BearingPoint

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Pros
  • Work/life balance probably a bit better than competitors (in 45 reviews)

  • Really great place to start consulting career (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor senior management (probably the reason went bankrupt); territorial attitudes of managing directors (in 27 reviews)

  • Compensations, trainings and work-life balance depends on your boss and not from your personal qualities (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Disorganized large business that was too segmented

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at BearingPoint full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very fair compensation--it was really how well you played the salary negotations.
    You could easily have a strong work-life balance here.

    Cons

    Very disorganized company. Several tools and methodologies were inconsistent. No valuable training provided aside from an orientation titled "BearingPoint Beginnings", which was general business tactics on being presentable, making a good impression, and how contracting operates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit strong middle management and project leads who can be impactful on their project teams and build up a consistent corporate culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A lesson in patience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    The salary -
    it was above average

    Cons

    no work life balance
    average benefits
    terrible communication from upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't remain silent on major issues that impact the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    subcontract requirement put me in a bad spot

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    The pay was great (at the time) for someone at an analyst level. Free coffee at HQ.

    Cons

    I was unknowingly put on a project as a contract requirement because I met certain guidelines. Worked exclusively with people from other companies, with no exposure to other BearingPoint colleagues. Bad fit for the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a little more care with where you are staffing your employees. Bad form to put someone on an island by themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Constant Struggle

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Low wall culture, flexibility on projects, informal

    Cons

    raises and bonuses were pitiful, performance feedback and assessment process only based on one persons feedback for most part, even a little bench time can mean a layoff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you did a great job getting us over to Deloitte, it's worlds better there

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    BE Not so good for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    good place to work as a recent grad

    Cons

    poor place for growth...not conducive to keeping seasoned employees..management won't hesistate to step over their employees to futher their own growth but will squash anyone who tries to move forward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of your seasoned emloyees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A mixed bag with a bleak future

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement -- perversely due to attrition

    Cons

    constant internal management struggles surrounding our debt; bad senior managers and MDs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the collective mess that is corporate services, commercial services (outside Japan), financial services, and our debt.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start or end a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    -Low barrier to entry
    -Good place to start a career (or to end one)

    From the people I've met, the public services sector (working with the government) appears to be pretty easy to get into, especially if you've ever worked for the government or served in the military. This can make it an attractive place to start if you're straight out of college, or straight out of the military.

    Cons

    -Deteriorating reputation
    -Lack of company culture
    -General instability

    There seems to be a propensity of younger resources (cheap labor) and older resources (people who peaked long ago and have nowhere better to go), but there seem to be fewer people in the middle range (27-35 year olds).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your lower-level resources. If you treat them like you're expecting them to quit, they will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too little, too late. Leave while you can. The structural problems preceded any of the current senior management team.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Back before the 30% churn rate there were opportunities to work alongside and learn from some of the industry's brightest consultants. Start salaries can be pretty good for those being recruited straight out of college with little prior professional experience.

    Cons

    Upper management is very concerned with "keeping up appearances" and trying to recoup from previous/current accounting blunders. DCAA violations and previous problems with clients have led to some unreasonable expectations regarding overtime, compensation standards, and off time between projects. My group habitually worked a seven day work week, but because of prior DCAA violations even if a project closed or cycled down at mid-week were required to take vacation days to be off on any day other than Saturday and Sunday. We worked eight weeks straight, seven days a week and I was told to enter four hours of vacation for a doctor's appointment.

    Mid level and Senior Consultant salaries may not be as competitive as those offered by similar sized consulting entities. See above regarding vacation time. Should you be fortunate to receive one of the often rumored, but rarely seen BE bonuses, do not mention the dollar amount to your consultant friends at other firms: you will be embarrassed. At the time of my exit these one or two percent spiffs were being offered instead of even a basic cost of living increase. You will have to achieve a "consistently exceeds expectations" (a knowledge of alchemy would be very helpful in this endeavor) to even hope for such. Managing Directors have been instructed to limit anything above a Meets Expectations to the majority of staff (I forget the figure 2-5%?). Lesson: Negotiate your start salary well as it is likely all you will have during your tenure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being reactive, it's a sure road to failure. Be honest with you creditors about the previously reported profits and throw yourself on their mercy. Start valuing your consultants. They will and do leave when not fairly compensated and robbed of anything approaching work life balance. Quit cooking your billing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    BearingPoint robs you of a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    The company does a good job of investing in their people when it comes to training. This is primarily evidenced by their week long Consulting Foundations course where analysts are given the opportunity to work in a team environment with a hypothetical client placing unreasonable demands on the team. Issues like crisis management, team leadership, and communication are discussed openly and worked out.

    Cons

    Immature management, very conservative culture where employees are almost forced to sacrifice their own well being for the client. Lip service is payed to project transfers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would request that the management spend less time thinking about their image with respect to their superiors and more time listening to the grievances of their employees. I also would request that they stop accusing other people of not working and being concerned about the status of their work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to coast. Go elsewhere if you want to be challenged.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    BearingPoint is a great place to work if you want to coast. The work is not that challenging and there is great flexibility in work/life balance. It also seems that we have a great amount of vacation time which, we can carry 125% of into the next year. You also get paid unused vacation if you decide to leave the company.

    Cons

    Leadership is especially lacking in the junior ranks (i.e. manager, senior consultant level). BearingPoint touts their management training program with Yale, but in reality I have yet to see any significant changes from those who have attended. Development for the workforce is also lacking in specific functional areas...there seems to be a lot of useless online courses, but no specific developmental training for functional career tracks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BearingPoint is very top heavy. Senior management needs to develop those at the bottom of the ranks in order to foster a more rewarding experience, which will increase retention and build a stronger foundation for future leaders.

    No opinion of CEO

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