Bowdoin Group Reviews

Updated April 2, 2015
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  1. Great people, very good experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bowdoin Group full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people are great. Everybody supports each other, bs in not tolerated and people care about the company and what they are doing. Although the career was not right for me I learned a lot about business and doing things the right way. We dealt with some cool companies and I made some good relationships. If you have a problem somebody is always wiling to help. There is not a lot of politics if you are performing well management lets you do your job.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of pressure to perform and people's performance levels are very public. If something goes wrong you will need to explain what happened to about 10 people.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer lines of management, everybody does not need to be involved in everything. Spend as much time celebrating wins as you do looking at problems.

  2. Poorly managed, terrible culture, disappointing commission plans.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bowdoin Group full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package is good, company has a great reputation with clients, knows what it's target market is.

    Cons

    Several business units that do not collaborate, high turnover in leadership, no career advancement. Culture is cliquey and uninspiring. Micromanagement is the only motivational tool.

  3. Tight-nit Team Striving for Excellence

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Bowdoin Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    compensation, personal growth, team based atmosphere, flexibility, additional awards for top performers such as full paid vacations and quarterly dinners. executive management and team members genuinely care about each other even outside of the office.

    Cons

    50+ hours is a light week in the industry, you have to embrace the culture or you will not last, unclear career progression requirements

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work and rewarded for hard work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bowdoin Group full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a great team in place that is always willing to help newer members become acclimated to the position or even the industry. You're given the tools/resources to succeed and are rewarded for your hard work. Great office culture and a lot of room for growth.

    Cons

    Interview process in lengthy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open with employees. Absolutely love that you take your employees opinions seriously.

  6. Helpful start to my career as i gained hands on experience right away. The company has strong senior management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Wellesley, MA

    I worked at Bowdoin Group full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will be thrown right into the mix and it expected to produce from day 1. If you can handle putting in the work the chance to do well is there.

    Cons

    Lack of structure between departments and communication between managers and recruiters. It seemed that at times everyone was not on the same page.

  7. Helpful (4)

    If you want recruiting ok, but don't join looking for anything else

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bowdoin Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of fun, hard working, nice people. Office space isn't bad. Company puts on monthly social hours to mingle with coworkers and relax with food and wine/beer.

    Cons

    You're sold one idea of what your job is and what the company's approach and values are, making them sound less like a "head hunting" firm which ends up feeling like they're trying to trick themselves into believing they're not in recruiting and that the industry isn't super competitive and invasive. On boarding/training isn't helpful. Too many people train/direct you in different ways. You hear people say that they feel like they can't have work life balance to be successful. Interview process is also extremely long and huge emphasis on a personality test which doesn't event prevent the high turnover I witnessed. Also, you go in for your acceptance of the position only to be grilled by a partner which again gives off the impression that this company is highly paranoid of people leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. You're in recruiting to make money. It's ok to say you hold higher ethics to get the job done but it definitely isn't all about helping people. If you're honest about your industry and what your priorities are you will attract the right people and will have to spend less time and money on personality tests that only depict extreme paranoia on your own part.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Wellesley, MA

    I have been working at Bowdoin Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everybody is serious about their careers. People work hard but they everybody helps each other out, We all play hard and their are no clicks. Management is very open to input, even from the newer employees. You will learn how to do things the right way. People with bad attitudes do not last. There are no office politics just do your job.

    Cons

    When you first join you will be surprised how direct people are with each other. There is no excuse making. If you don't like being introspective about your performance the meetings can be uncomfortable. Once you get used to the directness you will find it very helpful.

    Advice to Management

    The focus on culture has been very helpful. Don't take you eye off the ball.

  9. Excellent size, culture, values, and position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA

    I have been working at Bowdoin Group full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smaller company
    Growth opportunity
    Fun culture
    Work Hard Play Hard
    Great Location
    MBWA
    Open Door Policy

    Cons

    Role Ambiguity/Performance Ambiguity
    Office Park beautiful but office space a little corporate - not in sync with culture

    Advice to Management

    Provide more information on organizational structure (departments, seniority, etc)

  10. Great place for young professionals!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wellesley, MA

    I have been working at Bowdoin Group full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional and hard-working environment with opportunities to learn and grow early in your career. The entire leadership team is great and they are extremely approachable and open to feedback. Open and constructive communication is valued. Everyone is focused on what's best for our clients, and I think people take pride in what we deliver.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is too much focus on the bottom-line and not enough focus on company culture/people development, but management recognizes this and is taking steps to improve it.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in Wellesley, MA
    Former Employee - Management in Wellesley, MA

    I worked at Bowdoin Group full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The ability to make a lot of money if you can navigate through the politics and unfair treatment.
    The pros that are communicated in the interview phase are not honest.

    Cons

    - The interview phase is very long and will take 4-5 visits.
    - The work environment is not laid-back or casual as suggested in many of their postings. It is very micro-managed and metric driven
    - Upper management is two-faced and will say one thing and the other until it's too late.
    - Normal working hours are 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday.
    - Base salary is very low
    -Turn over rate in the past 6 months has been higher than hire rate
    - Management by fear is the key strategy to encourage employees
    - The initial 6 months as a recruiter will consist of working internal openings. These are the most difficult to fill and least pay due to all above comments

    Advice to Management

    Close the doors and start being honest with your clients.

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