Daugherty Business Solutions
3.4 of 5 91 reviews
www.daugherty.com Saint Louis, MO 500 to 999 Employees

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Daugherty Business Solutions President & CEO Ron Daugherty

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    Staff Aug Chop Shop

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGreat opportunites to network with other contractors

    ConsThe Minneapolis office is very focused on adding head count, yet 90% of all new employees are sent to Express Scripts for staff aug assignments. Express Scripts is known as one of the biggest meat grinders in the market. On average, there is 30% turnover on a monthly basis. Management at the client sites is non-existent and team leads are verbally abusive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with potential employees that Daugherty is a staff aug firm that is trying to get into consulting. Spend more time managing your current employees instead of focusing all of your time on adding head count. Stop placing people in roles that are irrelevant to their past experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't Do It!!!!

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsHealth Benefits cannot be matched. Period.

    ConsHorrible Leadership
    Presented as a consulting opportunities but in fact is staff aug
    No value to work life balance - client demands 50+ hours/week, including expectations that you are on call
    Only 2 main clients in MPLS, there are little to no opportunities outside of those clients
    Excessive turnover
    Hostile client environment with no support from Daugherty

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some real leaders. You cannot take great IT people and force them into management positions. There is far to much focus on expanding the branch and little focus on the consultants on the ground and the damage you are service to the company brand.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Chicago Branch, think twice

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    Oak Brook, IL

    ProsCompetitive Salary, & very good Health Plan

    ConsThink LONG and HARD about joining this company, specifically the Chicago branch. If you don't believe my review, check out the other ones. Has one positive thing been said about the Chicago branch? Like others have mentioned, they have only three clients and have been treading water for years. Branch leadership has to be the biggest joke in all my years of consulting. They have no interest in investing in their consultants. Its absolute staff augmentation, in the sense that either they can place you long term at one of their three clients, or you are out. It's that simple. So where is the value of being a member of a consulting company at this point? If you have the talent, you are better contracting directly and getting a better rate for yourself.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEssentially, I would say only accept a position here if you have no other options. When the recruiters call you on the phone, they will try this dog and pony show sales pitch about a local only travel model, which is true, and about the only thing the company has going for it. Ask yourself this however, if you happy with your current career/role, and current travel is the only complaint, why not work with your current employer to see if they are open to more flexible options? Don't throw away a good current situation you have to work at a pointless staff aug company that does nothing for your resume. Use LinkedIN too and reach out to some current/former employees , if you don't believe these reviews.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Be aware, few opportunities, management lacks values

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    ProsCompany touts local business model and open culture, but in Chicago this is not evident. There is local work, but only at 3 clients.

    ConsSink or swim culture, no consistent strategy and direction for Chicago office. Lack of transparency of individual goals or objectives. Hiring to the bench with no sales pipeline and no sales staff on board to create opportunities. There is NO PIPELINE. Only 3 local clients exist, and the bench continues to grow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat people with respect, provide clear consistent direction of expectations. Be transparent. Company is attracting talented and experienced resources by touting growth opportunities and local staffing model, but when you are on board the growth opportunities are non-existent. Be clear with folks before they join on what you expect, and if there is a sink or swim culture, make sure people know what they are getting into during the interview process. If you expect resources to get billable and drive their own work, let them know that up front. People joining this company thinking they will have a career model and a strategy to follow will be mislead in the current culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's about WHO you know more than WHAT you know

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsInitial sales pitch is compelling and attractive. No travel model is basically true. They attract experienced professionals (often from other firms) by promising growth opportunities and local clients. Overtime is offered up front.

    ConsWith only 3 main clients in the Chicago area, there is no room for career growth. Career planning does not exist and there is no consistent feedback from senior management. Conflicting responses, poor communication, and lack of shared strategy for Chicago branch can make for a negative environment. Training is mostly limited to pre-recorded internal sessions on topics, but nothing for continuing education. Additional training is conducted outside of working hours. There is no pipeline for new work. Those hired to the bench must eventually go to one of the primary clients. Promotions and extensions are primarily for those who on the "IN" with those in leadership. There is much hiring effort occurring to address the high turnover. Most contract work is done in isolation of other employees so there is little collaboration or honest feedback.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is very little transparency. An open door policy exists in name only. If you try to suggest improvements, expect a reprimand. People are not treated with respect and consistency. Senior management displayed the least amount of professionalism and communication. Coarse language and intimidation do not make for good employee morale.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible - Avoid at all costs

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsA very good health insurance plan
    Competitive Salary

    ConsNo career path
    Dishonest, immoral management that does not care about peoples lives.
    No vision, or desire for project work, just mindless staff aug.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart treating employees with respect, because one day, maybe those employees you treated so poorly will be "decision makers" in an account you want to pursue. And the way you treated them will come home to roost.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great aspirations. Poor execution

    Senior IT Consultant (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsPay and benefits are competitive, some big clients, really talented and hard-working consultants

    ConsTerrible senior management vision and execution, lack of foresight and planning overall, put too many eggs in one basket (put too many consultants at one client), you are expected to work miracles for the client and bend over backward while doing it. Consultants treated as dispensible. Would think twice about joining this company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on executing on the vision of the company as a true leader in the Chicago market instead of continuing the repair shop mentality. Send all of the mid and senior managers to training because the level of management compentence, business acumen, and leadership skills are SORELY lacking.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Inexperienced Leadership team that is unable to provide consultants with meaningful careers

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGet to do most of your work locally - this is quite honestly the only real positive of this firm. The operations team leaders and recruiters at Daugherty are told to tell consulting candidates that there is 100% no travel - However, the operations team leaders will often ask their employees to travel, and if you don't travel they will hold that against you.

    ConsNo outside skills training at all - they provide some internal "training" programs only - and sorry, but they are incredibly lame - most sessions are purely group discussions based on a single concept, and do not provide you with marketable skills. All training is to be done after work, and on your own time - you will never be sent to any important vendor conferences, unless you are a
    Line-of Service (LOS) leader for your local branch.

    Consultants are sold to clients as "fast learners" - which means any skill you have does not mean a lot during the placement process on a client engagement - e.g., the sales staff does not really sell your current skill set to clients - they are primarily looking for any opportunity that comes along. I have seen incredibly talented software developers having to settle for doing business analysis just to keep you off the "bench" because the sales staff and engagement managers could not sell them appropriately.

    They promote inexperienced managers into engagement management (EM) roles at client sites. This is an unwritten mandate from St. Louis so that the EM's will not question the authority of the Daugherty management team. The EM's are responsible for growing vertical accounts (not the sales people), so these roles are primarily relationship-based in nature, and as a result the EM's are seriously lacking in technology delivery and management skills - this means that the viewpoints and opinions of any experienced consultants at a client site are not requested or respected by the EM's. If you do feel compelled to ever make any comments, unless they are positive, you will be punished on your end-of engagement reviews for speaking "out of turn". Once you are at a client site, Daugherty wants you to stay there forever - after a few months everyone you work with will tell you that they feel trapped there - On most engagements you will be by yourself, which means there is no collaboration and no true learning experience.

    IN addition, all consultants are expected to give up their lunch time as part of sales meetings at least once a month. Also, if you have any senior-level consulting experience at all - they will give you extra assignments producing sales proposals in the evening, and over the weekend - and you will not be compensated for this activity - instead you will be told that this is good for your career, and you better not complain about it at all. There is not much work-life balance here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDidn't listen to my advice before, so I have none to give now, except for this: Treat your employees with respect, and you will be respected.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Local Staff Aug

    SEII - Consultant (Former Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsTrue open door policy, provided your don't leave to work for a competitor. The benefits are good. They will work with you a bit in getting reimbursed for exam certification costs.

    ConsOnce at a client site it is almost impossible to get moved. Despite talking up "project" based work, most work happening at the company is now staff augmentation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A low-integrity environment run by a used-car salesman as a CEO.

    Branch Manager (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood technical talent, nice people, some good project work.

    ConsRon D. is a miserable person to work for. Petty, micro-manager, he browbeats everyone in that firm into submission. Basic delivery consulting jobs, in a staff aug role, would be fine, DO NOT take a management job in this company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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