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Strands Reviews

Updated August 5, 2017
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  1. "A very good place to work now"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Strands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful people, good products, a very personable management team that understands the idea of balance.

    Cons

    Not everything is shared among employees as much as it should be. Sometimes employees don't fully understand what company's current status is


  2. "Worst management ever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I cannot think of a single good thing about this company

    Cons

    Abusive, clueless, and most of all childish.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to kinder care and learn to get along with others

  3. Helpful (1)

    "lacking direction, leadership and accountability"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice-President in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Vice-President in Corvallis, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Brilliant CEO at the time (had since left)
    endless possibilities for the technology

    Cons

    No accountability - employees were free to work on just about anything they wanted, regardless of impact on resources and implication on profitability
    OTJ training for most senior management - no real experience managing others

    Advice to Management

    Tie performance to revenue impact - results matter.
    Move tyrants out of the organization - they've burned through way too many talented people


  4. "You never know when the axe is coming for you."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Corvallis, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    In a software startup environment, ideas flow freely. People are less concerned with procedure and rules and more willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

    Cons

    On the flip side, there are few procedures or rules. Management changes its mind on company direction often, and when that happens, heads roll.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to pick a direction and stick with it. I realize that life as a startup is a life of danger and volatility, but in order to keep employees productive and not constantly fearing for their safety, some sort of assurances must be made.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Strands is a fun and relaxed work environment."

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    Current Employee - Community Manager in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and laid-back. There is a good camaraderie among the employees. The company takes care to ensure that employees are happy and have a good work environment. Fresh bagels every morning. They provide everyone with a MacBook Pro and a secondary monitor, which increases efficiency. The benefits package offered is very comprehensive and average salaries are very competitive. Management is very flexible and allows employees to work however best suits them.

    Cons

    There is not always good communication concerning the goals of the company or the goals of an individual project. Although management doesn't breathe down employees' necks, there is sometimes a lack of clarity in job descriptions.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly communicate a road map and the goals that the company wants to achieve. Motivate the team with specific goals.


  6. "Great company with lots of opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Barcelona (Spain)
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Barcelona (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, challenging projects all the time, possibility to travel, very well done core product.

    It's grown a lot lately not only in size but also in quality. New departments, a lot of new people, new products, better processes, etc.

    Management leaves employees a lot of freedom and room to grow, but they also provide guidance and help when needed. All management is very accesible.

    Cons

    Communication between offices in different countries could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Improve mechanisms for communication with colleagues in other offices (temporal exchanges, management outside of Barcelona office, more flexible working hours, etc)


  7. "Backend and Big Data Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Strands full-time

    Pros

    You can find there amazing partners inside and outside the company. Also, it looks like, some part of the management is trying to make Strands a great place to work.

    Cons

    Management and non profesional guys that are working here and nobody understand why. Salaries are below market standard.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your engineers, seriously!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "My best job so far"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The core application is treated with love and care, every time a new technology comes up they find a way to fit it or see if it improves any module of the app.
    Work environment is more than excellent, you'll find it very hard not to fit.
    It has that "startup" essence but within a company that works with the most important banks in the world.
    Transparency, lots of meetings, updates, hackatons, dinners, groceries (lots of them...) and very nice expectations for the future.

    Cons

    None directly related to the company that I could think of.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, talented people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly vibe with minimal red tape and bureaucracy, talented workers and a good development flow for the product.

    Cons

    Not many that I can think of. It's a crowded space, so we'll see what the future holds in terms product development, but Strands has a unique business model that has the potential to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  10. "Software Engineer (Barcelona)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Barcelona (Spain)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. You will be always learning new stuff.
    Keeps some of the startup culture it used to have when it started.

    Cons

    You will work with big old-fashioned banking industry.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the bad eggs.


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