Archstone Consulting

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Good consulting firm with an uncertain future

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Current Employee - Manager
Current Employee - Manager

I have been working at Archstone Consulting

Pros

Archstone is a great place to get exposure to management consulting, especially since their focus is on generating implementable solutions and often executing those solutions, which I believe is increasingly valued by clients (relative to the binders as footstools approach of many consulting firms). There are some very good project directors/principals to learn from, who aren't purely focused on selling.

Cons

With the economic downturn, Archstone has lost a lot of good people and with the hiring freeze, it is increasingly difficult to get work with the aforementioned strong directors/principals. Uncertain future given private equity ownership.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Leadership has shown the ability to make some difficult moves over the past year. However, many decisions (e.g. hiring, firing underperformers, changes in service offerings) are very delayed for a relatively small firm and the preference appears to be to avoid oversteering the ship almost to the point of just letting it steer itself at times.

No opinion of CEO

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    Growing, but which way?

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Archstone Consulting

    Pros

    The people itself are fun to be around, and projects are manageable. Travel is not bad. Lots of opportunity for entrepreneurial work. Very high visibility. Analysts consistently accepted to very prestigious business schools.

    Cons

    Too much power concentrated with the CFO practice makes it a possibility that a newly minted MBA may be doing a Hyperion implementation. Lots of infighting and politics - normal for a small firm, but needs to be nipped if the firm wants to take it to the next level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to stop the pipeline of CFO aligned people fast-tracking - branch out and show equality to all employees. CEO needs much better communication skills (i.e. saying everything is perfect and cutting bonuses the next day).

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    No Distinguishing Characteristics

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Archstone Consulting

    Pros

    Newer firm - founded in late 2003

    Cons

    Doesn't know what kind of firm it wants to be
    Focused on commodity type consulting work (sourcing, CFO focused work such as mapping accounts for future consolidation software implementations)
    Weak strategy practice (fine for pre-MBAs, MBAs will be underwhelmed)
    Leadership with little vision and declining credibility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't advertise the firm as being different from other firms when the goal is clearly to be just like them (profitable)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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