North Highland

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North Highland Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
201 Reviews
3.1
201 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 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  

    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
  2.  

    Good company, moving in the right direction--but will need to be flexible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Running their business in circles...

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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

    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
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  5.  

    Developing people and providing growth opportunities.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at North Highland

    Pros

    Employee owners at all levels have a say in how their career develops and can influence office and team culture.

    Cons

    Newer markets sometimes feel foreign to culture of older markets but new regional model helps to balance entrepreneurship with scale needed to deliver successfully.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sprinkle in new leadership to continue to challenge old tenets and pressing into new opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 10 people found this helpful  

    From Friendly to Hostile

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

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

    Pros

    It's a job and can get you experience in your field or with a good client.

    Cons

    Used to be a place that valued and invested in its people, but a new focus on profits over relationships and people has resulted in changes their business model and culture.

    The work-life balance is a joke. If you're not adding to the bottom line, get out before they show you the door.

    If you are in the PM or (I think) the BA space, they have devalued your services in a model called "managed services." They claim they can provide better people than their competitors but they hire from the same pool of staffing candidates and then wrap it in their "consulting" brand. That's just staffing no matter what you call it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 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

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company but....

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

    I have been working at North Highland

    Pros

    This company has Great people but to work with. Pretty much relaxing atmosphere but

    Cons

    Low pay low pay low pay for corporate services. If you're not a Consultant forget it

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent company to work for, incredible people and clients

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at North Highland

    Pros

    work-life balance, great career growth opportunities, strong leadership, compensation program is much improved, strong company values, employee owned

    Cons

    Most people would say the recent transformation was a con but now that it is complete and I am on the other side of it, I strongly approve of it. Specifically, I really appreciate the new compensation structure that was implemented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue working with employees to gather input, you're doing a great job incorporating our feedback into your leadership decisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Coming out of a year of change...a little battered, but better...

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The changes that have been put into effect over the past year have been very challenging, but positions North Highland for both short and long-term growth. It has also provided a means to filter out individuals that were not a good fit, culture-wise.

    Corporate and local leadership has been very open and communication has been bi-directional. There have also been noticeable actions based on feedback that leadership has received.

    New career model and compensation have aligned and exceeded the market.

    Cons

    The new ways of working will test the employees and the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate, communicate, and communicate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The exodus has started ...

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Decent company to work for if you're interested in being a generic consultant
    - If you've been there for less than 2 years, you probably won't miss the culture everyone raved about or understand the expertise that's leaving the firm
    - Good work/life balance, so long as you're not interested in a promotion

    Cons

    - Same old tired consulting model competing against the market as it existed 10 years ago
    - Executive leaders have lost the vision that Dave Peterson had. Out of respect for him, please remove his name from all marketing, as it's not the same place he founded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the smugness and actually listen to the feedback from the exit interviews. People who are leaving absolutely LOVED North Highland when they joined. Rather than putting slick external "leaders" into positions that they're under qualified for, promote from within. We're tired of bull-headed C-level folks that don't collaborate or listen to feedback. Didn't you learn from the last disaster?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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