Excella Consulting

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Excella Consulting Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Company with High Trust and Transparency

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Excella Consulting full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun immersion of new employees through ExcellaU. Learn about the company as well as learning to be a better consultant (i.e. effective writing, presentations, relationship management)
    Semi-annual performance reviews. Someone actually reads them! Big positive here. They are pretty intensive and thorough, in a good way.
    Transparency of financials.
    Amazing, driven staff
    Approachable and accessible senior staff. Partners sit around in an open office space that is no bigger then 10ft x 10ft.
    Partners talk the talk and walk the walk.
    Lots of food! And by that I mean we have monthly account meetings (catered food), monthly company wide meeting (catered food), if you are ever in the office chances are there are left overs from a recent training session. Sometimes we have happy hours or the Centers of Excellence (i.e. Agile, BA, etc...) run workshops with food provided. Food is also provided during the Excella U courses.

    Cons

    Not enough time working with other Excellians.
    Would like to have more professional development hours per year. The company provides 24 hours, which is great but I would like to see more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Excellent Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Excella Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Very intelligent and fun colleagues, many social events throughout the year, monthly all-hands meetings, lots of free food and a lot of flexibility in the work that you are able to do throughout your time with the firm.

    Cons

    Currently the firm is undergoing a lot of change in structure and processes. These changes are causing some discomfort and confusion. Ultimately, I believe that the changes will improve the firm and make Excella an even better place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of twice annual review cycles and invest more in leadership development The appraisal process does not make as much of a difference on daily/overall performance as the results of strong leadership would.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Flexibility, rewards initiative, results driven

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Excella Consulting

    Pros

    Great coworkers, Strong, transparent leadership, encouragement for professional development growth.

    Cons

    Limited Work/Life Balance support. You grow your career by working overtime for internal or business development initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Government IT Consulting Firm...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The company embraces Agile as a core part of their company culture. Agile is a huge part of the company and they have develop strong expertise, that hand hang with some of the best and brightest in the industry.

    The company culture is tough to compete with. It is truly a great place to work with a diverse of activities and events that make most people feel welcome.

    Cons

    The company has trouble landing great consulting gigs, with challenging, modern technologies. This fact alone makes it hard for them to keep great technical talent for long. In addition, the partnership has difficulty adapting quickly to changing industry patterns. They fail to deviate from their comfort zone, asking engineers to leap through hoops when they ask for support to build something great for the company. The company needs to build competencies building great, useful software...at any cost.

    My experience also punctuated senior leaderships desire to pass problems (like innovation, recruiting, business development) to employees, rather than taking ownership and solving the problems themselves. When asked why we don't have interesting work, the response was something to the effect of "why haven't you found it". This discourages a vast majority of individuals who want to solve great technology problems, not make cold calls to win work.

    The company also struggles with diversity. The partnership alone is comprised solely of white men. They could easily hire leadership to bring in diversity, but they are afraid of tainting their current culture by hiring senior individuals. Their desire to hire young and cultivate will limit their growth ultimately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace outside influences. You are a software development firm, yet have little to no strong influences from or in the tech industry (Agile community the exception). There is a lot of great work out there, and to keep top technical talent, you need to win that work, and hire senior engineers to execute.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exceptional opportunity and transparency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Excella Consulting full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management shares an inordinately high amount of information with employees not just about policies and results, but about plans, strategies, and invites employees to contribute. Amazing.

    Cons

    Although leave and holidays are generous, vacation is moderate to average, but then again, you earn more with tenure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Really good and very rare type of IT consulting firm

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Excella Consulting full-time

    Pros

    I've been at this firm for several years now and I can honestly say that it's one of those rare places that actually MEANS it when they say things like "our people are our greatest asset" and "we try to do what's best for our people." There's an annual employee survey that the Partners go over with a fine toothed comb, and take the feedback VERY seriously. Numerous initiatives are started based on this feedback. They earnestly want people to love working here. The benefits are pretty good- start with 3 weeks vacation, that then goes to 4 on your 5th anniversary. The health benefits are great, especially for families (the maternity leave is incredible), good 401k matching, and on and on.

    The best part though is the people, your coworkers. That is assuming you're a motivated go-getter. Because everyone else here is as well, so you know that you can always count on your coworkers to not only do their job, but do it well. And there's enough people here who like to go out and have fun together (whether it be happy hours, cross fit, cycling, running, etc) that you can find friends to do things with. There's a great winter event party and big summer event every year, with somewhat monthly happy hours mixed in between, all company sponsored.

    The hiring process is pretty stringent, they don't hire just to fill job positions. They only hire people who really fit the qualifications looked for, and who would fit the culture. Because of this, the firm has been growing slow and steady, even during the economic downturns. They have never laid anyone off because they don't take the approach of hiring 50 people for a big project that then can't be staffed anywhere once that big project ends. For a firm that got started in the depths of the dot com bubble bursting in 2002, that's a pretty good track record.

    One other pro is that even as a Managing Consultant (levels are Consultant, Senior Consultant, Managing Consultant, Principal and then Partner), you don't have quotas to sell or manage any particular dollar amount like the Deloittes or Accentures. Even though our MCs are kind of like senior managers at those firms.

    Cons

    Every place has pros and cons, and Excella isn't without its own fair share of cons. The biggest ones though are kind of results of the pros. Namely, they hire a bunch of over achievers that want to advance in their careers. And to get to a Managing Consultant level, you need to have some kind of leadership role or sell work. But then once you're at that MC level, you still need to be in a leadership role. So it gets tougher to find roles for everyone. A few years ago they hired a bunch of younger, 0-4 years experience people so that created some room to manage younger employees, but as those people have been here a while and gotten promoted, it's kind of recreated the top heavy problem of earlier years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Culture is second to none! Open minded leadership and ready to embrace change.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Excella Consulting full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee and career focused culture and leadership
    Excellent benefits (though vacation could be improved)

    Cons

    The only con, if I have to choose one, would be the length of time that it takes to get additional vacation days added to the base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase vacation sooner than five years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic experience, great growth opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Excella Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Freedom, trust, challenge, reward / recognition
     - Lots of mobility (vertical and horizontal) for those who are willing to try
     - Transparent, ethical, and dependable management (can't stress this enough - makes Excella a pleasure to work at)
     - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Can sometimes have long hours for a few months at a time, depending on client
     - Mediocre pay
     - Sometimes takes a while for management to react to conditions on the ground

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing small and staying true to your vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent "lifestyle firm," really cares about its people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Excella Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    +Great benefits (cheap healthcare)
    +Entrepreneurial atmosphere - people always trying to innovate
    +Flat organizational structure
    +Unfettered access to partners/management team
    +Fun people, casual environment
    +Great place to solve problems using technology

    Cons

    -Growing pains: some bureaucracy is introduced as the firm grows, and future direction is not entirely clear
    -Still acts like a small firm: rewarding work can be difficult to find
    -Promotions are subjective and difficult to quantify
    -Business Analyst (non-technical) work is sparse and usually involves heavily technical work too.
    -More of a burgeoning tech-firm than a consulting firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to ask the consultants, particularly non-technical ones, where they want to see the firm grow. Invest in their success and prove (once again) that this is a great place to work for business analysts and technical people alike. Find more ways to connect the two groups so that the company is seamless in its culture, and work on defining what it takes to succeed here. Capitalize on the technical strengths and redefine the brand to minimize cognitive dissonance amongst employees that they don't really understand who they're working for. Gain a more concrete understanding of the firm's competitive advantage and work hard to communicate that internally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Refreshing change from the big consulting firms

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Excella Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Less red tape, more opportunity for growth and impact, no "C-suite" characters, great flexibility

    Cons

    Structure is in flux and all-hands on deck for winning work (plus and minus)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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