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Fractal Analytics Engagement Manager Reviews

Updated Nov 27, 2019

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Fractal Analytics CEO Srikanth Velamakanni
Srikanth Velamakanni
3 Ratings
  1. Helpful (4)

    "The bloom is off the rose"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engagement Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fractal Analytics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    • Work from home • Flexible working culture in India • Decent compensation • Company does value loyalty and tenure

    Cons

    • Somewhere Fractal lost the balance of being profitable and maintaining “People Principles”. Very much focused on margins and revenue now. I do not see anything wrong with it, the sole purpose of a company is to give RoI to stakeholders; but now it is like the any other company which they earlier did not intend to and had a lot of focus on the culture. • Different culture for lateral hires and home-grown talent: A lot of people wrote about too much power in the hands of people who had joined the company in the forming years. Nothing wrong with that, most start-ups if they grow well do reward their founding team members with faster growth. Though in Fractal, it is impacting the company negatively by these folks not being groomed to handle roles at senior leadership level and being dependent on others a lot. Also, this has been demotivating lateral hires who have seen best practices in other companies but are side-lined by the home-grown talent. • Top heavy structure: Fractal promoted people sooner in the earlier years which has led to a lot of mass in the Grade 5 and 6 level. While they do maintain the experience criteria while hiring laterally but internally the promotions are viewed as means of rewarding good work and not evaluating preparedness for the role. This has led to people in mid-management and still do not have the maturity or experience in handling client conversations or driving programs or strategy • No career planning: With the new focus on billing, margins, revenue etc. managers stopped being mentors and are merely focusing on how they can get billed people for their projects. No one has imbibed the thinking of ‘Human Capital’ than ‘Human resources’. They do not check on your career focus, vision or have time to invest in people - this has led to blurred job descriptions and specially so in the US and EU. • Lack of stability: owing to the nature of projects onsite employees are expected to move for short term projects on an urgent basis. The company does not provide travel support if the project is more than 3 months in duration. Employees with families are finding it difficult to sustain in this environment.

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on grooming people Acknowledge importance of domain knowledge and industry expertise. Address concerns leading to low engagement scores across US and EU

    Fractal Analytics2019-11-27
  2. Helpful (14)

    "Fantastic company - yet growing politics making the culture fragile"

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fractal Analytics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) Awesome free food @ cafeteria 2) Excellent medical insurance coverage 3) Flexible work timing - unlimited work from home as a policy 4) Unlimited leaves 5) Best in the market learning infrastructure - FAA is doing fantastic job - huge investment made by Fractal in up-skilling its employees 6) Strong brand value - everyone knows fractal 7) Smooth exit policy - no fuss, no mental tortures in holding up salaries during exit 8) You miss the awesomeness of Fractal when you leave it :)

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    Cons

    There are 4 fundamental problems in Fractal - 1) Srikanth is extremely accommodative towards people who have been in loyal to Fractal. Because they have chosen to stay in Fractal when Fractal needed them. An apt gesture. But CEO's support has made these people extremely powerful. They are clearly not the best anymore. So when new folks join in and they start challenging these old guards with newer thoughts and vision, these powerful people start feeling insecure . As a result, the new folks will be sidelined and will be made to feel redundant. This culture is predominant in most of the teams leading to severe discrimination of power. A laterally hired manager will be provided a smaller team, lesser work, lesser opportunities - whereas, a homegrown manager at same level with lesser experience gets the cream. This is exactly the reason why one would see a very high attrition rate for laterally hired middle managers ( G-7, G-6, G-5) in their first 2 years in Fractal. The first 2 years for middle managers are like ragging time- you have to say YES to old guards to sustain in the system. And after 2 years, you start getting opportunities. Please note - for junior folks, this is not a problem - because they typically don't get into conflicts. This is something which is not unknown to CXOs - but Fractal is unwilling to change. 2) Fractal definitely has an AI vision. Significant investment has been done in marketing to communicate to the customers that Fractal is AI ready. Some success stories around Qure.ai and trial-run. Some POCs failed as well. But yet, if you are looking for advanced analytics or modelling projects inside fractal you will have to carry microscope. Some data engineering work have started coming Fractal's way recently.Unfortunately ,a lot of advanced analytics projects and products that Srikanth feels Fractal has is again a smart internal marketing effort by those powerful people. Majority of the projects are still operational reporting , visualization and insights and primarily in CPG domain. This is another reason why people are leaving Fractal - when they join they are told a different picture. But reality stands different. 3) One of the root causes behind Fractal exhibiting the above two cons is its incapable senior leadership (Client Partners and Principal consultants). Majority of them are from an era when BI meant analytics . They feel analytics delivery can be done in same way as IT service delivery. A lot of conflict is because of that . They are not able to sell analytics because clients are increasingly refusing to trust them. I myself have been part of several such conversations. 4) Work from home as a policy may not be the best thing. The team bonding is missed. Everyone works in silos. Very difficult to innovate and brainstorm when folks hardly turn up in office. Work from home can be still provided but making it as a policy defeats the purpose of collaboration.

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    Advice to Management

    I have high regards for Srikanth. He has built a fantastic company so far. His vision is and was always way ahead of time . But probably it is time to acknowledge what got Fractal here will not take Fractal there. New folks have to be empowered. Every resignation at mid-management and mid-senior level need to be introspected. Growing politics is making the culture fragile. Very few leaves for money. You give wings to the new bloods and be rest assured Fractal will fly.

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    Fractal Analytics2019-06-10
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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fractal Analytics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Long working hours in few teams

    Fractal Analytics2019-05-27
  5. Helpful (2)

    "A high run rate organization with people falling apart from always changing policies"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fractal Analytics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Strong focus on AI - Great learning environment - Open for new ideas and innovation - Zero micro management - Approachable executive team

    Cons

    - Ever changing policies, you dont know what will change when - Unpredictable appraisals

    Advice to Management

    Grow people who help organization grow and not random

    Fractal Analytics2018-06-07
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