North Highland

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North Highland Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
188 Reviews
3.0
188 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 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.  

    Great company to secure work-life balance and enjoy the benefits of being a part of the community

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    People, Culture, Work life balance, local model

    Cons

    Lower Compensation as compared to other competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't compare North Highland to the larger firms because it is in a class all its own

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Business Consultant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Highland as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Creative and collaborative working relationship with colleagues

    Cons

    Full time salary is much lower than competitors

    Recommends
  3.  

    Contractor

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

    I have been working at North Highland as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Super friendly office, curteous, professional. Terrific work/home balance. No 12 hour days at the office.

    Cons

    Terrible pay scale. Extremely limited administrative help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company

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

    I worked at North Highland

    Pros

    I loved working at North Highland. I felt supported in my work, able to take risks without fear of retribution if I failed, and was involved with interesting and appropriately challenging work. I also worked for one of the best leaders ever - Jill Jacques. I left North Highland because I was offered a once in a lifetime career opportunity. Leaving North Highland was one of the most difficult professional decisions I ever made.

    Cons

    North Highland's compensation model is a bit lower than other firms and I know they are working to solve that issue. The flip side is that they honor work/life balance and demonstrate a care and interest in their employees' families. My family experienced an unexpected medical emergence during my time at North Highland and I was amazed at the understanding, compassion, and support they gave so willingly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be true to the vision of North Highland. Be the consulting firm you, the consultant, would want to work for and would be proud to own. Listen. Ask questions. Then, lead and continue building the company of your dreams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going through a major transition.

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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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good local office leadership. Have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Talented staff with a focus on quality delivery.

    Cons

    Current transition has everything "in flux". Staff is unsure about the direction the company is taking. The new direction the company is going has been presented in a very disjointed manner. Attrition rate will most likely increase because of the uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dragging out the "new direction" is making staff members uncomfortable and unsure about what is going to happen. Although the new compensation is supposed to be easier to understand it is still very confusing and appears to be somewhat subjective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    North Highland Response

    Dec 10, 2014Manager

    Thank you for your feedback, and we welcome your ideas. As an employee-owned firm, North Highland is undertaking a series of improvement initiatives, designed by our consultants for our consultants ... More

  7.  

    Principal Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Ex-Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Ex-Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at North Highland

    Pros

    Nice People, Well Known in Atlanta and Charlotte

    Cons

    Lots of internal non-billable requirements ,continually escalating sales targets for consultants

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    A lot of growing pains

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

    I worked at North Highland full-time

    Pros

    Very open about staffing and how things work around the company. Friendly culture. Good benefits such as training, food in the break rooms, offsite events. People are overall very willing to help.

    Cons

    Very tight knit community culturally. Often try too hard to be "best friends" with the client and are more concerned with making clients happy even if it's not always the most business sound decision. They are currently going through a lot of growing pains which is frustrating in terms of employee performance reviews, salaries, etc.

  9.  

    Great Company, Good leadership

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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 as a contractor

    Pros

    Great People, good career opportunities. Talented and smart individuals that work hard, yet still leave time for their personal life.

    Cons

    No negatives at this time.

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

    Middle of the road company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant

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

    Pros

    Maybe good for junior to mid-career consultants that couldn't cut it at bigger firm and will buy into promises; not the place for experienced professionals expecting to be empowered to deliver results.

    Cons

    Company is extremely political; you must go along to get along. Senior management only wants to hear what they want to hear. As well, they will sell projects they don't know how to do, or what it will take to deliver, and then leave the team on the ground holding the bag. Quality delivery of insightful and expert consulting takes back seat to client schmoozing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on delivering value to clients rather than worldwide expansion. Stated value of client service above all else was the founding vision, but needs to be reclaimed. Account executives are more focused on their personal numbers than client service or employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Old fashioned charm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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

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