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STRAIT Overview

Dallas, TX
1 to 50 employees
2006
Company - Private
Accounting
Unknown / Non-Applicable
STRAIT is a professional services firm offering comprehensive accounting solutions for hedge funds, private equity firms, family offices, and management companies. Services include full fund administration, compliance including on-site exam support, and investor services ... Read more

Mission: Our mission at STRAIT is to protect investors and reduce risk in the global finance system. We provide financial services with an exceptional user experience through our thoughtful processes, our advanced technology and our industry experts.

STRAIT – Why Work For Us?


STRAIT is a SOC I Type II certified fund administrator providing a full range of financial solutions for hedge funds, private equity firms, family offices and management companies. Services include full fund administration, regulatory compliance services, investor services, performance and risk reporting. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, STRAIT has clients nationwide and is backed by an industry leading team of CPAs, CFAs, JDs, and MBAs.

STRAIT is excited to announce our move to a new corporate headquarters in Dallas, TX. After outgrowing our previous offices at Preston Center, it was time to design a working environment that aligned more directly with our company values and unique culture.

“As a firm, we have grown not only by the number of clients but the talent we have attracted,” said Assistant Director, Zain Lalani.  “Due to our growth, we are moving to our new office space which will be three times larger than our current space. Our new open layout will help to accommodate a team building atmosphere and cultivate innovative solutions all while fostering an enjoyable work environment.”    

In addition to having more space, the new office has sit-to-stand desks; a relaxation and meditation room, big screen TVs and a large break room and kitchen.  STRAIT’s new building boasts an impressive gym and great walkability. The area is home to dozens of restaurants, coffees shops, great shopping at both Northpark Mall and the Shops at Park Lane, and one of the largest Whole Foods in the country.  “We’re excited to welcome our clients, friends, and future team members to stop by the office and experience the new space,” said COO, Brant Pallasch. “STRAIT has a reputation for excellence in our work product and service, and now that’s really going to be evident in our working environment as well.”  

ETHICS ABOVE ALL ELSE

Always act in the highest ethical manner with uncompromising integrity and accountability. Trust takes a lifetime to build and a moment to lose.

OWN THE BUSINESS

Build the company as though it’s our own business. Don’t just complete the job, but make the process and product better for the future.

WORK TO BETTER OURSELVES, OUR CLIENTS, AND OUR COMMUNITY

Raise the performance bar for our company, our clients, and our community. Pursue bold ideas and innovative approaches. Learn, grow, and apply knowledge. Hold yourself and others around you to the highest standards.

RELATIONSHIPS MATTER

Treat everyone with respect and dignity. Hire and develop the very best people. Build relationships with both team members and clients and work together as an effective team.

BE A PARTNER TO CLIENTS AND A PROTECTOR OF INVESTORS’ INTERESTS

Anticipate our clients’ needs and develop long-lasting relationships. Respond quickly and thoughtfully. Remember that each individual investor is our client too.

WORK LIFE INTEGRATION

We work to live, not live to work. Family, friends, volunteering – we want you to have it all. Work/life integration is a priority to us.

HOLE IN THE WALL GRUB CLUB

Fridays should be fun! Think you know the best kept secret restaurant for tacos, falafel, or tikka masala? Game on!

WE OWN A LAKE HOUSE

No seriously, we do. And it has two boats, corn hole, volleyball, and a fire pit.

NO BUREAUCRACY

Got an idea? Great! Let’s do it.

WE LIKE BIG BRAINS AND WE CANNOT LIE

We take great pride in being smart, and we never stop learning. CPAs, CFAs, JDs, MBAS... We hire the best!

WE CELEBRATE EVERYTHING

New hires, birthdays, engagements, new children, and fur babies –  and we take the day off for our birthdays.

WE ARE TRAILBLAZERS AND INNOVATORS

We believe in carving our own path as individuals and as a firm. Want to take the firm lead on cryptocurrencies? Tag, you’re it! How can we help you?

BEEF JERKY AND SKINNY POP FOR DAYS

We like to eat. Tasty, healthy, salty and sweet – we have it all.

WE GET STUFF DONE

Technology and superior processes are our friends. We don’t skimp, and we don’t do things “the way they’ve always been done”. We are constantly improving.

COMMITTEES – WE GOT ‘EM

Aside from work committees, we have the fun committee, finer things committee, boating committee and more.


WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK AT STRAIT

Below are a few things that differentiate us from the “run-of-the-mill” firm.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

 

Fun Events
At STRAIT, we’re always looking for a reason to celebrate!  Birthdays, Baby Showers, and Happy Hours “just-because” are all opportunities we take to bond with the team.  We also have quarterly events such as family picnics, parties, bowling, ladies events, and annual trips to the State Fair to make sure we’re taking time invest in those that make STRAIT the dynamic, collaborative environment we strive to maintain.

Work/Life Balance
The team at STRAIT is comprised of innovative go-getters and A-players that are entrepreneurial at heart.  So as you can imagine, we like to work hard, and play hard.  In an effort to encourage work/life balance, we offer 21 days of PTO for the first 2 years.  During the summer, we leave the office by 4pm on Fridays.  We also offer paid time off on 9 holidays and a half-day the day after Thanksgiving.  When you think about it, that’s over 200 hours of PTO a year.  After three years with the firm, you’ll be entitled to 26 days of annual PTO, and after 8 years with the firm you’ll be eligible for 31 days of PTO a year!

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althcare and Benefits
In addition to PTO, STRAIT graciously provides affordable options for top tier healthcare, and offers up to 5% matching for the 401(k) Qualified Retirement Plan.

Impact on the Community

What’s your passion?  Whether you’re an advocate for children’s education, adult literacy, women’s rights, community health, etc., STRAIT offers 4 hours of PTO for you to spend pursuing your volunteer passion.  In addition, we provide 8 hours of PTO to complete at least one firm-wide volunteer project a year.  We also sponsor and attend special events that benefit local and national charities.

Office Environment and Teamwork

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to work in an office where Apple, Google, and accounting services collide, this is it!  Our office is modern and visually open to allow for collaboration and easy communication.  That said, we are excited to announce that we have relocated our office to Park Lane and 75 where we have sit-to-stand desks, a relaxation and meditation room, and big screen TVs.  Not to mention, our new office boasts an impressive gym and great walkability (we’re right next door to the Shops at Park Lane and Whole Foods!).

Furthermore, we meet every Monday morning to not only see what is on the work-week horizon for the team, but also to find out about your weekend.  Yes, we care about you, and not just about the work you contribute to the team!

Snacks and Catered Meals

That’s right, not only do we love to celebrate, but we love to eat!  As such, we provide: a kitchen stocked with delicious snacks and refreshments, catered meals on occasion during busy season and sometimes “just because.”  We are suckers for breakfast tacos and Bubba’s breakfast biscuits!

Professional Development and Mentorship
Where do you see yourself professionally in the next 2 years?  In the next 5 years?  We want to know what you’re looking for in your career here at STRAIT so that we can support, develop, and encourage your strengths.  We recognize the importance of investing in your professional goals and continued education.  We know that if you are growing, our company will continue grow, and we can even more effectively serve our clients.  

From day one, you’ll be paired with a “buddy” who will help you get situated and serve as your go-to for on the job training.  You’ll also be paired with a mentor that you’ll meet with quarterly to ensure that you are on track and getting the experience you need to achieve your career goals.  Furthermore, we’ll sponsor your attendance for CPE events, and reimburse you for the CPA study preparation and exam!  We believe that by taking great care of our team members, they take great care of our clients. 

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    Pros

    - There is an excellent work life balance and management is extremely understanding of familial obligations. As long as the work gets done without sacrificing quality, they are happy to adjust your schedule.
    - Leadership truly cares about their employees’ happiness and constantly solicits ways to improve.
    - Leadership has an open-door policy and listens to concerns. They are transparent in their actions and designs for the firm.
    - Leadership is currently developing a professional development program to help us become better managers and increase employee satisfaction. They only hire the best employees who strive to become leaders in their field.
    - Not your typical accounting services firm. Every day is different, and the fun committee makes sure employees remain engaged and happy
    - Powered sit-stand desks for every employee promotes collaboration and a healthier workspace
    - High importance placed on ethics, culture, and company values
    - Employees are encouraged to set goals and career paths for themselves and receive management feedback on how these will be attained.

    Cons

    - No Cons. Company is great with amazing benefits and culture

    Advice to Management

    Continue growing while keeping employees informed of the firm direction as we progress. I’m excited to be part of this amazing company!

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at STRAIT (Dallas, TX) in July 2018.

    Interview

    Step One: Completion of a Cultural Index Questionnaire
    Step Two: Phone Interview
    Step Three: In-Person Interview
    Step Four: Additional In-Person Interview
    Step Five: Written Offer
    Between each step, I had spoken with the recruiter almost each day. She was thorough, informative, and at no point in time did I wonder about the next steps. She always kept me informed and was readily available if I had any questions.

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Career Advancement Program

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