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Evanta Founder & CEO Robert L. Dethlefs
Robert L. Dethlefs
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    Stockholm Syndrome

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Evanta full-time (more than 3 years)


    Pay is okay
    Benefits are competitive
    Downtown location is convenient for some


    You would think that a company whose entire brand is based on fostering leadership for Fortune 1000 executives would have the guts to practice what it preaches, but you’d be wrong. The leadership at this company is a complete hypocrisy. The CEO leads through fear mongering, insecurity, and paranoia. And when you reach a certain level of his “inner circle,” he’ll confess as much. If you want to work for a conniving classist with a severe messiah complex, here’s your chance. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen anyone double park in Portland, but this monster double parks his Maserati in front of Starbucks every morning.

    The problem is, no one confronts him about any of his inexcusable behavior. It’s one thing to double park in front of a coffee shop; it’s another to demean and devalue your employees. The CEO thinks his behavior is just “wacky.” It’s not. The CEO is just a fearful little man who uses his insecurities as fuel for tyrannical leadership. Get some help already.

    The CEO throws things at employees during meetings. The sales VPs are callous and demeaning, yet go out of the way to make sure you know how religious they are. The HR department is a farce. The new CFO is an okay guy. The old CFO is pretty jolly but nobody knows what he does now that he’s not the CFO. The IT guy is nice enough but he definitely toes the company line.

    Below I’ll outline a few more things you can expect to get when you work for Evanta:

    Stockholm Syndrome
    It’s been said in these reviews before, but I can’t think of a better way to describe what working at Evanta for more than a year does to you other than to compare it to what many survivors of hostage situations have experienced. The positive reviews on this site that aren’t directly written by the executive team come from employees experiencing feelings of empathy and positive feelings for their captors. If you want to learn what traumatic bonding can do for you, join this wretched company.

    Praise Progress
    A cursed, white-knuckle affair that happens every Friday. The CEO and executive staff position themselves in a Supreme Court-like setting in front of the entire company. The CEO rants. The VPs nod vigorously in agreement. Each program director is expected to give updates on his/her program. The CEO frequently patronizes the program directors if they don’t tell him the numbers he wants to hear. He calls them “teaching moments.” Most of the non-sales team is silent. Once in a while the CEO will get uncomfortable due to the lack of participation. He’ll then force everyone to come up with something to say during the meeting. If you want to see the most uncomfortable, fearful group of people on the west coast on a Friday morning at 7:30am, go to an edition of “Praise Progress.” It’s a sight to behold.

    Soup Kitchen Wednesday
    A day when a predetermined group brings largely unidentifiable sludge in mass quantities for everyone to eat by 10am — a real salmonella roulette. You are advised to only partake in Soup Kitchen Wednesday when something easily identifiable as packaged and prepared food (such as cereal out of a box) is presented as an option.

    Lavish Year-End Parties That Cost As Much As A New Mercedes
    Nothing makes the executives feel better about themselves than throwing ridiculous themed parties at the end of the year. Usually at The Nines or a comparably upscale hotel. Everyone then sits for 5+ hours while the CEO pontificates about the company, politics, whatever. They give out some cheesy awards. Then there’s some dog and pony show that gets more and more ridiculous as time goes by. Last year there was a mechanical bull. You can’t make this stuff up. If you’re looking to write the next big office sitcom, this company will give you all the material you need.

    An “Outing” Whenever The CEO Is Feeling Particularly Unloved
    You’ll go bowling. You’ll go golfing. Hell, you might even go skydiving. It really just depends on what kind of mood the CEO is in. It’s like what my mom used to do when I was a kid to pacify me when I was getting shots at the doctor’s office. You feel the pain, then you get a treat. It’s a pretty sick system, to be honest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People actually look to you for guidance and growth. If you really want to be leaders, then lead. In my time at Evanta, there was no career mentoring, no positive reinforcement, nothing. If you isolate yourself from your team either physically or emotionally, they’ll lose respect for you. Engage employees to do the best work they can and actually support them from day one. Instead of sitting in front of them during "Praise Progress," how about sitting WITH them?

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