Point B Reviews

Updated May 21, 2015
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Point B CEO Mike Pongon
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Pros
  • Opportunity for work/life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Good consultants and very smart people (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • As with any consulting firm you do not always know where you'll be (client) in the future (in 5 reviews)

  • Because we don't have a rigid hierarchical structure like many companies do, it is sometimes difficult to figure out a career path (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Senior Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Point B full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Emphasis on local project assignments (travel not required, is an option)
    Generally high caliber of colleagues
    Culture of work/life balance, drive for results, choice, flexibility

    Cons

    DNA is in operations and execution. Assignments typically staff augmentation as project leaders/managers. Consultants or specialists in strategy may not feel a fit.
    Pay is moderate with minimal upside unless selling new work.
    Some people managers less well experienced, performance expectations can be vague, not well communicated.

    Advice to Management

    Speed of execution is impressive yet delivery speed seems valued over strategy, quality and depth.

    Point B Response

    May 21, 2015COO

    Thank you for your feedback and candor. As an employee-owned firm, we pride ourselves on choice and work-life balance to improve the lives of our associates. I’m happy hear that these values hit ... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    Ok.

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Point B full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Much easier on work/life balance than comparative consultancies. People are genuinely good to work with, and leadership tries to be upfront and transparent.

    Cons

    Lot of variations in the nature of project work across markets. Tends to be more PMO type work, and less intellectually stimulating. Still hard to describe what it is we actually do. Not many project opportunities to build on real hard skills. YMMV.

    The employee owned model is good in theory (for a smaller headcount), but in practice it tends to disperse accountability for strategic initiatives, since ownership volume varies by person. There tend to be low personal financial incentives to take risks and innovate or change.


  3. Associate

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    Current Employee - Associate in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Associate in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Point B

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Not a good benefit package


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Know what you are getting into

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Point B full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are the most flexible company, I have ever worked for and really prioritize you having "life" in addition to work. They also have an really strong culture that cares about their employees happiness.

    Cons

    They try and claim that they do more than they do. They are really just product managers and it is more like glorified staff aug then it is like consulting.

    While the culture is strong it can also feel a bit campy. if it fits your personality you'll really be on board but if not it may feel like you're part of a religion that you don't believe in.

    Point B Response

    Sep 11, 2014National Recruiting Director

    I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. As you know, we pride ourselves on our flexibility and work-life balance to improve the lives of our associates, and I’m happy hear that ... More


  6. Helpful (8)

    Sr. Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Point B

    Pros

    Good consultants and very smart people

    Cons

    Leaders actions not aligned with words


  7. Helpful (4)

    Point B - Experiencing Growth

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Point B full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Point B is filled with intelligent leaders with years of experience leading challenging projects. The opportunity to learn from outstanding colleagues is one of Point B's main values. Point B offers associates the ability to work in a variety of client settings. Each engagement is unique which enables associates to expand and grow.

    Cons

    The company culture has changed with expansion. It has the feel of a large consulting firm culture now.

    Advice to Management

    Ask employees for feedback and listen.


  8. Helpful (13)

    Be weary of joining - ask tough questions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Point B full-time

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

    Pros

    Working alongside great people; you will build lasting friendships.

    Cons

    Leadership inexperienced at running management consulting firm. Decisions made in 2012 led to financial pressures. Too much internal focus rather than understanding external/market indicators. Promotions into leadership often a stretch and then leaders don't receive adequate training and mentorship. Virtually no external hires into leadership. No external perspective on the Board.

    Advice to Management

    Get some external perspectives on the Board.


  9. Helpful (11)

    Overall, pretty good.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Point B full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart, engaging people
    Nice work atmosphere
    Some great clients
    Has well defined culture

    Cons

    Strategic reorg of company is creating a lot of unnecessary hierarchy diminishing the associate experience.
    Needs to work on its biz dev engine more.
    Not much development opportunities.
    A lot of positioning within long termers for internal roles

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of looking at asociate experience especially when major changes are going on. Keep focus of company on those doing client service delivery.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Has Potential but Leadership needs to Lead

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Point B full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - Choice of engagements and opportunities for the individual
    - The values and ethics of this firm are real
    - The people are great and the events are fun

    Cons

    - Leadership needs to stop trying to please everyone
    - The SGI strategy has not been fully realized but there is no momentum to bring the strategy to life in day-to-do operations.
    - This firm over values themselves

    Advice to Management

    You are over collaborative and far too internally focused. There is this vast amount of overhead that adds very little value and wastes a ton of money.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good place to be if your DNA matches.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Point B

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance flexibility
    Variable, interesting project options
    Great reputation with clients
    Honest attempt to do the right thing for customers

    Cons

    Mono-culture - want to have DNA match for new hires
    Becoming more and more corporate, sadly
    Entrenched core set of people who have undue control

    Advice to Management

    Larger is not always better
    One size does not always fit all
    Don't lose the 'special sauce' which made it a great place to work



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