GP Strategies Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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GP Strategies CEO and Director Scott N. Greenberg
Scott N. Greenberg
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Pros
  • work life balance, flexbility, free food (in 6 reviews)

  • They have a work from home policy (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Therefore there is little room for advancement or growth unless new clients are acquired which is rare (in 3 reviews)

  • Not a whole lot of room for growth (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Software Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GP Strategies full-time

    Pros

    They are a steady employer who moves slowly.

    Cons

    They are nearly entirely driven by quarterly earnings. They do not accurately predict quarterly losses, though they are often simply cyclical.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people. Stop worrying about percentages of billing each salaried employee logs.


  2. Instructional Designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GP Strategies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home. You get to work with some great people who you can learn a lot from.

    Cons

    Depending on the project manager you can find yourself very overworked and trying to meet unreasonable deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure project managers are up to the task. If they are having issues offer more education or help for them so that they don't burn out the employees working for them.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Meh

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GP Strategies (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is a big proponent of telecommuting. Most of the people that work on projects work from home.

    Cons

    The company is driven by quarterly percentages.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Training developer and Instructor: Richmond Ky

    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GP Strategies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a paycheck. You can make your own hours, and some dont even bother coming in at all.

    Cons

    Management doesnt come out of his office, doesnt know what is going on in the cube farm. Zero interpersonal skills displayed by the entire management chain of command. Zero interest from the company in employee development. Zero incentive to do well as all raises are canned whether you do a little or a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid the blanket email and focus on the problems at hand. Telling an entire group of workers to not "snore in the restroom" is poor. Tell the guy who is sleeping on the toilet an hour every day to cut it out or find a new job.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Sales/Account Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager/Sales Representative in Fort Mill, SC
    Former Employee - Account Manager/Sales Representative in Fort Mill, SC

    I worked at GP Strategies (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great individual contributors; very creative and with high integrity. Great reputation as a large learning services provider. Great benefits program and flexible working environment.

    Cons

    Very silo-ed. When I left, GP had acquired ~16 different companies within the past 5 years. Several of the divisions kept incentive plans (P&L, commission, etc.) that were different than others, and this was an impediment to collaboration between divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Need to do more to break down walls between divisions. You may lose some good people in the process, but in the long run, you will have a stronger, more cohesive organization.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Still a Boy's Club...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at GP Strategies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Moderate Benefits, new electronic equipment, relatively short commute. There is the opportunity to work with some very talented people.

    Cons

    Old fashioned management style, still a boy's club here...parts of company extremely sexist, women aren't promoted leaving many to become pigeonholed. Mentoring does not exist, but harassment, favoritism and retaliatory actions do. Upper Management allows it to happen even when they are aware of it going on. Upper Management loves to trot around the globe taking their buddies with them. Huge amounts of company spent, then when the quarterly numbers aren't as high as they'd like, quick to lay blame on employees. Goals aren't presented when initially employed, no 6 month review for a head's up or chance to improve. You'll find out where you missed the mark on your annual appraisal when it's too late. Initially looks like a great place to work or even get a foot in the door. Just don't expect to progress anywhere. So much turn around it will make your head spin, they just can't keep good people. If you're looking to work at a dead end job, this is the place to be.

    Advice to Management

    If they haven't made any improvements based on prior reviews, why bother?


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company with stong future.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GP Strategies full-time

    Pros

    If you work hard, you're rewarded. Great team collaboration, good pay, options for flexible work schedule and autonomy of projects.

    Cons

    The many divisions through acquisitions haven't fully integrated, limiting access to knowledge sharing.

    Advice to Management

    Better mentoring programs for managers.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Promising company with good people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GP Strategies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, approachable leadership, promising future, comfortable work environment.

    Cons

    In so many offices/countries with little company culture outside of major offices. Still assimilating acquisitions to be one brand.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Unable to determine what they want to be.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GP Strategies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent health care benefits, 401 k plan, opportunity to work at home, interesting projects and clients, varied responsibilities, some good managers.

    Cons

    Inability to sell projects, short sighted management, quarter by quarter management decision making, staffing issues, Small PTO bank, lack of effective client management.

    Advice to Management

    Get a backbone and build for the long term. Talent is your inventory and be careful how you treat it.


  11. Helpful (2)

    N/A

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Option to work remotely in some cases

    Cons

    No room for career growth



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