Drake Beam Morin
2.7 of 5 31 reviews
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Robert L. Gasparini

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26% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Consultant at Drake Beam Morin

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat regional office team culture

    ConsParent company mandates are difficult to implement

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    Great colleagues (consultants), unethical management

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsVery satisfying work, great colleagues.

    ConsAround 2003 DBM began going downhill, they used to hire amazing consultants (experienced) who became close friends and colleagues, but then they began focusing on cost control and hire very unethical and inexperienced people, including those who had been laid off, without any experience in coaching, training, or outplacement. Management expected employees to work without pay with unreasonable workload. This review refers to the physical offices (not virtual team, which was the opposite)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good opportunity to work with company focused on quality and fiscal disciplines and highly entrepreneurial.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros- Quality conscious.
    - Open communication from senior leadership.
    - Excellent systems.
    - Decisions made quickly.
    - Strong global presence.

    Cons- Not strong morale.
    - Not a lot of career growth.
    - Bonus plans not strong unless in sales.
    - Not enough administrative support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize people who go the extra mile on a consistent basis and invest in small events in the offices where people can socialize and celebrate successes outside of the office. These simple and inexpensive steps go a long way toward increasing morale.

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    Interesting

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    ProsOne of the largest outplacement agencies in the U.S.

    ConsUnorganized and down-sizing and not hiring the correct individuals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on organization.

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    My experience with DBM was very good, up until 2010.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Charlotte, NC

    ProsWould have to say the colleagues that work there. They are informed and very helpful, especially if you are on a team. Also, could work from home.

    ConsThey have started arbitrarily firing people on the sales team, using made up circumstances, in order to make a place in the company for leaderships "buddies". They treat their employees very poorly, leaving the teams shorthanded and thus forcing you to work overtime just to meet the job requirements. But they won't pay overtime and this has seriously affected the morale of the company. They also have begun to sell services as one thing, but then deliver them as something else, not giving the customer what they are paying for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDBM needs new management. This current leadership team is driving one of the best companies into the ground. I worked here 13 years and it has never been worse then 2009 and 2010.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Sales (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsGreat leadership with great insight to the industry. Care about their people and the work that they do. Always looking for ways to be better

    ConsNo real cons. Due to the ups and downs in the economy it can be hard to know how it will impact the business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job. Keep up the great work. you are always seeking ways to makee us better and it makes me proud to work here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    DBM is not the place it used to be

    Senior Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsSome of the consulting staff are very good and the customers do not see the internal problems- The delivery staff believe in the service and work around the delivery restriction that the management put on them - Kind of crazy but they do it - on their own time!

    ConsThe senior management treats employees with no respect. Worked here since 2000 and it is not the same company it was then - They have fired so many talented smart people - it is internally focused - they do not deliver what is sold - The President told the North American Sales group on recent conference call "you are the worst performing sales team in the industry" - Great way to motivate your sales team - A sales team that is one fifth the size it was 4 years ago.... Lost more big customers in the last year than signed up - and they don't know it - We are indentured servents !!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can not shrink your way to greatness - You manage an outplacement company providing services to customers and their employees, take a lesson from your own people. Quit doing all the things we tell customers not to do!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    so-so

    Career Transition Consultant (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    Prosworking as a consultant afforded more free time than normal, training in interviewing styles, resume writing etc and the chance to do presentations.

    ConsLack of standardized training of any sort; poor communication from management who normally are using 3-5 month old data to base their decisions on your performance. Everything was done on the cheap and they don't really train you if you haven't done this before, they kind of show you basics, then let you wing it on your own, but telling the customer (and telling you to tell the customer) that they are providing very experienced consultants with years of experience. They also want you to have 80% client facing time, which is impossible when the programs are ending, so it was told to me by management to simply "fudge" the time you met with clients, or just add entries to the system to make it seem like you are meeting with clients more than you are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a much stronger intranet system that will allow you to utilize real time date. Develop a solid training program and then you wouldn't have to lie to your customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    People don't leave companies; they leave managers

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsClients are the reason to work here. they need help and we can give it to them

    Coworkers are supportive and very good at what they do

    Office managers are helpful and motivated

    ConsNo recognition for work well done; stupid focus on only giving feedback for not meeting metrics

    Technology is antiquated

    Management above office managers are bureaucrats and interested only in numbers

    Poor anticipation of or planning for workloads

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead the book "Focus on Strengths" and implement its philosophy.

    Reorganize by eliminating the two layers of management above office level. Give salary savings back to the offices.

    Redesign the website so it's not an embarrassment to tech savvy clients

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    Focused on the client experience.

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsOrganization from leadership through local office seems focused on taking care of people in transition. Recurring theme is "improving the client experience" and "wowing" the client. In a tough business environment it's great to be a part of an organization that cares about doing well by people.

    ConsRelatively low pay for emotionally demanding work. Think it's about standard for the industry, but you have to take some of your pleasure in the work from the interactions with clients and colleagues, not solely from your paycheck.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focused on the client experience. Consultant certification training and new website are great -- keep the tools coming.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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