GP Strategies Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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GP Strategies CEO and Director Scott N. Greenberg
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Pros
  • Work life balance, mostly decent people, good office locations, low-pressure environment, autonomy (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. mostly positive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GP Strategies full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Positive co-workers, managers who will listen, great products.

    Cons

    A lot on pressure quarter after quarter.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employees, offering leading edge products, investing in technology.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Business Operations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Operations Specialist in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Business Operations Specialist in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at GP Strategies full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Employees and executives have long tenure with the company and can work well together. The company is in a growth mode.

    Cons

    GP has a network of veteran employees that make it difficult for newcomers to advance. Actual ability to do the job doesn't seem to come into play on who is advanced and who isn't. There is also little to know professional development and no employee training.

    Advice to Management

    Growth and achievement should be tied to the ability and willingness to work and not to the good ole boys network. Those that can't or won't perform should be demoted or removed from their position.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Important Work! Good People! Work-life Balance!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at GP Strategies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company continues to grow and allows it's leaders to do what is best for the business. Leaders of all levels in the company are trusted and empowered. Those who take Initiative, are rewarded.

    Cons

    The workforce is dispersed (some on customer site, some remote, some in offices, global). Ensuring all employees are aware of company news and what's happening can be a challenge.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good to start your career

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

    I have been working at GP Strategies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to start a career and get exposure to different roles and types of projects and clients to build expertise and experience.

    Cons

    Once you get to a certain point of your career or looking for a career path, there is no real room for growth or clear career progression. Senior Leadership is more of a good old "boy/girl" elitist club inclusion into which are made on arbitrary, personal/subjective basis.

    Advice to Management

    Define a clear long-term strategy and goals for the organization and communicate and lead to those. Define clear career paths and criteria for reaching next steps.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Good place for those who are early in their career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GP Strategies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn and work on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Very limited career opportunity, terrible HR department.

  7. Good company to work for, offering above average benefits backed up with responsive HR and Pay Departments

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    Former Employee - Staff Configuration Management Analyst
    Former Employee - Staff Configuration Management Analyst

    I worked at GP Strategies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The (small) Business Unit I worked in has an outstanding manager and several top notch supervisors and co-workers. Work was demanding and fast paced but compensation was equally appropriate. Use of earned personal time off was not a problem.

    Cons

    This job in particular was a contractor scenario providing support and services to the “customer”. As such, work depended on funding which seems to have more political influence than practical end user concern.
    Subject matter expertise was sometimes ignored by supervisors and the customer, to the detriment of the program.

    Advice to Management

    None. Upper management is very good.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Outsourcing accounts, Instructional Designers, Project Managers,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager, Instructional Designer, and Other Positions/Roles in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager, Instructional Designer, and Other Positions/Roles in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at GP Strategies full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for young or newer professionals to the field. Opportunities to work in multiple business sectors, using a variety of processes, techniques, etc. Exposure to a group of really competent and outstanding co-workers. You learn alot through the experience of working with multiple cross-functional team members and support clients from so many different business sectors and of various sizes and global footprints. Flexible work location and hours (outside of client meetings and calls).

    Work/life balance, if not on one of the financial accounts can be great.

    Company continues to grow fairly rapidly.

    Cons

    Company continues to grow rapidly and is outgrowing their ability to support the accounts they are acquiring. Business units are merging under poor and directionless leadership. Account directors are client "yes" women, do not hesitate to demoralize their team members, allow the clients to take advantage of their content development teams at every opportunity, disregard advice of experts in the field (team members with many, many years of experience) and prefer client internal team member recommendations of people who know nothing about what they are talking about. Account directors are quick to sacrifice their GP team members, throw them under the bus, lay them off, etc., for no reason other than to make an attempt to resolve a clients perceived lack of satisfaction. Rather than find mutually acceptable compromises, hold the client to the agreed upon processes and contractual committments, they can do whatever want and whenever they want. The financial/bank client accounts, although very large and profitable, are led by incredibly poor account directors who were recycled after failing or creating large messes on other accounts. They are great with customer (dis)service but poor leaders of people and teams. Very demoralizing.

    Work/life balance on the financial accounts is absolutely poor, thanks to the account directors and their committment to allowing the client to run rampant. Team members often find themselves working 60-80 work weeks to accomodate unreasonable requests, changes, etc., from the client. Account directors continue to enable this client behavior. Working long hours to see a project through here and there is one thing. Making it a routine because of poor director leadership and terrible clients is another. Folks are burnt out, demoralized, and are trying desperately to escape this crazy place. If you step away to grab a coffee or go to the bathroom and miss a call from one of the account directors, she will freak out and start calling friends, coworkers, spouses, family members, emailing personal accounts, etc., to try and find you. I am not talking about somebody that routinely takes long breaks, we don't have those here. Literally a single missed call will lead to husbands and wives getting calls wondering where you are. crazy.

    Employee engagement and climate/satisfaction surveys are incredibly biased in favor of the company. There is nearly no way for the results to reflect poorly on the company. It is a joke and not at all a represenation of true employee engagement or satisfaction. Funny how the free text entry area never seems to make it into the survey results.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to be replaced or seriously put into check. Although they are very approachable and personable folks, their expiration date has passed.

    Personal and professional growth? Not here. You learn from experience and peer based sharing, etc. The company does nothing to support or drive personal and professional growth. That time is not billable and therefore not supported.

    Compensation for some is ok and fair. Salary actions and bonuses? A joke. This past year, salary actions were delayed by upwards of 6 months with no explanation. Senior management just did not place their signature on a document because they were busy. Folks are "promoted" in roles and responsibilities but not given pay commensurate with their new role or responsibility. They take advantage of employees dedication and committment to perform a high level.

    Team members have been promoted to roles where their peers (new) are making 40-50K more than them and they get a simple 3% bump....a year later.

    This company used to be a great company to work for. Now, people are leaving in bunches. Be aware potential candidates.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Electro mechanical, Alternative fuels division, building control panels

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electro Mechanical in Escondido, CA
    Former Employee - Electro Mechanical in Escondido, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing, none, zero, zilch, nada

    Cons

    Lousy pay, Management needs training on people skills.. They also need a better working environment. Need to be better at safety and looking out for their employees. They also need to tell the employees that they cannot have earphones on while working because they cannot hear whats happening.

    Advice to Management

    Train on people skills

  10. Helpful (4)

    Mixed Bag

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

    I have been working at GP Strategies

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting and diverse. The clients are appreciative of the guidance and support.

    Cons

    Little or no support from management. Too many Indian Chiefs. Bean counters rule the roost which deflates morale. 401K has been flat. Work continuity is fickle.

    Advice to Management

    Support your consultants and they will support you.

  11. Helpful (5)

    No room for advancement

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Work/Life Balance
    - Really smart and knowledgeable coworkers
    - Some pretty cool clients to work with
    - Benefits are okay

    Cons

    - Flat organization with top positions filled by people who are not likely to move on. Therefore that translates to no chances for meaningful career progression. Instead they make up titles which sound important but in the end it is just a title change. In some cases not even a pay increase to go with the new title.
    - For doing great work they are pretty stingy with pay increases (< 5%). Was told on several occasions that there are no bonuses given. Yet, looking at the company's 10K the top level executives receive annual bonuses and pay increases.
    - Also, lack of meaningful communications from leadership. Middle management does not know either so if you ask for information you are given vague responses.
    - My business unit had a few favorites who would get the choice assignments and clients. They never had to worry about getting hours although everyone else was scrambling to stay billable.
    - Corporate services seemed to hold a grudge against the employees who work on contracts. Very disconcerting to have them glaring at you when you walk by. Also, there is a regular annual company picnic seems the only people invited to attend were the corporate services employees. I never received a notification of the picnic and when I asked the non-corporate services employees about the picnic they did not seem to know what I was referring to.
    - Company appears to be run by the Finance department. If they call for cuts, layoffs are sure to follow no matter how well you may perform.

    Advice to Management

    Stop conducting the Employee Satisfaction surveys and lectures until you actually mean that you want people to be engaged.

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