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Junior Designer

| Chicago

StratEx is a ground-breaking tech company that offers a variety of HR and Payroll solutions to help empower restaurant/hospitality businesses by simplifying and streamlining their internal processes. The foundation on which we base our wide range of services is our proprietary HRIS software, eStratEx. 

In the Junior Designer role at StratEx, you will work with a variety of teams to help design meaningful and strategic updates to our HRIS platform and have the unique opportunity to join a brand new team-- influencing the design practice and product vision at StratEx. Our designers are highly intellectual, empathetic, and talented people who value autonomy and have a passion for creating a great user experience. The right candidate will be someone who believes that design is not just how something looks, but how it works; desires to learn new things continuously; and thrives in an environment that encourages both collaboration and taking initiative.

Essential Functions, Principal Duties, and Responsibilities include but are not limited to*:

  • Work with Product Design Manager to design new system features
  • Create and deliver wireframes/mockups/prototypes and specifications to Product Manager and Development
  • Iterate on designs based on feedback from internal reviews
  • Review projects during the design review phase of Development sprints
  • Work with Product Design Manager to create StratEx’s design system (i.e. taking stock of components in eStratEx)
  • Communicate clearly and professionally with management and peers, both in writing and verbally
  • Full, regular and predictable attendance

Minimum requirements:

  • Required
    • College Degree (preferably journalism, psychology, sociology, communication or other liberal arts degree)
    • 0-1 years of design experience
    • Fluent in English
  • Preferred
    • Restaurant experience
    • Qualitative research/ethnography experience
    • Basic knowledge of HTML/CSS or other programming experience
    • Sketch or other design software experience
    • Adaptable and open-minded outlook on learning/improving one’s own skill set

Competencies include but are not limited to*:

  • Understanding of basic design principles
  • Effective communication
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Logic and reasoning skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Empathy and emotional intelligence

Physical requirements:

  • Must be able to sit at a desk for extended periods of time while working
  • Must be able to proficiently operate a computer/VOIP as means of regular communication and day to day work
  • Must be able to occasionally travel to on-site meetings on a local and national scale
  • Must be able to clearly present material to groups of people either in person or via electronic means of communication

StratEx Perks:

  • Competitive benefits package including free employee medical coverage and 401(k) with match
  • Generous PTO policy including time off on your birthday and for honeymoon/commitment ceremony leave
  • Unlimited snacks, drinks, and games of ping pong and pool in the office
  • Casual dress code and laid back office atmosphere
  • Thursday happy hour with beer on tap at our office bar: “Pub 444”
  • Earn extra PTO through volunteer opportunities with our StratEx Serves employee interest group
  • Company-sponsored social events like StratEx Olympics, Summer Soiree, and our annual “Festivus” holiday party
  • Free onsite gym membership with monthly fitness reimbursement
  • Potential to work from home
  • Named Crain’s “Best Places to Work” two years in a row
  • Named “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” three years in a row

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at StratEx are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender expression, veteran status, age, FMLA status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state or local statutes.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • DynamoDBDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • Constant ContactEmail


We are located downtown in the trendy area of Streeterville, situated right on Michigan Avenue!

An Insider's view of StratEx

What’s the vibe like in the office?

StratEx cultivates an environment in the office where unique perspectives and talents come together to help elevate our product and services for the restaurant industry. After working for StratEx for the past 6 years, I am still constantly learning and growing each day. The team members I work with bring a level of curiosity and quick-wittedness.


Solutions Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

I most enjoy the troubleshooting and problem-solving related projects that come with my role. When the unexpected happens, I enjoy being able to take a step back to see how we can provide innovative solutions. The team structure we have at StratEx makes it easy to collaborate and test in our sandbox environments to help resolve issues quickly.

Joe H.

Service Consultant

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I’ve been with the company for 4 years and have had the opportunity to work in multiple positions throughout my tenure. I started with the company working on the Service Team and now I have more of a leadership role in Client Success. StratEx has allowed me to grow and acquire the skills necessary to succeed while allowing me to pursue my passions.


Client Success Manager

What are StratEx Perks + Benefits

Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Pool Table.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
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