DB&A Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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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. Featured Review

    A great career opportunity for those motivated to succeed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at DB&A full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (1)

    Looking to breed innate talent . If you want longevity with a company don't apply.

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

    I have been working at DB&A full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn a lot in a very short period of time on the fly. Hotel and airline points are good and travel is fun at first. The pay is decent but not worth the hours and lost time at home you put into the projects. As for benefits don't worry, you won't have time to go to the doctor's office. If you can learn well on the fly and have a good project manager you might make it more than 4 months.

    Cons

    No work life balance, Flew Sunday and Friday until midnight, worked every day from 7 am to 5 pm and another 4-6 hours every night in the hotel just to try to stay ahead of what the project managers want (which is never clear.) Everyone I started with and knew in corporate headquarters is gone after 5 months. The company uses people for everything they can and gets rid of them with a subjective performance review before 4 months so they don't have to pay unemployment.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance was non existent, training program needs a lot of work (modules are all common sense and waste time, don't make good use of your skills and no on the job training existed, consultants are expected to ask all the right questions (of other low level consultants) to get answers when they don't even know what to ask.)

    There is a large gap between what the recruiters see and what the project managers want. Recruiters will take anyone with management experience. Project managers set poor examples and expect you to be an accountant well versed in giving presentations as well as a subject matter expert on everything.

    Sending a new staff member out of the country for a first project should be a big no no. It's hard enough to start a new job in the states much less out of the country where they won't be able to call loved ones.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Time away from home!

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    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like living in a hotel room 5 nights a week this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Comming home Friday nights and leaving Sunday afternoon stinks. The nights are made up of writting reports that say nothing!

    Advice to Management

    Please take a hard look at the reports that are needed and ask yourself are they important!. Give your team proper training to get the job done.

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  5. Good Company, Good People - Tough Job.

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    Former Employee - Market Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Market Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at DB&A full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can take pride in what you do because DB&A actually helps companies to grow and become more profitable by improving their operational efficiencies - and not by laying off employees or buying expensive software or capital equipment. It is a good company with good people.

    Cons

    The Market Analyst position is very challenging. Your objective is to contact C-level executives at companies with revenues over $100 million to schedule a meeting with your vice president. To achieve this goal you need to make 400-500 calls per week, get past the gatekeeper, make a pitch and overcome objections. Very challenging just to get to the executive. This position has a very high turnover rate. My guess is that over 50% are gone within 4-6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Good base salary. But restructure the bonus part of the compensation for market analysts (MA's) so it is a more tangible incentive. I would recommend a bonus of $300 for every qualified set/held appointment. Once an MA sees the reward in their paycheck, they will be more motivated and your rate of turnover will drop significantly.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Disheartened

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

    I worked at DB&A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay due to CEO wanting to invest in the front line
    Keep travel rewards
    Insurance is great

    Cons

    Road Warrior
    Travel anywhere in the world but you don't know what kind of place you are staying in
    Training is very short

    Advice to Management

    If you want to get out some of the old blood of the organization you need to let the new blood develop better.

  7. Helpful (1)

    A Traveling Lifestyle

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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 full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - The company is growing and there is significant potential for upward mobility.
    - The job is fast paced and challenging.
    - You will learn a great deal about the way business is conducted in a variety of industries.
    - Opportunity to see the U.S. and the World.
    -You can live anywhere you want in the U.S.
    - You earn enough airline, hotel, and rental car points for a decent, free vacation once or twice per year.
    - There is opportunity to make a difference and see the hard results of your efforts, it is very rewarding.
    - You will work in a team oriented environment and learn from the more senior associates.
    - When you are unassigned between projects, you sometimes stay at home for extended periods of time with full pay ( sometimes 6-8 weeks at home). This helps to make the traveling lifestyle easier to deal with.
    - Decent pay, travel expenses are reimbursed.
    -Overall this is a very good career, and DB&A is probably the best consulting firm to "get your foot in the door" to the consulting industry.
    -The company will pay for you and a guest to attend the annual holiday party, last year it was in Puerto Rico.

    Cons

    - The lifestyle can be difficult on families.
    -Winter travel can be difficult and it will eat into your personal time.
    -You are often expected to complete reports in the hotel after work hours resulting in 12-15 hour days.
    -The schedule requires the consultant to leave their home around noon on sunday and return home in the afternoon or evening on Friday. This can vary based on the requirements of the project you are on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  8. Special Challenges - Special Rewards

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Having gone through 2 plant closings before I came to DB&A I know the pain that comes from not being able to compete. The Projects that I have been on, we have made a difference and helped them to gain a competitive advantage. For Me the job satisfaction comes for seeing your client "get it" and start using the system to manage their operations. You know that you have made a difference! The Job is challenging, but the reward is what makes it all worthwhile
    When assigned to a project, the associate gets to spend enough time in the project city to soak up the local culture and cuisine. My wife enjoys visiting over the weekends so we can see the local sites of the surrounding area.
    If you stay with the company and show your value, the compensation is very good.

    Cons

    Without a strong support system at home, the travel becomes very difficult.
    While it is clearly stated that the job is 100% travel, that is a hard concept to understand until you begin the lifestyle.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the changes that have been in process for the past few years, they are showing positive results

  9. Tough company but lots of opportunity

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

    I have been working at DB&A full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. Hard but rewarding work

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

    I have been working at DB&A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Making a Difference

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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