STATS Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My company was bought out by STATS. They were very professional about the situation and provided three months severance.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say here.

    Advice to Management

    The management team is very professional.


  2. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at STATS full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Passionate Employees, Flexible Hours, Casual Attire, HD TV at all desks, Free drink and snacks, Annual 3-on-3 tourney, Friday morning Hoops

    Cons

    Poor communication and lack of unified identity from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Determine a corporate vision and communicate it.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great content, weak corporate identity

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at STATS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work in sports! This is a great stepping stone towards working for a team, league, or network. The people are laid back and intelligent. You're mostly in control of your schedule, so no mandatory overtime. Annual raises and bonuses. Benefits are pretty decent. Also, they're currently undergoing massive growth and acquisitions under new ownership, so the outlook is bright.

    Cons

    They don't leverage their culture at all, and being in the Chicago tech scene, that's a huge liability. You would expect the office to be a little more exciting, and the opportunities to socialize with your coworkers to be more numerous. Also, they know that they're in a desirable sector, so they don't pay very competitively. Turnover seems pretty high.

    Advice to Management

    Work sports into your company culture, and make the office a place that people want to be! Also, consider being a little more competitive with pay.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great learning experience and challenge

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Arbiter Web Developer in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Arbiter Web Developer in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at STATS (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of company perks and outings. Office space decorated with sports theme. Working with latest technologies. Scrum - agile development methodology. Cool team to work with. HD TV hook ups in every cube.

    Cons

    24-7 support. High volume of work - too much is cramped into 2 week sprints. Very strict with hours estimate and logging. Little time invested in refactoring.

    Advice to Management

    Need better balance of resources and work load. Should consider more contractors to help ease work load and being in fresh, new ideas. Also should consider more contact-to-hire positions - like them, keep them; don't like them, move on.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Cool environment, but not innovative

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can go play basketball Friday mornings and hockey Tuesday mornings and there's a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a soccer team - all the sports you could want. And all the fantasy pools you could want and more. Most people are receptive to ideas as long as you make a logical, business-oriented case for what you're pushing for. Most departments don't expect more than 40 hours a week. Very accommodating to working whatever schedule you want. Developers have been able to get promoted rapidly if performance is outstanding. Somewhat low expectations, so if you try, you succeed.

    Cons

    Low expectations, so not that rewarding. There are several programmers there that shouldn't have programming jobs. STATS is too slow to fire people - it results in the bad developers being frustrated with not understanding what's going on, managers being frustrated at not being able to create good quality work, and it frustrates good developers to have to work with these people. Pay is not competitive. Biggest con: Management is very resistant to change. Many developers argued to apply industry best practices (unit testing, Agile/Scrum, more QA, etc.), and they were met with heavy resistance. It took new ownership to get these things through. Positive is that the new ownership seems to be in line with the developers' best interests (in terms of best practices).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those close to the work that's being done. Pay competitively to those who prove their abilities. Get rid of those employees that aren't carrying their weight.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start your career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer
    Current Employee - Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at STATS (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to start your career at and develop your skills before applying for your dream company. Smaller company so chance to work with upper management

    Cons

    The salary isn't competitive with other companies with the same job title. In order to move up in management, must put in many years before you even have a chance


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not a high tech company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Project Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Software Project Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at STATS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with sports. Great atmosphere great people. Some departments have good working attitude where want to excel I'm their work and not just cover their butts.

    Cons

    Hiring process for people on the team is a big mess. There's a huge mess in replacing team members who aren't appropriate for the team.

    Advice to Management

    Be ready to pay more for good developers bit also get better results.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great job if you like sports

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at STATS full-time

    Pros

    You have a say in what your job can be. Almost all promotions have been internal.

    Cons

    Sports are played every day of the year. If you don't mind dealing with the NBA on Christmas day, and NFL on Thanksgiving, and so on, then this is a good job.

    Advice to Management

    Give more perks of any kind. They could even be token perks.


  10. Great for people starting out.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Schaumburg, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at STATS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, informal environment.

    Cons

    Operates like a startup company...so always under deadline gun & seemingly low margin of operating profits.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden vision, Get good Mkt Staff to penetrate the market so you can charge premium and staff appropriately


  11. Helpful (1)

    A good place to learn when you come out of college

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer
    Current Employee - Web Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at STATS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The environment at STATS is very laid back; employees are allowed to make their own schedules and dress pretty casually. You are usually given an ample time to finish your tasks. A great place to learn when you come out of college. Free gym membership.

    Cons

    Grossly under pay their employees relative to industry standards. Little to no chance for promotion. Due to the hierarchical structure and the seniority promotion process at STATS you'll have to wait for someone to retire, quit, or get fired to get promoted. A lot of the work that you are assigned is very redundant. After

    Advice to Management

    Very little transparency between management and employees.



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