Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc

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Worst move I ever made

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc

Pros

HR, IT, good intranet. If you're an engineer with no ambition, willing to do the same technical work over and over and over ... and collect a paycheck, this would be a good bet, until they don't win work where you are based. Nice enough people, but really limited in their thinking.

Cons

Amateurville. Small minded regional company focused on small projects. No ambition.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Resign

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    VHB - Very High Billable ratios

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc

    Pros

    Excellent, solid staff. Entry to mid-level staff is young and dedicated to learning and producing a quality deliverable. Proposal preparation documents are first class. Initial compensation (hiring salary) is excellent. Flexibility of work schedule. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Target Billable Percentage is overly micromanaged. Must hit or exceed target every two weeks or get called on the carpet. No true sales force, expectation of seller/doer. Tough for engineers to do. Expectation of meeting high target billability without adequate time alloted to develop clients. Weak, if any, mentoring. Senior management likes to think they are connected with staff, but far from true. Extreme self-preservation of senior staff, especially amongst associates and principals. Poor annual reviews and annual compensation bumps do not keep up with inflation. Carrot dangling of shareholder possibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the restructuring. It seems that we are changing each month or quarter based on the latest perceived trends from Forbes, Money or Inc. magazines. Let's define ourselves and stop trying to model ourselves after other firms. If a true partnership is wanted with the employees, empower them...the letterhead says, "Energy, Innovation and Imagination" let the employees use it and stop quelling with micromanagement of the timesheet. We have some of the best people in the business, let them use the talents that you have bought. Understand that if you want a generational company, understand the generations that you have hired and stop trying to mold them into something they are not. You have hired excellent talent, now let it develop itself and take the company into the future.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Projects, Difficult Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc

    Pros

    Overall, many large, complex and interesting projects to collaborate on creating a dynamic and challenging work environment. The professional talent level is exceptional, at all levels. Benefits are typically better than peer firms and salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    Typically there is a substantial imbalance for work/ personal time due to the pressure for meeting billability targets, pushed mainly on staff and project managers. Too much responsibility shifted to PM's without the support of management. Often described as a pressure cooker environment, with few rewards, especially during this recent declining economy. Politics and self-serving actions are way too prevalent for a healthy firm. Accountability is a joke for senior managers and undermines many deserving professionals. The generational company ideals and core values all got lost during these recent difficult times....which may ultimately define the type of firm VHB really is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The foundation of VHB is not as strong as you would like to believe it is, and accountability is ignored.

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