Centerline Partners

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Centerline Partners Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 an 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
  2.  

    ehh... It's a job

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    • 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 an 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do not make the mistake that I did

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

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

    Pros

    There are no pros at all

    Cons

    Where do I start? The first thing I should have done is take alarm to the fact that this company has a low star review on glass door for a reason. The senior management views each employee just as a body. There is no career growth, no transparency, and they do NOT care for you as a person. They only care about you being billable. Once the project ends, they will let you go because they are afraid of bench time. So think of this as a temp agency where you are just a number. Don't believe me? Go look at the number of people who have been at Centerline Partners for less than 1 year on linkedin. Not only that, but their business ethics are shady at best. They want to milk every client for every single dollar and tout themselves as an expert when they often do not have the right skillsets to be selling a specific service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a reason why your company has not grown in more than 7 years of being in business. But of course you are too stuck in your old ways and could care less about your people. Stop running the company like a sweat shop and start caring for your employees

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

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

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    • 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 an 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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst career decision I ever made

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    • 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 an 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great pay, but comes at a price

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work with smart people and have a

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Centerline Partners

    Pros

    very sharp and experienced people, small teams, leadership is accessible, lots of growth opportunity, ability to take on projects across industries

    Cons

    firm is still growing so some of the process is still evolving, travel can sometimes be an issue for people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great people,teams strike a balance between strong consulting backgrounds (with large firm experience) and subject matter expertise. so far, so good.

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not Really Business Consultants

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and better than average vacation time

    Cons

    very cliquish within teams, lack of diversity, methodology is increasingly outdated given the modern development world, lack of in-house domain expertise, poor on-the-ground leadership, no opportunity to be creative in developing solutions for clients or work in a collaborative manner with clients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't oversell your services to your clients or potential employees. What you offer is stenography of requirements to clients which works in a old waterfall methodology. What you don't offer are solutions to client's business needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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