DB&A Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
65 Reviews
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DB&A President & CEO Michael Owens
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Travel Points, Have a girl in every city your working in, Not much more (in 8 reviews)

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


Cons
  • However, breaks that we have in between projects (not often) help with the work life balance (in 7 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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

  2.  

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

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    • 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
  3.  

    Not much here

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

    I worked at DB&A

    Pros

    A lot of hard work

    Cons

    Not much gratitude, if any

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great new beginning for any experienced manager who is trying to expand his/her reach.

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

    I have been working at DB&A full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Variety of industries to which you are exposeed, health plan, competitive salary, challenging projects.

    Cons

    Travel is challenging especially when the client's location requires a one too many connections. However, breaks that we have in between projects (not often) help with the work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share educational investment with employees. It would probably be a great incentive that would help keep a larger portion of the talent pool that goes through the ever too revolving doors of the company.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't waste your time believing what they'll sell you to work for them...it's all lies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DB&A full-time

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work here unless you are absolutely desperate for a job or willing to buy what they'll sell you to try and drag you in.

    Cons

    Management does not care about you. They just want the job done at all costs. Your peers don't care about you because they all stab each other in the back in attempts to get ahead. If you are being hired from the outside you will NEVER be accepted by anyone. This is a boys school that has traditionally only hired internally. Unless you've worked up in their ranks...that means from the bottom up. They will try everything in their power to get you out and demoralize you in the process. Save yourself and don't take the job. You are only in for extremely long work hours about 24hrs home with your family and absolutely ridiculous pay for the amount of work you are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management won't do anything. They are the ones pushing this unprofessional behavior. Michael Owens....You want to make a change, well guess what it starts at the top. You will never see your vision through until it all changes. There is a reason there is a 100% turnover rate!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent consulting school

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

    I worked at DB&A (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will learn the basis about management consulting, and you will be exposed to many different industries.

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible. Sometimes youwill have loooooong days like 16 hour of work. Depending of the PM and chief, the environment is tough and hostile

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You still need to improve the quality of the top management. The culture change from top to bottom.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    DB&A Market Analyst Position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Market Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Market Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at DB&A full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company demands performance, encourages creativity, rewards & values those that can perform on a consistent basis. After 4 successful years of employment by DB&A I still find the job enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. Management is open in regard to suggestions relative to how the Market Analyst position can be improved from both the compensation and job content point of view.

    Cons

    Given the high turn over rate of employees in all businesses you must research companies on a daily basis to maintain a fresh list of qualified contacts to call in an effort to schedule meetings. The job appears to be much easier on the surface than it is in reality and you must be committed to making 70 to 90 calls per day and you must be able to deal with the rejection that all sales people encounter in their daily activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to maintain an open door policy. Continue to encourage open dialog.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Waste of time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    None!. Clearly all "good" reviews about this company were written by upper management. Good job!, "Nice" selling reviews' titles.

    Cons

    $39,000 to start off. Few weeks after when you realized how they treat you and the ridiculous numbers of hours you work, you do the math and you are probably making $10/hour. I was making more than while I was in college, and I had a life. Your weekends are only Saturdays. You get home Friday late night, then have to fly back Sunday afternoon. Ah and don't forget the overnight shifts you will cover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None! Because they just dont care!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    AVOID

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

    I worked at DB&A full-time

    Pros

    Base salary is 39,000 plus overtime and bonuses

    Cons

    No growth, bad leads, unrealistic goals, management only speaks in a theoretical environment not reality of the business. Inconsistent performance office wide, metrics are not accurate, no real tools for success. Do not value their employees. You will only bonus a couple of times out of the year if you are lucky. Leads are over 5 and 10 years old. Waste of time here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you sell. Get with the times and technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Diversity in the Higher Ranks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The travel can be exciting, at first, but then gets old. DBA provides a good foundation on which to grow upon and further your skill sets. Pay is decent, but still below the industry standard. Some senior staff know their stuff and are great to learn from.

    Cons

    The training modules was a bad call! The PM's that are supposed to train new employees, do not. Performance reviews are subjective. The weekend is on Saturday...that is it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO vision is spot on, however, you do not have all the players to help you grow the organization into the desired $100 million global organization! Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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