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High Employee Turnaround

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

I have been working at Burgess Group

Pros

Great talents and decent salary. Fast pace and challenging assignments.

Cons

The great talents that makes the pool of employees are not being trusted by management and are often brought into adversarial situations whereby one employee might be put against another through close doors deals. Suspiscion is the rule, not the exception. This atmosphere is being cultivated from the top of the company, all the way to lower management. This is the single one company with by far the highest employee turnaround in my 25 years professional career. If that does not say anything, what does?

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire a top notch CEO that will move the company forward, pay him (or her) very well, and get out of the way.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    The money isn't worth it. Run away, run away fast.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Burgess Group

    Pros

    Non-Management (who aren't already crawled up mgmts butt) are generally nice and talented folks.

    Cons

    Do not be decieved by the "pretty offices" and big smile of the president . These are NOT indicators of the professionalism or culture of this place. This is a hideous place to work. Despite the pay being good, it is not worth it. What you get paid in salary you pay for in losing your soul. This is by far one of the worst managed places I have ever had the unfortunate luck to have to work at. The people who are there are either completely sucked up to the president who is the ONLY Sr. Mgmt there, because no one else at the company "counts", or they are too scared to make a wave, as the president has no issue cutting people out because he feels like it, or just doesn't like your idea, haircut, etc. To make up for his deficiencies, he seems to thing that if he throws money at you, it will all be ok. However, not giving holiday bonuses or raises then boasting about your brand new ferrari...which matches your other one....doesn't make for happy or satisfied eimployees.

    Don't think, no matter how many degrees or years of expertise you have that your opinion will be valued or even heard. Unless you are comfortable as a yes man, and agreeing to every "brilliant" idea the president has, you are not going to be happy at this miserable excuse for a grown up company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fancy office parties once in awhile don't make up for crappy work environments all the time. My best advice to Mgmt, step down. This will never be a professional company until you get your hands out of it. Don't think that those you work with, internal or external don't know your number. You are a fake, a guy who got lucky, but is still a fake.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at Burgess Group

    Pros

    There are very few pros to Burgess. The pay is decent and the non-management staff is very friendly and intelligent. Overall, they are a great group to work with.

    Cons

    This place is beyond horrible and by far the most poorly managed organization. I really hope that anyone looking to work here will take a moment to read the reviews posted here on Glassdoor and reconsider.

    Where do I even begin with listing the cons.... As like the other reviewer, this too was the worst place I have ever worked as well. Please do not come here thinking that your ideas and recommendations will be appreciated because they will not. The only individual in this organization that has a say is the President. Your ideas will be constantly shot down and you will feel like you have no value. You can be the leading expert in Medicare and still be made to feel like you are nothing when you attempt to present your ideas. The organization is run with very much a "we don't need you" mentality where it is made clear to employees that they are really not needed and can be replaced if they decide to leave. There is no respect for anyone's time - meetings start and end whenever. Upper management is often times late to meetings and has no regard for the schedule of others in the meeting. There is a sense of arrogance by upper management that their time is more valuable than any other employee. The morale in the organization was by far the worst of any organization I had every worked, mostly because of the lack of value placed on employees.

    If you are looking for benefits of any kind, forget it. There are none at Burgess. There is no flexibility in work schedules, no flexibility. There is no telecommuting for those based in the Alexandria office (even though half of the company works remotely from other states); the office is uptight and there is no casual dress, not even on Fridays (even though clients never come into the office); employees are prohibited from taking time off during the holidays; the office is in Old Town and Burgess does not subsidize parking for its employees.....and the list goes on and on.

    The turnover at the organization is horrendous to say the least. There are very few employees who have been there for longer than two years. Because no value is placed on employees, Management has little issue with letting staff go without warning or real cause. There are no performance reviews or goals for employees. There is no support from management of lower-level employees. When I left, other employees were congratulating me for "getting out." If that isn't a clue of how bad it is, I'm not sure what else would be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to treat employees like they have no value and you will continue to lose great talent. There is no advice or feedback that can be given to change this organization. The change has to come from the top and that seems nearly impossible. The sad part is that there are extremely bright individuals who work at Burgess who have a lot of great ideas. When these employees are finally able to voice their opinions and have their opinions be heard and valued, that's when the organization will take a turn for the better. It is a matter of time before clients begin to notice how poorly managed this organization is and stop working with Burgess.

    Doesn't Recommend
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