FTI Consulting

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FTI Consulting Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
204 Reviews
3.3
204 Reviews
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FTI Consulting President & CEO Steven H. Gunby
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Better pay than the Big 4, good work-life balance, opportunities for career progression (in 14 reviews)

  • You learn a lot from an incredibly talented group of people (wish they did a better job of making them want to stay) (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Little professional development beyond informal day-to-day management; little work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • long hours and work load distribution among different teams is unacceptable to some (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Growth opportunities as well as clique mentality are abound

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities to contribute towards a growing consulting firm. Employees did not have to deal with time consuming compliance matters that are expected in some of the big 4 firms.

    Cons

    Preferential treatment exist and can be apparent. Expectations and guidelines to succeeding at your tasks are not completely clear. New employees should be mindful and should build relationship quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time on the ground or with project team.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unless you're a part of the clique, you're out of luck

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and good opportunity to work with great clients.

    Cons

    Since the economy has become so competitive, the culture at the firm has become very cut throat. The question that's asked by everyone, especially the SMDs, is "What have you done for me lately?" Everyone says it's a teamwork oriented environment, but the notion of teaming or sharing is a joke. Folks here protect contacts, protect clients, and don't practice cross sharing or cross selling. Lots of great talent not being nurtured, and incompetent folks getting promoted. Management also lacks the ability to communicate any news effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read all the "Con" reviews on Glassdoor carefully. They are definitely sending a consistent message to management: no transparency, incompetent SMDs, short term gains at the expense of long term vision, lip service on teaming, old boys network, poor pay, bad benefits... These are all true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to start a career and develop, while working on some interesting projects with talented employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    The firm offers opportunities to work on an array of interesting and challenging projects with some very smart individuals. It's a great place to learn and develop your computer skills (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint), analytical skills and attention to detail.

    Cons

    The work flow can be inconsistent, and the projects that you get staffed on are largely a function of the relationships that you develop within the firm. You have to be proactive and capable of working independently if you are going to thrive in the environment. There is little to no training, which is an area that could use improvement. As such, the employee learning experience is driven primarily by project load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the training programs and educational offerings for employees. Be more transparent about pending projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Six years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

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

    Pros

    Management is very casual. There is not much "red tape" in regards to PTO and such. Benefits (401k, PTO amounts, health care, etc) are all very generous.

    Cons

    There is no formal learning or education path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic Coworkers, Factious Upper Management, Fantastic Business Model

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at FTI Consulting full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a software engineer, working in the Seattle office has a fantastic balance of work and life. Folks are kind, fun, friendly and personable. Few engineers take the day to day grind so seriously they can't break for a game of cards at the lunch table. If you can get job satisfaction from punching the clock doing assigned tasks on a monolithic, feature-rich, legacy-bound, and technologically diverse software offering, this is the place for you

    Cons

    The parent company treats all employees as consultants -- expendable, replaceable, and worth only what they can do for you in the moment. Knowing this, it is possible to be successful (if not appreciated) by simply doing your tasks and keeping your head down. Innovation is pushed, skunk works projects are unheard of (unless directed by upper management), and frequently engineers are placed between disagreeing upper managers. In all, this can be a very frustrating experience for an engineer beyond the entry level or not near retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe that FTI Consulting and FTI Technology will continue to be highly successful. The business needs do not require content or exceptional software engineers -- revenue is driven through IT and consultants in the cloud offerings. To that end, I believe management is doing right by the quarter-to-quarter bottom lines.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work and grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Mostly good colleagues and working environment

    Cons

    Compensation and work/life balance, at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Out of touch, inefficient, old boys club that rewards ineptitude

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you get promoted up to the SMD level you are very well paid, with little regard for your effort, skills, or value you bring to the organization

    Cons

    An amazingly inefficient company. There is a lot of expertise there but no one shares ideas or works together (that might reduce billable hours). Lots of inept upper level management who diligently work hard to make others look bad in order to not have their own mistakes noticed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the executive level, take a very hard in depth look at the SMD level. There is an amazing amount of dead weigh. Lots of SMDs that provide little to no value. Not to mention many that do a lot of harm by only looking to maximize their own bonus, not the overall good of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to grow, if you find yourself in the right office...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    You will be working with knowledgeable, senior professionals. Some are eager to develop their peers, others not so much. The offices are all reasonably stocked with supplies and snacks to keep you going. At least in my experience, my senior management was eager to throw me in the deep end and see what happens. I loved the challenge.

    Cons

    It's consulting, you have to be flexible. Some weeks you may only work 40 hours, others much more. If you don't like traveling, it likely isn't for you. There isn't much of a guide to climbing the ladder, and the policies between offices are not consistent. It's a publicly traded company, so they can be stingy on bonus' and salary adjustments. I've never had to barter so much in my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep wasting money on sport sponsorships; don't invest any of it back into your personnel!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting company that is growing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Managing Director
    Former Employee - Managing Director

    I worked at FTI Consulting full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Smart hard working people across all businesses; Global reach provides international opportunities; Focusing in all the right industry sectors including Healthcare, energy, high tech etc.

    Cons

    The main weakness is that the various business units within an industry do not fully optimize each others skills, capabilities, client relationships etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align incentives to increase teaming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company to work for!

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

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

    Pros

    Broad exposure to a variety of financial engagements, great management and tremendous career opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, difficult work life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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