Jefferson Wells International

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Jefferson Wells International Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
57 Reviews
2.6
57 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Definitely can achieve work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • great exposure to variety of clients (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • New hourly model provides no benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • if you have to travel 2 1/2 hours to get to the client, this does not count toward your billable hours and you can end up with extremely long days) (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    JW Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jefferson Wells International

    Pros

    Great model to provide services above a Robert Half but more cost effective than Big 4. Loved giving experienced professionals that wanted work life balance interesting local projects that allowed them to put their skills to use but go home and see their family at the end of the day.

    Cons

    I did not have any cons about working at JW. You must flex with the business to move the business forward so was happy to move to the national model vs. local and I was provided opportunities to expand my skill set.

  2.  

    Great Company, lots of opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jefferson Wells International

    Pros

    Great Management, good at expressing vision

    Cons

    Limited advancement opportunity, lack of career mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an open mind, keep listening to new ideas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Formerly a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Professional in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Professional in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Jefferson Wells International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility, strong client base made of well known companies, respect as a knowledgeable professional

    Cons

    Leadership had no idea what your skillset was and did not respect experience and professional reputation. Often sold you as knowledgeable in an area never worked in. Changed many qualified salaried individuals to hourly with no benefits or promise of hours. Only bottom of the barrel now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect qualifications and pay a salary and benefits to keep your best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Ok,

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Jefferson Wells International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Good clients
    Avg. pay
    Have good people but cannot retain term long term

    Cons

    Productivity only about 80% of the year
    No leadership
    Head hunter type management style

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The intertests of your clients and consultants should be of concern to the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Working experience at this company has been rewarding, based on assignments and colleagues.

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    Current Employee - Professional in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Professional in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Jefferson Wells International as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging assignments, location of projects, and competent colleagues.

    Cons

    This category is not applicable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This category is not applicable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    You've Lost That Loving Feeling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Jefferson Wells International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good clients, well know companies
    - Work is challenging
    - Varied assignments with flexibility
    - Work at clients is not micro-managed

    Cons

    - Loyalty means nothing, if they can use you they will, otherwise too bad.
    - You are treated like a commodity, ironic because parent company touts the "Human Age."
    - No concern or interaction from local office management, I don't know what in the heck this guy does to move the business forward.
    - No possibility for advancement or pay improvement.
    - Have to hope you work enough to get health insurnace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get some real local leadership, these local Directors are incompetent.
    - Quit churning business development managers.
    - You've now become a staffing company, no longer a legitimate consulting firm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Consultants were treated as commodities, not as valued employees.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Jefferson Wells International

    Pros

    Sometimes flexible, interesting to work with various clients

    Cons

    treated like a commodity, no loyalty, company was about making money not retention of good people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat compensation of your consulting staff the way you'd like to be treated. You've eliminated one of advantages of working for Jefferson Wells by slashing salaries and benefits. It's hard to have loyalty to your company when you are treated as a commodity only.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Its a one way street - they will use you when they need you and throw you away when they don't.

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    Former Employee - Professional Staff - Internal Audit - Risk Assessment in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Professional Staff - Internal Audit - Risk Assessment in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Jefferson Wells International

    Pros

    not very many good reasons - compensation is fair - but can't be counted on as they will turn salaried employees into project when business is slow.

    Cons

    when the economy was bad - they turned all salaried employees into project - absolutely no loyalty toward employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management should respect their professional employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very poor local management

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    Former Employee - Project Professional in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Professional in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Jefferson Wells International

    Pros

    Variety of assignments, some top-tier client companie

    Cons

    Managing Director has extremely poor interpersonal skills and management ability. She has been forced to make more of an attempt to stay in front of the staff due to the high level of dissatisfaction that followed all salaried professionals being switched to project based with no benefits. But, it is obvious she is out of her comfort zone and is simply going through the motions. The Phoenix office has burned through many, many BDMS and in fact, just lost their star BDM (the top performer in the country) to a competitor. That speaks volumes about just how bad things are, and the local Directors have huge egos but little to back it up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a strong and effective MD who has the interpersonal skills to lead by example. Corporate needs to stop managing simply by the metrics and develop an appreciation for the value of their employees. Treat employees as valued assets instead of something disposable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Jefferson Wells

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Jefferson Wells International

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with a wide range of clients
    Opportunity to learn from senior personnel
    Flexibility in choosing assignments to work with

    Cons

    Time can be spread between an large number of clients simultaneously
    Clients may be dispersed over a wide geographic area based on level of expertise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up great work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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