Daugherty Business Solutions

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Daugherty Business Solutions Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
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Daugherty Business Solutions President & CEO Ron Daugherty
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is a reality at Daugherty with in town clients and 40 to 50 hour work weeks (in 12 reviews)

  • For the most part, Daugherty practices a local delivery model (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Daugherty is a staff aug company that tries to sell itself as a consultancy on par with big 4 (in 12 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is 70% dictated by the client, 30% by Daugherty (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company in Decline

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive salary. They pay overtime. There are some great consultants on the team. Beautiful Atlanta offices. Local delivery model.

    Cons

    Corporate leadership is incapable of leading or growing this business. After almost 30 years, the company is only 1000 Consultants. The only real Consulting office was Atlanta and the whole leadership team just left, same thing happens in every office about every 5 years. Corporate Leadership drives the best leaders away and then the office collapses and gas to be rebuilt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate Management needs to retire and leave the company to the next generation of leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Do Not Be Fooled by ANY of these Positive Reviews...

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay and work-life balance. Talented consultants.

    Cons

    I have no idea where to begin. This is a true "last resort" company that you consider when you are completely out of other job options. Management is an utter nightmare at all levels: petty, threatening, unethical, incompetent, could not get a job anywhere else, etc. They have no idea how to manage professionals, and they keep it well hidden just how close the company is to losing a client engagement at any given time. There are zero new clients because word has gotten around about this company in the Chicago area, and I feel sorry for all of the great consultants that will definitely be let go if any of the anchor clients get smart and drop Daugherty.

    This is the absolute worst company I have ever worked for in my 20+ year career. I refused to write a review until I read all of the completely staged positive reviews about the Chicago office. Do not be fooled for a minute by these reviews. This is the worst-of-the-worst used car dealerships in the IT consulting world.

    I wrote this review because I believe it is completely unfair for some unsuspecting yet talented, hard-working, high-achieving individual to get stuck working for such a sham company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house with management and start from scratch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Once onboard, you're on your own.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer II - Consultant  in  Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Developer II - Consultant in Lake Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Kept on payroll, when "in-between" assignments.

    Large variety of assignments on offer, however the quality of the companies you are sent to tends to be lacking.

    Cons

    Despite what management says, you are VERY LITTLE support from on-sight team leads, middle management, with the line of service managers only interested in pointing out what went wrong when you are taken off an assignment.

    You are always the first to be blamed when something goes wrong with an assignment. Guilty until proven innocent.

    Upper management is never available, to busy on "business trips" and other "engagements" to be available to help new consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your ivory golf-course and get involved with consultants concerns. Review the performance of team leads and middle management, because they are NOT supporting the consultants under their charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Staff Aug Chop Shop

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunites to network with other contractors

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Don't Do It!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Health Benefits cannot be matched. Period.

    Cons

    Horrible 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    The Chicago Branch, think twice

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Oak Brook, IL

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, & very good Health Plan

    Cons

    Think 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 ManagementAdvice

    Essentially, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Be aware, few opportunities, management lacks values

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sink 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Initial 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.

    Cons

    With 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible - Avoid at all costs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time

    Pros

    A very good health insurance plan
    Competitive Salary

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great aspirations. Poor execution

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior IT Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Terrible 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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