Enaxis Consulting Reviews

Updated May 13, 2015
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    Small Firm, Big Opportunity

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

    I have been working at Enaxis Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Despite being a smaller firm compared to typical IT or management consulting firms, Enaxis conducts itself as a large, established firm through its service offerings and client portfolio.

    There is good opportunity for career advancement through gaining experience and developing skills on client engagements, training and company-sponsored certification courses, and firm development (business development, writing white papers, etc.).

    Good work-life balance and focus on working hard, but understanding that everyone has a life, friends and family outside of work.

    Cons

    Senior Team and performance managers can engage their teams more to help ensure their goals are being achieved and provide guidance for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Through continued growth, maintain what has made Enaxis a great place to work -- the family atmosphere.

    Enaxis Consulting Response

    Jan 22, 2015Talent Director

    Appreciate the input!


  2. Great place to work and opportunity to build on existing or gain new skills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Enaxis Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small firm but with good client base especially in the oil and gas industry. The firm has some key super majors of oil and gas industry as clients with good stability.

    Atmosphere is very good and the people are even better - everyone encourages everyone right from consultant level to partner, there is a lot of encouragement and praise especially if you are good on the job. You can also seek help and guidance from other colleagues who are always ready to support, friendly and easy to talk to.

    Strong peer networking is also encouraged via monthly happy hour sessions and other platforms. The partners and leadership team are quite easy to talk to and relate with and the firm is also willing to support your career or goal development activities (sometimes financially if required)

    Training is taken seriously and people are encouraged to get professional certifications in their chosen career paths while internal trainings are also organized very frequently.

    Cons

    As expected with small firms, a lot of focus is on business development activities, to retain current clients and grow new ones so sometimes this focus may get in the way of improving employee engagement but this is constantly being addressed

    Advice to Management

    Continue to operate 'open door' and seek constant feedback from employees to ensure the firm is consistently addressing employee engagement issues. Focus on retaining the current staff that you have as they are very good people with the right attitude and mindset


  3. Great culture, good work life balance

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

    I have been working at Enaxis Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I quit my previous consulting job because I had zero work-life balance. I got that at Enaxis. I have been at Enaxis for just over a year. In the beginning, I did wonder why I had quit my previous organization, but my colleagues at Enaxis have made this a very good place to work. Everyone is open, and helpful. I have not had to work long hours day in and day out (there are always those exception, deadline days. But I might have had one or two of these in the past year, as opposed to staying late all day every day like other consulting companies expect).

    I have never worked at a small firm, so this transparency and openness, having the ability to talk to the CEOs and senior management is new to me. And I must say, I like it very much. All the Partners are very approachable, the senior leadership team is helpful. I have had a very good experience with the firm this past year.

    If you work hard, and ask for opportunities that you think you can handle, management is definitely open to the possibilities. Management has to have faith in you, and your abilities. If you can show them what you can do, then the world is yours for the taking.

    Cons

    As with any smaller company, Enaxis has a lower pay scale and benefits, compared to the Big 4. They cannot afford to pay you like the Big 4, but they do have work-life balance, and minimal travel which are the main complaints of folks working in the Big 4 companies anyways.

    Being a small company, the back office support had been lacking. But management has been working hard at getting this situation rectified. They have already added a few people to the back-office staff.

    Training, management, career path is not very well defined. But once again, management is working on fixing this situation. Hopefully, we will see some updates soon.

    Advice to Management

    As the firm grows, we are going to have to develop more defined, standard career paths. More structured training and expectation from each level within the firm. We need to start developing this structure if we hope to keep growing in the coming years.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Manager

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

    I have been working at Enaxis Consulting full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place if you want to work hard to make someone else rich (staff you at many times what you'll be paid)
    (Only) one of the partners had senior experience at another firm and had something to teach others

    Cons

    Hypocritical--say the right things but really don't care how you are treated by managers, partners, and clients
    Effort to move to practices won't work because there's no real depth to the firm's knowledge
    Awful low-resolution laptops--tough on the eyes if you need to use them for a long time

    Advice to Management

    Read your own list of values and start following them and you'll get the loyalty you keep demanding
    Improve pay to be competitive with real consulting firms and you'll get better people

    Enaxis Consulting Response

    Apr 23, 2015Talent Director

    Thank you for your input, since you have been at Enaxis for 8 years, what has kept you here (since you have nothing good to say)? :)


  6. Helpful (12)

    Culture of Mediocrity and Egos

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Enaxis Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Firm is more of an IT staffing than a consulting firm so the hours are not as long as at the big consulting firms (but the pay and career opportunities are way lower also)
    Titles are inflated so if you were a sr. consultant at a big firm, you can easily get a manager title here (though Managers don't "manage" projects, they just have a higher bill rate)
    Firm likes to have people in the office on Fridays

    Cons

    Very little deep I.T. or industry expertise in the firm--no one to learn new skills from if you already have a strong background
    Selling mostly "bodies" and not "projects" to clients
    No path to being a "true" partner, i.e. no one can advance to the level of ownership and control of the 2 founders unlike in a management consulting firm; lots of backbiting and talking about each other at the senior levels--hierarchical, not collegial
    Watch out on Glassdoor, seems like they let the companies pick which reviews are shown first as "popular"

    Advice to Management

    Stop "strongly encouraging" employees to talk up the company and make only positive comments about the firm; accept criticism

    Enaxis Consulting Response

    Apr 23, 2015Talent Director

    Thank you for your input, our expertise and business model is demonstrated by our growth and client list.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Staffing (not Consulting) Firm That Doesn't Have the Expertise They Claim

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

    I have been working at Enaxis Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Easy to get hired
    Location is outside of downtown with good parking and many nearby restaurants
    A few colleagues are very nice and helpful

    Cons

    Presents itself as way more than it is--most of what they have done and do is very basic I.T. staffing
    No real Oil & Gas experience--Owner insisted a pumpjack was really a derrick and couldn't believe he was wrong
    Training, development, benefits are marginal compared to the major consulting firms

    Advice to Management

    Honestly describe the work that they may do to applicants
    Tone down the owners' egos and start listening to the staff


  8. Helpful (8)

    Do Your Homework and Talk to Former Employees for Honest Reviews

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Enaxis Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They pay for expensive office space to have social Fridays and as a base for social (drinking) events
    Definitely a place if you like to attend every drinking event they put on
    Great place to get staffed in project mgmt. in I.T. at Chevron

    Cons

    Owners do not apply their "core values" to themselves--they love employees to call them "brilliant" and support their ego--quick to threaten if you don't line up with their views
    They pressure employees to provide favorable reviews on the firm (many current employees, including myself, don't feel comfortable providing an honest view of the firm to candidates)
    Most of the profits go to the owners and their few favorites

    Advice to Management

    Provide an ability for staff to judge the owners according to the core values
    Allow dissent
    Broaden the client base and get clients to stick with the firm


  9. First class colleagues in an culture of excellence

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Enaxis Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Having been at both larger and smaller consulting firms, I find that Enaxis is the right balance between the two. It has the right infrastructure to allow consultants to focus on their jobs, while presenting a wide range of growth opportunities. The diverse backgrounds and skill-sets present at Enaxis mean that we really can leverage each others' knowledge when needed. Additionally, there is a real focus on work life balance and ensuring that the employees don't burn out.

    Cons

    As the firm continues to grow, ensuring that the latest information is readily available to employees will be key to effective scaling. Additionally, building the necessary structures to continue to grow and mature consultants in a manner beneficial to the employee and the firm will be required to build the next set of Enaxis consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Over the past year, we've done a good job making investments in the back office that allow for a more streamlined work environment. The company culture is excellent; as we grow we need to make sure we keep the maintenance of the company culture a focus.


  10. Enaxis deserves its Houston Chronicle "Top Workplaces" award from 2014

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Enaxis Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance, camaraderie, local engagements, and flat hierarchy

    Cons

    The salary level is not that of top firms...but that's to be expected to a certain degree, considering the work/life balance emphasis and low travel. Visibility into progress towards short/long-term goals within the firm, drivers behind bonus determination, and communication from Senior Team to rest of firm can be lacking at times.

    Advice to Management

    For attrition reduction, consider more visibility and direct communication about bonus expectations and goals process. When the firm does well, we should all do well.

    Enaxis Consulting Response

    Jan 22, 2015Talent Director

    Thank you for your input!


  11. Helpful (4)

    Excellent work experience overall, I feel like part of a strong team with exemplary consulting skills.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Enaxis Consulting full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Value offering to the client is immense. My colleagues are very high-caliber consultants, and it is a truly collaborative team. I have both reached out for and provided expertise in areas where a colleague (or me) felt their skills needed a boost. You are never out there alone on an assignment -- I feel like someone's got my back at all times. Training and continual education offerings are excellent. You really can grow here, if you have the right attitude and make the commitment.

    Cons

    Senior management is brilliant and personable, but often too busy to understand an issue in full. Everyone is spread thin, possibly an effect of such a dynamic firm. I work a lot -- not sure I have ever achieved that work-life balance that is talked about... Expectations could be made clearer; onboarding process is good, but has not covered enough.

    Advice to Management

    Approach growth cautiously. Do whatever you can to not lose the collaborative, family-feeling that keeps so many of us there. Also, maybe spend some time with each of your consultants on a regular basis to maintain that personal touch, take one of your employees out for coffee every day.



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