Society Consulting Reviews

Updated May 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    overall positive experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not sure where all the negativity is coming from for other reviewers - I've been working at Society almost two years and it's actually pretty great!

    There is a sincere (and recently re-invigorated) effort to value employees, to keep people informed about what's going on in terms of company growth, financials, etc, and to have a good time whenever possible. It's a true consultancy firm in the sense that things are always in flux - business relationships, contracts, projects etc. So that kind of shifting ground has to be something individuals are comfortable with to flourish here, but if you can roll with a lot of change, you can really go places.

    What I appreciate most is the sense of being part of a company and a culture, even though so many of us work off-site. That is tough to accomplish but I real feel it at Society.

    Cons

    Salaries are solid but benefits are not. The leadership team has been made painfully aware of employee dissatisfaction around this and is taking (baby) steps to enhance things like vacation time and 401k matching, but there's a long way to go.

    There is always a push for the rank and file to do business development. Admittedly, a lot of business growth happens organically from the roots up and consultants out in the field are the best source of leads. However, an effective sales team is also required, and the emphasis on non-sales people doing bus dev is unfortunate - I've known at least one awesome colleague who left specifically because he got tired of that push.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people who are comfortable doing bus dev do it, and don't push others who are great at their jobs do things they don't want to participate in - it's a great way to lose good talent.

    Balance the recent focus on time tracking and forecasting by reminding people how much they're valued as humans, not just resources.

    Focus less on geo-expansion, or at least reduce the concentration to 1 other office rather than 3. Bring the CEO home to be a leader at HQ - his absence is definitely felt.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Sr. Consultant

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work atmosphere, decent level of transparency within teams, owners and executive leadership seem to be strong (no obvious in-fighting amongst the upper ranks). Society is very generous and flexible about work arrangements, as long as you are a strong producer and your client is happy. It's a great place for self-motivated and self-directed people.

    Cons

    Compared to the other top firms in the industry, benefits are average at best. But they are very transparent about them and have had many honest, open discussion with employees about it. The 401k match is only 1% with 3yr vesting, and the health plan basically discourages you from insuring your dependents. But there is an HSA and Society contributes $1,000k per year, which is nice. Maternity leave is unpaid and only 1 month above FMLA (so 4 months total), which is the lowest of any place I've worked.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great direction at a company with a bright future

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

    I worked at Society Consulting full-time

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

    Pros

    - Smart people
    - Strategic leadership
    - Good client opportunities

    Cons

    - Very localized; few markets to move to
    - Most interesting projects are only for the top of the boys club
    - No advancement structure for lowly consultants

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building out the junior leaders you already have rather than the big name additions at the top. Tread carefully on propagating the culture of revenue generation above all else.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Probably one of the best companies I've ever worked for,especially compared to my last company. The company as a whole truly cares about its employees and their success. They want to make sure that you are happy with your projects and bend over backwards to make sure you have everything you need.

    Society also has many events and trainings that employees can take advantage of.

    Cons

    While the majority of the benefits are fantastic, the time off benefit and insurance can really use some work. The average time off at most companies is 4 weeks in your first year (2 weeks vacation, 1 week PTO and 1 week sick). Society combines these into one bucket, which is great! And you can borrow against your bucket (with limits), but you only get 10 days your first year.

    Society does provide health coverage for the employee at no cost (depending on the plan). Dependent coverage is available, but you pay 100% of the premium. The insurance plan is also not very good - I've see better plans at other companies that had higher coverage amounts for lower cost (even taking into account the company paid 50% of dependent coverage). My advice - if you don't need dependent coverage, don't worry about it. But if you do, take that into consideration when negotiating salary.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! You are doing fantastic things and your employees are loving it. But please consider making the time off and health insurance a bit more competitive. If those were improved, this would be the perfect company!


  6. Helpful (3)

    fair

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

    I have been working at Society Consulting

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good Management, good environment to work, and friendly staff

    Cons

    needs more improvement as it is maturing.



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