North Highland

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North Highland Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
174 Reviews
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174 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is really good and no pressure to work long hours if not needed (in 42 reviews)

  • Great people with great skills striving to provide value to their clients (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance has tilted into mass amounts of work for almost no gain (in 9 reviews)

  • Low base salary, complex bonus structure, mediocre benefits (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Old fashioned charm

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    Former Employee - Independent Management Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Independent Management Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at North Highland full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are top notch!

    Cons

    They have many managers stuck in the mindset of old consulting. They need to quicken their pace to change to match their top competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the changes, including turning over those that aren't keeping pace with today!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Changes are working

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at North Highland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can move up at your own pace. No time in grade like the big 4. I worked hard and got promoted fast. Make more than I would if I stayed at Big 4. Other are working less hours and are happy doing it but do not move up as fast.

    Cons

    Lots of folks left this year that should have been asked to go before now. The "nice" culture sometimes leads to people staying longer than they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course. The changes you are making are clearly working. Don't read the posts here from those that we're let go. They are not our future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful

    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at North Highland as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interns are offered benefits. Great work atmosphere. Real-world experience. Constant work to be done, no twiddling your thumbs here!

    Cons

    Internship was too short and no permanent position offered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Experiencing Growing Pains, but Moving in the Right Direction

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

    I have been working at North Highland full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Culture - people here genuinely like and enjoy each other
    - Employee-ownership model
    - Reputation in the market

    Cons

    - There is some uncertainty felt around the firm as to some organizational changes being discussed
    - Bonus structure is complicated (but this is something that is apparently being worked out)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time communicating priorities and timelines with each office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of change - leadership challenges

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at North Highland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people with great skills striving to provide value to their clients.

    Cons

    Leadership - lots of challenges with direction. Company in the middle of "transformation". Continues to remain non-competitive salary wise. Outward / public transportation not consistent with leadership decisions that operationally affect the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider what behaviors you want to drive and go back to K.I.S with clients and your consultants. Get competitve and determine who you are competing against or market you want to be the leader in and differentiate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Need to build infrastructure to support all of the ongoing changes

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    Current Employee - Withheld for Personal Reasons in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Withheld for Personal Reasons in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at North Highland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture was strong, although is waning

    Cons

    Constantly looking for different identities, i.e., branding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick something and stick with it.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    Unsure of the future

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

    I have been working at North Highland full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There had been a fair amount of flexibility regarding travel and being able to work from home - looks like that is changing.

    Cons

    Not sure what the current vision is, other than drive more revenue. Each year seems to be a new theme, but they aren't connected very well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the twice-a-year company meeting. share more of the financials from the large accounts like they used to do. Reexamine the compensation model - we were told a year ago that this was a priority. The messaging these days seems more muddled and top-down driven, versus promoting good ideas that emerge from the Local Offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 11 people found this helpful  

    This is a firm is serious distress

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at North Highland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very decent, ethical, family-minded and team-oriented people still represent a large population of NH employees. North Highland is a great place if you're not going to become an executive at a major firm and you're sick of constant travel. But beware that you'll trade intellectual development, interesting work and good compensation for the privilege.

    Cons

    Truly poor leadership at the top. CEO is a very bright individual but has a fatal blind spot - he takes no one's council but his own and surrounds himself with lesser individuals that do not (nor could not) challenge his thinking. The company is adrift as a result and is facing major headwinds in the market. Coupled with horrendous compensation (ignore the ESOP, totally worthless) the challenges they currently face are daunting. Consultants who tend to be thinkers, not just doers, need not apply. There is absolutely zero commitment to developing unique perspectives, IP or even basic delivery methods. Focus is clearly on individuals playing roles at clients with the skills they came to NH with. Staff augmentation is really what North Highland does, and does well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either focus on down-market staff augmentation work completely or build some real unique IP to move upstream. Replace the entire top leadership, preferably with execs that have experience outside of Atlanta or Charlotte. Lastly, figure out how to compensate high performers properly, or accept being relegated to "get 'er done" staff augmentation forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Loved working for this company!

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

    I worked at North Highland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My colleagues were some of the smartest, most talented and funniest people I've ever worked with....everyone took the responsibilities and expectations for the client work product very seriously but I found it to be an engaging, rewarding experience. I had great clients and still maintain personal and professional connections to many of them.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to share about my own experience. It was the perfect time and place for my needs and for that stage of my career.

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enjoyed my time at North Highland

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at North Highland full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    ESOP potential, numerous worldwide offices, career options

    Cons

    Communication, transparency, consultants don't value their operations people as much as they should

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with your employees....pick their brains....they know what they are doing and have great ideas on how to improve processes within operations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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