Daugherty Business Solutions

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Daugherty Business Solutions Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
21 Reviews
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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 13 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)

  • Staff augmentation feel at certain clients (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Client/Consultant Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    You need to keep in mind that Daugherty has a very charismatic leadership team that really knows how to sell the company. They have great benefits and very competitive salaries. However, there are several drawbacks.

    Cons

    First and foremost, Daugherty does a horrible job of taking care of it's consultants at their client site. With Daugherty, everything is driven by, how do we get the most people in there with little to no concern for how terribly the current consultants are being treated. The client Engagement Managers who are supposed to be taking care of the Daugherty employees at that account are very out of touch of with what is going on and need to work to improve communications with lesser titled employees.

    Along with the above concern, much of the attention at Daugherty seems to go to the home office and making sure that the people working the home office are happy with little to no concern for the consultants, who actually make the money for the company. Many of the new policies and other events that go on all benefit people from the home office and not the consultants.

    Another issue I have with the company is a lack of women in leadership/management roles. There are very few women in these roles and I hear the term "boys club" thrown around by other employees a lot. Definitely not something to be proud of.

    One more concern regarding an HR policy is that all vacation, sick time, and holiday time is lumped together and must be accrued. So, you have to earn your holidays and sick time or you will have to "borrow" time from them.

    Once you are at a client site, you are pretty much stuck there. It is very hard to move clients within Daugherty, even if you are unhappy with your current client and bring it up to their attention.

    One last problem, and this is a big one, is that Daugherty claims to have a great work life balance, but in reality, they have an obscene amount of extra curricular events that you need to attend, and if you don't, it reflects poorly on your year-end evaluation. Once per quarter, you have a branch meeting, line of service meeting, and client meeting. All of which take place after hours and are usually 2-3 hours long at best. They also expect you to advantage of their many after hour learning opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Engagement managers and account managers to be more in touch with what is going on at their client site.
    2) Daugherty also needs to do a better job of taking care of their current consultants. For example, expecting better working conditions and hardware, etc.
    3) Employees should not have to accrue vacation and sick days. Those should be given to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Atlanta Branch headed in the wrong direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Overall the people at Daugherty are great. They are experienced professionals that know their craft. They employees themselves are great and the culture is very easy to assimilate into.

    Cons

    The leadership in Atlanta has changed over drastically in the last 5 months. The 6 top leaders all left at the same time to start up their own consulting firm, Aspirent, and has left the corporate leadership reaching at straws. So far their idea of fixing and righting the ship is somewhat laughable. They are reverting right back to being a staff augmentation shop where we are bidding on anything and everything just so we can "Grow". This is not what they sold to me. It's obvious to a lot of people that they are looking for "yes" men (women) to step into leadership that they can control from St. Louis. But be wary as it looks like they are firing or forcing out anyone who would object or question anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage people to speak their minds and bring some contrasting ideas to the table. This is how ideas and organizations grow. However, if you want people to just be cheerleaders for your brand and pretend everything is ok when we are hemorrhaging from multiples lines of service and losing business left and right to our competition than please do not do a thing.

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

    Great consultants, low trust leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    High energy
    Good staff support process
    Above average compensation
    Worked with great consultants

    Cons

    High churn, disrespectful environment
    Lack of mature leadership
    Growth and revenue at any cost to their future reputation
    They are looking for 'conquerors' - make sure you're ok with that before you apply

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company thrives because there aren't that many options in St. Louis. There seems to be a big divergence between the front line consultants (who often have great attitudes) and the company leadership (which seems primarily motivated by ego and greed). Most people seemed like they were only there for the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    No meaningful careers in a staff augmentation model

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    1. Health benefits are the best.
    2. Exposure to very good employees who happen to be there for the money but you can learn a lot from them.
    3. Local model, I never traveled unless I requested to.
    4. Paid bench.
    5. Recruiters work very hard to make up for turnover.

    Cons

    1. No effective sales model to attract new clients. The Minneapolis branch is an extension of the St Louis HQ with 80% of the work being done for Express Scripts (ESI) and very few individual staff augmentation roles in Target, Best Buy, General Mills and other very volatile accounts. There is a pipeline of 100+ Minneapolis clients and nobody does anything to land a project in a new client. No projects stick and when the time comes to roll off, you are sent to ESI to avoid the bench, and then you will never have any opportunity again to find a project with a client outside ESI.
    2. Promotions and increases are inconsistent across the roles. Totally based on perception, subjective feedback and ends up being a thumbs up/down from the branch leader. If you don't get along well with the branch leader, you have no chance to grow. So you need to be political and watch your back. Lots of A players being lost because of this.
    3. The only person that cares about your career will be yourself. Managers will care about you billing every day, getting you off the bench and entering your time-sheets on time.
    4. Training model is a joke. Internal certifications that are not industry standard are useless. Also, the 2-week vacation period is a joke.
    5. As turnover continues, the candidate and employee quality will be lower every cycle and you know what happens when your entire org ends up made up of B and C players.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Need real leadership in Sales, Consultant Coaching and Consultant retention.
    2. Need a working Sales model that grows existing clients and gets new ones.
    3. Need to stop the turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Leadership sends one message but you are to follow the unwritten message

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The corporate/HQ staff were polite, smart and friendly.

    Cons

    You are given one direction or message by Daugherty leadership but there is an underlying message you are to extract from that which I found confusing and unproductive. There was a sly, untrusting feeling that I felt in the hallways, in meetings and interaction with leadership.

    Many hours of effort can be spent on an initiative involving 5-10 team members to have all efforts unexpectedly halted with no understanding as to why.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deliver clear and concise messages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Marginal, at best.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good second or third tier staff aug company. Good efforts to keep staff placed by having client-specific training sessions.

    Cons

    Delusions of consultancy. Replaces real consultancies at clients who are price rather than results sensitive. Most of your assignments will be in situations where client managers are marginal and need bodies because they do not know how to plan or manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good consultant staff; Leadership/Management Lacking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salaries and benefits; Many clients & choices.

    Cons

    Office management doesn't engage well with consultant population; Delivery Mgmt doesn't exist as poor deliverables continue; Leadership is more like a clique than proactive management staff. Limited PTO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delivery oversight should be performed on all major projects at all client sites. Some PMs don't even produce project plans. Engagement Mgrs don't engage clients, so they need to be recycled as they seem too complacent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Last gen technology and sub-par consultant care

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a good stable of quality resources with good sized teams. And, you get to work with a variety of technologies.

    Cons

    Career path is unclear. Management doesn't seem interested in the career desires of the employees. Additionally, resources are often places solely on client need and not based on the appropriate skills or expertise. This has led to senior resources being placed in junior roles for long periods of time as well as consultants place in positions that go far beyond their expertise.

    I also encountered a high level of corporate politics with the senior management. As an example, when making suggestions you need to take care to make any “good” ideas look as though they came from management – they want their credit first.

    Finally, the technology targeted in their consulting engagements tends to lag behind. Opportunities to work on the latest and greatest are few and far between. Most of their work focuses on the last generation technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on consultant care. The consultants are your business. While you certainly need to take into account the needs of your clients it would be nice if you at least pretend you care about the career path of your consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Conflicted business model: A body shop trying to become a project based consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Oak Brook, IL

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

    Pros

    Some good people in sales and delivery

    Cons

    High turnover in sales people and branch managers. Lacks infrastructure (Methods and tools) to consistently deliver quality project business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Ole Boy Company with Serious Lack of Integrity Issues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Decent Base Compensation, Good Benefits, and Overtime Pay
    Great Sales Pitch
    Serious 'drinking culture' at the Atlanta office. (If you like to drink.)

    Cons

    Although Daugherty claims that North Highland is their closest competitor in the Atlanta Area, most services they provide could be handled by a temp agency. They provide all staff aug work at their 4 major local clients - not project based as claimed - and will take any opportunity as long as it is billable. Encouraged by team management to bill clients for Daugherty internal work - in my opinion just one instance of integrity issues with client billing. I've observed that the most successful consultants at Daugherty are those that the clients are most unhappy with. Serious 'drinking culture' at the Atlanta office. Must enjoy networking at company socials to find your next opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop stretching the truth beyond it's limits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Daugherty Business Solutions Response

    Aug 5, 2014Corporate Recruiter

    Thank you for your review of the Daugherty Atlanta branch. I'm sorry you did not have a positive experience here.

    While some of our advisory services can seem similar, and often times be confused
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