Jabian Consulting

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Jabian Consulting Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jabian Consulting

    Pros

    Jabian is highly collaborative. They really work with you to develop your interests.

    Cons

    There aren't as many projects to choose from compared to a larger company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Do not be fooled by "high rankings" -- Jabian pays employees cash for when they win "best place to work' awards

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    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good eye for talent, excellent project management capabilities

    Cons

    The owners have given out cash "bonuses" when the company wins a "best place to work" award. They have consultants on the bench constantly tracking each award, and cajoling employees to give high ratings--including this site. Do not be fooled by "high rankings" -- Jabian pays for them/

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is managed like a college fraternity: either you are "in" or "out". They treat those "in" with favoritism, and those "out" as lepers. Despite stated corporate values of "people first", they have fired consultants with 2+ years tenure and paid them only through the end of the day--no severance, not a week or even a day. This company has no regard for their employees--join this company at your peril.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Refreshing, challenging, exciting and invigorating place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Jabian Consulting full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Love the way Jabian sells work through relationships; all employees are smart, driven, talented and have servant attitudes for each other and their clients; unique ability to pursue passions; fervent support for the community, especially through Jabian's 501 (c) 3 Jabian Cares; ability to put personal stamp on company; strong commitment to personal growth; no up or out mentality

    Cons

    Work and life are integrated and not balancing acts here. Know what combination works best for you. You may start feeling overwhelmed if you don't know your limit, take on too much and/or don't learn to say no.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Diverse project work, and balance.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jabian Consulting

    Pros

    Diverse set of projects, rarely pigeonholed
    Actually walks-the-walk on work/life balance
    Local model
    Tightly-knit culture

    Cons

    Compensation
    Long client engagements
    Investment in people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A culture like no other

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Jabian Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is in control of their own career at Jabian. The flexibility and possibilities can sometimes be overwhelming, but once people get into their groove and focused on the things they care most about they find themselves doing things they've always dreamed about but never could do. Conflict is rare or nonexistent at Jabian due to careful selection of employees in the recruiting process. Jabian is a true family environment where people look out for each other and get behind each other when someone is having a rough go of it. The client work is interesting, and the care the firm takes to make sure you're enjoying what you're doing is unmatched. The number of opportunities each week to connect with your fellow Jabian colleagues is one element of the culture that is truly unmatched. From a mentoring lunch, to a Jabian Happenings (monthly meetings alternating between business and social outings), recruiting happy hours, to community activities and professional society events, we are always hanging out together. The technology we get is as good or better than anything we had with the big consulting firms.

    Cons

    As mentioned in "pros" above, it can be overwhelming to have the level of autonomy and flexibility that Jabian provides. This is not a 40 hour a week company, but the extra time is what makes for a significant amount of the fun and growth-oriented activities. Figuring out how to balance that with client work, family demands and community events can be daunting, but each ebbs and flows from month to month and year to year that once people figure that out, they adapt well. But it is a constant struggle to figure out where the best places to spend your time are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look for ways to offload business operations functions from the three partners to focus on growth and scalability. Jabian is a fantastic place to work. Keep spending time figuring out how to communicate that better to supercharge recruiting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people at this company and the flexibility to pursue your interests

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Jabian Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Jabian has great people, career and not a job, ability to pursue your interests, local model with no travel, collaboration, extensive community service opportunities, management is available and approachable

    Cons

    Growth can be challenging, but everyone works hard at it.

    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    The people are what make Jabian a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    A great place to work with top-notch consultants who care about exceeding client expectations, collaborating with coworkers, being present for their family, and giving back to the local community.

    Cons

    Jabian is not the best place for you if you want to be given a check list of activities to complete in order to be promoted to the next level. Promotions are given once you show that you can operate consistently at the next level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Define a path for your professional career and make a name for yourself while achieving personal lifelong goals

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

    I have been working at Jabian Consulting full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    At Jabian, professionals are able to find a purpose for their career and surround themselves with a team to help achieve it. The nurturing nature of our culture encourages collaboration and selflessness - we only succeed as we help others succeed. This is a refreshing change from typical stress-filled consulting environments where individuals are constantly compared and pressured to out-perform their peers.
    By encouraging active community involvement and engagement in other non-work related personal passions, professionals are allowed to balance their lives while growing holistically as individuals and community leaders.

    Cons

    A smaller firm environment requires a more flexible consultant. Though our workforce is made up of seasoned professionals, one must be prepared to manage multiple aspects of an engagement. This can sometimes become a challenge for recent hires that are used to executing specific tasks within large team settings, and will at times have to step out of their comfort zone to accommodate a client need. However, those who reach out to their support structure and embrace a new skillset are rewarded in their professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While it is exciting to see our footprint expand into new territories, it is important to maintain the cultural components of the Firm that have yielded such success. Keep encouraging our executive leadership team to reach out across locations to make sure our teams feel supported and actively engaged within the larger Jabian family.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn & be entrepreneurial, while feeling good about the value you provide to clients

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

    I have been working at Jabian Consulting full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible company values (growth decisions aren't based on metrics alone, and work isn't purely 'sold' to clients, it's suggested and worked through organically). Motivated, helpful, caring and intelligent colleagues. Opportunities for growth and learning. Great yearly review & bonus cycle based on your goals and achievements, without forced ranking. Focus on employee health and wellness.

    Cons

    Balancing all of the options available to you across client work, business operations, and business development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A fantastic place to do exciting work locally

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

    I have been working at Jabian Consulting full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging work with C-level executives; very bright peers; significant investments in your success and the brand of the firm; excellent internal learning and development opportunities; clear commitment to community success; metrics and processes that make sense and are practical. Good compensation, excellent benefits given firm size, great perks and benefits beyond health care.

    Cons

    Current career progression is somewhat unclear. Progress has been made and multiple levels exist, but work remains to understand progression from Consultant through Executive Director in objective terms. Presently a closed partnership, but moving towards a legacy model to accommodate new leaders / extended growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Increase clarity over the term "legacy firm" and the path to a "legacy firm."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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