You Can Drive
You can go along for the ride or your can drive. Drivers create their own road maps. Does yours look something like this?
You get to lead challenging initiatives with industry-leading clients. You have a voice when it comes to the type of projects you work on. You build your skills, career, and network with every engagement. There's variety, and it doesn't get stale.
You work in a place that takes pride in building trust and relationships. You get to chart your own career path based on what's important to you. Your values, your leadership skills, your expertise: they actually matter. And when you have an idea, you can run with it, because you are one of the owners.
Your company encourages you to have a life outside of work. You can work locally and build long-lasting relationships with local clients. And you get to work with people who want to make an impact in their communities.
Your colleagues know their stuff, and they're eager to collaborate and share. For them, people come first, whether it's at work, at home, or in their communities. They think that success is something that's meant to be shared. And that makes them the kind of people you'll want to be around.
It's a word that describes the clients we serve, the work that we do for them and the Point B consultants who do that work. It's also how we describe our culture, which is based on collaboration, mutual respect, flexibility, choice, and a shared passion for succeeding together. Keeping our culture at the core of our business is a deliberate act.
We value people, relationships, ownership, honesty, excellence, choice, efficiency and service. We prioritize these values above all else and live them each day; they govern how quickly we grow, who we choose to do business with, who we hire, the leaders we select, and our financial goals and investments.
We are Growing
Point B has offices in:
- Seattle, WA (headquarters)
- Portland, OR
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Southern California
- Denver, CO
- Chicago, IL
- Phoenix, AZ
100% Employee Ownership
In a move that celebrates Point B’s vision, culture, and award-winning client service, Point B founders have made employees 100% owners of the company.
100% ownership means our clients win. They get to partner with consultants that have an owner’s perspective on service. And our employees win. They have a 100% stake in the game. And our industry wins. We continue a long tradition of giving the best people in business a career they can be proud of. Learn more at pointb.com/ownership.
Choice and Flexibility
At Point B, you can choose your path. Choice and flexibility are a fundamental part of our culture, whether this means choosing to travel, deciding how much you want to work, selecting the cell phone you want to use, or spending time with family and outside of work activities.
Many organizations can say they promote work life balance, but we believe that actions speak louder than words. We want our associates to provide great outcomes for our clients, but not at the expense of their health or wellbeing. We are proud of our firm for its commitment to work life balance and believe it is one of sacred treasures of Point B. Point B had the highest score in flexibility in Consulting magazine’s “Best Firms” competition in 2013.
Events and Activities
Point B hosts dozens of events in each of our markets each year to promote our thriving and vibrant culture. One of the most highly anticipated and well-attended events is the two-night, three-day annual getaway in each market for associates and their partners.
Health and Wellness
Looking for a health insurance plan that’s in sync with your needs? Want to take a short-term leave without jeopardizing your healthcare coverage? Point B provides a comprehensive benefits package that gives you security, flexibility, support, and personal choice.
Point B offers multiple medical plans, dental and vision coverage, flexible spending accounts (FSAs), disability and life insurance, access to a health concierge, and an Employee Assistance Program that provides confidential short-term counseling, referral services, and more.
Our pay model reflects our commitment to flexibility. It ensures a base salary for our associates as they serve clients, transition between assignments and engage in professional development, and take vacation. In addition associates receive additional monthly pay for productivity beyond base expectations. Rather than being limited to a set salary that doesn’t flex with changing work expectations, our pay model ensures real-time compensation for the work you do. In addition, Point B doesn’t limit or dictate time off and holidays. We trust our associates to take the time off they desire while being respectful of client needs and the firm.
Our bonus process is unparalleled and reflects our culture of rewarding associates for the value and outcomes they create by sharing the benefits of a successful year.
Our 401(k) plan offers pretax or Roth options and a number of fund choices. To further help associates with their financial wellness, we also offer financial education resources.
In addition, our employee ownership plan is a qualified retirement plan with contributions that have outpaced the average 401(k) match by almost double since its inception. This plan allows our associates to benefit through annual allocations of Point B stock. Participant account values grow through these annual allocations, but may also grow over time through increases in Point B stock price.
Volunteering and Community Service Support
Part of the fabric of our firm is to help our communities thrive. Point B sponsors associates who take an active leadership role in non-profit or community boards via financial contribution. This allows our associates to make a difference with their skills, as well as provides the non-profit organization some added sponsorship dollars.
We believe one of the most important things you can do for your total health and wellbeing is to do what you love, with people you enjoy and respect, in an environment that is collaborative and supportive no matter your stage in life. This is the firm culture we have created at Point B and continue to cultivate each and every day.
Point B is the Place to Be
We look for self-driven leaders who thrive working alongside high-caliber peers and dynamic, industry-leading clients. And above all, we aim to find colleagues who share our values, employee ownership mentality, and a desire to make Point B better. If your career roadmap looks like ours, consider the opportunities at Point B.
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I have been working at Point B full-time (more than an year)Pros
When I interviewed I feared that what I was hearing was "too good to be true" - all the things I loved about consulting, minus the things I hated, plus a positive people-first culture? I've found it to actually be even better than promised: Point B's commitments to transparency, putting people first, and choice have all held true, even in challenging circumstances.
I was recently working with an executive coach (part of a Point B-sponsored Individual Feedback & Coaching program), and we were discussing focus areas and tactics for development. My coach blinked a bit at my proposed tactics of sharing my development areas with colleagues and asking for their support and feedback, so I asked her what caused the blink.
She took me through a series of questions which reminded me how very different Point B is. "Is there a risk that some people might use that information against you, taking feedback about your development areas to your manager in a way that reflects poorly on you?" "Sometimes when there is potential competition for advancement that tactic could leave you vulnerable, is that a concern?" "Shining a light on development areas may make you look weak to 'bad actors' in the system, do you need to guard against that?"
Each question prompted me to reflect on the unprecedented level of trust, transparency and respect (both given and received) that I have observed and experienced at Point B. The more "flat" organizational structure combined with the fact that all of our consultants are seasoned/experienced means that the competitive dynamic I lived through in previous consulting firms and industry roles simply doesn't apply. My career path at Point B feels self-directed and allows me to choose between broadening or deepening my experience over time.Cons
For the best experience at Point B, you need to be highly self-directed and accept the idea that you "get out of it what you put into it." I still feel at a bit of a remove from the dynamics of firm-wide decision-making and I agree with some other comments that we seem a bit top-heavy overall... however, these issues don't affect me very strongly.Advice to ManagementAdvice
As we continue to evolve and grow in both numbers of employees and markets we serve, our vision and definition of a "self service" model needs to keep up with those changes. We need to focus more on improving infrastructure and knowledge management to take unnecessary friction out of the system - free up more of our time to focus on higher value-add activities like crafting cutting-edge, repeatable solutions for our clients.RecommendsApproves of CEO
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I applied online – interviewed at Point B.Interview Details
The process is excessive and redundant so expect to spend a great deal of time on it. The second and third in person interviews were so rude that I wondered if it was just a test to see if you could take unrelenting criticism under the guise of "feedback." The tone was so derogatory and disrespectful that I was surprised to learn that I was moving forward in the process.
Be prepared for "feedback" if you write a case study. The interviewer mockingly acted shocked that I had "left out" something he thought was needed. Being an expert in the area in question, where he clearly has no experience, I would have never included what he said. I didn't even know where to begin to explain that his idea was amateur and irresponsible so I just listened. It didn't matter because he didn't want to know my rationale or experience. He just wanted to tell me that I made a mistake, ignoring all of the other 10 steps/things that were right about the work. Clearly he thought there was only one way to design the project plan - his way.
He also told me that he made a series of random assumptions about the assignment that came out of nowhere and weren't in the case study information at all. He said that's what he would have worked off of. How inappropriate to make assumptions when it comes to client engagements and build your project plan from stuff you made up in your head?
I've never seen anything like this. You walk out of there feeling lousy. I was later told that they like to give each other this "feedback." Who wants to work for a company like that? So I opted out.Interview Questions
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- What do you like to work on? (see the Answer for why this was a "difficult" question) View Answer
You have plenty of choices about where you apply your talents. You no longer select an employer based only on salary. You look for meaning in your life and your job and want to surround yourself with people who share your values and with whom you enjoy spending time. You want to be part of a vibrant, healthy culture.
We are Point B, a 100% employee-owned firm that helps organizations form, execute, and thrive. We deliver high-value outcomes to our clients while providing a rich experience of diverse opportunities, challenges and career growth to our employees...