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Stamats Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Creative in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stamats full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive environment. Great place to develop skills in the publishing and online marketing world. Definitely a family-friendly company. Half days every Friday are a great incentive. Everyone more or less gets their own office. Also get your birthday as a paid day off and get several floater days off during the year.

    Cons

    Very quiet, sometimes too quiet-- but peaceful!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Designer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun, creative projects to work on

    Cons

    job security and being handcuffed by upper management

    Advice to Management

    respect your people and don't treat them like disposable resources.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Divisions"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Developer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for the work, casual dress environment. It's a beautiful office and the general tone of the place is very laid back, family friendly and community oriented.

    Cons

    Poor process management, internal conflict between divisions competing for inadequate development resources. There's a real lack of structure to what is supposed to be a part of their core business, in part because they can't seem to hold on to good personnel. Project management was nonexistent.
    There's a division in the company which causes friction. Nobody wants to hear that they're on the "poor side of the tracks" or "the dark side" when they come to work somewhere new.

    Advice to Management

    Get a manager who has the freedom to put some process in place for web services. Developers who are always pushing deadlines can't grow in their skills, and will leave because of it. Figure out how to neutralize the personalities that are costing you talent.


  4. "Great opportunities to do creative, sophisticated work"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Sales in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A culture of creative, intelligent people. Flexible work schedules. Summer hours. Casual, yet classy, artistic environment. I like the free parking. Exposure to state of art marketing and national clients. Good health plan.

    Cons

    Work tends to spike at times 401(k) could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to know more about what is going on in other parts of the company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Entry-level designer/web content curator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere as Stamats really allows creativity to flourish. Work attire is casual everyday, not just Fridays, and everyone is very friendly.

    Cons

    Despite being a communication company, the communication network at Stamats is severely broken. There were many times where upper management would make decisions that directly impacted my workload without asking me or my supervisor how it might affect my work. There is also very little collaboration and idea sharing among employees. There's also very little opportunity to move up in the company. Since many of the employees have families, they are less likely to move on to a better job that might require relocating. The company also has a very severe division between their higher education side and business-to-business publication side (the building is also split in two like this). This division creates an undeniable underlying animosity between employees.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Tried very hard to make this a life-time career..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people who work here are awfully smart, I learned a ton (and even taught a few things!) to some very intelligent and hardworking people.

    The building itself is in a nice location and it's got a lot of pleasing artwork and awards to make you feel proud of the work you are doing.

    Being a family owned company, they do keep that in mind and cater to the lifestyles of families. This is helpful if you have one.

    Really, it's the coworkers who make this place what it is.

    Cons

    They allow certain managers to really beat down and belittle their employees. I was personally told that senior level management was aware of these actions (by senior level management!), but nothing is done about it. They've watched a lot of people leave before, and will watch a lot more leave until they fix this glaringly obvious issue.

    There are quite a few positions within the company that have little to no training available, nor direction for support on the position. Anyone who manages anyone in this company needs to know exactly what this person is going to do, what the overall end-result should be and how this employee is supposed to get there. There is support available in this company, but you need to go looking for it. Be prepared to hit the ground running when you start.

    Wages are extremely low for the market and there is very little room for growth or advancement - even if you do everything in your power to make yourself noticed (and needed) within the company.

    I know they offer better benefits than some, but I wasn't able to partake due to the cost.

    Advice to Management

    Move faster on decisions you need to make (whether it's hiring/policy updates/promotions etc). I can't tell you how many times I interviewed and how long it actually took to get hired over a 3 year period.

    Realize when you do "departmental decisions" and don't alert the entire company to what is going on... you create an unsteady work environment to those who are "out of the loop." If we hear through the grapevine about layoffs or restructuring - but not from the horses mouth, we'll wonder who "really matters" here.

    Take what you have and use it, but be prepared to pay for it. We're all working to make a living, but let us make a life too. You've currently got a 5 departmental company, in which near everyone is unhappy - hire employees to work for your company, instead of your divisions. I guarantee you'll find an increased sense of moral, and your salary dollars will work better for you. (add up the cost of living in Cedar Rapids... pay $10,000 over that and you'll get good employees to work for you... and STAY!)

    Listen to your employees and realize that even though what they are saying may not effect you in a day to day sense, that what they are struggling with (especially managerial issues) they take home with them every night. Overall employees will want to do a good job for you, if they feel like they are coming to a good job. The longer these issues remain without being dealt with... the less and less that employee will care about that work they do for you.


  7. "Managers do not micromanage."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stamats full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great company where you can go in and do your work without having managers micromanage everything you do. They treat you like the adult that you are. Middle managers do not exist. The company is extremely transparent in their financials. The attire is business casual, but jeans are also the norm. Benefits include a floating holiday for your birthday and early out on Friday afternoons in the summer.

    Cons

    While having managers with a hands off approach, often leads to the managers not understanding what an employee's day to day duties are. There really is not much room for career opportunities from within even though they take pride in saying they like to promote from within. The business is divided basically at the lobby level. On one side of the building is the educational services group, the other side of the building is the commercial business group. It really feels like not one company but two that do not know who each other are.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to make the company feel like one.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A place you can be proud to work, but where you can expect lower than market value compensation for your efforts"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a family-owned company with sort of a family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Stamats is known for it's low compensation levels. However, there are other advantages to Stamats that compensate partially for that: a day off for your birthday, opportunity for tuition assistance, team environment, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management doesn't always consider the impact that their decisions will have on the people who report to them. Unrealistic expectations can be set based on managements' desire to meet a specific deadline rather than on a realistic assessment of the time it will take to accomplish the goal.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Chaotic sweatshop with managers that should not manage people."

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    Former Employee - Sales Management in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Colleagues and peers are great. There is a feeling among employees that "we're all in this chaos together."

    Cons

    A sweat shop. Management is arrogant and lacks integrity. Demands quick turnaround on assignments that involve long hours, late nights. This reduces quality. Management has a screaming and yelling style. Often belittles employees, especially in front of colleagues. Poor morale. High turnover due to overall atmosphere of negative energy.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pushing people. Stop yelling. Show some respect for the people you hired and claim that you value. Stop worrying about your bonuses and worry about morale that could make it a great place to work.


  10. "A great mix of creative and analytical people"

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

    Pros

    Sometimes life just happens, and the place is understanding and flexible to work around you. Management gives you freedom to explore and do you own thing - as long as it relates to their mission and philosophy. The culture is fun, creative, diverse, and everyone is encouraged to express their opinions. There's a passion to learn and help each other out. Everyone is an entrepreneur in their own way. The workplace is very laid back and you could come in your hoodie every day or a 3-piece suit if that's your thing - there's no judgment. Express yourself anyway you feel comfortable (just no shorts or flip flops).

    Cons

    While the benefits could be better, they compensate with nice events and they cultivate a very inclusive culture by being selective on who they hire.

    Advice to Management

    Show off Stamats better.


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