Specialized Technology Resources (STR)

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Specialized Technology Resources (STR) Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great stepping stone

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enfield, CT

    I worked at Specialized Technology Resources (STR)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn about various testing (Softlines, Hardlines, Analytical, etc)
    Ability to be a self-starter encouraged
    Nice, down to earth co-workers

    Cons

    Little room for growth
    Many managers have been there their entire careers and have no fresh approaches
    Little opportunity for employees to interact outside of their departments
    Micromanagement occurs at many levels
    Company does not actively seek new talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some stock in how the competitor independent labs are doing.
    Invest in hiring technical leaders.
    Invest in your employees!

    Recommends
  2.  

    company with limited growth for employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Polymer Scientist/Engineer in East Windsor, CT
    Current Employee - Development Polymer Scientist/Engineer in East Windsor, CT

    I have been working at Specialized Technology Resources (STR) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Small company
    knows its speciality
    lots of talent
    focused on R&D
    potential for business growth is tremendous

    Cons

    worker morale is poor
    worker growth seems limited
    most are doing the same thing
    many meetings for a small company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve morale, challenge current employees else stand to loose them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    STR has alot of great things about it however Moral is at an all time low! mostly due to unfairness in compensation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Canton, MA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Canton, MA

    I worked at Specialized Technology Resources (STR)

    Pros

    Nice people, decent benefits, lots or room to learn new things.

    Cons

    low pay for responsibilities , compensation is not fair for experience and responsibility, moral is very low, large turn around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to boost moral. It will keep people around longer!

    Doesn't Recommend
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    A good place to learn some basic skills there are no opportunities for growth or development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MA

    I have been working at Specialized Technology Resources (STR)

    Pros

    Great place to learn the ins and outs of the QA business. Friendly and helpful co-workers. Free giveaways of the products that are tested, and cookouts in the summer.

    Cons

    Charlie Brown style of management
    extremely poor communication between management, CSMs and labs
    salary raises/ promotions are a joke
    little to no room for professional growth/development
    high employee turnover rate

  6.  

    great learning experience with limited growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MA

    I worked at Specialized Technology Resources (STR)

    Pros

    giveaways of products tested in lab
    down to earth co-workers
    learn different analytical techniques for products tested

    Cons

    does not offer competitive salaries
    company does not invest in employees, no growth for talent
    poor communication between laboratories and business/upper management
    Human Resources is not helpful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better communication
    more opportunities for growth
    improve human resources
    do not wait until the last minute to prepare for audits, it never works
    INVEST IN YOUR EMPLOYEES!

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Profits before people...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Specialized Technology Resources (STR)

    Pros

    Its a job thats about it..

    Cons

    Had 4 layoffs in the last year. Seem to keep the people with less time and lower wages and layoff senior workers.Cut back on shifts from 12 hrs. to 8 hrs.No respect for the people who helped build the company.Most of the people they kept should have been the first to go.Need to layoff some of the overpaid global front office personal..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe some of you should remember the loyal people that helped build STR and had many years of hard work spent there.Check out the stock price.Too many global chiefs.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Client Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Manager
    Former Employee - Client Manager

    I worked at Specialized Technology Resources (STR) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from Home Facility Available, Can learn many things by traveling around the world, very Friendly atmosphere,

    Cons

    Travelling becomes too much some times, no proper Appraisal system and promotion system,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build up a Strong HR system and practice in align with the industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    HR told me my expectations were too high because I had a college degree

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Specialized Technology Resources (STR) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits
    Lots of employee moral building events

    Cons

    Internal politics
    "Good old boys club"

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great professional growth opportunities with limited room for advancement.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Specialized Technology Resources (STR)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture. Flexible work environment. Sharp co-workers.

    Cons

    Limited room for career and salary advancement.

  11.  

    Difficult for leadership to identify and capture long term opportunities that exist for the company in the market.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Specialized Technology Resources (STR)

    Pros

    People are really friendly and care about the industry they work in.

    Cons

    Leadership very weak, often regurgitating MBA textbook quotes rather than moving the company in the right direction. Market position has slipped over the years thanks in large part to this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at where the company was 10 years ago, relative to the competition, and look where it is today. It seems to have floated and grown slower than the rest. More investment in marketing is key -- moving from private to public should have taken the QA business specifically in another direction.

    Doesn't Recommend

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