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  1. "Good people, bad mangement."

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Gilbert, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at STARA Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People were great. Health benefits were decent. Willing to train new people and work around people schedules who had kids. End of the year bonuses were nice.

    Cons

    Management basically ran this company into the ground. Had so much potential but did not diversify and when contracts ran out- money ran out. They put all their eggs in one basket and failed miserably.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people in management who can ACTUALLY bring in money. Invest in your employees! Give them opportunities to advance, obtain certifications or licenses.


  2. "Stara Technologies"

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    Former Employee - Systems Operator and Team Lead in Marlton, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Operator and Team Lead in Marlton, NJ

    I worked at STARA Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were great at Stara.

    Cons

    None. I only left to continue on the same contract that Stara lost.


  3. "Field Service Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at STARA Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Challenging, diverse work environment, friendly and competent staff.

    Cons

    None. Great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


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  5. "People"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Mesa, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at STARA Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people there are really amazing to work with. A lot of time can be spent learning new things and improving various skills. The company overall does a great job of taking care of its employees.

    Cons

    The other people there are really terrible to work under. A lot of time was spent redoing work and rushing around. The company overall does a great job of ignoring and laying off its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate and broaden your horizons. If your company is going to succeed it will need to diversify. Many of the financial problems you run into are due to the fact that you have limited yourself to one large unforgiving customer and a handful of low margin products.


  6. "Increase focus on software for profitability"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    STARA has some very interesting projects involving new technologies for military and government agencies to work on.

    Cons

    STARA is primarily a hardware company with software more as an "after thought" or a "necessary evil" in order to sell hardware. As a result, there is always very limited budget allocated for software appliction development.

    Advice to Management

    Software is a vital part of what sells hardware. It's what the cusotmer sees a lot more than the hardware. If you shift the company focus slightly from just hardware and minimal software to seeing software as a profit center should pay big rewards for additional work and revenue. It's software that frequently sells the hardware.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people who want to do work.

    Cons

    Management was bringing in people who were definitely inexperienced and not into supporting the current culture. It's a challenging industry and the new COO was making it even harder to succeed. Did not feel the new COO really cared about succeeding but more than just getting a temporary paycheck and hiring his family and friends to the same.


  8. "Great place to work, just lack of direction from management led to no work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at STARA Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close group of people who work well together. Excellent product that exceeds expectations.

    Cons

    Lack of managements ability to understand and address a changing business atmosphere. Lack of respect for employees by laying off with no notice.

    Advice to Management

    Use your employees abilities and ideas to help you create new products. Layoffs may be unavoidable but give enough notice so that they may make arraignments to take home their gear and say goodbye before you give them the "perp walk" out with a box in their hands.


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    "Poor Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at STARA Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The salaries are competitive and the dress code is casual.

    Cons

    Company has great potential, but that potential is ruined by the unbelievably, untalented employees that happen to either be related to the owner or are very good friends with him. There are employees who literally wear stripper heels and hot pants to work. I actually looked in their offices to see if a stripper pole was in place.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone who knows how to run a successful business. Management is run by either engineers with limited social skills and minimal marketing talent or by family relatives and friends who have no background in running a defense contracting business.


  10. "Good people, Family Company"

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    Current Employee - Fieldl Service Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Fieldl Service Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at STARA Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people willing to work together. X Employees are giving a bitter view of a good company here. The people I work with here are all capable, intelligent and willing to work hard for success. This is a good place to work and very safety minded.

    Cons

    Dangerous market, contracts are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible and pursue every avenue of approach for possible contracts.


  11. "Very good, and very bad."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Gilbert, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at STARA Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People there are very friendly, and I was amazed at all the technology and engineers to get things done. Was a great place to work.

    Cons

    Family runs this company. So family will stay no matter how competent they are. Some of the leads there will stay in the office and play video games all day long. Should have been fired a long time ago. There is a real "It's not what you know, but who you know attitude."

    Advice to Management

    Kiss butts will not keep the doors open. Hard workers will.



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