BearingPoint

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BearingPoint Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
436 Reviews
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BearingPoint Managing Partner Peter Mockler
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Pros
  • Work/life balance probably a bit better than competitors (in 45 reviews)

  • Really great place to start consulting career (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor senior management (probably the reason went bankrupt); territorial attitudes of managing directors (in 27 reviews)

  • Compensations, trainings and work-life balance depends on your boss and not from your personal qualities (in 12 reviews)

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    BearingPoint Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    I enjoyed my engagement and the people I worked with. I experienced good opportunities for advancement and increased responsibility and was adequately recognized for my achievements.

    Cons

    The compensation was poor and overall the company is not doing well financially. However, my sector (Public Services) was doing well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BearingPoint suffered financially, but I feel that senior leadership did the best they could to lead the company. I was overall happy with my stay at BearingPoint. Will miss you BE!

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    BE Consultant

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    competent people, collegial environment and fun working environment. Opportunities to volunteer for new projects and develop your career if you really work at it.

    Cons

    if you don't have a military background you can feel out of [lace. do not get rewarded for advanced degrees etc. and they try to lowball on salary in the beginning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Constant Struggle

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Low wall culture, flexibility on projects, informal

    Cons

    raises and bonuses were pitiful, performance feedback and assessment process only based on one persons feedback for most part, even a little bench time can mean a layoff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you did a great job getting us over to Deloitte, it's worlds better there

    Disapproves of CEO
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    BE Consultant

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    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Consultant in McLean, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Friendly work environment that really helps one stay focused on the task at hand: getting a job once the company goes totally under.

    Cons

    Bankruptcy and other small problems with financial miscalculations, SOX compliance issues... not much in the way of a future here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take her down easy and enjoy that windfall of cash once the company has been completely sold and liquidated to the creditors, etc.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Business Consultant

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    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    BearingPoint had pretty decent pay for the industry. Company issued a laptop computer, which made it convenient to telecommute periodically.

    Cons

    Hoteling was difficult. As a BearingPoint business consultant I did not have a home office space on a permenent basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to work from home on Federal holidays during which their client host offices are closed, yet not a holiday for BearingPoint.

    No opinion of CEO
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    BE Not so good for growth

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    good place to work as a recent grad

    Cons

    poor place for growth...not conducive to keeping seasoned employees..management won't hesistate to step over their employees to futher their own growth but will squash anyone who tries to move forward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of your seasoned emloyees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work-life and people. It ends there.

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at BearingPoint

    Pros

    1. There are many bright employees at roughly the same stage in their careers, roughly 5-10 years experience. This creates a collegial, respectful environment.
    2. The work-life balance was great. Maybe not at first, but once you got into the groove and were hitting high chargeability/utilization, the company, and my sector particular was very accomodating with scheduling work weeks and vacation.

    Cons

    1. There is little to no development, mentorship, or training of talent. The highly touted Yale series was simply another venue for subpar training. Many consulting companies fail to develop talent under the guise that they are "hiring experts and experienced personnel." This faulty logic means many firms are missing out on opportunity to truly create knowledgeable, confident staff.
    2. Related to training, the bilnd tend to lead the blind. You are considered an expert if you've done something once.
    3. Perofmance reviews occur under a banner of transparency, but they are anything close to that. Manager board meetings are held behind closed doors and you are given little insight into the outcome. Bonuses are given in large pools related to ranking rather than your individual, specific accomplishments. Therefore, you could perform awesomely for 12 months straight, win new work, create intellictual capital, etc; and, because you have the same rating as some lackey who files papers who has a good relatinoship with their manager you both will be paid equally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It became very obvious towards the end (bankruptcy) that our senior managment had no idea how to run a large company. Because I was pleased with my individual sector and team I stuck around, but I lost out pretty big because of it. Looking back, many of the communicatios from senior management were overly optimistic, at best, to downright misleading, at worst. I once heard an analogy from leadership that they excelled at "building the ship while sailing." Guess what? If you haven't sealed the boat before you leave dry dock, it's going to sink.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    BE creditors don't want former employees to get their earned PTO or Severence!

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    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    The ability to service clients from any location. Depending on your job and clientele, you could work from anywhere on your own hours and management supported this. The comraderie (inspite of the backstabbing by some) made it a decent place to work. BE really understood the family work balance.

    Cons

    The backstabbing from senior management to prevent anyone from leapfrogging over them in promotions, despite being unqualified to lead your team. Also the pay is better than Booz but way less than a Deloitte or PWC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up. Stop derailing your subordinates' careers and do your job of motivating and creating company personnel that can contribute to bringing in money. Also after going bankrupt despite record sales by some of your employees, the creditors have asked the bankruptcy judge to order BE not to pay employees severence or their earned PTO. A lot of us, already earn a lot less than our colleagues elsewhere, dedicated ourselves to BE taking ridiculous 4-7% raises and little or no bonuses while being denied promotions b/c of BE's problems, deserve to have our PTO paid to us. We worked hard and took little leave and made our division profitable, it's not our fault that inspite of this the company went bankrupt. If I had left the company before the bankruptcy court, I'd of been paid out my PTO, but since I was loyal and despite the court originally approving it, I'm not being robbed.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good place to start a career..

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Good place to start a career.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are not as robust as competitors in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does not like to take accountability for problems when they occur. Many times actions are reactive rather than proactive...even when issues have been brought to the attention of management. I believe many situations could have been mitigated or alleviated otherwise.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Let's hope Deloitte allows us to keep our Culture but Pays us better!

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    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Like most consulting firms, the ability to have exposure to a vast number of industries and clients, is one to best reasons to work at BearingPoint. Also, they are pretty good about employees work/life balance needs (i.e. Telecommunting, Maternity leave, etc.)

    Cons

    They pay is pretty bad (compared to industry standards) and the promotion criteria seems to be very skewed. Some times it about performance, some times about how long you've been there, some times it's about who you knao, and some times it's about just being lucky. They run on a platform of promotion through performance but I don't see that most of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, it's not worth it. However, I think Ed has made the best he could of a crappy situation

    Approves of CEO

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