company didn't want to renew the lease on office space. But the logistics of actually supporting a staff of creatives that large, given the amount of work that still needs to be done, doesn't seem to have been fully thought out. Hopefully, this will be a forward thinking, cost savings idea that will lead to a brave new way of structuring publishing... & not just a intermediary step to yet more layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who knows? Upper management seems to change every several months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Creative environment that promotes teamwork

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Krames StayWell full-time

    Pros

    As an employee of any media company, you have to have thick skin and let change roll off your shoulders, as the industry is always changing. Though this company is going through significant changes at the moment, management has been consistently supportive and motivating. Hard work does not go unnoticed. A positive attitude and realistic approach to workload is appreciated. Strong work-life balance is encouraged. No micro-managing; you have the ability to work independently but you also have a team-oriented culture to fall back on.

    Cons

    Structural changes can be distracting, and it can be a struggle to find the right balance between staying on top of your workload while also completing tasks related to structural changes. Sometimes the reasons given behind structural changes are vague.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Opportunity for good work if you are flexible and bold

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Yardley, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yardley, PA

    I have been working at Krames StayWell full-time

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, smart coworkers, modern office environment, respectful culture. It's all about customer service, the clients call the shots. If you want to simply show up for work and be told what to do, this probably isn't the place for you. If you have some initiative/creativity and are willing to speak up/offer ideas, this can be an interesting place to work. Every day is different, mostly because the clients throw curveballs.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of change and churn, which can be distracting. You have to be able to roll with it and reinvent yourself as needed. Profound changes can happen in the space of a day. Heavy workloads make it challenging to maintain creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Immediate upper management is solid, there are good people who are open to ideas. But frequent restructuring makes everyone jittery, hard to focus. Corporate-level decisions seemed based on short-term numbers rather than long-term strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company won't be around much longer.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Krames StayWell full-time

    Pros

    Might be a good spot if you're looking to gather intel for a business case study on a once-strong company that has been wrecked by bad senior management and out-of-touch ownership.

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations in pursuit of EBIDTA have swamped any sense of strategy. Senior management has not delivered any product innovation in over 5 years -- and has wasted money, time and talent on ill-conceived "strategic partnerships" rather than investing on building solutions from within. Meanwhile, the divisions that create valuable solutions and support client partnerships have had resources slashed. Really don't know what the board could possibly be thinking -- they are pursuing buyers, but it's at the point where this company will be lucky to be sold for parts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too many reorgs, not enough innovation and bsd executive business decisions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Krames StayWell full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Employees are awesome to work with

    Cons

    -Leadership team isolates and is out of touch with employees
    -No new products in over 5 years, just maintaining, and updating the UI
    -Executives continue to make bad 3rd party partnership agreements
    -Aweful benefits and compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to employees and actually listen to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Such a shame!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Yardley, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yardley, PA

    I worked at Krames StayWell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working 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.

    Cons

    Krames 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Krames StayWell full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Significant Changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Krames StayWell full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Several 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 ManagementAdvice

    Trent 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Such a shame

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at Krames StayWell full-time

    Pros

    Lots 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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