StratEx Named Crain’s Top 25 Best Places to Work 2017

unnamed-3We are so honored to be in Crain’s Top 25 Best Places to Work in 2017!

Since 2008, Crain’s has singled out the 10 best companies to work for in the Chicago area. For 2017, Crain’s sifted through 15,000-plus employee surveys that detailed everything from compensation to benefits to company culture.

According to Crain’s, the annual “Best Places to Work” aims to identify local Chicago companies “that do the very best by their employees.” This year, the list was expanded to include 25 winning companies, as opposed to 10 winners in past years. Crain’s held an awards ceremony breakfast this morning where the 50 finalist companies were narrowed down to the final winners.

“Company culture is at the heart of everything we do,” said Adam Ochstein, StratEx Founder, and CEO. “I’m proud to be part of a company that doesn’t just say they value employees, they actually do.”

Founded 2003, StratEx has always strived to be a place where employees are truly cared for and supported in all aspects of life. In the past year, StratEx has further cemented its commitment to being an outstanding workplace by starting an employee-run philanthropy committee, StratEx Serves, which coordinates and identifies volunteer/charity opportunities for all employees. We’ve also developed an employee-run culture club, which meets regularly to brainstorm ways to improve the company’s culture and also initiate company-wide activities throughout the year. Additionally, company culture and hiring for culture fit has been top of mind as we grow and hire more employees. (Check out StratEx Careers)

crains-picsPictured: Adam, Alyssa, and Gretchen awaiting the results at the Crain’s Awards Ceremony on April 6, 2017.

jesse-gretchen-crains-awardPictured: Jesse Sherwood and Gretchen Van Vlymen with the award.

crains-photo-instagramPictured: StratEx team members after the awards ceremony. Back Row: Alex, Gretchen Front Row: Tony, Alyssa, Aeryn, Krystal, Jesse

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See the Full List Here: 2017 Crain’s 25 Best Places To Work In Chicago

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.”

StratEx Webinar: ACA Reporting Requirements and our ACA Module

Did you know: failure to comply with the requirements of the ACA will result in tax penalties, which will be up to $500 per 1095C not filed.

If you are not sure how your company will handle the ACA requirements, we encourage you to attend our webinar at 1pm CST on November 17th. The webinar will cover the most important and challenging parts of the ACA, as well as what our software can do to make your company’s process as friction free as possible.

The webinar will serve two purposes:

  1. To help you understand the vital sections of the ACA that need your attention. We will cover in some detail:
    • The Employer Mandate
    • ACA reporting elements for applicable large employers (ALEs)
    • The Look-back Method
  2. To show you the ACA module in eStratEx and how it can provide you the tools you need to handle all of the requirements of the ACA. This includes:
    • A tool to help you determine if your company is an applicable large employer (ALE)
    • A tool to help you apply the ‘look back’ methodology for tracking variable hour employees’ hours
    • Reporting and filing services included with the module. This includes annual reports that must be filed with the IRS, and annual statements that must be provided to employees

Details:

Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Time: 1:00pm- 2:00pm CST

Who should attend: Management, HR professionals

To learn more about the ACA, and how we can help you navigate the requirements with our ACA module, please join our webinar by registering here: http://bit.ly/1LihknD

StratEx HR Webinar: Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

unnamedAre you currently running Background Checks for your applicants or employees?

Do you run credit checks?

Do you ever decide not to hire an applicant based on the results of his/her background check or credit check?

As part of its Human Resources Management Training Series, StratEx is hosting a free webinar on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 1pmCT to 2pmCT to help give clear answers to questions like those.

There recently has been an increase in the number of lawsuits regarding background checks, and this webinar is designed to help human resources professionals decrease the risk associated with running background or credit checks, focusing on the FCRA.

“We hope to arm human resources professionals and managers with insight that allows them to address the latest challenges facing the industry with confidence,” said Gretchen Van Vlymen, Human Resources Practice Leader at StratEx.

This webinar will also discuss Disclosure and Authorization Forms, Ban the Box, and the Adverse Action process.

To register for the webinar, go to: http://bit.ly/1FC7uvI.