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Stride Consulting Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A truly unique place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stride is, without a doubt, the most unique place I have ever worked. There are a lot of things that make Stride an amazing place to work but I will just touch on a couple of them.

    The first thing that really strikes me about Stride is the support that you feel from the leadership team. I feel that leadership understands my personal goals and is dedicated to helping me achieve them. And the side-effect of an amazingly supportive leadership team is a culture of support that permeates through the whole Stride team.

    Stride is the first company I have worked for where the core values actually mean something. The values don't merely exist as text on a page, they are substantive and no material decision is made without consulting our core values.

    As an example, one of our core values is to learn from failure. Of course, in order to learn from failure, you first must fail. The leadership team actively encourages you to become better by stretching your skills (both as a consultant and as an engineer), even if that means failing along the way. Practically, this means there are few (if any) bounds to personal and professional development.

    I could go on with reasons that Stride is a special places (including great benefits, flexibility, etc.) but I will leave it with the above.

    Cons

    Because we co-locate with clients, you don't get to spend as much time with fellow Striders as you might like.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be selective with hiring. Part of what makes Stride so unique is that team members of extremely skilled engineers, but they are also just awesome people.

    Also, Stride has a very strong reputation continue to


  2. "Stride makes me feel like I truly belong"

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

    I have been working at Stride Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Stride's core values are real (not just on paper).

    Caring and nurturing environment that is helping me learn and grow. As a female developer, I feel really comfortable at Stride and at my client. I used to have a fear of public speaking but now really enjoy leading client retrospectives and speaking at meetings.

    Meetings are actually interesting and productive (I did not think it was possible but it is).

    Professional development and content generation time.

    Company is very transparent and my input is valued (even though I'm pretty junior).

    Great work/life balance with fun monthly socials.

    Really great people.

    Cons

    Challenging to get a job with little experience.

    Only working with a few fellow Striders at a time on a client.

    Advice to Management

    Try to figure out how to grow our teams at clients so we get to work with more Striders.

    Keep evaluating our interview process to make sure we are not declining great candidates that don't have much experience but have lots of potential!

  3. "A great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stride Consulting full-time

    Pros

    The ability to help shape the company.
    The focus on values that are advocated for and defended strongly by top management
    The buddy/mentor system that helps a create a sense of community among Striders who don't work together. The mentor also helps with advice on your career advancement.
    A career roadmap so you know what you have to do to get promoted.

    Cons

    Having to keep track of time all the time. It's how you get paid as a consultant.
    Since we spend 5 days at a client we sometimes don't have time to do Stride work within the 40 hour work week.


  4. "A Fantastic Place to Work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A commitment to employee growth supported by a generous budget for Professional Development and Content Generation.
    A culture of collaboration and respect.
    The opportunity to learn and work with a variety of technologies, at a variety of interesting clients around New York.
    A management team that is truly attentive to the concerns of all employees, where all employees are empowered to make their voices heard.

    Cons

    Working at client sites means that we don't get to see our fellow Striders on a daily basis, which is a shame because everyone is great! This issue is alleviated by multiple social and learning opportunities and an active Slack.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  5. "Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Being a developer here is great. The VP of engineering does a really good job of championing us at the leadership level so management doesn't make our jobs suck. Management is also very dev friendly. Clients are screened heavily and lots of business gets turned down because devs don't want to work on those projects. The vacation policy is really good, hours are flexible, and pressure is low. The VP of engineering will come by and prod you to go home if you stay late. Everyone's smart and friendly. Pairing and TDD are the norm, and the company is big on being agile (XP and scrum mostly) so you don't end up with the problems a lot of more old school companies face. You can roll off projects when you get bored of them and work on new stuff periodically, in fact you are encouraged to do so. And if you have a serious problem with a client (code of conduct stuff), you can roll off immediately no questions asked. Compensation is competitive and promotions come with meaningful raises. You can get nominated for promotion by anyone (yourself, the client, your peers, your managers, your mom, whatever), and even if you don't get nominated you're automatically reviewed annually. The company is small enough that you can go ask the CEO for stuff and it's not weird. She's also super friendly. Oh, and we get 10 hours a month of investment time where you're paid to work on your own side projects, blog, learn stuff, whatever you want so long as you're investing in your skills or the company in some way.

    Cons

    You're doing client service, so if you don't do well in social situations (and many CS folks don't) it's better to work at a product company. You're not just coding, you're also consulting, which means you're expected to guide the client toward good processes, which is more about people skills than software skills. You're also held to a higher standard than the clients' own employees because you're more expensive and are supposed to be an outside expert. Mid-level devs at Stride usually have the experience of the senior devs at the client. You have to hit a higher bar here which may mean taking a lower title when you join (although thankfully not a pay cut).

    Advice to Management

    Improve your brand recognition among developers. It's well known among management types, but not among devs. The company's big bottleneck is growing the staff, not the client base.

    Stride Consulting Response

    Feb 28, 2017 – CEO

    Thanks for this insightful feedback! Great news - we have a podcast launching in April that's by devs, for devs, and we are really excited about introducing it to the tech community. We think this... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome Place to work for Software Developers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Consultant
    Current Employee - Software Development Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stride Consulting (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work with smart people and leadership that is interested in your professional development. Stride is a growing company which is great because there is a lot of flexibility in culture, process, and policy.

    As a consultant you have a good deal of input on which project/clients you work on.

    Stride has a very thoughtful review process. The matrix is decided upon by fellow Striders and constantly updated. Reviews include the creation of SMART goals which are short term goals that allow you to achieve a larger goal. Its been the most realistic improvement/review process I've seen.

    Cons

    As a consultant you will usually work at client offices which means you're not around other Striders and you may be in different neighborhoods throughout Manhattan. At least clients are all Manhattan based, and the client teams are usually pretty smart and fun too.

    Stride Consulting Response

    Aug 9, 2016 – CEO

    I just love our review process! Every Strider gets to nominate themselves or a coworker for promotion. That means we all get the opportunity to be promoted whenever we show we are able and ready... More


  7. "Developer/Consultant"

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

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

    Pros

    Constantly learning and working with different technologies, including many on the cutting edge like Go and React. Getting to work at many different companies, seeing their strengths and challenges while gaining valuable interpersonal skills. Great work/life balance and awesome people to work with.

    Cons

    Since we work *at* the client, we don't get to see everyone in the company very often. But this does make for fun get togethers at the quarterly company meeting and the many social events Stride puts on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job making your employees feel like their opinions are valued and their lives outside of work matter.

    Stride Consulting Response

    Aug 9, 2016 – CEO

    Thanks for the honest and thoughtful review! We recently added even more social events like Oyster shucking and dinner at our CEO's place. We also recently rolled out our new and updated family leave... More

  8. "Awesome place to work, great people!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stride Consulting part-time

    Pros

    - I love the team that I work with, it's a close-knit team with a family feel. Everyone is friendly, engaged in their work, and takes time to help each other out.
    - Truly values work/life balance and works with you to meet your overall goals.
    - Open-minded leadership & company culture, the open spaces we do quarterly are truly open and everyone has a voice.
    - Mostly engineers & we get to work with tech teams all over NYC. I like the perspective we get from being closely engaged in the wider nyc tech community.
    - Management listens.

    Cons

    - We're still new (a little over 1 year new) so things change pretty quickly everyday and you have to keep up.
    - We're very focused on agile software development so if that's not your world, you have to be excited to get pretty deep into the scene.

    Advice to Management

    Stay open!

    Stride Consulting Response

    Feb 28, 2017 – CEO

    Thanks for this great review! We take a non-dogmatic approach to Agile. We’re a bunch of engineers that believe in the idea that software development should be agile, collaborative, and leave teams... More


  9. "A company I love working for!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A genuinely agile and open company that gives employees a chance to help shape the company. Run by consultants for consultants - consultants are on the leadership team. Great work/life balance. A lot of passionate smart people to learn from.

    Stride is a company that cares about the happiness of its employees and tries to put consultants in a place where they can learn and grow.

    Cons

    Because we co-locate we can be spread out across New York. It takes effort to meet up with other Striders not on our current team.

    Advice to Management

    Don't grow too big too fast! Stride works because we know all the consultants individually and where they would be happy, we'll lose that personal connection if we get too large.

    Stride Consulting Response

    Feb 28, 2017 – CEO

    Great advice! We have a 'slow and steady' growth target for this year and have added monthly Lean Coffees, and a Stride playbook, to guide us and ensure we stay true to our values.


  10. "A company that actually cares about its employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get to work on interesting problems for interesting clients
    Your bosses care about your happiness and professional development
    Management has a clear understanding of where the company is and where it is going

    Cons

    Since we work on-site with our clients, we don't see our co-worker often enough

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Stride Consulting Response

    Feb 28, 2017 – CEO

    Thanks, we will :).


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