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    Very focused on people

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager

    I worked at Katzenbach Partners

    Pros

    - all internal resources built around you as a consultant, sometimes to a fault
    - until recently no up or out model
    - no offices

    Cons

    - too few rainmakers; principals can't sell
    - little attention to project economics
    - sometimes bend over too far backwards for clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - bring senior people on as partners
    - don't give away the project by extending jobs without more fees
    - hold people more accountable for underperformance

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very difficult economy will test this firm's adaptability

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Katzenbach Partners

    Pros

    Small, intimate firm environment. Leadership will adjust on some levels to the needs of their people. Firm tries to be transparent as much as possible - good learning experience. Quirky, extremely intelligent people. Generally "nice" or thoughtful people. Core competencies often focus on "nice" things like empathy, pride, leadership, communication. A valiant attempt to merge the "soft" organizational focus with a "hard" quantitative and/or strategic capability. Because our firm is "different", many of our projects seem or feel slightly "different" - not just blindly applying frameworks, so lots of flexibility in problem solving and the consulting experience. Firm members work "nicely" with clients and clients tend to like us as people. Lots of development-focused feedback on performance. Staffing team is also a champion for your personal development. Entrepreneurial spirit still exists to some extent - there is freedom to participate in "extracurriculars". It is a challenging job in an extremely uncertain time.

    Cons

    Somewhat uncertain firm value proposition and strategy in terms of the type of work we want to provide. Partnership has tried to define what they want the firm to be, but it seems to be a continuous problem. A bit of a rift in the firm in culture, strategy, and working style, starting at the partnership level. Smaller firm means a less secure pipeline of work in an uncertain economy. Uncertainty yields discomfort in the ranks in terms of job security and opportunities at the firm going forward. Smaller firm also means there is a very strong "informal network" of gossip and info flow (and political positioning to some extent). Not a great example of how to create work life balance norms. Since every project feels so important to the future of the firm, there is not much impetus to create work life balance. People just dive in and try to over-deliver. In a cost cutting time, "one firm" ideal goes to the wayside as geographies isolate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work to define what we want to be as a firm - there is work being done on this, but it needs to be a definitive tack. Strengthen formal business systems to avoid lavishness and lack of control that helped to create a difficult financial situation in 2008. Partnership did a good job of adjusting communications and increasing transparency. In late 2008, the firm was a firestorm of gossip because partners did not communicate consistently or clearly. Since then, they have learned that firm members are discontented and have tried to provide more intimate, honest, and open forums for communication, which has worked well for many employees. Make a decision quickly about how the firm plans to survive what seems like a difficult period of years ahead. Support satellite offices with senior leadership and tailored communications so they don't feel abandoned (there has also been an effort on this front).

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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great firm for undergraduates who want to launch a career and get compensated well.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Katzenbach Partners

    Pros

    Great people and projects with companies that are more befitting more established consulting firms. Very entrepreneurial and creative culture that is very collaborative. Allows its consultants to take leaves of absences which helps them build experiences outside of consulting. Pay is very competitive at the lower levels....in fact, junior consultants are treated very, very well financially.

    Cons

    Very little brand name recognition outside of undergraduate recruiting. Most people will never have heard of Katzenbach including recruiters, so if you ever want to pursue a career outside of consulting, you are on your own. Staffing can sometimes feel a little haphazard to some. There is wide variance in the quality of project managers from a problem solving and people management perspective.

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    Need to figure out the attrition issue. Too many great consultants leave the firm.

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    Great place if you're a "fit"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Katzenbach Partners

    Pros

    - culture
    - people
    - benefits

    Cons

    - exigencies of client demands
    - uneven middle managememt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - improve middle/project management
    - reduce politics

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