DB&A Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
60 Reviews
2.9
60 Reviews
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DB&A President & CEO Michael Owens
Michael Owens
29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Travel Points, Have a girl in every city your working in, Not much more (in 7 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Unique culture which makes work-life balance difficult (in 6 reviews)

  • Then right before I quit, the project manager told me I was going to cover the overnight shifts for at 6 weeks (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    Excellent consulting school

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

    I worked at DB&A for 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
  3.  

    Waste of time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    DB&A Market Analyst Position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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 for more than a 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good People and Great Exposure.

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

    I have been working at DB&A full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You have a variety of work and you will change companies and people you come into contact with.
    A very feedback driven and open environment. Your ideas and comments are encouraged.
    The people you work with are amazing and come from different industries, therefore it is a a wonderful mix of knowledge.
    You will have support from your team, project manager, and leadership to make the greatest impact.

    Cons

    Travel is part of the job, but it is a lifestyle. I becomes part of your routine. You do have to think about how to work doctor's appointments around the travel or be okay with seeing a dentist wherever you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting challenge, but not for everyone!

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

    I worked at DB&A full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You will have exposure to various kinds of industries and people. Earn plenty of reward points (airlines, hotels, rental cars). Learn a lot about structured methods to coach and influence people. You learn about the interesting and very structured business model giving you a good understanding of one way how to achieve continuous improvement in a business. The people I worked with (co-workers, PM's, Chiefs) were supportive and receptive to other opinions. I was impressed by the personality and energy of CEO Mike Owens. The company made good progress in and continues transforming to a more employee focused and friendlier culture.

    Cons

    This job is NOT for you if:
    - you require detailed instructions to accomplish your work.
    - you like to postpone things, hate working "after work" in the hotel or writing reports.
    - you like to spend a lot of time with your kids and/or your spouse.
    - you do not like coaching and influencing people of various backgrounds most of your time.
    - you cannot handle direct, open critic or time pressure.
    - leaving home Sunday afternoon and returning Friday afternoon sounds like horror to you.
    The business model introduced to clients is sound but at the same time a pretty tight corset that will not work equally long-term for all industries/areas/client employees. In spite of the claims it does.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although a structured and somewhat standard Management Operating System (MOS) is introduced to clients, many different versions of "standard" tools are used. This should be corrected.
    On Analysis a more focused support and feedback for new employees should improve them to become more useful for the company and faster.

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

    I enjoy working here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Consultant in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at DB&A full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Helping companies and people
    -Seeing the countryside
    -Working with smart and engaging people
    -Growing company, new opportunities
    -You are a person, not a number
    -Keep your travel points

    Cons

    -Long hours and travel can be tricky especially in the winter months

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Opportunity for the Right Person

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment for overachievers and those looking to challenge / develop themselves. Excellent opportunity for exposure to various industries and business cultures. You will learn more here in one year as a consultant than you will in 4 years of business school. Two different career paths, one towards management, the other as a career consultant.

    Cons

    Travel and work/life balance (due to travel)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disregard "noise" by one or two disgruntled ex employees who post here as current employees. Keep up the improvements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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