Litmus Group Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Bring back the culture!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Litmus Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to meet and work with some truly amazing people
    Development & training allocation for all staff
    Opportunities for travel
    Good place to build an Australia wide network, both in consulting and via clients
    Get to work with some fantastic clients

    Cons

    Travel often forced upon staff whether they want it or not
    Pay is below market average
    Regularly working long hours/weekends with zero recognition or acknowledgement
    High staff turnover

    Advice to Management

    Now that the biggest problem for Litmus is no longer there, let's bring back the culture and make this place the 'Great Place To Work' it once was.

    Don't just tell us you're going to rebuild, do it. Actions speak much louder than words.


  2. Helpful (9)

    The fish rots from the head

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

    I have been working at Litmus Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Litmus is a great place to work, with great clients and great colleagues.

    Cons

    It's only massive downfall is it's CEO who displays misogynistic behaviour. Treating female staff less favorably, using belittling and intimidation tactics and providing unwarranted criticism of his staff in public places, is just not on, especially at that level.

    It's time this CEO started practicing what he preaches, recently firing a senior Partner for having a relationship with a colleague, after he had a 12 month affair with a direct report. Sadly, due to this persons position within the company, staff directly impacted by this inexcusable behavior no longer have an unbiased and objective channel for complaint.

    Advice to Management

    It's time for the board made a change.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Oxfam Experience shows the real Litmus Culture

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

    I have been working at Litmus Group (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    So 20 Litmus staff walked Oxfam together in Melbourne recently - 100 kms. With 15 support staff working for the 2 days on the walk itself - a large proportion of staff sending text messages from around Australia and Singapore. All Litmus offices were represented in the walking teams.

    Those who walked a little faster than others waited at the finish line for the slower ones so the full Litmus team walked across the line together.

    Cons

    Not really any on the work-life balance from participation in this event.

    Advice to Management

    Get ready for next year.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Management Consulting firm

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

    I have been working at Litmus Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Collaborative approach
    Friendly atmosphere
    Good office culture
    Great social events with a focus on charity and giving back
    Great engagements and access to partners

    Cons

    Good internal training, continue to invest amd focus on this


  6. Good small consulting business

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

    I have been working at Litmus Group (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good small firm. Lots of opportunity if you can handle ambiguity. Business is built around a couple key individuals and clients but produces consistent results.

    Management supports numerous staff initiatives such as Oxfam, Community giving and various health initiatives. This is sponsored by all the executives including the CEO.

    Cons

    With any small business there is a need for hands on management and more structure.

    More training Should be considered along with more consistent business communication.

    Advice to Management

    Stay engaged with staff and continue to support community involvement.

    More opportunities for professional development.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Medium sized consulting firm

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

    I worked at Litmus Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Medium sized consulting firm
    Access to interesting work with a good base line of clients
    Access to partners and senior management team
    Friendly culture amongst consultants

    Cons

    Lacks in structure, which some may see as a plus


  8. Helpful (3)

    High in promise, low in delivery

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

    I worked at Litmus Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with, there is a supportive culture within the offices. The personal development allowance

    Cons

    For all the organisation promises up front regarding transparency and care for staff there is very little that occurs within the organisation to support these promises.

    The organisation started off well by trying to be something different; however external market pressures have forced this company to be nothing more than a standard mid-tier consultancy. You will be forced to travel 80% of your time here with no recognition of this. The work sold is normally quite dull focused around large technology system implementations.

    This is an organisation that seeks success from its small size and agility which allows it to adapt to a changing market. Hell bent on growth at the sacrifice of all else has made this consultancy which at one point stand out from the crowd, now blend into the background.

    If you are seeking some time on your CV that says “management consulting” this firm will allow you to do that, however be prepared to spend half of the interview when looking for a new job explaining who Litmus is and struggling to defend that the work you did there was nothing more than just low paid contracting.

    Advice to Management

    Growth for the sake of growth is doing nothing but dilute the values of the organisation. In a crowded market place don't be too quick to throw away what differentiates Litmus from the rest of the pack.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Growing Management Consultancy with a large number of dissatisfied staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (South Africa)

    I have been working at Litmus Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Middle management to Consultants are friendly and tend to genuinely want to help each other out and motivate one another
    - Used to have a good policy on learning and development where all staff would receive a performance development budget (this has now been removed)
    - Once a month staff are able to get together and celebrate the month's work
    - Hours are better than other management consultancies (but this is very project and manager dependent)
    - Senior management are 'talking' about how they can better engage staff

    Cons

    - Staff are placed in roles for long periods of time that do not allow them to develop and are given false promises over transitioning to different engagements
    - Poor culture, does not live by its values
    - Poor policies on remuneration and performance (there are three bands in every level) and one promotion round, which makes it very difficult to progress within the organisation when placed on engagements that do not increase your capability for the next bands
    - Remuneration is below the industry average
    - Poor senior management, who seem to operate on favoritism and do not come across as genuine (amongst them there also tends not to be negative consequences for staff who perform poorly repetitively)

    Advice to Management

    If your business is your people, treat them well and actively motivate them to stay (don't just continue to talk about it).


  10. Helpful (1)

    Challenging work, great culture and amazing colleagues

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

    I have been working at Litmus Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Culture: High transparency, great people managers, collaborative work culture, approachable senior management
    - Engagement work: Great variety of industry / service level work offering good learning opportunities

    Cons

    - high chances of travel

    Advice to Management

    Provide more recognition for good work
    Hire carefully to keep the culture alive


  11. Helpful (2)

    Growing boutique, love my colleagues, experience is what you make of it. Rough patch in '12 but pulled through.

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

    I have been working at Litmus Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Ambitious group growth strategy that is more interesting than big 4 advisory
    - High transparency and willingness / openness to engage (don't have to 'keep it in')
    - Lots of great colleagues and people managers
    - Open to innovation - if you want to carve out a new niche within the business you will be supported or at least the idea will be entertained
    - Evolving positively; some of the problems cited in other reviews have been or are in the process of being fixed

    Cons

    - Some states have healthier office culture than others
    - Operational / support processes still in the process of improving
    - Quite high chance of having to travel for engagements

    Advice to Management

    - Safeguard culture through careful recruitment
    - Continue to engage staff at all levels
    - 'Give permission' to staff to strike out and chart their own path within the company, especially those coming in from more rigid work environments



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