Point B

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Point B Reviews

Updated Mar 18, 2014
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4.1 67 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Point B CEO Mike Pongon

Mike Pongon

(36 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great resources for client delivery, great work-life balance for consulting job(in 26 reviews)

  • Good consultants and very smart people(in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • This isn't really a con, so much as a bias within the firm, something for consideration(in 3 reviews)

  • It has the feel of a large consulting firm culture now(in 4 reviews)

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Great culture, smart people, flexible work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking at Point B was a great experience. Lots of very intelligent and highly motivated people. For the most part, people are very well aligned and understand the goals of the firm. Lots of opportunity to work in different areas of the business if interested.

    ConsI had worked on the firm-wide (non client facing) team. Area leads tended to make a project out of every little thing instead of focusing on small incremental change where applicable. Most projects do not get completed and succumb to the typical failings of a waterfall type project methodology e.g.: projects take too long, run over budget and fail to meet the business requirements as they’ve changed.

    Also – compensation is average to below average. It can be years before raises are given and cost of living adjustments year over year are not typical.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Very supportive environment

    Associate (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat resources for client delivery, great work-life balance for consulting job

    ConsFew opportunities to see and meet coworkers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsGreat work/life balance for a consultant
    Interesting and diverse client base
    Great peers

    ConsIf you need a ton of career guidance this is not the best place to work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    smart people, good culture, people who care

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prossmart people, a great culture, work and life are both appreciated, i feel like i am treated fairly and respected

    Consexperiencing some growing pains - which is normal of any company
    you need to chart your own development course - which is changing

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't lose sight of the talent inside the company
    keep to the work and life balance while doing great work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work.

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat people to work with and the support for work/life balance is the best I've ever experienced.

    ConsMiddle of the road compensation when considering no paid vacation or time off at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep going on the OEI - but consider the impact of any changes on pay. You may need to re-visit the comparison compensation models previously used to ensure attraction and retention of the best candidates and Associates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the best places to be if you want to be in consulting for the lang haul.

    Senior Associate (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood work life balance. very flexible.
    Very smart core group of consultants.

    ConsPositioning more and more muddled as it grows. Losing focus on true core competency, and losing close collegial atmosphere at the expense of growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to the core values that really made associates proud to work at Point B.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Point b offers respite from the Big 4 consulting firms

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsIf you are tired of the big consulting firms and their internal games, looking for less travel, more control over your projects and interesting projects, Point b is a great place to be. The focus is on the Associate and not numbers. There are many intelligent and smart people working at the firm. The leadership sincerely cares about the employees. We currently bill for every hour worked, which is great in the busy/overtime periods, not so great when your workload at the client is light. But we are changing our compensation model and about to roll it out.

    ConsCurrently, benefits are slightly improving, but minimal compared to larger consulting firms. Health care and disability for the employee were recently added, but there is no 401(k) match. Bonus calculations are impossible to undersatnd. The new compensation model being rolled out next month is supposed to change much of this. Somewhat difficult to effect change - "That's not the Point B way..." is the mantra. Growing quite fast, and wondering if we can continue growing - without adopting some of the big 4 consulting firm techniques/strategies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot all Associates are the same.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Point B is a good place to work

    Associate (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFlexible work arrangements; people are competent; company is well run.

    ConsCompensation is at-risk; not much room for growth or promotion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't have a response.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    A firm with integrity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPoint B proved that it "walks the talk" when the financial meltdown happened. There were no layoffs, a new compensation structure was implemented to cover associates on the bench, and the company moved forward to become an employee-owned firm.

    Associates are able to make their own decisions on when/where to take roles. We're actually treated like adults.

    There is a very strong virtual network; people are ALWAYS willing to help out!

    ConsLimited communication from management as to the direction of the firm. (However, this has recently started to get better.)

    No real feedback is given to associates (unless there is a problem.)

    It's not clear as to how decisions are made and why certain people get to participate in decision-making while others do not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore visibility, more communication, more associate pariticipation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great consulting company to work for focused on life and work.

    Senior Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible life/work balance, collaborative, interesting people to work with, minimal travel.

    ConsLow salary, promotions based on tenure rather than merit, changing of the guard is being done with little change management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA new CEO doesn't necessarily have to make sweeping changes and Point B shouldn't lose what has made it great, particularly the culture which is where all the value is. Otherwise keeping doing all the great things.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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