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DB&A Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
73 Reviews
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DB&A President & CEO Michael Owens
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Learn a lot about structured methods to coach and influence people (in 4 reviews)

  • Ability to operate across a number of different industries (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • However, breaks that we have in between projects (not often) help with the work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • In all reality-virtually everyone that is at the Project Manager level or above, is in the position for the same exact reason (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Making a Difference

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Management Consultant

    I have been working at DB&A full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's great to be able to say you made a difference in the lives of people and the companies you consult with and at DB&A you can. Daily interactions with people from the front lines to the CEO enables you to see how your coaching and mentoring benefits people and how they manage. Your involved in every aspect of the project and there are no sacred cows. If there is an opportunity, it's identified, discussed, and evaluated for action. At the end of the day you see the results both in behaviors and on the bottom line. You don't get locked into a single industry, you get the opportunity grow and become a versatile professional, learning multiple functional areas and industries. Not to mention visiting exciting places and having to opportunity to say "I know how they do that"!

    Cons

    Being a road warrior is tough, but it's all about establishing a routine and making time for family and friends when your home and away. With video technology you can help with homework for a child, watch a school performance, or just say goodnight when traveling.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hard but rewarding work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consultant
    Current Employee - Management Consultant

    I have been working at DB&A

    Pros

    Very fast paced intense work that stays interesting and changes frequently. There is a lot of support with development from management and coworkers. Promotions are based on your skill, not tenure. Upper management works very hard to make it feel like a "family".

    Cons

    As everyone says, the travel is very difficult for you and your family. Work days average about 12 hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great career opportunity for those motivated to succeed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at DB&A full-time

    Pros

    The best part of working here is being able to make a difference. Where else can you have direct access to the management of high profile clients and have the ability to positively influence their business? Your development, progression and compensation is largely in your control. The company is continuing to invest in its infrastructure, training and support to those in the field.

    Cons

    The travel can get to you if you aren't fully committed. Make sure you have everything at home squared away. Its not a great fit for those who are content to sit on the sidelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to push responsibility down in the organization...we thrive on it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tough company but lots of opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at DB&A full-time

    Pros

    Promotions are based on rating, not on tenure, so there is no limit to your ability to move up. The company cares about development of its employees and encourages then to continue learning after the onboarding period. The vast majority of people who work here are very smart which causes you to challenge yourself if you want to succeed.

    Cons

    Travel. You leave on Sunday and return home on Friday. You hope to get 48 hours at home on the weekend but that is not always possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Expectations are high, but your work is valued

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Corporate in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at DB&A full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Management focuses on performance and results rather than micromanaging, so I feel like I have more ownership over the projects I'm working on. From the top down, I get the feeling managers expect just as much from themselves and others.

    Cons

    Because the company is decentralized, communication can be a challenge when people are working from different locations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    They are good at what they do.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at DB&A full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They have an excellent MOS methodology that produces amazing results. There is a lot to be learned from them in terms of finding and fixing the pain within their client organizations and developing efficiencies. I worked for them for less than a year before resigning, but I did learn a lot. They can definitely do what they say they can do. They are one of the very few consultancy groups that provide a money back guarantee. They offer it because they consistently deliver. Their clients need never fear their ability to get the job done!

    Cons

    Be prepared to travel a lot and constantly work away from home during the week. You will often leave on Sunday afternoon and get home late on Friday night. They have high turnover in part because employees find it hard to adapt to this life style, though they do a good job at trying to screen those out who may not adapt to this very well.

    The management style of project managers (your bosses on the job) varies tremendously. You will be happy or, in some cases, very unhappy with your immediate boss. During your initial weeks you will spend many hours going through training modules, you will be on a fast learning curve, they will build up your responsibilities gradually, no one is thrown in at the deep end. A good project manager will protect you from the more unsavory characters further up the organization.

    Their two week analysis projects (there first step in getting their feet through the door) are extremely demanding. Some of these analysis managers are as tough and demanding as they are resourceful and helpful. Expect 18 hours days and a lot of hard work, with a clear expectation to dig down and deliver useful data, but you can count on learning a lot. Do not be too eager to jump into the analysis side of this business. When you are ready you will be put forward by your project manager.

    The fact is that the management culture only gets worse from the project level on upwards, with perhaps one or two welcome exceptions. Middle and upper management are some of the worst I have come across, it is a matter of "Healer, heal thyself"! The problem starts at the top and permeates down from there. Old school management styles, public criticism, peer critiquing and criticism, is the norm. Managers are afraid to speak out or buck the culture for fear of dismissal (they get paid really well so they clamp up). Consequently they will not cover your back if THEY land you in trouble, they'll just let you sink. Speak out, even when asked for an opinion and you run the risk of a very public rebuke. Not good for moral.

    Employee turnover within every part of the organization (not just consultants) is one of the highest I have even seem. They don't even come close to winning the Management Consultancy Employer of the year award. Demotions have been rife, but poor performers at the top who are then pushed down into the organization are still poor performers, its just now they have a chip on their shoulder. Those who are good, conscientious, personable and hard working, seem to be those who are the most exasperated by the culture and have an exit strategy in mind.

    The management styles of those I interfaced with get an A+ for their ability to demotivate and get poor performance out of you. They know they have these problems, but they have no idea how to fix them, because those tasked with fixing this toxic culture are, themselves, the cause of their problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One option would be to fire Michael Owens, CEO, if that's even possible and get someone who is also knowledgeable and experienced, yet has some genuine humility, a leader of people, a motivator and employee builder.

    Conduct a comprehensive blind survey of all your employees and have them score your performance - you can't fix what you don't know about. The thing is while you acknowledge the reviews on web sites like this you do not use them as the basis to improve. Get some consultants to come in and work with you on the toxic culture you have. Work on ranking high in the Management Consultants Employer of the year award, find out what it takes to do that, then your employees may want to stay with you longer - a win for you and your clients. You don't have to pay anyone any more than you do now, you don't have to add benefits, you just have to change this horrible culture and reap the rewards. Which, of course.... you wont!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    DB&A Response

    Jan 8, 2015Vice President

    Thank you for the candid feedback. We are the first to admit that life on the road is difficult. Yet those who continue in the job do so because they enjoy making a tangible difference every day. Our ... More

  8.  

    Great Company - but, flying from small airport was tough (Stewart Int'l - New Windsor, NY)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Cape Canaveral, FL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Cape Canaveral, FL

    I worked at DB&A full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Consultant Development Program and Opportunity to Work with True Professionals!

    Cons

    Work-Life Balance is for only a specific demographic.
    Not everyone is a good fit, even though they may be very talented!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get in, Get out

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

    I worked at DB&A full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Having the opportunity to help companies, dig in to their data and give you experience you may never get working with just one company.

    Cons

    It is a travel lifestyle. You have to be comfortable with that, if not, it will be miserable. Management is very inconsistent with how they interact with their employees. High stress environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standardize your tools for your consultants. Also, be consistent with your consultants, stop treating your employees like second class citizens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    DB&A Response

    Jan 8, 2015Vice President

    As a former employee of DB&A, you know we value candid feedback. It appears you received outstanding industry experience. By the nature of our business, most consultants will experience two different ... More

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding at first, and then the politics start....

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

    I worked at DB&A full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a practicle MBA. You get out of it what you put in. At a certain point you either understand operations and can impact/influence others or you cannot.

    Opportunities given to those without the most prolific background or experience in management. Food Service Management, Rental Car Management, and Military Leadership.

    Travel points/miles, etc.

    Many great friends made along the way.

    Cons

    As long as the current group of 'Chiefs' are in their power role you will not advance past a Project Manager role. NOONE is or ever will be as good at their job as the 'Chief's' are even though every single one of them came through the company exactly the way you will.
    Yes, if they begin to get overworked and the company is growing who ever is riding the company wave of results at the time will get a shot at promotion but as soon as the $$ dries up, they will find their way to knock you back down. See the truth is there is only so much bonus pool around and the chiefs need every dime they can to make their martgage/car payment/pay for the girlfriend on the side,etc. They are survivalists and have grown closer as a group through the supposed internal culture change.
    The CEO is constantly saying the 'chiefs' are the #1 problem with growth but he does not have the sack to change them. Most clients beg you to keep the 'chiefs' away from the job site as they do not know what they are talking about and just styme the progress being made by the PM and associates.

    You will have Saurday's off, usually, and that is it. Absolutely not flexible on Sunday/Friday travel.

    You will become addicted to the quarterly bonus. It is just enough to keep adding to your DB&A career in 3 month increments.

    You will be lied to. You will be promised the world if you work extra, but as soon as it is time to collect, someone 'else' or business conditions will prevent you from your opportunity.

    Luck based opportunity and the top of the pyramid is full.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How many more clients do you think will really put up with paper based manually tracked measurement systems?
    Milk it as long as you can because your days are numbered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    DB&A Response

    Jan 8, 2015Vice President

    Thank you for the candid feedback. I am not sure when you were employed by DB&A, but our current competency review, compensation and career path does not match what you have described. High ... More

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    johns good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DB&A

    Pros

    good company i think ha years

    Cons

    great way to do business

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