Stax, Inc.

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Stax, Inc. Reviews in Chicago, IL

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great way to learn a lot about the business world

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Stax, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stax is a very high-paced work environment with short projects (typically 2-4 weeks), allowing both full-time and contract employees to learn about a wide range of industries and business functions in a short time. Full-time employees will frequently work with Stax's senior management, and occasionally work directly with high-level executives at clients. I see very few jobs out there that allow such a wide range of exposure to the business world.

    An additional plus, relative to most consulting firms, is that Stax only rarely sends employees to work onsite for clients, so there's relatively little travel involved. Associates might make 2-5 trips each year for meetings, but you're not living 4 days a week on the road.

    Cons

    Stax has room for improvement in certain HR functions: recruiting, staffing, personnel development, promotion, and compensation. These were not factors in my decision to leave, but they were sources of frustration. Stax is improving, but still has a way to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Millennials are notoriously difficult to manage, demanding constant feedback, clear paths to advancement, perks, and compensation that rises in line both with our productivity and with competitive demand. I believe there's a strong business case for meeting these requests, especially in professional services. By figuring out what top employees want and giving it to them proactively, top firms (think Google) boost both productivity and employee retention enough to more than offset the resulting costs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Contract Research Position is cold calling

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    Former Employee - Contract Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Contract Research Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Stax, Inc. as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and friendly managers.

    Cons

    Inconsistent contracts, extremely boring and tedious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch your contract associates, they will slack off, especially those that have been there a while.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great Chance to Learn the Consulting Ropes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Stax, Inc. as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a great opportunity to "test-drive" consulting and gain some experience in a flexible work environment. Both full time and other contract employees are friendly and willing to teach you. My research associate work played an integral role in my transition into management consulting. Not only did I gain valuable experience, but the quick project turnover allowed me to learn about a variety of industries.

    Cons

    At times, the primary research can be a bit frustrating. Some people really don't want to speak with you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good place to get your feet wet in consulting.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Stax, Inc.

    Pros

    Great place to learn consulting. Friendly and collegial people. Low stress environment. Fairly flexible with the schedule. Good place for contract work.

    Cons

    VERY low pay. Supposedly there is an increase in pay with more experience, but you are never told how or when, if ever this happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more money!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stax Culture

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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Stax, Inc.

    Pros

    You get some space at the company; they expect you to fully be on top of your workload, so you do not have someone looking over your shoulder or interfering with your projects often.

    Very friendly, smaller offices and company at large.

    Cons

    Extremely political climate, where the stereotype of 'It's not what you know, but who you know" fits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take input from down the ladder a more seriously - management can be wrong at times too.

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