Daugherty Business Solutions Reviews

Updated June 4, 2015
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Daugherty Business Solutions President and CEO Ron Daugherty
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15 Ratings

Pros
  • Decent pay and work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • When they say " Work Life Balance, they truly mean it with great benefits-their medical is the best in industry (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Daugherty is a staff aug company that tries to sell itself as a consultancy on par with big 4 (in 12 reviews)

  • Most of the work in Atlanta is really just staff augmentation work (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    run away....don't walk away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits good PTO package nice people

    Cons

    unstable work environment. incompetent management and senior management. no work . no communication. no understanding of technology. It's just a body shop, or Project managers and business analysts. They have no idea what they are doing in Chicago office. Layoffs abound, let 25 % of the workers go 2 weeks ago on May 19th. I was there for a few months, and people coming in after me were getting laid off and losing their jobs. They say its' a local delivery model when interviewing, and company makes a commitment to the workers, then force people to travel to other cities and massive layofss and instability, in direct contradiction of what they say during the interview. Don't believe anything you hear from these people who run the chicago office.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself. Learn what the technology space is that you are in. Do not hire people only to lay them off 2 weeks later. shame on you.


  2. Helpful (5)

    No support staff aug, pretending to be true consulting

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Health Insurance. No travel for consultants

    Cons

    PTO policy leaves you earning even Holidays, not just vacations. Not enough time off. This is staff aug company that sells you on the premise of the true consulting and managed teams. The only difference from any staff aug company is that you will have too many 'highly encouraged' after hours meetings, and training sessions. You will be scored on how many you attend, but you will not be paid for any. When you are at the client site, you will be left to fend for yourself. Engagement Managers are not to be seen or heard from, no support even for constantly escalated issues. Your skills will not be utilized as Daugherty puts you in the positions that you either way overqualified for or do not have any experience in.

    Advice to Management

    You have many talented people with years of experience - utilize them to their potential and not just throw them on the assignments to earn revenue. Make your engagement managers 'engaged'. Do not oversell your company, do tell potential candidates that they will be on their own, just with extra assignments after work.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Company in Decline

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive salary. They pay overtime. There are some great consultants on the team. Beautiful Atlanta offices. Local delivery model.

    Cons

    Corporate leadership is incapable of leading or growing this business. After almost 30 years, the company is only 1000 Consultants. The only real Consulting office was Atlanta and the whole leadership team just left, same thing happens in every office about every 5 years. Corporate Leadership drives the best leaders away and then the office collapses and gas to be rebuilt.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate Management needs to retire and leave the company to the next generation of leaders.


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  5. Helpful (19)

    Do Not Be Fooled by ANY of these Positive Reviews...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and work-life balance. Talented consultants.

    Cons

    I have no idea where to begin. This is a true "last resort" company that you consider when you are completely out of other job options. Management is an utter nightmare at all levels: petty, threatening, unethical, incompetent, could not get a job anywhere else, etc. They have no idea how to manage professionals, and they keep it well hidden just how close the company is to losing a client engagement at any given time. There are zero new clients because word has gotten around about this company in the Chicago area, and I feel sorry for all of the great consultants that will definitely be let go if any of the anchor clients get smart and drop Daugherty. This is the absolute worst company I have ever worked for in my 20+ year career. I refused to write a review until I read all of the completely staged positive reviews about the Chicago office. Do not be fooled for a minute by these reviews. This is the worst-of-the-worst used car dealerships in the IT consulting world. I wrote this review because I believe it is completely unfair for some unsuspecting yet talented, hard-working, high-achieving individual to get stuck working for such a sham company.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house with management and start from scratch.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Once onboard, you're on your own.

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    Current Employee - Software Developer II - Consultant in Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Software Developer II - Consultant in Lake Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Kept on payroll, when "in-between" assignments. Large variety of assignments on offer, however the quality of the companies you are sent to tends to be lacking.

    Cons

    Despite what management says, you are VERY LITTLE support from on-sight team leads, middle management, with the line of service managers only interested in pointing out what went wrong when you are taken off an assignment. You are always the first to be blamed when something goes wrong with an assignment. Guilty until proven innocent. Upper management is never available, to busy on "business trips" and other "engagements" to be available to help new consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your ivory golf-course and get involved with consultants concerns. Review the performance of team leads and middle management, because they are NOT supporting the consultants under their charge.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Staff Aug Chop Shop

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunites to network with other contractors

    Cons

    The Minneapolis office is very focused on adding head count, yet 90% of all new employees are sent to Express Scripts for staff aug assignments. Express Scripts is known as one of the biggest meat grinders in the market. On average, there is 30% turnover on a monthly basis. Management at the client sites is non-existent and team leads are verbally abusive.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with potential employees that Daugherty is a staff aug firm that is trying to get into consulting. Spend more time managing your current employees instead of focusing all of your time on adding head count. Stop placing people in roles that are irrelevant to their past experience.


  8. Helpful (10)

    Don't Do It!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Health Benefits cannot be matched. Period.

    Cons

    Horrible Leadership Presented as a consulting opportunities but in fact is staff aug No value to work life balance - client demands 50+ hours/week, including expectations that you are on call Only 2 main clients in MPLS, there are little to no opportunities outside of those clients Excessive turnover Hostile client environment with no support from Daugherty

    Advice to Management

    Get some real leaders. You cannot take great IT people and force them into management positions. There is far to much focus on expanding the branch and little focus on the consultants on the ground and the damage you are service to the company brand.


  9. Helpful (6)

    The Chicago Branch, think twice

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Oak Brook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, & very good Health Plan

    Cons

    Think LONG and HARD about joining this company, specifically the Chicago branch. If you don't believe my review, check out the other ones. Has one positive thing been said about the Chicago branch? Like others have mentioned, they have only three clients and have been treading water for years. Branch leadership has to be the biggest joke in all my years of consulting. They have no interest in investing in their consultants. Its absolute staff augmentation, in the sense that either they can place you long term at one of their three clients, or you are out. It's that simple. So where is the value of being a member of a consulting company at this point? If you have the talent, you are better contracting directly and getting a better rate for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Essentially, I would say only accept a position here if you have no other options. When the recruiters call you on the phone, they will try this dog and pony show sales pitch about a local only travel model, which is true, and about the only thing the company has going for it. Ask yourself this however, if you happy with your current career/role, and current travel is the only complaint, why not work with your current employer to see if they are open to more flexible options? Don't throw away a good current situation you have to work at a pointless staff aug company that does nothing for your resume. Use LinkedIN too and reach out to some current/former employees , if you don't believe these reviews.


  10. Helpful (5)

    It's about WHO you know more than WHAT you know

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Initial sales pitch is compelling and attractive. No travel model is basically true. They attract experienced professionals (often from other firms) by promising growth opportunities and local clients. Overtime is offered up front.

    Cons

    With only 3 main clients in the Chicago area, there is no room for career growth. Career planning does not exist and there is no consistent feedback from senior management. Conflicting responses, poor communication, and lack of shared strategy for Chicago branch can make for a negative environment. Training is mostly limited to pre-recorded internal sessions on topics, but nothing for continuing education. Additional training is conducted outside of working hours. There is no pipeline for new work. Those hired to the bench must eventually go to one of the primary clients. Promotions and extensions are primarily for those who on the "IN" with those in leadership. There is much hiring effort occurring to address the high turnover. Most contract work is done in isolation of other employees so there is little collaboration or honest feedback.

    Advice to Management

    There is very little transparency. An open door policy exists in name only. If you try to suggest improvements, expect a reprimand. People are not treated with respect and consistency. Senior management displayed the least amount of professionalism and communication. Coarse language and intimidation do not make for good employee morale.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Be aware, few opportunities, management lacks values

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daugherty Business Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company touts local business model and open culture, but in Chicago this is not evident. There is local work, but only at 3 clients.

    Cons

    Sink or swim culture, no consistent strategy and direction for Chicago office. Lack of transparency of individual goals or objectives. Hiring to the bench with no sales pipeline and no sales staff on board to create opportunities. There is NO PIPELINE. Only 3 local clients exist, and the bench continues to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect, provide clear consistent direction of expectations. Be transparent. Company is attracting talented and experienced resources by touting growth opportunities and local staffing model, but when you are on board the growth opportunities are non-existent. Be clear with folks before they join on what you expect, and if there is a sink or swim culture, make sure people know what they are getting into during the interview process. If you expect resources to get billable and drive their own work, let them know that up front. People joining this company thinking they will have a career model and a strategy to follow will be mislead in the current culture.



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