BearingPoint Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
435 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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  1.  

    So long, thanks for the fish.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Low walls culture, decent pay and benefits. BE has been good to me, sorry to see it all get broken up and sold off. Like most companies, it is all about the strength of your local management. I have been generally treated as a competent adult, and allowed to make my own path. Your mileage may very.

    Cons

    Working for a company in bankruptcy is always a bad idea. The firm is getting sold off piece-by-piece, which is probably the right move. The back office costs were too high, so it makes sense to graft the worthwhile (revenue generating) parts onto a healthy organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for fighting the good fight, we really needed you about 3 years before you showed up. Better luck next time.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A mixed bag with a bleak future

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement -- perversely due to attrition

    Cons

    constant internal management struggles surrounding our debt; bad senior managers and MDs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the collective mess that is corporate services, commercial services (outside Japan), financial services, and our debt.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    BearingPoint. Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    People. Everybody helps everyone and you can succeed w/o tearing down your peers. Leaders professional and respectful. I think the promotions within my group have been managed very fairly. Usually no problem adjusting your schedule for appointments, etc. The amount of vacation also is a plus.

    Cons

    Public services likely to be purchased by Deloitte Consulting becasue of the Chapter 11. Uncertainity where we stand. Bonuses have been very low due to the long-term debt problem. Government contracts are stable work but the are difficult to manage. The margins are low compared to private sector. Master's degreee is no value to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't reinvent the wheel with Deloitte. AlexPartners or somebody else should pretty much have templates.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Be review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Great people and support in reaching career goals and development. Management does a great job of communicating with all of the employees regarding any issues or changes. Everyone gets along with each othet and there are many bright and talented people working in the company.

    Cons

    Lack of networking opportunities..compensation..no tuition reimbursement..work life balance. Career path is not defined and you end up doing many generalist type of work coming in as a college graduate. Those who cry and whine get noticed and those who derserve to get promoted faster then others usually dont because management feel they havnt been at the company long enough. Its hard to get into the field of work that you really want to get into because of the lack of yraining opportunities or management dont want to take the time to train somebody. Performance review is done by someone that doesnt even work on the same project as you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more compensation..awards and bonuses. Provide more and effective training opportunities, net working opportunities. Create more defined career paths for employees

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A Tale of Two Companies

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    BearingPoint is full of smart, hard working people. It's large enough that there are many opportunities, particularly in the Washington, DC, area.

    Cons

    BearingPoint is a company full of smart, hard working people that are exhausted by the drama and uncertainty caused by the company's continued internal financial woes. The constant cloud of rumors, uncertainty, along with the dismal financial benefits over the past few years as a result of the financial problems, is making it very hard for staff to try to "see it through" to the other side of this scary tunnel, particularly during the current economic conditions and with no certainty as to what the company will look like on the other side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on strategies for how to retain your best people; work harder to be transparent and dispel rumors while the company goes through its bankruptcy pains.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Manager At BearingPoint

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    As a hole BearingPoint is an excellent company to work for. They are understanding of the work / life balance and they encourage their employees to take care of themselves. They are not much of an up or out consultancy. Since it is not a partnership, they promote people based on merit if there is space in the leadership group for the promotion. As for staffing, they are excellent about finding engagements for people that were on a team that is no longer together, whether the contract was over or the contract was lost. They prefer to staff current employees prior to looking outside the company for talent.

    Cons

    In solutions it is hard to see a clear line of determining where work will come from. I know there is a perceived need to build a network, but when you are not client facing, as is the solutions group, it is hard to determine when and where you will be able to generate work from. With that in mind, it is difficult to try and drum up "new" business and secure forward progression on your career path. I cannot say that this is an issue for the company as a whole, but I would say that it is present throughout the Solutions group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would have liked them to disconnect the PS group from the rest of the country, much much earlier.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    BearingPoint review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    My colleagues and peers are great and I respect them.

    Cons

    Management above Manager level is not great; communication is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time and effort to show appreciation toward Managers and staff, letting them know they are valuable.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start or end a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    -Low barrier to entry
    -Good place to start a career (or to end one)

    From the people I've met, the public services sector (working with the government) appears to be pretty easy to get into, especially if you've ever worked for the government or served in the military. This can make it an attractive place to start if you're straight out of college, or straight out of the military.

    Cons

    -Deteriorating reputation
    -Lack of company culture
    -General instability

    There seems to be a propensity of younger resources (cheap labor) and older resources (people who peaked long ago and have nowhere better to go), but there seem to be fewer people in the middle range (27-35 year olds).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your lower-level resources. If you treat them like you're expecting them to quit, they will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    He is areally honest, straightforward guy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    Opportunity, flexibility, work-life balance, and client satisfaction.

    Cons

    Chapter 11 is a really frightening reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving the company in the right direction. The plan to get out of Chapter 11 seems really workable. Advice: Communicate, communicate, communicate.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good way to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in McLean, VA

    I have been working at BearingPoint

    Pros

    I truthfully owe much to BearingPoint, INC. They helped me grow so that I will be better prepared when I move on. The people are what make BearingPoint, because there are some days where it can be plain miserable, but the people help you through that.

    Cons

    The pay isn't as great as it could be, but you have to start somewhere. Also, BE does not expense anything, it's a little disappointing traveling further than you expected and BE being very inconsistent about pay, but want you to squander money by travelling. But once again--you're starting somewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more direction

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