Centerline Partners

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Centerline Partners Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Small Company, Big Clients, Niche Market

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management, Not An Owner in Warren, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Management, Not An Owner in Warren, NJ

    I have been working at Centerline Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Centerline is a specialized consultancy operating in a niche market the opportunities of which are starting to be noticed by larger consulting firms.
    - Centerline offers a highly competitive compensation package.
    - Has an impressive client list and they maintain excellent relationships with all of their clients
    - Provides excellent opportunities to grow, take on more responsibility and get hands on experience in new areas
    - As is typical with consulting firms there is not an "office culture" but the staff is made up of seasoned professionals who work hard for the clients and each other
    - Again, while typical consulting workloads are heavier than your average 9-5 Centerline still maintains a very good work/life balance for their employees.

    Cons

    Centerline is a small consultancy, and there are some key differences between a smaller firm and the big consultancies. These are not necessarily cons, but differences to be aware of:
    - Some processes and operations are more complicated or more cumbersome because this is a small firm and doesn't have the IT infrastructure and support of a large consultancy.
    - As with most consulting firms, travel is sometimes required. The two offices are in the Metro New York and Boston areas, and this is where the majority of the clients are located but sometimes travel is required to other locations. Centerline follows the common travel schedule of Monday AM - Thursday PM at the client site for those employees that have to travel.
    - A smaller firm means more exposure, which is awesome when you perform and excel but highlights shortcomings when you don't. Everyone is invested in the success of their projects and the firm overall. People who are not team players are not tolerated.
    - There are two major metro areas serviced: NJ and Boston. Consultants need to be willing to travel to clients in both areas - but it is typically a Monday AM to Thursday PM on-site schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The workforce would benefit from an improvement in top-down communications
    - The company and it's workforce would benefit from an increase in consistency across roles and responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work and clients with some of the usual small firm challenges

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management, Not An Owner in Warren, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Management, Not An Owner in Warren, NJ

    I have been working at Centerline Partners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Very marketable, differentiated methodology;
    - Competitive compensation;
    - Good relationships with Fortune 500 clientele with senior management sponsorship;
    - Exposure to interesting project work primarily in the Pharmaceutical and Financial Services industries;
    - Staff works well together and delivery teams seem to have good morale;
    - Good work-life balance with minimal activities required outside of normal work hours

    Cons

    - It is a small firm that is carefully managed. Candidates need to be realistic about working at a small firm and should realize they are joining a demanding meritocracy not a fortune 500 firm or a global services firm. Small firms can be a refreshing place to work but be realistic - you won't have the perks of a larger employer
    - If you are a B player or (more critically) your team members don't think you carry your weight or you are annoying/unpleasant to work with - then you will be scrutinized when you hit the bench and it probably won't work out for you
    - There are two major metro areas serviced: NJ and Boston. Consultants need to be willing to travel to clients in both areas - but it is typically a Monday AM to Thursday PM on-site schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The owners act as expected for a small firm that is managed in a fiscally conservative fashion
    - They could communicate better across accounts and across the firm

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Shady Shady Shady

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Centerline Partners full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pros? What's that for a shady business like CLP

    Cons

    Where do I start. Not only does the company tout themselves as experts in management consulting (they aren't), they also try to upsell services where they have no business being in.

    First off, this company does not employee any true management consultants. Most consultants are just business analysts. Oh and their proprietary methodology? That's all bogus too, as it's basic requirements gathering 101. There is NOTHING NEW about their methodology.

    Second, they try and sell services where they have no expertise in. For example, they have tried to sell business process reengineering when they did not have 1 expert on their staff qualified to deliver this service.

    Lastly, one of the founders has a judgement against him in NJ. If you do not believe me, you can easily google his name and look up the court records.

    It also looks like I am not the only one who has a negative impression about this firm. Do yourself a favor, and don't be tempted by the money they offer you in the beginning. Once you are done with a project and you spend 1 week on the bench, you are GONE. Linkedin has the tale of the tape of all the former employees from this firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing I can say that will change your stubborn ways. You never communicate with your staff, so no one knows when a new client work is won, when new people join the firm, or when someone is let go. I have never been with such a small company that had this little transparency on what goes on with the company.

    By the way, how much have you grown in the entire time your company has been in business? Hire a capable practice leader and let them run the show if you ever hope to grow as a company. Your money well of your existing client is drying up fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    ehh... It's a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Warren, NJ
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Warren, NJ

    I worked at Centerline Partners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They pay pretty well, but save your money because you will find yourself looking for a new job if you have a lapse between projects.

    Cons

    Where to begin? Someone else suggested looking on LinkedIn... just look at how many former employees there are for a company that averages twenty or so project staff at a time and as young as Centerline. If you are looking for temp work to earn some cash, by all means it is not such a bad place. If you are making a serious career move, keep looking. Do not believe the recruiting hype and do not believe they have any real processes or delivery methodology. It is repackaged BA 101 stuff that they try to market as being unique.

    They do have a handful of really good people there at any given point in time, but their talents are both unappreciated and wasted. Also, they seem to land decent projects, but inevitably, the reality outshines the sales pitch.

    The two owners are likable guys, but they will discard you as soon as you are no longer useful, and the middle management that you will report to is hit or miss. I reported to a few in my short time at Centerline - a couple were really impressive and then I was put on a project under the obnoxious one. So that really makes a difference in your experience there as well.

    Anyway, its the kind of place where your first and last days are usually your happiest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a plan. It helps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company with good prospects and an interesting Go-to-Market proposition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Edison, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Edison, NJ

    I have been working at Centerline Partners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Above average compensation
    - Excellent relationships with C-level clients in marquee firms in the life sciences and financial services industries;
    - Increasing penetration across client's business lifecycle including opportunities to shape business, operations and technical strategies at the enterprise level;
    - An appreciation for the need to bring in fresh talent at both the consultant and management levels;
    - A evolving understanding that the firm's services portfolio needs to expand

    Cons

    Most of the downside of working with the firm is typical of boutique consulting firms:
    - Increased vulnerability to market downturns;
    - Minimal mentoring and guidance - particularly at lower levels;
    - Limited career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Be less risk adverse with new client prospecting and diversify client portfolio;
    - Implement operational processes/communications that share information across accounts;
    - Be more aggressive about expanding the service portfolio

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work, good pay, a bit of growing to do

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

    I have been working at Centerline Partners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is better than most small firms. decent work life balance. Interesting work with clients that want our input. Steady growth outlook for the next 12 months. Solutions are provided not just body's to work the duration of a contract.

    Cons

    As with any small company communication could use some improvement. Controlled and smart growth is hard and with that comes the perception of body shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunities for internal folks to contribute more. Your employees can help shape the companies future, let them help growth not just in sales but in other areas. Communicate more regularly, we want to hear from you... good, bad or nothing, its key to staying connected to the firm.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    If you need a job, take the job and keep looking. Otherwise, don't bother.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst

    I have been working at Centerline Partners full-time

    Pros

    It is a job ?

    Cons

    Senior management is sloppy and ignorant; evening meetings; lack of input by staff; body shop with blinders on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Worst career decision I ever made

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

    I worked at Centerline Partners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They pay well for a small company

    Cons

    The two partners are awful, full of themselves, untrustworthy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with the team and not against them. Stop using your company to employ your wife and support your golfing habit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great pay, but comes at a price

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

    I worked at Centerline Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Offers great compensation and very "flashy" internal gatherings (upscale dinners, etc.). Has many big-name clients with opportunities to work alongside upper management of major corporations. Is also a very small company so it's easy to network internally.

    Cons

    Firm is basically run by the two partners with little or no input from employees. If a project goes well, the partners are quick to take credit, while if a client is dissatisfied, the team members are immediately to blame. There is no "bench" at this firm, meaning when client prospects are bleak terminations occur immediately and then new hires are made later when contracts are signed. There is no diversity here and the small size of the company leads to some questionable HR practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have no respect for your employees, they will have no respect for you. Rather than firing people who earn you money, maybe you should remove your own wives from the payroll..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    The pitch is management consulting - the reality is contracting with compulsory weekend/evening company meetings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Centerline Partners full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation; very competent seasoned leadership; about 20% the employees are actually quite talented.

    Cons

    The level of politics for such a small company is completely off the charts. There is the facade of management wanting employees to be engaged, but ultimately you are expected just to do your work and keep quiet. The core methodology offerings are clever marketing, but ultimately hollow, meaningless slide ware - not real proprietary knowledge. This is not management consulting -- its 2 people who are part of an old boys network selling contracting services for people they hardly care about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You probably know more than your employees -- but that doesn't mean you shouldn't listen to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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