Every good story starts with a single idea. In 1992, Dave Peterson, a talented consultant for a "Big 5" firm, had an epiphany. A great consultancy did not have to be a big, centrally located firm, flying its consultants out to distant client locations. Neither did it have to be a small, local boutique. He had a better model in mind. North Highland was built around this radically different approach. Two decades later, North Highland is an employee-owned, global consulting firm with local teams in the US, UK and several other countries.
North Highland is a global management consulting firm that delivers unique value, relevant big ideas and strategic business capabilities to clients around the world. The firm solves complex business problems for clients in multiple industries through an integrated approach and offers specialty services via its Data and Analytics, Managed Services, and Sparks Grove divisions, as well as TrueBridge Resources.
North Highland is an employee-owned firm that has been named as a Best Firm to Work For every year since 2007 by Consulting Magazine.
Come see why we're different!
Looking for average? Happy to follow? Sorry, you’re in the wrong place! Want something different? Now we’re talking! We are a team of collaborative,engaged professionals who care deeply about our work, clients, communities, and each other.
OUR APPROACH TO CONSULTING
We change the way our clients think about consulting, and are a different type of consulting firm – and have been since day one. We believe that people are more important than revenue. Client satisfaction is the benchmark by which we gauge our success. Since we are employee-owned we have a different perspective - forging relationships that go beyond merely transactional.
BECOME AN OWNER
Working at North Highland is unlike working anywhere else. Relationships matter to us; not only with our Global Fortune 500 clients but among each other. We are collaborative, highly engaged and most importantly we care about our work. And, because we are owners of the firm, we do the right things for our clients and for one another.
OWN YOUR LIFE
At North Highland, we believe that our employees do their best when they have a balance between their professional and personal lives. It’s a refreshing approach that puts professionals in control of their life and career. We focus on results, and offer flexible career tracks so our professionals are better equipped to juggle modern life.
OWN YOUR CAREER
At North Highland, employees are trusted to expand their skill set and develop their expertise as forward thinking individuals. As a new hire, you will embark on the ‘First Year’ journey where you will learn what it means to be an owner of the firm, what it means to our clients, to what it means to our firm. We want you to live and breathe our culture. You own the decisions that affect your career.
OWN YOUR FIRM
At North Highland, we are all owners of the firm. Our ownership culture positively shapes how we serve our clients. As owners, we’re motivated to help each other build our firm’s future on the long-term success of our clients. We treat each other with the utmost respect – so there are no jerks allowed. And our entrepreneurial spirit keeps us striving to solve complex problems for our clients’ toughest challenges.
TAKING YOUR CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL
We value the expertise of our employees. This is why we invest in a robust program to build skills, share understanding and encourage professional growth. From in-house coaching to participation in industry workshops, seminars and roundtables, we offer an array of resources to help our people expand their knowledge base.
We offer one of the most comprehensive benefits package available. Our Global Employee Stock Ownership Plan (GESOP) is a plan you won’t find at other firms, and our matched 401K plan comes with immediate vesting. Robust insurance plans, flexible work arrangements, and generous paid time off lets employees relax and focus on life’s priorities.
ONE TEAM. ONE GOAL
We truly value our differences – including gender, ethnicity, age, and lifestyle – we welcome a variety of perspectives not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it leads to better relationships and more creative solutions for our clients. That recognition forms the basis for our approach to diversity and inclusion, and inspires us to continue to build an open and inclusive work environment.
WHAT DOES COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU?
Giving back to our communities means everything to us and we actively support the local charities that our consultants and clients call home. Around the world, every North Highland office is inspired to make their community a better place. From helping children with disabilities in London, to supporting the local food banks in Los Angeles, we donate our time to designated charities and community groups.
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I worked at North Highland full-time (more than 10 years)Pros
North Highland has always had a strong culture of caring for each other, its clients and the community. Others have caught on to this but it has always been at the core of the company. The changes the company is undergoing will provide real opportunities for all. The local model and work life balance are strong and respected.Cons
The company is going through a needed transition. The overall direction is good but the implementation has been difficult. I think most of this is behind us.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Continue to make the needed changes while holding on to the core elements that makes the company strong. Communicate in the short term while focusing on the long term.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
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Getting an Interview
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I applied online – interviewed at North Highland.Interview Details
Standard process, in as much as 1) Apply Online 2) Recruiter Screening 3) Schedule in-person (if local) or Phone interview with hiring manager and peer(s).
I applied through a social media online tool, which sounds much like "meepedin". A recruiter contacted me two and a half weeks later. This is a general screening conversation for qualifying 1) experience and 2) salary. It seems if you are of interest you will receive benefit, hiring and company informational attachments. Additionally, the screening is summarized and presented to the hiring manager, I assume, to select with whom they would like to interview. This assessment selection took another three weeks. The invitation to complete an online application is emailed, and is a typical employment application however I noted on prior employment it seemed as though they are mostly interested in your salary history more so than what the role did.
The in person interviews is where I became appalled by North Highland. The first interview was with a principle of the firm and this individual did not have a resume copy or pen. The questions where pulled from the air. The questions were the standardized and typical behavioral interview questions, "Tell me about a time when....” conflict, managed people, hard decision, yada, yada, yada. The other interviews did not contain a single question and where info session and testimonials on their placement service. One interviewer spent 15 minutes outside the interview room chatting up a recruiting member going to a campus event. When he did decide to start the interview, because she had to go, he told me about her trip and asked "doesn't that sound fun?" No, witnessing your Madman office dynamic does not intrigue me to the least. What would be “FUN” is showing respect for interview candidates and your staff.Interview Questions
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- standardized and typical behavioral interview questions, "Tell me about a time when....” conflict, managed people, hard decision, yada, yada, yada View Answer
North Highland is a different kind of consulting firm. We have one simple premise – to do what’s right for our clients and our people. After all, relationships matter. That belief has guided us to become a global consulting firm that builds its success on the value we provide for our clients. We bring relevant BIG ideas and challenge the expected way of doing things.
Mission: We empower clients, colleagues and communities to achieve aspirations while building lasting, caring relationships.