North Highland Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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North Highland President and CEO Dan Reardon
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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 15 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. 1 person found this helpful

    A great company that focuses on its clients and people

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    North Highland has always had a strong culture of caring for each other, its clients and the community. Others have caught on to this but it has always been at the core of the company. The changes the company is undergoing will provide real opportunities for all. The local model and work life balance are strong and respected.

    Cons

    The company is going through a needed transition. The overall direction is good but the implementation has been difficult. I think most of this is behind us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make the needed changes while holding on to the core elements that makes the company strong. Communicate in the short term while focusing on the long term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Middle market firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Highland

    Pros

    Work life balance, minimal bureaucracy

    Cons

    Inconsistent quality of staff, no name recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick one path - a middle size firm can't be everything to everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Consulting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Consultant in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    I love the people here! I have never worked in such a supportive environment!

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love the company values and senior leadership!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Lost direction

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    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal

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

    Pros

    This was a genuinely exciting place to work for a long time. There was a positive and collegial atmosphere and people were highly collaborative.

    Cons

    As the consulting market has gotten more demanding, management has failed to respond with focus and credibility. Growth initiatives are poorly thought out and the company's general market failure is being pinned on the employees, who are begin assigned tougher and tougher performance objectives, as if their performance were the issue. It isn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop stop stop the craziness. Simplify. Cut the growth targets until the company finds its center again. Stop telling everyone else they need to make sacrifices. Maybe you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful

    Great people--smart, fun...untrustworthy CEO

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at North Highland

    Pros

    Smart, fun, hard-working people. Fun environment.

    Cons

    Starting to lose what is special--becoming another big 4 firm

  7. 3 people found this helpful

    A place in flux

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Highland

    Pros

    Travel only required for entry level employees

    Cons

    Recent performance targets has been set so high that it is driving employees to leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on care/concern for employees instead of just revenue targets

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

    Running their business in circles...

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at North Highland

    Pros

    Consultants that have been here a while are bright, committed and have a great commitment to their clients. If you are entrepreneurial you can pretty much do what you want to, but unfortunately that's more because no one is organized enough to know what's going on around them or you.

    Cons

    C-suite members are watching each other and not focused on the consultants. Lots of unnecessary politics. New processes are half-baked and then rolled out half-assed. .HR can't answer any questions accurately. Most leadership is well intended but as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with those. The organization has lost it's market edge by forgetting about what it was that made them different and special. They say they care but behave as if they have little awareness of what consultants want and need. Look at their new vision and mission to figure out they have no understanding of what they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running around and FOLLOW THROUGH instead of jumping from one thing to the next!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Fantastic company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at North Highland full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic company to work for! From strategy to execution, the firm continues to deliver meaningful work and bring great value to the client. I have had the pleasure of delivering challenging work while working with some great people. Truly a great place to work.

    Cons

    Currently going through some necessary growing pains but senior leadership continues to keep the company's core values at heart throughout the transition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Lost

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

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

    Pros

    Despite several critical people leaving the firm, there are still pockets of highly capable individuals. Time will tell whether or not they stick around.
    Some projects are highly engaging and impactful.

    Cons

    Very poor total compensation package, which is 50-60% below the competition. No line of sight into this changing.
    Good morale and optimism only exists in smaller offices.
    Only a handful of leaders left in the company with no system in place for them to positively shift the culture.
    Extremely poor design and execution of company business transformation strategy and models.
    Executives that have values and principals have left the organization.
    Clients see us a deteriorating organization that is more focused on chasing revenue than finding opportunities and solving problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Reshuffling the deck" has not worked the previous 6 times. Simplify the model, enable the people capabilities, and find the leaders who lead (not manage)...else if continue down this downward spiral.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Good company, moving in the right direction--but will need to be flexible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at North Highland full-time

    Pros

    Personal and career growth
    Work-life balance
    Limited travel (unless you want to)
    Focus on doing what's right for employees and clients.

    Cons

    Compensation (but getting better--should be on the right path by EOY)
    Lots of change just happened

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be flexible and adaptive when the change hits. Err on the side of the employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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