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I worked at Attain full-time (less than an year)Pros
I think they win work, some of the other underlings are ok.
I gave work-life balance a 3, but other than me obsessing about how bizarre of a work-place it was and how little work I did at home, I barely ever had to put in more than 40. I know people who may not have even put in that regularly. However, as elucidated later, others did not share this experience, thus the average.Cons
The name "Attain" bugged me from the time I accepted an interview up until this day, it's so unnatural sounding without a context. There's no present tense of the verb form "to attain," I guess maybe "Attainment" would work in that sense and as a better name. Along with having relative amnesia about the company name, no one else will know who you work for as well.
Now for the substantive cons:
I literally did next to no work for months on a project. It seemed that middle to upper management was so busy justifying not having any staff doing no work by doing fluff reporting that they couldn't even get management of a team close to their to-do list. It was like living in a bizarro world where 8 hours of refreshing the Huffington Post was great work and nothing was ever badly done. Truly a horror-show confluence of factors, taking complex work while hiring under-qualified and large firm burnouts and staffing the base level employees almost exclusively with well intentioned, hard working former administrative female employees looking to escape to a serious desk job with duties beyond jotting notes, editing others work, color coding, and primarily secretarial duties, only to have the intense gender bias of Attain shove them into exactly that work.
Never have I seen a company punish those who volunteer and go the extra mile so severely with back-breaking menial tasking as I ever have at Attain. I assume that sometimes these crushing mind-numbing tasks ended with real remuneration or greater token title changes, but I never saw it.
Apparently the story of their inception is multiple M&A's of floundering consulting companies (Bearing Point Consulting USA, some other company) but to my knowledge the results never changed.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Underbidding competition and returning crap results only goes so far. A shoestring company is possible to run, but talent has to be homegrown and cared for like nobody's business, especially if real salaries aren't possible.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO