Exeter Group Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Good experience overall

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Exeter Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great and it pays very well.

    Cons

    Upper management needs to improve considerably.


  2. Pretty mediocre

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exeter Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice location in Kendall Square. Opportunity for travel. Get to participate in meetings with clients early-on.

    Cons

    Travel is generally to uninteresting domestic locations. Was unstaffed for a long period of time due to declining business.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire more people than you really need.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Solid pay, great people, but dull work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exeter Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is above average, especially for recent college grads. There is a great, collegial environment in the office and everyone gets along well. Perks such as happy hours on Fridays a few times a month and annual offsite trip.

    Cons

    Managers do not care whatsoever about the development of employees. No say in project placement. No incentive to try your best because it will not be noticed or appreciated. Not really a consulting firm anymore--focus is almost all on product development. If you're looking for any management/strategy projects, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your most valuable asset, your employees. Being more transparent with regards to staffing on projects would be a good first step.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    College seniors - don't waste your time on this joke of a company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Exeter Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary for a first-year consultant, lots of camaraderie with fellow first and second years, swanky offices in the Pru

    Cons

    Terrible management, a micromanaging yet disconnected CEO, no support from human resources, no appreciation for exceptional work, little to no visibility into administrative and staffing decisions, poor organizational structure, no respect for employees' personal time/life outside of work, rampant cronyism, and limited future prospects for the software development direction in which the company is headed

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to truly value your employees - an annual trip to Vegas or Chicago is not a substitute for quality support, positive feedback, and opportunities for growth.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Just another small consulting company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exeter Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, nice teammates.

    Cons

    Autocratic leadership. Unless you are in the the CEO's inner circle you are just another cog in the wheel.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Management Needs to Move Faster

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Exeter Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is better than many out-of-college jobs.

    Cons

    Exeter is approaching an average of one person quitting every month. Employees are dissatisfied with the lack of consistency in which Exeter treats their employees. There are hardly any review/feedback processes in place. The company does not manage expectations for their employees in a truthful manner; we were constantly lied to. I heard Exeter just started their first performance review in 2 years. There has been no compensation adjustments for almost 2 years. Exeter is a risky place to work at.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Your most valuable asset is your employees. Act on your promises. You can't make up for your HR inefficiencies with happy hours.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Could be Better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Exeter Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exeter provides awesome colleagues and a good paycheck. We have almost weekly company lunches/events. The CEO is a really smart guy and understands how to run his business.

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for growth in the company. Management provides no real incentives to work hard. Employees putting in 12-16 hour days are treated the same (or worse) as those putting in 5-8. Employees are often underappreciated for the work that they provide.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and reward employees for going the extra mile. The company is getting to a size where top management are unaware of what each employee is doing and there is no process in place to do that.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Disappointing so far, but hoping will get better.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Exeter Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Culture is great. Most consultants are within a few years of graduating college. Frequent happy hours. Company retreat once a year. Good opportunity to build resume- attain many certifications within the first few months of employment.

    Cons

    Not really a consulting firm anymore- becoming a product firm. Consulting engagements sound more like product support than implementation consulting. Project flow is inconsistent. Small firm means fewer employees, which means fewer projects and fewer variety of projects. Slow times are VERY slow--people have been known to be on the bench for up to 8 or 9 months. Staffing method is miserable- one person makes all the staffing decisions. Staffing decisions are made without much consideration of your skill set. When you are staffed, they literally let you know a day or two before hand that you're flying out somewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication at the top. Make staffing decisions more transparent.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Awesome

    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Exeter Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and the style of life

    Cons

    Too much travel every week.

    Advice to Management

    No complaints


  11. Helpful (3)

    Lies, lies everywhere. Beware, be very aware

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Exeter Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This section is meant to be empty

    Cons

    j235 Software India (aka Exeter India, which is a lie), completed 10 years in 2012-13. I was one of the unfortunate people to be there in that period. I was offered the role of 'Software Engineer', only to see myself demoted to 'Associate Software Engineer' in the name of 'HR policy renewal' during the 10th anniversary function. This was the case for all employees with <= 1 year of experience. This is one of the most unethical cases I've ever seen in IT industry.

    Advice to Management

    1) Stop using the name 'Exeter India' 2) Stop fooling people by giving 'Software Engineer' designation for freshers and immediately demoting them to 'Associate Software Engineer' 3) Give your employees a life!



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