Collaborative Consulting

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Treated me well, but I was just a rented body

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Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Burlington, MA
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Burlington, MA

I worked at Collaborative Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Nice company with fun people; pay and benefits were good (probably even slightly above average) for the work. Opportunity to learn and get overtime depending on the client, etc.

Cons

In the end you were just a rented body to some client most of the time; most of the work involved staff augmentation and filling contracting roles

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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best colleagues I have ever had

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Collaborative Consulting

    Pros

    I have been in this industry for a long time and have yet to find a better group of people, more qualified and competent, bar none. From the senior management team, to the consultants in the field, to HR and IT everyone is focused on doing the best possible job.
    The company is also highly focused on hiring and rewarding the best people. The new reward and recognition system is just one more example of why I really believe the company is totally focused on it's people, their career growth, and recognizing excellence. A great company that just seems to keep getting better!

    Cons

    The distributed nature of consulting sometimes makes communication to the field a challenge. They need to get better at making sure the field personnel feel engaged and informed on the company direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward and innovating, stay focused on people, try to improve communication and engage the field as much as possible.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Consulting at its Worst - Staff Augmentation at its Best

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Collaborative Consulting

    Pros

    Excellent focus on growing the business
    Clear management heirarchy
    Decent work life balance
    Periodic benefits, such as tickets to see the Celtics, Red Sox, and Bruins

    Cons

    Collaborative is NOT a consulting company; it is a staff augmentation firm. The entire focus is on sales and revenues generated through staffing, not on client value, employee development, or anything else you find in good services firms. Collaborative has much more in common with staffing firms and companies like Infosys than it does with consulting firms like Accenture. This is only confirmed with their recent creation of an on-shoring facility in Wisconsin. If you want to develop as a consultant, this is not the place to do it.

    Because it was started and majority owned by a salesman, there is no reward for excellence, unless that excellence is in driving revenue. All staff rewards programs are focused on utilization (billability). You can get excellent reviews from clients and staff for work performed, but not receive any recognition. Meanwhile, a salesperson who initially opens a client can reap significant financial reward on the backs of people who are actually both selling and delivering the downstream business, while the project/delivery staff get nothing. It is a broken model which drives out the best and brightest and leaves a group of mediocre glad-handers to run the firm. If you are not interested in directly selling business, do not expect raises or bonuses tied to performance.

    Unlike established consulting companies, there are very few reusable frameworks or other methods for gaining leverage from previous projects and experiences. Knowledge sharing is extremely limited, with most knowledge and collateral sharing passed via email requests to people who "might know something."

    The current career development methodology is deeply flawed, executed by weak leaders going through the motions once a year with their assigned staff to crank out a review for HR that is not used for anything. The HR department is purley administrative and provides no direction regarding career development or progression. There is a progression model that no one knows and does not integrate with the review process.

    The organic nature of the company's growth has resulted in very poor middle management. They have little, if any, experience outside of Collaborative and there is no management training. Coupled with the extremely strong personality/management style (not leadership) of the CEO/President, the overall managerial stance is passive-aggressive toward employess and extremely deferential toward senior management. The end-result is a group of emasculated middle managers who will say whatever it takes to avoid conflict with employees while capitulating to irrational directions handed down from the top. This sometomes results in angry, resentful employees who are told one thing by their manager, only to experience a reversal of course and directed attribution to the CEO for the most minor changes in decisions.

    Lastly, feedback is not appreciated or acted upon. Collaborative is a "my way or the highway" company. Incompetent managers are there becuase they played the game or have been there for a long time. No one wants to hear about challenges or how to improve the company's short comings. Management may solicit feedback, but give it honestly at your own peril.

    In closing, if you join Collaborative, understand one thing - you are there to either bill or sell. Nothing more, nothing less. Do not expect to get mentored, trained, educated, or developed. Expect to get sent to a project and work there until it ends. If you are on the bench, expect it to be short or to be gone. Expect to earn any extra money as residuals from your sweat/utilization and overtime, not your thought-leadership. Do not expect to see any career progression unless you are willing to "play ball" with the current management and become one of them. In short, understand that you are a resource, not an asset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constructive feedback is not welcome at any level within Collaborative. Tell them how great they are - that is the only feedback they appreciate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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