BearingPoint

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BearingPoint Reviews in Washington, DC

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BearingPoint Managing Partner Peter Mockler
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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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    BearingPoint

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

    I worked at BearingPoint full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flat open organization top to bottom.

    Cons

    The US Based assets were purchased and no longer exists as BearingPoint.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Procurement Analyst in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Procurement Analyst in McLean, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Overal the are very few positives that i can speak of.
    coworkers were nice to work with and helpful.
    the envionrment was a laib back one.

    Cons

    no management support for change or ideas.
    promotions or raises are hard to come by.
    certain managers can micro managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to listen to the ideas of employees and support their employees.
    management needs to reorganize the way business is done.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    overall a strong financial sector

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

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    good hours, not long
    challenging work

    Cons

    management lacks guidance, need 360 review program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should check in with lowly consultants

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Trying to be Accenture, but unable to find its mojo

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in McLean, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    - Fair to Good colleagues in comparison to other top consulting companies
    - Good benefits
    - Great PTO (5 weeks/yr in pretty standard)

    Cons

    - Promotions and reviews were anything but transparent
    - Politics like its Capitol Hill!
    - Company was perpetually in hard times, so no training whatsoever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Make reviews transparent
    - Make up your mind -- do you want to be a global consulting company or not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    BE Consultant

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    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Friendly work environment that really helps one stay focused on the task at hand: getting a job once the company goes totally under.

    Cons

    Bankruptcy and other small problems with financial miscalculations, SOX compliance issues... not much in the way of a future here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take her down easy and enjoy that windfall of cash once the company has been completely sold and liquidated to the creditors, etc.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Business Consultant

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    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    BearingPoint had pretty decent pay for the industry. Company issued a laptop computer, which made it convenient to telecommute periodically.

    Cons

    Hoteling was difficult. As a BearingPoint business consultant I did not have a home office space on a permenent basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to work from home on Federal holidays during which their client host offices are closed, yet not a holiday for BearingPoint.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work-life and people. It ends there.

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    1. There are many bright employees at roughly the same stage in their careers, roughly 5-10 years experience. This creates a collegial, respectful environment.
    2. The work-life balance was great. Maybe not at first, but once you got into the groove and were hitting high chargeability/utilization, the company, and my sector particular was very accomodating with scheduling work weeks and vacation.

    Cons

    1. There is little to no development, mentorship, or training of talent. The highly touted Yale series was simply another venue for subpar training. Many consulting companies fail to develop talent under the guise that they are "hiring experts and experienced personnel." This faulty logic means many firms are missing out on opportunity to truly create knowledgeable, confident staff.
    2. Related to training, the bilnd tend to lead the blind. You are considered an expert if you've done something once.
    3. Perofmance reviews occur under a banner of transparency, but they are anything close to that. Manager board meetings are held behind closed doors and you are given little insight into the outcome. Bonuses are given in large pools related to ranking rather than your individual, specific accomplishments. Therefore, you could perform awesomely for 12 months straight, win new work, create intellictual capital, etc; and, because you have the same rating as some lackey who files papers who has a good relatinoship with their manager you both will be paid equally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It became very obvious towards the end (bankruptcy) that our senior managment had no idea how to run a large company. Because I was pleased with my individual sector and team I stuck around, but I lost out pretty big because of it. Looking back, many of the communicatios from senior management were overly optimistic, at best, to downright misleading, at worst. I once heard an analogy from leadership that they excelled at "building the ship while sailing." Guess what? If you haven't sealed the boat before you leave dry dock, it's going to sink.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to start a career..

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Good place to start a career.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are not as robust as competitors in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does not like to take accountability for problems when they occur. Many times actions are reactive rather than proactive...even when issues have been brought to the attention of management. I believe many situations could have been mitigated or alleviated otherwise.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    BearingPoint. Good

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

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    People. Everybody helps everyone and you can succeed w/o tearing down your peers. Leaders professional and respectful. I think the promotions within my group have been managed very fairly. Usually no problem adjusting your schedule for appointments, etc. The amount of vacation also is a plus.

    Cons

    Public services likely to be purchased by Deloitte Consulting becasue of the Chapter 11. Uncertainity where we stand. Bonuses have been very low due to the long-term debt problem. Government contracts are stable work but the are difficult to manage. The margins are low compared to private sector. Master's degreee is no value to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't reinvent the wheel with Deloitte. AlexPartners or somebody else should pretty much have templates.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Manager At BearingPoint

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    As a hole BearingPoint is an excellent company to work for. They are understanding of the work / life balance and they encourage their employees to take care of themselves. They are not much of an up or out consultancy. Since it is not a partnership, they promote people based on merit if there is space in the leadership group for the promotion. As for staffing, they are excellent about finding engagements for people that were on a team that is no longer together, whether the contract was over or the contract was lost. They prefer to staff current employees prior to looking outside the company for talent.

    Cons

    In solutions it is hard to see a clear line of determining where work will come from. I know there is a perceived need to build a network, but when you are not client facing, as is the solutions group, it is hard to determine when and where you will be able to generate work from. With that in mind, it is difficult to try and drum up "new" business and secure forward progression on your career path. I cannot say that this is an issue for the company as a whole, but I would say that it is present throughout the Solutions group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would have liked them to disconnect the PS group from the rest of the country, much much earlier.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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