StratEx Awarded Chicago’s 2016 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

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Chicago-based Human Resources Consulting Firm Recognized for Exceptional Workplace Culture For Second Consecutive Year

CHICAGO – June 23, 2016 – StratEx, a Chicago-based provider of human resources software and service, has been recognized as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Chicago by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). This marks the second year StratEx has won the award.

Chicago101BBlogo4cWwtype-139x300“Our employees are at the core of everything we do,” said Adam Ochstein, Founder and CEO of StratEx. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the culture we have created, and it is truly a testament to all of our hard-working and passionate employees.”

The award, which is sponsored by the NABR, recognizes companies that use an innovative and thoughtful approach to human resources. Through a third-party research firm, companies are evaluated based on compensation and benefits, employee engagement and retention, employee development and training initiatives, work-life balance, community initiatives and corporate strategies.

The 2016 winners were divided into small, medium, and large business categories, StratEx being among the small business category.

“Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of MBPA. “Our 2016 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward.”

The 2016 Best and Brightest awards ceremony was held on July 15, 2016 at the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge. For more information on the award, please visit www.101bestandbrightest.com.

For more information on StratEx, please visit www.stratex.com or contact Heather Youkhana at 312-496-6562 or hyoukhana@tkcpr.com.

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About StratEx

Founded in 2003, StratEx is a provider of human resources services and software, helping companies manage the entire employee lifecycle all online, through its proprietary software, eStratEx. From filing resumes and applications, to hiring and onboarding, to time-off requests and payroll processing, to termination, resignation or exit interviews, StratEx helps companies manage the processes so businesses can focus on employee relations StratEx has offices in Chicago, Orlando, NYC, Orange County, and Phoenix. For more information on StratEx, please visit www.stratex.com, or call 312-216-2200.

Gretchen Van Vlymen Named 2016 Game Changer by Workforce Magazine

GameChangers_Logo_2Leading human resources and talent management publication, Workforce Magazine, recently announced its recognition of Gretchen Van Vlymen, Vice President of Account Management at StratEx, on its 2016 “Game Changers” list.

This prestigious award recognizes the top 25 innovative rising stars within the human resources industry for their positive impact on the present and future of the human resources profession.  Winners of this accolade are a diverse group representing some of the best human resources practitioners and strategists who are dedicated to pushing the profession forward with innovative people-management practices.

WF_0815_GameChangerLogo“It is incredibly humbling to be listed among this innovative group of professionals,” said Van Vlymen. “At StratEx, we are continually encouraged to seek out and implement cutting edge human resources strategy, and I’m lucky to work for a company that has empowered me to put these tactics into action for our clients.”

Workforce Magazine is a multimedia publication that covers the intersection of people management and business strategy. The content helps human resources professionals approach their jobs from a more strategic, big-picture, business-results perspective.

Van Vlymen joined StratEx as a Human Resources Account Manager in 2010. In her current role, she now oversees the delivery and execution of all human resources consulting and benefit administration services while managing overall client satisfaction. Van Vlymen ensures that each employer is provided with sound advice from her team of dedicated human resources professionals to reduce liability associated with all facets of day-to-day human resources. 

“Gretchen is an invaluable member of our team,” said Founder and CEO of StratEx, Adam Ochstein. “Between helping create our incredible human resources and benefits team, to making unique connections with clients, Gretchen has made, and continues to make, an incredible impact on the company.”

Winners will be profiled in the August 2016 issue of Workforce Magazine.

StratEx: A Best Place To Work in Illinois in 2016

StratEx Named 2016 “BEST PLACES TO WORK IN ILLINOIS” for Second Consecutive Year

BPTW_logo2016 (2)CHICAGO – June 9, 2016 – StratEx, a Chicago-based provider of human resources software and service, has been selected as one of the 2016 “Best Places to Work in Illinois” for its second consecutive year by the Daily Herald Business Ledger and the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC).

“Being named to this list for the second year in a row is incredibly humbling,” said Founder & CEO of StratEx, Adam Ochstein. “Since inception, I sought to create a company where employees enjoyed coming to work, and getting recognized with this honor is validation of accomplishing that.”

In partnership with HRMAC, the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Advocacy Council, and MRA –The Management Association, the list identifies and honors the best places of employment in Illinois, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses.

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StratExians (l to r): Julia Guest, Jaclyn Farrell, Marina Kaplunovsky, & Ben Zats

“From the very beginning, we sought to establish our company as a place where each employee feels like an invaluable member of the team,” said Sami Abualsamid, President of StratEx. “We are very excited about our current growth and are eager for the year to come.”

To be eligible for nomination, companies had to have at least 15 employees working in Illinois, be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity, be a publicly or privately-held business, have a facility in the state of Illinois, and must have been in business for a minimum of one year. Participating companies were assessed through a two-part process. The first part consisted of evaluating each company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure employee experience in the company.

StratEx was recognized at the 2016 “Best Places to Work in Illinois” awards ceremony on Thursday, May 26, 2016, where it was revealed that they placed third in the small business category.

Winners will also be featured in a special publication on June 27, 2016 that will honor and profile each of the awarded companies. For more information on StratEx, please visit www.stratex.com or contact Heather Youkhana at 312-496-6562 or hyoukhana@tkcpr.com.

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About StratEx
Founded in 2003, StratEx is a provider of human resources software and service, helping companies manage the entire employee lifecycle all online, through its proprietary software, eStratEx. From filing resumes and applications, to hiring and onboarding, to time-off requests and payroll processing, to termination, resignation or exit interviews, StratEx helps companies manage the processes so businesses can focus on employee relations StratEx has offices in Chicago, Orlando and NYC. For more information on StratEx, please visit www.stratex.com, or call 312-216-2200.

About the Daily Herald Business Ledger
The Business Ledger is the leading provider of business news and information about businesses and the economy in suburban Chicago. The Business Ledger is a sister publication to the Daily Herald and part of the Paddock Publications family.

Jim Vedda Award Winner 2016

On May 4th, 2016, StratEx awarded its annual Jim Vedda Award to Jesse Sherwood, our Client Services Manager. Jesse is a shining example of what it means to be a StratExian. She is kind, hard-working, smart and clearly cares about the success of StratEx’s employees and our commitments to our clients. Congratulations to Jesse- well deserved!

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

George Bernard Shaw

StratEx: National “Best and Brightest” 2015

StratEx Awarded National 2015
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National Association for Business Resources Recognizes Human Resources Software Firm with National Best and Brightest® Award

NationalBBlogowin15_RGBChicago, IL, December 14, 2015 – StratEx, a Chicago-based provider of human resources software and service, has been honored as one of the “National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR).

Earlier this year, StratEx was recognized by NABR as one of the “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in Chicago.”

“It was an honor to be recognized as a best place to work in the Chicago market, and now to be awarded nationally is a great accomplishment,” said Adam Ochstein, Founder and CEO of StratEx. “When I founded StratEx, I wanted to create a place people wanted to be a part of, and this award is a testament to achieving that.”

With over 20 years of experience conducting Best and Brightest Company competitions, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) have identified numerous best Human Resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.

“We understand the importance that software plays in enhancing the lives of our customers,” said Sami Abualsamid, President of StratEx. “Our team embodies the right cultural attributes that helps set us apart.”

The 2015 winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm, which reviewed a number of key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners. They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance and the Best of the Best Small Business.

“Nationally recognized award recipients keep innovative human resource initiatives at the forefront of their company culture and make it a priority to consider their workforce as an essential aspect in their company success,” said Jennifer Kluge, NABR president. “Our Association is proud to recognize and honor these winning companies for this impressive achievement.”

eStratEx: Some Added Security

As we continue to improve our flagship software, we keep a keen eye on security and what’s happening in the industry and the world around us. With that in mind, in the next few releases you will see several new security-oriented features that will ensure your eStratEx experience continues to be safe and secure. Here’s an overview of what to expect:
 
1) When eStratEx pioneered the HR SaaS concept, many employees were not comfortable with the concept of self-service. Therefore, our default Manager role enabled the managers to help employees with pay stubs, name and SSN, and direct deposit information unless you asked for a custom Manager role without those options. These days, the majority of employees are comfortable with self-service, and so, in the near future, we will flip our assumption: employees will manage their own pay stubs, name, and direct deposits and the default Manager role will not have access to change this information unless you ask for a custom role so that they can. If you have a custom Manager role that has this access but you would like to remove it, please reach out to us. We will reach out to clients that are using default Manager roles in case they need a new custom role with this access.
 
2) Users will need to change their passwords at least every six months. Once this update is released, anyone that has not changed their password in the past six months will be asked to change it. If you would like employees to change their passwords every 30 or 90 days, reach out to us and we can customize this time frame for you. To avoid a rush of password help requests after the next release, we advise you to reach out to all employees and ask them to proactively change their passwords if they have not done so recently.
 
3) We will be rolling out two factor authentication to HR+ users. If you are an HR Admin, you will be emailed a code the first time you login in a given day and you will need to enter the code to continue with the login process. While two factor authentication will be required of all HR+ users, you will optionally have the ability to enforce the same rules to your managers as well.
 
4) In conjunction with number 3, you will be able to limit HR+ users and/or managers to login from specific IP addresses. For example, you may elect to only allow HR+ access from your corporate offices. This functionality will be optional and configurable by you directly in the system.
 
We will always be looking at our processes and policies to ensure a productive and safe experience for all of our users. If you have feedback or suggestions for these or any other changes, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at feedback@stratex.com.

Best and Brightest 2015

StratEx Awarded Chicago’s 2015 “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

Chicago, IL., June 11, 2015 – StratEx, a Chicago-based provider of human resource services and software, was honored as one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Chicago” by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR).

Chicago101BBWin15_RGB“It is an honor to be recognized amongst some of the top organizations in the Chicagoland area,” said Adam Ochstein, Founder and CEO of StratEx. “We commit ourselves to providing our employees with the best work environment to build a better business and grow stronger as a team. This award truly validates the growth that we as a company have accomplished over the years.”

Sponsored by the NABR, this award identifies organizations throughout Chicago that display a commitment to excellence in human resource practices and employee enrichment.

“Living on the bleeding edge of technology is a way of life for us,” said Sami Abualsamid, President of StratEx. “In today’s world, if you are not at the forefront of technical innovation you cannot attract the best and brightest.”

Of the hundreds of nominees, 152 businesses were chosen based on key progressions in employee solutions, engagement and retention, employee development and enrichment, selection and orientation, community initiatives, and strategic company performance.

“These companies have created impressive organizational value and business results through their policies and best practices in human resource management,” said Jennifer Kludge, NABR president.

“This award is a powerful recruitment tool in the drive to attract and retain exceptional employees in the Chicagoland area.”

The 2015 Best and Brightest awards ceremony will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, located at 1401 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523 from 8amCT to 1:30pmCT. For more information on the award, please visit www.101bestandbrightest.com.

For more information on StratEx, please visit www.stratex.com or contact Heather Youkhana at 312-496-6562 or hyoukhana@tkcpr.com.

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About StratEx

Founded in 2003, StratEx is a provider of human resources services and software, helping companies manage the entire employee lifecycle all online, through its proprietary software, eStratEx. From filing resumes and applications, to hiring and onboarding, to time-off requests and payroll processing, to termination, resignation or exit interviews, StratEx helps companies manage the processes so businesses can focus on employee relations StratEx has offices in Chicago, Orlando, NYC, Denver, and Phoenix. For more information on StratEx, please visit www.stratex.com, or call 312-216-2200.

 

StratEx: A Best Place to Work in Illinois 2015

A few weeks ago, I was getting ready to head into the office on a Monday morning after being on vacation with my family for a week. As I wished my kids a good day at school, they expressed how depressed they were to go back. I asked “Why?”, and my daughter bemoaned, “What do you mean? Don’t you hate going back to work?” I laughed and said, “Actually, I am excited and I missed work very much. I missed everybody and am looking forward to seeing everybody.” She quickly responded “Yeah, that’s because you get to choose where you work and you don’t have to go.”

It’s true. We each make a choice about where to work, and I am grateful for every person that makes the choice to work at StratEx; the choice to be a part of our unique culture, by adding to the overall fabric of what makes our company what it is. This is what excites me to show up every day.award1

So, it’s gratifying that the rest of Illinois is finally starting to get to know what we already know: The Daily Herald Business Ledger and HRMA selected StratEx as an honoree of the Best Places to Work in Illinois award in the small business category. Out of hundreds of small business nominees, we were selected as the 9th best place to work in the state.

We are honored by the award and look forward to continuing our mission of bringing Friction Free service to the masses.
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StratExians (l to r): Andrea Ljevar, Mackenzie Malloy, Dave Banaszak, Libby Hagemeyer and Madeline Skaggs

Press Release: StratEx Named a 2015 Best Place to Work in Illinois