Campbell Alliance Reviews

Updated August 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Very Business Focused - Miss the Family Feel

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    Former Employee - Senior CSA in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior CSA in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Campbell Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility to work from home and take time off for maternity. Great people to work with. Even with the inVentiv ownership, the team culture in our office is still the same as when I joined. New practice area leaders are changing some of the dynamics and the jury is out on their success. There is a hard focus on business development and revenue targets. Even with many of the recent leadership departures, we are hitting and beating targets.

    Cons

    Some of the old leadership really made us feel like family. They left in 2012 after the inVentiv acquisition. I miss two of the recent departures as it has changed the vibe in the office and the company. There is more of a focus on the consulting team and the support teams seem to be left out.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more and take care of your support staff. They help support your success


  2. Helpful (3)

    Lots of Changes, For The Better

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    *True Meritocracy Exists: People who excel at their role will get recognized by the organization. The new leadership has taken strides to focus on professional growth, not only in the form of promotions, but in making sure consultants, managers, and leads are ready to do well at their current and future roles. *Diversification of Clients and Project Types: By building upon the core anchor accounts and service offerings, Campbell has established a stable bottom line that allows it to expand into new areas and new clients. *inVentiv Health: inVentiv has been a great source of connections / referrals to new clients, access to core competencies that Campbell did not historically have, and a greater amount of data and support to do the job with better quality and more efficiently. The acquisition happened more than 4 years ago and synergies with the broader inVentiv organization are regularly realized. *New Leadership: New leadership is much more collaborative in nature and values input from the entire team. They care for the consultants on a personal level and actively communicate organizational updates in a transparent manner. Some former leaders (who have recently left) have contributed to the toxic environment that Campbell is emerging from.

    Cons

    *Changing of the Guard: With several leaders leaving the organization for a variety of reasons, it has created an environment of potential uncertainty for the company. New, competent, and proven leaders have stepped up to replace the old guard with innovative approaches to grow the organization. Time will tell how things play out... *Benefits: Compensation in the form of healthcare benefits and other "perks" are unsatisfactory. This may be an indication of where the market is headed, but to be on the forefront of expensive healthcare plans with high deductibles is an added expense. Maternity leave time is below market averages.

    Advice to Management

    *Take care of your people: The (awesome) team is what drives your business - recognize the performers, listen to the team for feedback, invest in them in the form of professional development, personal relationships, and appropriate compensation *Focus: There's a lot going on right now, but things will stabilize. In the meantime, focus on leading the organization to achieve its full potential. There are still a ton of senior leaders across the world who've committed to the success of the company. The breadth and strength of the manager / consultant teams will help you get to that point. Ignore the negative reviews on glassdoor who are written by disgruntled employees who've left the company to join / start competing consultancies. Focus on the people you have and build them up. Empower this next generation of leaders to grow the company.


  3. Lots of change and uncertainty

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Campbell Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Project work is interesting and challenging Clients span from early stage biotech to huge established pharma Junior employees are fun, smart and hard working

    Cons

    Lots of turnover lately at the senior levels, and it seems like it will continue to trickle down into the junior ranks Lack of leadership and direction Poor compensation and benefits

    Advice to Management

    In consulting services, people are your biggest asset--focus on your people, profits will grow if people are happy


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Ancillary services company masquerading as a consulting firm

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some really smart people still work there. Decent work life balance. Can be a good experience if you happen to land in one of the handful of actual consulting projects with a good manager.

    Cons

    Too many to list: 1) Terrible benefits: one would be better off buying insurance in the marketplace 2) Is it really consulting? Most of the projects are ancillary services and can be done without any special knowledge. 3) Toxic culture: as of today 15 senior managers have left the company, all in the space of a couple of months. Currently most junior consultants are either bored or demoralized or both; the overwhelming feeling is that they are trapped in a bad situation and they need to escape. 4) Arbitrary assignments: again because the bulk of projects is not really consulting, personnel can get arbitrarily placed into projects where they feel misused and bored. 5) Bad leadership: some of the existing upper management are thoroughly incompetent and without any long-term vision. The leadership right now is more concerned with satisfying their inVentiv overlords by driving profits through cost-cutting and benefits reduction. 6) Pay: pay is well below industry standard and probably the only consulting company to pay biweekly. There is more but these are the salient points.

    Advice to Management

    Your company is dying right before you eyes! Wake up! - Start becoming a consulting firm. - Get projects that challenge consultants and not stupefy them with boring chores. - Start treating consultants as assets and not as commodities: which means better pay, and better benefits.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Sr. Leadership role

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The team is fantastic to work with...bright, expert, highly competitive. There is a strong focus on high-quality delivery and real-world strategies that work.

    Cons

    inVentiv Health ownership is very challenging. There is a strong focus on paying the investors first and less focus on investing in the core consulting team. Health benefits are awful. Don't underestimate how much personal spend you will incur for healthcare costs.


  7. Churn and Burn

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A good "name" to have on your resume

    Cons

    Poorly staffed, poor worklife balance. High burnout, low support. Especially bad choice for women: Very few seem to be promoted to senior roles.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees and the profits will come; not the other way around.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great culture and professional development opportunities

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Collegial environment and really smart people that are fun to hang out with leading to an optimal office culture -Strong focus on work-life balance, especially for a consulting company -Fantastic professional development and growth opportunities -Fast-track to client facing time -Company culture focused on positive feedback -True meritocracy -Wide range of project types from corporate strategy to launch strategy to med affairs strategy -Diverse list of clients

    Cons

    Very few cons: -Healthcare benefits -Maternity/paternity leave benefits -Select project types require longer hours

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on professional development, positive office culture, and work-life balance.


  9. Overall a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Campbell Alliance full-time

    Pros

    Solid leadership team - most people are smart and focused Broad base of clients - mix of big companies and emerging pharma inVentiv relationship starting to pay off Good advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Still need a unified inVentiv vision to make the whole thing work Incentive comp changes too much and not very motivating Too much focus on numbers, less on the people

    Advice to Management

    There has been a lot of change in recent years. Time to focus on executing against a well-defined vision for Campbell as well as the broader inVentiv company. Need to get back to some degree of what the firm was before inVentiv.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Expect a lot right from the beginning day

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will build strong relationships with clients and will get to know the entire company fairly fast.

    Cons

    They will not give you a lot of training and expect you to pick it up in the job. The hours are insane and you better answer emails at all hours of the day and everyday of the week within 5 minutes. If you dont mind that then this job is for you

    Advice to Management

    Work on IT


  11. Helpful (3)

    12+ Year Veteran

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At the beginning, the company was my family. Everyone was valued equally and everyone bent over backwards to help each other.

    Cons

    Things changed when they were bought by inVentiv. They lost many of the leadership including the owners. New leadership was more concerned with keeping their jobs versus maintaining the culture. As profits reduced, so did the talent base. It is really too bad. Campbell Alliance was once a very great company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    If they can spin out from inVentiv it would be great. They are a large majority of the problem. I really hope that Campbell Alliance can turn things back around. However, I would not be surprised to see it close within the next couple of years after being absorbed by inVentiv.



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