North Highland

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North Highland Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
170 Reviews
2.9
170 Reviews
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North Highland President and CEO Dan Reardon
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance is really good and no pressure to work long hours if not needed (in 43 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Changes are working

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    A positive, thoughtful culture with good people who care!

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

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

    Pros

    I have worked in many office environments where the ethical and moral boundries were tested and it is really great to have worked with a firm full of people who want to do the right thing for the firm, the people and their clients. North Highland is trying to make changes to improve the firm overall so the employees can continue to provide a solid career path for each person.

    Cons

    It will take some and a few cycles before North Highland achieves its goals. Patience is key as I believe they will get there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look deeper into why the changes are necessary to begin with. The market is much different than it was in 2001 and 2008-2010... Look at the potential market drivers that contributed to the success of the firm and what internal changes can combat the changes in the market today, 2014.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful

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

    I worked at North Highland as an intern for less than a 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.  

    Lots of change - leadership challenges

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    • Senior Management
    • 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 for 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
  6.  

    Working through some growing pains

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Highland full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    North Highland is a people company and relationships matter here. Most people have a positive outlook and want to deliver great work for their clients. You have a say in where you want to go and what you want to accomplish during your time at North Highland. The company is almost done working through some major changes that should help make the goals clearer for the employees and ease/simplify some of the pain points that we've been experiencing. I believe our CEO is trying to do the right thing, even if he doesn't always achieve his goals. I would rather have someone keep pushing to improve and not get everything right than afraid to fail and staying put.

    Cons

    Leadership as a whole was getting a little too comfortable staying where they were and doing the same thing for many years without improving. It's like going up on a downward escalator - if you don't keep moving forward and adapting, you're falling behind. The recent turnover may unfortunately have lost some good people along the way, but overall help change the environment from stagnant to dynamic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Repeating a lot of what has already been said: stick to just a select few ideas to move forward, not 30. Also, not everyone will be pleased with the changes - that's ok. Not changing means that we're don't care to improve, and frankly, we can do without those people anyways.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    If I could turn back time ...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Highland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The culture was great and still has the potential to be great
    The leaders mean well
    Great colleagues
    Pipeline looks good in some locations

    Cons

    Travel is becoming norm, after years of professing a non-travel approach to consulting
    Comp is mediocre. If travel becomes norm, what's the point of accepting below market total comp?
    Old boys' network prevails in some offices, despite surface efforts to attract and retain women and new blood
    Leadership is insulated in Atlanta and out of touch with what matters to field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in touch with your roots. If "owners" wanted to work for a "Big 4" consulting firm, they would have joined one.
    Ask yourself why some of the most loyal, long tenured resources are leaving. Respect the exit interviews, even if you don't like the responses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Need to build infrastructure to support all of the ongoing changes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
  9.  

    Experiencing Growing Pains, but Moving in the Right Direction

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

    I have been working at North Highland full-time for less than a 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
  10.  

    transforming whilst staying true to values

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

    I have been working at North Highland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with and a massive focus on personal development, tons of feedback day to day
    Local delivery model combined with really globally integrated expertise groups that come and transform the local capability
    You can trust them to stay true to their values, even if that makes transformation slower and rougher, peop'e first, no shortcuts

    Cons

    Need to fix the brand image so we can attract the best people
    Compensation structure doesn't drive the right behaviors, it's being reviewed but taking too long
    Too much power in the local office vs the global expertise groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the transformation efforts deliver faster, more iteratively if needed to keep people engaged and confident in the outcome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of flexibility; high level of responsibility

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at North Highland full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance, culture, people, faster acceleration

    Cons

    internal operation systems, training improving,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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