Litmus Group

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Litmus Group Reviews

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    Challenging work, great culture and amazing colleagues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Litmus Group full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    High in promise, low in delivery

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    Growing Management Consultancy with a large number of dissatisfied staff

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Litmus Group full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible management. Too much spin. In financial trouble at time of posting. Don't believe any hype.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Litmus Group full-time

    Pros

    Like all companies there are some good people
    There is a $2k training allowance for each employee - spend it
    You might get on 1 or 3 good projects in a given year as a jnr/mid level consultant
    General remuneration for the quality of employee, compared to market, is just above average

    Cons

    Management lies / withholding of critical information
    The Employee Share Ownership Program is not transparent - be sure to do your own ROI analysis
    The Partners have a high level of dysfunction in they way they operate together
    Middle management are really weak and seemed to me to be blinded by group think
    Ineffective and poor management competency generally
    Performance appraisal system is arbitrary and not true it's merit review
    Culture is said to be one thing, but actions of the group are very different
    Internal training is poor
    Actual consulting services that are offered to the market are wafer thin in their quality eg. lots of slide decks, with out deep understanding
    Constantly 'recreating the wheel' to meet customer/tender requirements
    Operations and processes are riddled with manual steps and errors, eg expenses, invoices
    Bonus pools, even though entitled via vague clauses in employee contracts, are withheld without communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lift your game, loose the really poor partners - start by holding them accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supportive at the beginning, but do lose potential clients through some rash decisions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Litmus Group

    Pros

    Inclusive, active, small, close
    (seemingly) transparent
    Opportunities (if you are in the office that day)

    Cons

    Not so good at choosing and handling of people on a client account..
    Good for some while you are needed, but can drop people quickly.
    Long working hours at times, and little recognition for when they are worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and appreciate your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good culture, poor promotion and remuneration.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Litmus Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Culture - staff will go the extra mile for one another
    - Training - everyone gets a training budget
    - Everyone gets flown to Melbourne 1-2 a year for training, christmas parties
    - Openness regarding corporate strategy
    - Partners (for the most) have a strong open door policy - less so with those in middle management

    Cons

    - Poor remuneration package
    - Poor promotion scheme - difficult to move up (3 years at least within each level)
    - Middle management aren't always open
    - Long working hours at times, and little recognition for when they are worked
    - Performance review process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your remuneration and promotion process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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