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Stratus Technologies Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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Stratus Technologies President and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board David J. Laurello
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Pros
  • Good benefits with a lot of vacation time and other time off (in 4 reviews)

  • The leadership team do a great job keeping a balanced perspective on execution of key objectives, company culture and financial health of the company (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Company is living off revenue from legacy hardware products, and has never marketed a successful software only product (in 2 reviews)

  • Company hasn't been able to break into any high growth market areas (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Strong customer/partner base and product vision. New working environment. Leadership changes have made a difference."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maynard, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I’ve worked at Stratus for three years and I’ve been here through much of the turmoil that has been mentioned in some of the other reviews. A lot of it was true - no question. What is important to note is that Stratus has gone through a bunch of changes – leadership, products, industry needs, technology onslaught – and over 35 years the value of what Stratus has provided has not changed. While hardware has led the way for the last 30 years the company is now finding its way with software and Cloud offerings that have changed the way Stratus goes to market. Has hardware taken a back seat? Not in any way!! In fact, hardware in some ways has found a new markets – the Cloud and infrastructure at the edge – so working at Stratus has never been a more interesting environment.

    As for the culture, our old building was just awful. Very dry, bland, without much life. The new building has been quite a change to the workforce because we’ve moved from the old environment to the newly renovated mill buildings in Maynard. The new facility is absolutely incredible. The technology in the conference rooms blew me away and the collaboration within departments and between departments is through the roof. There are new activities for the employees, a great lounge area and with the building in downtime Maynard it’s very appealing to those of us that don’t get the appeal of two hour commutes to Boston – especially since Stratus salaries seem competitive with downtime organizations.

    The work is heavy hitting. We’re small teams and there’s a lot of work to go around. Multiple products, partners, verticals and more to support around the globe keeps things interesting. I’ve learned a ton at Stratus, and with the small teams I’m able to have an impact on multiple projects every day. Like every place, it’s fast paced, challenging, and always changing. Right now is a great time to be at Stratus.

    Cons

    Tech can seem pretty boring and the competition is tough. In addition, because Stratus does what it does so well the products and value we provide doesn't feel like it changes much. But, I guess it doesn't have to because it works and continues to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing forward. The location, new life, and new markets are helping the culture, and the new employees that have been brought in to help lead some of the newer initiatives are bringing innovation and positive changes.


  2. "manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stratus Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Flexible job and good benefits.

    Cons

    Better communication on teams needed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "An oldie but goodie"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stratus Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great co-workers, great benefits

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Stratus Technologies - great ride while it lasted!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stratus Technologies (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Small company environment, lots of empowerment,

    Cons

    Niche player, declining customer base.


  5. "Opportunities galore for those who want to drive growth & improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maynard, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stratus Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stratus provides all sorts of opportunity for employees to help drive innovation and business process improvement. Fresh ideas are only limited by the employees uninterested in driving change to meet the demands of current and future market conditions. The leadership team do a great job keeping a balanced perspective on execution of key objectives, company culture and financial health of the company.

    Cons

    Many of the long-timers at Stratus seem stuck in the past, lamenting the good times when the company was in a strong growth market. Many choose to criticize ideas and new ways of doing things because they fear change and potential of becoming obsolete. Fear seems to be a driver for many, which holds them back from reaching their potential and contributing to further Stratus success.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to remain open to innovative ideas from staff and continue to take calculated risks to forge the company future growth engines.


  6. "Good spot"

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    Current Employee - Systems Service Engineer IV in Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Service Engineer IV in Maynard, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stratus Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stratus is a good place to work. Like all successful companies they're willing to take chances on new ways to create revenue and value. Some hit some don't. But look at the tail of the tape; we've been in business for 30 plus years. Not many companies in the tech space can say that. The management is smart, people are collaborative, we're in a brand new headquarters...life is good

    Cons

    Some of the older employees have a sense of entitlement

    Advice to Management

    Continue to take thoughtful chances on new technologies.


  7. "Stratus is a great place to work with wonderful people and culture!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maynard, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maynard, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stratus Technologies (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Stratus more than once. To me the greatest characteristic of a good company is the integrity and decency of its management, especially senior management, starting with the CEO. And that is one of Stratus' major strength!

    Other Pros: Decent and honest management that are ethical, wonderful people, great company culture, competitive compensation and fun place to work and learn!

    Cons

    Stratus was once a growth tech company focused on Hardware Fault Tolerance. Although the company is still selling hardware fault tolerant compute servers, it deserves some credit is seeing that the world is moving towards software (and commodity servers) and therefore Stratus started moving to that area several years ago. However, this move has been very painful and slow.

    Overall cons: growth challenged and pre-chasm pain in figuring out how to branch to the next growth engine

    Advice to Management

    To me, Stratus has always been about providing IT service continuity and peace of mind. Which is to prevent, predict and manage faults and incidents so that there is no disruption to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services. In the past when servers were proprietary, it was all about preventing and management hardware faults and incidents and Stratus did that very well. Today, in the software and internet worlds, it is about preventing and managing software and security faults & incidents and that is what Stratus could do. Therefore Stratus should align with a security company (or companies) and consider implementing a fault management mechanism that will detect, isolate and recover from faults and incidents whether they are caused by HW, SW or Security threats. The company should also move away from a "low value, high volume" model and go back to "high value, low volume" model

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Aging"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Declining hardware sales which is bread and butter. Trying to make the switch to software products but with so many other competitors out there the go is hard.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Fading into the Sunset"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maynard, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maynard, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Novel fault-tolerant server technology (ftServer).
    Some really great people.

    Cons

    Recent glowing reviews, following several negative ones, are highly suspect and has motivated me to comment and set the record straight.

    Acquired by private equity firm Siris Capital in 2014, it is only a matter of time before Stratus is either acquired or it's assets sold off.

    The company is living off a captive install base of aging proprietary systems. Sales of newer ftServer systems based on Windows/Linux/VMware have been sluggish. Software initiatives, EverRun and Cloud, have generated no significant revenue and are poorly marketed, or even understood. Competitive offerings from bigger industry players will continue to erode Stratus' fault-tolerant niche. Long term customers will eventually migrate away from aging legacy systems.

    The culture is horribly political and anti-social. You won't find a company baseball team here!!

    Under staffing in all areas also hampers the company's ability to grow and adequately support existing customers and partners.

    This is a no/low-growth company. Many long-term employees are simply hanging on until retirement. New employees get frustrated and generally don't stick around very long.

    That's the REAL story, unfortunately.

    Advice to Management

    What's the plan? Nobody knows.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Extremely laid back environment.

    Cons

    Mostly older aged employees with an old style culture.


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