Clarity Consulting

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Clarity Consulting Reviews

Updated March 30, 2014
Updated March 30, 2014
15 Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Great culture, lots of benefits, management is open and forward-looking. Emphasis on personal growth for employees at all levels.

    Cons

    Billing by hourly budgets means work schedule is tighter and less flexible than other software jobs.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A fantastically-run company with low company BS and high employment and pay opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Clarity is a consulting firm run by consultants. Many of my previous jobs was full of meetings, HR uselessness, power trips, and tenure-based compensation, but Clarity throws all that aside. If you work hard and make yourself known, you will move up the ladders quickly. The hierarchy is very flat and there are really only 3 positions: Engagement Engineer, Engagement Manager, and Principle. Every leader has been a developer before and every person I have met so far is bright and been in your shoes.

    Cons

    Commuting to client offices is sometimes terrible. Along those lines, some client offices are bloated like typical companies and sometimes you get caught in the crossfire. There are not many holidays and getting at least 40 hours a week is more important than my previous jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing. Clarity is a fantastic place to work.

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    Positive Outlook
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with lots of room for advancement

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

    Pros

    You work with very talented individuals who are passionate about what they do. Everyone is willing to help teach and share knowledge. Management is clear on expectations, and what needs to be done to move up the ladder - they tend to promote from within. Work/life balance is encouraged while over time is discouraged by paying salaried workers an over time rate.

    Cons

    Some consider the need for initiative (you are responsible for learning new things, reaching out for help when you need it) a con, sometimes travel to the suburbs is required

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

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    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Phenomenal place to start a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    To be straightforward, I can't think of a better place to start a career (and to continue it). Clarity has the flexibility of a small company, and the stability that comes with having been around for ~20 years. Moving up is merit-based, and they prefer to promote from within. It's a really great group of people, and being social is important to everyone. It's very much a work hard, play hard atmosphere. Work-life balance is really important, and if you do end up being on a project that requires a lot of hours, you get paid overtime for it, so it balances out! Clarity's projects span lots of industries and technologies, so it's a great way to get exposure and stay versatile, which is important for any software developer. I've really gotten the feeling that the partners/upper management (though upper is relative given the flat structure of the company) really care about their employees.

    Cons

    Having a consulting job means sometimes you get stuck with a terrible commute to the suburbs for a project, or that you're on a project that isn't thrilling. That's the nature of consulting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really like that the partners are very visible, and are easy to talk to. Keep that up

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    Positive Outlook
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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Consulting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    A lot of very talented individuals as well as leadership
    Extremely fun environment, one of the best cultures to work within
    Insider information to some large companies, granted early access to the latest and greatest tools and technologies

    Cons

    Getting stuck on the wrong project can lead to a lack of career path
    Managers "fight" to keep good consultants on projects which usually hinders the consultants growth
    Salary reviews are typically all over the map, and if you work for the wrong manager you will end up getting shafted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to find a better balance and realize you have talented individuals throughout the team

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    Positive Outlook
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Entry level

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool technology! Needs some work in areas of work culture but definitely headed the right direction

    Cons

    No cons off the top of my head

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  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Happy Employees Make Great Products at Clarity

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    They put the employees first. The idea is that with happy and talented employees then quality work will naturally follow, and it does. That's why they put a focus on employee development in every possible way. If you're not being challenged, if you're not learning, then they're not doing their job and they fix it. There's a very healthy community development budget, with monthly happy hours at a local restaurant, picnics and holiday parties. When the company does well, which they have been then they take time to reward the hard work of employees. The environment is calm but focused, work hard play hard style. Everyone in the company except the secretary, office manager, and HR staff of two are developers. This fosters an intellectual environment where everyone understands where you're coming from and what you have to do. There's no Us vs. Them situations.

    Cons

    Not for the light of heart, they do serious development here. If you don't live and breathe software development then this might not be the atmosphere for you. It's not a show up and do your job style advancement, it's always be there and rock your responsibilities. This evolving self directed and self driven environment might not be for all. Traveling out of the city to a client in the suburbs or flying across the country once in awhile might not be everyone's style. It's definitely a job that comes with a lot of social interaction, each consultant interfaces with the clients and represents the company. This can be challenging for developers not used to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being social, keep stopping at people's desks and chatting, keep eating in the lunch room with the rest of us plebeians. It brings the whole company up when the management is approachable and you're doing it perfectly.

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  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Loyal Employer, High Quality Coworkers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Clarity hires only excellent people, and expects them to stay sharp and relevant throughout their careers. Employees are treated fairly, and the company is willing to be very flexible when employees' life circumstances change, allowing people to stay with the company for 5+, 10+, and 15+ years, which is nearly unheard-of in this industry. The culture allows for individuals to choose the work-life balance that suits their phase of life. Crazy hour work weeks are not the norm. The caliber of people makes working here enjoyable, as everyone is honest, reliable, dependable, and talented. Management chooses to disclose details of financial standing to all employees and is approachable and fairly transparent when big decisions are made. Working conditions are first class: paid overtime, main office in a Loop high-rise, frequently upgraded machines and multiple monitors, quality health insurance options and other benefits, self-managed training budget, interesting and mainly cutting-edge work, frequent social gatherings.

    Cons

    As in any consulting situation, work can range from ultra-new and challenging to older and not-so-challenging. Same type of thing can be said for commutes, though with both of these things, client assignments will rotate on at most a 12-month basis.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bring your A Game and earn your own way

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Clarity knows what they do well and the formula continues to succeed: Hire only bright, driven, talented consultants with personalities you’d actually enjoy having lunch with. They bring small, agile teams to some of the largest companies around and excel by delivering quality and creativity for the client. The goal is never a one-and-done-and-gone solution; success for Clarity means being committed to their clients’ success. That partnership approach makes for more rewarding relationships and a sense of belonging vs. standard consulting approaches.

    Project teams are led by a minimal management hierarchy; managers are technical and come from the same career path as engineers. Most managers actively code along with the team. Team members wanting to succeed earn and take on more and more responsibilities as they evolve. Clarity is definitely a place where your drive and creativity are rewarded. Tenure is respected but means very little here; the best have opportunities to rise fairly quickly. It’s all about being proactive: become very solid in the day-to-day skills, find what interests you, find a way to make it valuation within the company and find yourself moving in the right direction here.

    You won’t be coddled. Feedback is readily available from many sources but you do need to show initiative and ask for it. Nobody wants to mentor someone that isn't interested. Having a plan for your own development is respected and people are more than willing to help you reach your goals.

    Cons

    This is a service-based software consulting company focused on small team delivery of complex business problems. Employees need to be willing to perform many functions, need to come equipped with soft skills as well as technical talent, and need to be willing to adjust to clients’ work cultures (within reason). People unable to adapt, remain flexible, work within a team and learn new things will be frustrated by the daily work life. If you’re dead set on working with a particular technology or industry vertical this isn't the place for you.

    Chicago-area travel is likely at some point but mileage is reimbursed. More extensive travel is sometimes available but only assigned on a volunteer basis.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Escape from Corporate America

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

    Pros

    * Clarity Consulting has an outstanding "make your own way" philosophy and focus. There is no reporting hierarchy, you don't have a "boss", and there is no waiting for your superior to get promoted so you can get promoted. Work hard and make a name for yourself, and you will be given more responsibility and more rewards. Those rewards are truly merit-based.
    * Everyone is a "real" person. There are no corporate figureheads. As a software developer, you won't find yourself reporting to a non-technical person that doesn't "get" the problems you face. Your leaders change with every project, but they are always people that have been in the position you are in.
    * Freedom to grow, and resources to support it. You choose what you want to learn, and you have a personal budget to determine how to do it.
    * Peers are first-class. Interviews are done by peers, which means that new hires are people you want to work with. There are no "anchors" on the team, just smart people eager to work hard and improve just like you.

    Cons

    * Consulting has it's negatives, just like it does at any consulting firm. You might have to drive further than you would like during the course of a project, or you might work on a project that isn't very interesting for you personally. Sometimes project teams get into, "just get it done" mode, and the work suffers.
    * "Make your own way" can be a challenge, and isn't for everyone. If you aren't willing to work hard (even in your free time), attend company functions, and make a name for yourself, you will have a hard time earning newer and more exciting roles.

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