Stax, Inc. Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Limited office experience before start, great resume builder.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Stax, Inc. as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Collaborative working environment, exposure to a wide variety of industries, relatively low stress, and easy to make a splash with effort.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, contract to contract = questionable stability, monotonous tasks...essentially following a formula and conducting surveys over the phone.

    Advice to Management

    If you value the service research associates provide then give them more ownership in the projects and offer them a platform to grow and develop in consulting.

  2. Great place for entry level employees to grow their career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stax, Inc.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Smart co-workers
    -Consistent learning
    -Great office location

    Cons

    Stax is a small firm and everyone wears a lot of hats.

    Advice to Management

    As the organization is growing, think about how to grow the staff and how to fill in the missing gaps.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good experience, terrible environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stax, Inc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As mentioned in other reviews, projects at Stax are very interesting. Due diligence is performed is very organized and the quality of the work produced is great. Project teams are very small and that helps in communication and end results of research.

    Cons

    The environment is extremely serious, almost at the border of unfriendliness. There's a huge "social strata" feeling between research associates and the rest of the team.
    Research associates are contract-hires, hence most permanent employees don't put an effort to build professional relationship with research associates, creating a highly disposable environment/feeling
    Research Associates are also not invited on company outings and/or involved in the after-work social bubble.

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  5. Management adept at managing information and systems but has poor people skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Research Associate
    Current Contractor - Research Associate

    I have been working at Stax, Inc. as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting exposure to M&A world, as with any consulting each project is unique. Can be flexible on hours for contractors/research associates if you've got other things going on like interviews as it is viewed as a temporary position.

    Cons

    Definite segmentation between contractors/research associates and FT staff. Former are treated as commodities, a means to an end (completing the project) and are expected to go to bat on projects that they were called in on sporadically and sometimes within just the last 24 hours. The actions/behaviors of management do not indicate that you are valued as a research associate, though they will say nice things to make you feel good.

    Office environment as drab, socialization is discouraged and everyone eats meals at their desk because "you are an important person with so much work to do" so how could you possibly waste time socializing with co-workers over a sandwich at Jimmy John's?

    On the FT side are experiencing problems with employee retention at the consultant and associate level. Likely a result of them being underpaid and overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Offer the research associates more responsibility on the projects and clue us into your secondary research findings more. You may be surprised to learn that we have skills to offer aside from merely cold calling.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good consulting and research experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Research Associate
    Current Contractor - Research Associate

    I have been working at Stax, Inc. as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stax is a small consulting firm that does custom research. The clients are in the Fortune 500 and you work with well-respected executives.

    You're duties include helping with the survey design on excel, collecting data, managing online surveys, and final review of the delieverable. It's important to stay on top of your assigned work, as things change rather quickly with new requests from clients.

    There are a lot of educated people with different backgrounds. You can really learn a lot.

    Cons

    You really need to love research to get through some boring projects, but the work is rather interesting, even if it may not be at kick-off.

    Some projects are phone heavy, which all consultants and associates hate, but you learn it is a vital part of consulting. Getting real-time data is crucial and even BCG started with one phone.

    Things can get stressful at times. It's difficult if some contacts are not willing to give you information, or some people aren't taking their surveys, or sometimes the technology is faulty.

    Advice to Management

    There are a few things that I am not happy with but you get some good experience. I would just say take some time and put yourselves on our shoes.

  7. Not a great place to work, and stay away if you don't want to make cold calls

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Stax, Inc. as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is very flexible; you can work remotely and take charge of your own schedule. Also, the pay is decent for starting out, especially if you're a recent graduate.

    Cons

    Communication is a fairly big issue here. Sometimes, information gets missed when passed to different people, and the supervisors don't really say much about what they expect of you. The work itself is pretty boring and consists mostly of cold-calling, and I get the feeling that if you don't get the results they want (which isn't completely dependent on you, since you are calling people out of the blue and they won't always want to talk to you), they may judge it as a poor reflection of the job you're doing. Also, it's contract work, and even if you get hired, you may just be sitting around for months before they have any actual work for you to do. Oh, and you won't get to interact with a lot of people if you're working from home, so you don't really get to make work friends.

  8. Call, call and call some more

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Stax, Inc. as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people there are friendly and the work can be fun and challenging. You learn about industries very quickly and are requested to get smart on a market space very quickly. Good pay when there is work. Highly flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    There doesn't seem to be much encouragement from management and other contractors to socialize outside of work. Short, unpaid lunch breaks, corporate culture, inconsistent work with full-time 9-5 hours so it can be difficult to work other positions while on a contract. There also doesn't seem to be much promoting to full time positions from within the company. Contractors remain contractors.

  9. Great Company, Smart People, Great Place to Learn

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Stax, Inc. full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stax is a great company with a strong niche in the private equity due diligence space and a sizable and fast-growing corporate and portfolio strategy business. Its greatest strength is the people working there. From associate through CEO, Stax has some of the most capable, creative, and business savvy people that I have had the pleasure of working with. Relatively all consultants combine an ability to think outside of the box while focusing on answering the client's critical questions.

    From an employee perspective, this is an exciting and fast-paced place to work--and more importantly, to learn. For anyone interested in understanding the ins-and-outs of private equity and corporate investment strategy from a market perspective, this is the place to start. The work is both interesting and challenging for all levels of the consulting staff--particularly associates who are a critical part of each project.

    Stax's client list is impressive, boasting some of the largest PE firms and corporate clients in the world, and its opinion is highly respected. It is an all-around great place to work.

    Cons

    Because it is a relatively small but growing company, it has room for improvement in terms of onboarding, personnel development, and compensation; however, it was apparent to me prior to my departure that these are areas where it has focused its attention moving forward. None of these issues had any impact on my departure.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear, consistent, and direct feedback on the performance (both good and bad) and trajectory of an employee. Constructive feedback allows employees to understand their strengths and weaknesses and know what they need to work on improving.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great way to learn a lot about the business world

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Nice place to work while inbetween jobs or as a student

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Research Assistant in Boston, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great people, interesting projects, casual atmosphere. Financially they pay quickly and also are W-2 and offer benefits which is nice. Through the project work/data collection process you learn a lot about industries and products you otherwise would have little to no exposure to.

    Cons

    Some projects are simply much more of a challenge than others (luck of the draw, maybe). As a R/A its mostly collecting information through surveys (lots of phone calls) and sometimes the SME's are harder to talk to. It takes some creativity and resiliency at times.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.

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