Stratus Technologies

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Stratus Technologies Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
41 Reviews
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Stratus Technologies President, CEO, and Director David J. Laurello
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  1.  

    A mature company with some new growth areas

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Maynard, MA

    I have been working at Stratus Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great team of employees, many that have been around for a while. Good work/life balance. There are opportunities to work on newer technologies. Good pay and vacation benefits.

    Cons

    The company has been attempting to transform itself from a legacy hardware company for a while, with limited success. Downsizing over the years has left some areas understaffed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid company that is struggling to evolve

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Stratus Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relative freedom & autonomy to pursue objectives as you see fit, many bright and talented co-workers, ability to express ideas and be heard, initiative takers are allowed to run with their ideas if they are approved, many long term friendships - decent social environment, employees take pride in customer service and delivering quality products

    Cons

    Lack of coordination at the senior level - multiple business objectives pursued at once without a controller/governor role in place to oversee and prioritize projects, new product lines lack market definition and actualized customer base, lack of a single process - each business unit or region runs things their own way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more cutthroat and decisive with regard to killing off unnecessary products and projects, streamline the business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A company in transition - moving in the right direction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stratus Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of really talented people. Great technology -- Stratus products work. Focus on software and cloud products infuse new buzz and excitement both internally and externally. Flexible and supportive work environment. Debt issue addressed with recent acquisition by Siris Capital -- viewed as positive among employees. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Transition issues as expected in a company 35+ years in business moving from hardware to software/cloud, and newly acquired. Some uncertainly for those working on legacy products as to how they fit in the new strategy. Some people deal with change better than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more accessible to employees. Truly empower the great talent that exists.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    New management starting last year, no longer an enjoyable place to work.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Maynard, MA

    I have been working at Stratus Technologies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Co-workers, those that are left.

    Cons

    Management, hell bent on disposing of talent($).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great cloud software team, strong opportunities

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    Current Employee - Software Manager  in  Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Software Manager in Maynard, MA

    I have been working at Stratus Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Cloud software products and cloud development team are outstanding. They have a strong group making great strides in the market and delivering results. Flexible hours,supportive of growth, and many internal opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Some of the "traditional" hardware areas of the company are experiencing transition issues while growth support is applied to the software areas of the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A long standing company in the course of a transition

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Maynard, MA

    I have been working at Stratus Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company is in the midst of transforming itself into more of a software company. This promises to open up new markets for products and opportunities for employees.

    Cons

    The transition at times has caused frustration for the folks working in the more traditional spaces of the company as the company has focus more staffing and funding to these newer areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more to demonstrate the new opportunities the new product lines and new markets will open up for employees. The changes have a tendency to disenfranchise the tradition workforce as they do not recognize the possibilities it may for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Stratus on the brink

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stratus Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some great colleagues, very supportive - but many have left.

    Cons

    It's game over at Stratus as the VC owners have sold out saddling the company with an enormous debt load with little hope for the future. Many failed initiatives (service, SW, Cloud) and layoffs, 2-3 every year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've made millions in special EBITDA bonus's (read layoffs). Time to retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Sad to say this ...

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    Former Employee - Technical Support  in  Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Stratus Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people in the trenches ... And it used to be a great company ...

    Cons

    Company is saddled with debt. Senior management is grasping at straws to come up with a plan and failing time and time again. They have gotten mega bonuses while the average employees get small if any raises. In about the last ten years my total raises were about 4 to 5% (that is total, not per year) even though I was getting above average reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for a buyer with a long term vision who will invest in the company as opposed to looking for quick profits. Maybe a Japanese company. Then retire. Or just leave. The janitors could probably run the company better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good people

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Stratus Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stratus has a good open door policy with management, and there are opportunities to talk to all levels of management ad well as work cross functionally and get exposure to different departments. Very good benefits and very good pay.

    Cons

    The company is not growing and moral and opportunity for advancement is suffering as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy some technology from another company and try to leverage i nto some other products to grow the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Oh dear. This can't turn out well.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Maynard, MA

    I worked at Stratus Technologies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The last computer company in Massachusetts, Stratus has a great legacy of products that fill a real need for a certain market segment -- and the customers appreciate it. In its heyday, Stratus had a reputation for both its customer focus and its strong commitment to enlightened employee policies.

    My years at Stratus were largely positive, and the people generally smart and generous with their time. My informants tell me that camaraderie remains high among those with a good sense of humor about company conditions.

    Cons

    The inside intel is that the company is struggling to stay afloat. The company continues to pursue internal cost reductions since revenues cannot keep up with gargantuan debt payments. Sadly, without the debt left by its investors, the company would likely be mildly successful.

    Severe slashes in engineering staff and resources -- including canceling licenses to core software management systems -- have left that group in disarray, with everyone doing what they think best rather than working in a single direction. Key senior technologists are paradoxically underutilized or spread too thin.

    Customer support, once unparalleled in the industry, has been essentially outsourced -- for cost reasons. The wisdom of attempting to support 10-to-30-year-old products with recent trainees is self-evident.

    Older product lines have been the life blood of the organization. The company's original proprietary hardware products are intrinsically profitable but gradually losing long-term customers because of the product's age. More recent hardware products struggle to find a pace that will achieve real profitability, and are built on a decades-old premise that has never caught fire. Newer software-based products are attempting to integrate two partially successful technologies with unreliable results and pallid market interest.

    The only potential upside is a recently announced but insufficiently articulated arrangement with IBM (a return to Stratus' three-decades-past partner). Whether this will finally get Stratus' long-desired licensing program off the ground remains to be seen.

    The marketing group has achieved a reputation for bloated staff, short hours, vague direction, and invisible productivity. The web site has barely been updated (except for visuals) in a year and suffers from errors and wholesale lack of maintenance. Sporadic blogs vary from the intelligent (offshore author) to the self-absorbed and rambling. Press and analyst updates have slowed to a trickle compared to past years. Observing the company from the outside, it doesn't even seem like there's a company there any more.

    Morale among my remaining contacts is disastrously low, though there's a gallows humor evident as well. Most are reeling from ill-conceived structural changes and vanished infrastructure. Many are hanging on until the inevitable end, hoping to eke out another year of salary before the company crumbles. Fortunately, those who have left -- voluntarily or not -- do not regret their time with Stratus, nor their departure from it.

    There probably isn't a business plan that will allow the company to return to profitability after years of personnel cuts. There simply aren't enough people to support a business with Stratus' debt burden in a market space that is saturated and shrinking. It's a sad state of affairs for this former industry leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management is consistently rated poorly, and the key investors seem to lack the courage to make the obvious change. Company changes in direction are abrupt and superficial, most often leading more to disruption than to improvement.

    Given that, the most humane strategy for customers and employees alike is to develop an overt plan to shut down unsuccessful products gracefully, and brutally assess the value of new ventures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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