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Pros
  • Working at Strata is a great learning experience and it provide tons of opportunities to lead and make a difference (in 3 reviews)

  • New ideas (both for internal and external growth) are welcome (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be difficult at certain times (in 10 reviews)

  • If you aren't in office politics or considered a "star" then you will likely be let go and soon (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Get Some Experience & Go Elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Strata Decision Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Drinking in the office, young group that has fun hanging out together, you get promoted at warp speed & you don't need experience to get hired.

    Cons

    Exceptionally high turnover rates, poor benefits & young, inexperienced managers that only got their positions because everyone else left. Departments are completely siloed, & cannot or do not work together (if a client purchases 4 platforms, they get 4 completely separate implementations from 4 separate teams that do not share information). The majority of the staff are technically smart but have no healthcare or consulting experience whatsoever & the few people that actually have healthcare or consulting experience fail with the technical aspects.

    Take the job if you're a recent college grad - stay for a year, get your senior title & move on like the majority of us have done.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your management team with outside resources. Just because there are a few people that have actually stayed with the company, doesn't mean they should be in upper management positions.

    Strata Decision Technology Response

    Feb 3, 2016 – Team Development Specialist

    Thank you for the review. In the nature of full transparency, we have gone through our spurts of growing pains, as with any company that is growing and scaling at an astounding rate, however our... More


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Lack of Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Strata Decision Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity is there if you are lucky enough to have one of the VPs who do not have any prior experience in any industry other than at Strata.

    Cons

    I had worked at Strata for years, throughout a mass exodus that caused the previous owner to sell the company. Too bad things have not changed. The product is great, and the division I worked in enjoyed the work we did, but after working with leadership that did not know how to lead and how to create an atmosphere where people enjoyed themselves, it just became too much.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the old Strata leadership team and re-hire the staff that left in the past.

  3. Helpful (12)

    "Culture and management team need major overhaul"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Strata Decision Technology full-time

    Pros

    The biggest pro about working here is that you can come up with your own ideas of how to do things and actually try them out. But on the flip side, because the management and culture here are so poor, it is very hard to get other people on your team to help you implement the ideas, even if they are good.

    Another good thing about working here is that there are many very bright people. Some are an inspiration to work with and you can learn a lot from them. Some will be your allies and friends and biggest supporters. And some, sadly, will stab you right in the back. It is up to you to figure out who your real allies are.

    Compensation is fair, office is nice, you get the computer equipment and tools you need.

    Cons

    Other reviewers lately have said it better than I could. There is a big problem with the management team. There are many people in management positions who lack the skills to be there - this includes VPs. They got promoted too quickly. Just because someone has been there for 10 years doesn't mean they're good. These people need to be evaluated, and either coached by someone who knows what they are doing, or asked to leave. Perhaps more hiring for high level positions from the outside needs to be done to fill the gaps and add experienced management to the mix.

    The culture is best described in one word - competitive (and not in a good way). In almost every team, instead of working together, people fight to show that they are the best. If you do try to work with others, someone will use it as an opportunity to take advantage of you. If Strata employees could learn to work together, they could fix a lot of the cultural issues they are having.

    Driving the competitive atmosphere is management's obsession with telling everyone constantly how great the company is. "#1 in our market! Top 500 places to work in healthcare!" they say. Hate to break it to you Strata, but the only reason you're in the position you are is because you have a monopoly right now. If another company deigned to enter your territory, they could easily wipe you out. Be more humble.

    Advice to Management

    Again, as other reviewers have already mentioned, CEO needs to focus on fixing the management team. Hard decisions need to be made. Consequences for poor outcomes needs to be more than just a slap on the wrist. Then work on fixing the culture.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Overworked, Under-Appreciated and Underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Strata Decision Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience learning the in's and out's of a SaaS company. Also, through the immense cloud of mediocrity, there are a few extremely bright and talented individuals. I built a great relationship with many of my colleagues and they are the sole reason for me maintaining some semblance of sanity.

    Cons

    Upper management (excluding CEO/CFO) has been with the company since it's inception and has zero experience outside of Strata. Furthermore, they are extremely overpaid and will never leave as a result. They refuse to take ownership or responsibility for anything unless it is advantageous to themselves (often after one of their employees did all the work), and they refuse to acknowledge their star employees. The culture once had a startup feel, but now stifles innovation and puts extreme demands on working hours. However, the biggest problem by far is the product itself - StrataJazz. The development is shoddy, the data integrity and security is non-existent, there is no QA and every release causes more problems than it solves (ironically, they used to name their releases after bugs). Overall, the foundation of the company is a bucket of water, waiting to be tipped over at any moment.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. You are the ceiling for this company, and until you get out of the way, the company cannot move forward. If you can change, then realize there are and always will be people that are smarter than you - enable these people to help the company and empower them to make the changes that you are unable to conceive yourself.


  5. Helpful (12)

    "Awful"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Strata Decision Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are really no PROs to working here that you can't get working anywhere else.

    Cons

    Bad Company overall, staff very junior and inexperienced
    Office Politics

    Advice to Management

    Don't put fake posts up pretending you are an employee working there just to pretend that everyone loves the company. It is very obvious when you do.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "High Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Strata Decision Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexiblity with schedule as there isn't really any management, overview.
    Young, fun co-workers.

    Cons

    There is absolutely zero leadership, organization, job growth, empowerment here. A lot of the employees stay here because 1) they are foreign and Strata pays for them to continue to have their work visa after they graduate from college, not a lot of employers do this 2) it is their first job out of college and they don't know any better.

    There is a lot of gossip and office drama here as well. I saw massive turnover in the very short time I was here. Do yourself a favor and walk away from this mess.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and figure out some team organization and look closer at the employee-employee relationships as there are many people in there that need to be let go.

    Strata Decision Technology Response

    Mar 22, 2013 – Director

    As an employee who has been with the company for 9 years, I can say that the comments made in this post are are not a true relection of where the company is today. Employee turnover is at an all... More


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Pretty Much the worst company for which I ever had the displeasure of working"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good for newly graduated to gain experience. However, don't expect to have much of a life other than work.

    Cons

    No Opportunity for growth
    Favoritism
    Office Politics
    Owner of Company clueless about the dynamics of the organization, and leaves the direction of the employee satisfaction up to a few key managers that also have no clue about work life balance. Also, there have been many instances that lies have been told to employees to do damage control for bad decision making. Basically, the only way to advance is if you live and breathe your job, and have no other social life or family. The reward you get for working hard there, is being laid off when someone else comes along that can work for cheaper.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to criticism. If there are a lot of complaints for your employees about something that they don't like, then there is probably something that needs to be investigated.

    Strata Decision Technology Response

    Mar 22, 2013

    This post is outdated and does not reflect my experience at the company. The CEO that came on board in June 2012 has emphasized a strong focus on employee engagement. In my time at the company, I... More

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Horrible place to work, lot of politics, incompetent management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lately they have started hiring only H1B visa people whom they can pay less but who will stick around longer. No other good thing, they have cut back on most good things including pay raises and salaries.

    Cons

    Politics, Favoritism, if you are not in the inner circle no matter what you do you will never be recognized for your work. Titles are just that, titles, everyone from the VP to a consultant does the same work. No career progression, no role definition, dont expect any visibility on the projects or your performance. No work life balance, worst place for people with families. Expect to be thrown under the bus by your managers, everyone watches their back and there is lack of trust between teams.

    Strata Decision Technology Response

    Mar 22, 2013

    I think that this post is outdated and does not reflect the current experience in the company. The current CEO that came on board in June 2012 is a strong leader making a positive change in the... More


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Horrible place to work at, company culture is one of politics and sycophancy"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Resume builder if you are new to job market, H1b visa sponsorship, Chicago downtown office, Friday morning breakfast, Good view of Millennium park

    Cons

    Politics and more politics, erratic decision making, Unprofessional behavior by middle management towards their subordinates, Quick hire and fire policy, Repetitive work, Long hours, Disproportionate pay compared to amount of work required, Incoherent training for new hires, Poor feedback to employees regarding their performance, So-called senior management consists of people who have no prior industry experience and have been bred in this company alone thus they have no professional managerial skills, Career growth is only limited to job titles you will be doing the same work, Sycophancy is the only way to survive in this organization, Future of the company is doubtful since as soon as a bigger competitor inculcates the features of Strata Jazz into their product this company will collapse, Absolutely no scope for suggesting improvements, No effort or vision in the direction of diversifying client base or industry application

    Advice to Management

    Large scale improvements in the culture and business style will have to be made otherwise this company has bleak future.

    Strata Decision Technology Response

    Mar 22, 2013

    Given that this post is 2 years old, I can say that my experience as a new employee has been the complete opposite. The vision and goals of the company are very clearly communicated to everyone on... More


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Too many politics for a 50 person company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees that I worked with were smart, intelligent, and cared about their clients. I was able to move through the ranks quickly, because I had a senior leader on my side. Learned alot in the short time I was there.

    Cons

    The morale was terrible, senior leadership would create new initiatives for the organization to focus on daily, and then change their minds. The CEO loves development and tech services, and there was not any respect given to consultants or consulting managers. The organization would promote too quickly or not promote at all, there was no reason for their actions. My advice to those wanting to work at Strata is that its a good company to learn from, especially if you want to learn how not to run an organization.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees before all of them leave. After reading the other reviews, it seems like all of your policies have changed, and as expected, within one month, they will change again. Respect your employees and they will respect you. From all the reviews that have been written, it seems that many of your past employees do not respect the organization.

    Strata Decision Technology Response

    Mar 22, 2013

    Given that this post is 2 years old, this is not an accurate reflection of the company's present state. The company has long term employees who are passionate and driven. The retention rate is now... More


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