Stratus Technologies
2.8 of 5 37 reviews
www.stratus.com Maynard, MA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated May 20, 2014

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Stratus Technologies President, CEO, and Director David J. Laurello

David J. Laurello

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A company in transition - moving in the right direction.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots 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.

    ConsTransition 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 Senior ManagementBe more accessible to employees. Truly empower the great talent that exists.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Maynard, MA

    ProsCo-workers, those that are left.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementResign

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great cloud software team, strong opportunities

    Software Manager (Current Employee)
    Maynard, MA

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A long standing company in the course of a transition

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Maynard, MA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementWork 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people

    Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
    Maynard, MA

    ProsStratus 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuy some technology from another company and try to leverage i nto some other products to grow the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stratus on the brink

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sad to say this ...

    Technical Support (Former Employee)
    Maynard, MA

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

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementLook 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Oh dear. This can't turn out well.

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Maynard, MA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementTop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor! Probably one of the worst 2 yrs of my career.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople at the Cafe are really nice! I saw some really nice talent and good people.

    ConsVery old-school, slow methodical company and culture. Not set up for innovation. Terrible management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoose the offices. Nobody needs know that someone with the bigger office is 'higher rank' and makes more money.

    Do not hire people from overseas if you don't know how to handle their paperwork.

    Hire young talent with passion to innovate. Truly nurture that culture. Sack the folks who have been sitting comfortable for years and not done anything new.

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    No margin for learning

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Maynard, MA

    Prosgreat and knowledgeable people and really casual atmosphere

    Consno growth or career path

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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