FI Consulting Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. Great place for skill development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FI Consulting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    FI has many positives: The people are friendly and respectful, and the atmosphere is truly collaborative. It is a great place to build up your resume by working at prestigious client sites, while building up skills that are in-demand in the job marketplace. The company is very transparent and the level of workplace communication and cooperation is above-average. Most importantly, the firm invests in you, and cares about your development.

    Cons

    Your day-to-day is determined by what project you are on; while there is flexibility to switch projects, the firm will need to grow so employees have more variety in their project assignments.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in the technology/application development side of the business.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Great People, Company Needs to Grow

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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 FI Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Despite what some of the other reviews say, the COO and HR at FI Consulting are fantastic people. As a matter of fact, the company is full of intelligent and motivated people. Most of the employees are young and outgoing. The company tries to go the extra mile to develop camaraderie and a strong culture by hosting monthly all-hands meetings and happy hours. The company also has a great coaching program that can be very beneficial when employees use it.

    Cons

    Titles - Most people accept a slightly lower level of compensation than the industry average and below average benefits. The least the company could do is give employees titles that are on par with their peers at other consulting firms. The vast majority of people at FI have a title of Analyst or Senior Analyst. Many of these people have strong work experience, advanced degrees and certifications yet have titles on par with lower level employees at other consulting firms. This becomes important when employees look to move on from FI and are at a disadvantage when competing against someone who spent several years as a "Senior Consultant/Associate", "Quantitative Modeling Consultant/Associate", or "Risk Management Specialist" (just a few examples) at another firm.

    Growth - The company seems to be treading water in terms of growth. There are a bunch of business development initiatives in the firm, but for some reason the company seems to be losing people as fast as they are hiring. The company also needs growth so employees can get on better projects. The company wants to get people on projects they are excited about and allow for career growth. However, that is tough to do right now with the company's existing contracts.

    Advice to Management

    Let people propose their own title to HR based on what their goals are and the type of work they want to focus on. FI could then accept or reject that title.

    Create an incentive program for all employees to find clients. The company needs to grow so people can get the work experience and projects they desire. The business development initiatives are nice, but I do not think they have been all that fruitful to this point. I believe a program that is clearly defined and adequately compensates employees for successful client referrals would be very successful.

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    Growing Company/ Good Money- Abrasive People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

    I worked at FI Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well structured- good opportunities to learn. Good mentoring system, growth opps..

    Cons

    HR/COO not friendly- not a fun environment- not particularly a warm environment.

    Advice to Management

    To retain employees- do a better job at making your employees feel like part of a team

    FI Consulting Response

    Mar 11, 2015Assistant HR Manager

    Thank you for your review. As one of our firm values is “Continuous Improvement”, we are happy to hear that you felt there were good opportunities to grow at FI. Sorry to hear about your experience ... More

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    Entrepreneurial Firm with Lots of Youthful Energy

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

    I have been working at FI Consulting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    FI Consulting employees have an abundance of energy and imbue the "can-do" spirit. If there's a problem to fix, employees just get it done. Particularly since there's still a lot of low hanging fruit, you find people willing to tackle the problem head on and come to a solution quickly.

    Cons

    Planning. Since there are so many people willing to find a quick solution to a problem, there isn't much thought given to long-term business solutions. It's really about getting the job done now.

    Compensation. For employees in the analyst pool, as much as 40% of total compensation comes in the form of bonus on a semi-annual basis. This is bonkers. Analysts don't bring in revenue and don't have much of an effect on the bottom line. Given two analysts working on two different projects who both bring in zero revenue, what's the difference that earns one a 40% bonus and the other a 35% bonus?

    I think compensation informs the lack of planning. It's really about getting to that semi-annual review -- it's about maximizing your compensation. Some business problems, unfortunately, require longer-term planning and execution.

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