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Stratas Partners Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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Stratas Partners Partner & Managing Director Tareck Raafat
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  1. "Worst place to work ever. You will have no life (ask managers during interviews)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Stratas Partners full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros related to this company. I really tried to find some. They will tell you that you can compensate the extra time worked, but this "extra time" only starts to count after 10 pm, if you are still working, but when you are actually taking this "day off", management will always send you urgent requests and keep calling you. So, no even this is a pro.

    Cons

    1- You will work from 9 until past 11pm almost every day.
    2- It is not unusual to receive calls and e-mails after 11pm.
    3- It is expected from you to be "responsive", at any time that you receive an e-mail/call (included the times above) you will need to reply them in 5-10 min
    4- There is no planning at all in what needs to be done and delivered, that is why things are always urgent and require this level of "responsiveness". After a few months there you konw that this is driven by management (or lack of proper management) and not by clients as they will say
    5- Your days off and holidays will not be respected
    6- It is not unusual to receive urgent requests during the weekends
    7- Project management culture: You will be managing some projects, but will be working for other people in other projects, but this relationship/responsibilities is not really clear. So in the end the "project manager" is just the single point of contact for the CEO for each project, you will not really be the project manager, as you do no manage anyone/ anything (your colleagues, the client, the deadlines, the tasks neither the priorities)
    8- The turover is incredible high, so you will not even have time to grow in the company. Anyone that has any previous work experience will not stay long in there. Only people that has Stratas as the first job experience will stay longer

    Advice to Management

    They are aware of everything and this model must be working very well for them. So, there is no point of leaving advice for manament.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "This is a modern slavery"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Consulting in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Employee in Consulting in Basel (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Stratas Partners full-time

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, great opportunity to learn about market access. If you don't burn out beforehand, you have solid career exit options.

    Cons

    Working hours are inhumane. Expect regularly to work 70-80 hours. Thus, high fluctuation. Payment is very mediocre and not related to the working hours.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the employees are your most valuable resource and treat them respectfully. Try to make hours bearable so that you don't have to replace and train new employees every few months. This would not only be more ethical, but would also help to grow the business in a far more profitable and sustainable way.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to learn about Market Access but not a place for a long term career development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great learning: in a short time for the ones who are willing to learn a lot it is a good place to learn many things about market access

    Cons

    extremely high workload: average 16 hrs work per day and even some days can get more

    Advice to Management

    reduce the workload so people would stay


  4. Helpful (18)

    "The worst nightmare- the worst working conditions ever experienced"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent pay, but comparable to most consulting firms in switzerland.

    Cons

    -Reality very different to situation pictured in contract discussion. Empolyees were told work could be home base, but it was not the case. Maybe they have now changed what they say during contract discussion
    -A very bad place to learn, employees do not have a clue what they are doing and why. People are thrown into projects without being told ojectives or any information for that matter.
    -Work is google search, no access to any scientific journal, database, or anything. If I were a big pharma and knew that I pay a project to someone that comes back with google data, I would fire them immediately.
    -Loads of talk about the million projects running, then you find out that most are potential projects, and there is only one or two projects actiually going on at a time.
    -IMPOSSIBLE working hours, you are expected to work 18 hours a day and be available on skype and via mail in no time.
    -Senior management has NO CLUE what they are doing, what should be done, no clue on how to manage resources efficiently. Especially senior management in NY.
    -No respect of employees private life
    -The firm is disorganized with very few projects, I could not imagine how it would be with more projects.
    -Employees usually do not stay more than a couple of months, so rotation is massive, everybody is "new" to the company so no one has a clue what they are doing.
    -No training whatsoever. Just google and call up people
    -Very uninteresting projects, no challenging projects but boring, common, routine marketing issues.
    Most of the time, if you sit and look into the data produced and presented, it is simply and plainly WRONG.

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to your employees
    -Change this perverted concept by which if you are able to work non stop 20 hours a day every week you are a top employee. If the senior manager can do that it does not mean he is a top employee but simply someone that has no touch with reality (i.e. an idiot). Oherwise the senior manager would realise that the strength of a company is built on its employees and their growth inside the company, he should have noticed by now (after years of people coming and leaving after two months) that a company cannot survive like that.
    -Hire people that know at least what they are talking about if you don't want to train them
    -Get in touch with reality think about why NO ONE stays. if you are intelligent you should understand that it is not the world that has a problem but most likely it's you.