North Highland

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North Highland Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
174 Reviews
3.0
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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ownership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Services in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Global Services in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers with a good ownership structure. There is always opportunity to grow through experience. With a little push, employee development is available.

    Cons

    The career path is not a defined as it would be at a large company. This is more representative of the size of the company and not the company itself.

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

    Interesting Changes Going on at North Highland

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

    I have been working at North Highland full-time

    Pros

    Some great people here. Too bad they are not in leadership roles to make a difference.

    Cons

    I have no idea what's going on with North Highland leadership. Over the last week, several VPs have been let go or demoted across the company. Some really awesome, talented people that provide thought leadership. Where is this company going if some of the best leaders and people are leaving?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some new leaders. Current executive leadership doesn't know how to take this company to the next level. Please make some REAL changes rather than put people over new regions. Moving the same ineffective people around does nothing to change where we are going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked here full time over 5 years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at North Highland

    Pros

    Great company with exceptional people and high quality work for our clients. Just finished annual meeting and charged up. Very positive momentum. This is our time.

    Cons

    We take too long to fix operational issues. Let's get it done this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investments look good but we need even more.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture, management that listens to employees, and an opportunity to flex your entrepreneurial chops

    • 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

    Pros

    You have the ability to own your career

    Cons

    Compensation model can be challenging in the first year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communications from management are frequent and open, but the channels used to communicate don't always work for people who are staffed on projects

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

    Lack of communication and concern for employyes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    The hourly salary rate is reasonable.

    Cons

    Not knowing how long you'll be on assignment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with the people in the field that are keeping your Client's satisfied.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    The contract team and its leader to which I was assigned was top notch.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Lead in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Communications Lead in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Our team leader engendered a collaborative effort that benefited our client.

    Cons

    There was some vagueness as to what my purpose and role in fulfilling the client's needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more clarity as regards what an individual's role and purpose is within the confines of the contract. Also, it would be helpful if a "maybe" six months or more contract is not presented as such when in reality it is only six weeks with hopes of an acceptance of the next SOW.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 13 people found this helpful  

    It once was a wondeful place to work!

    • 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

    Pros

    Some of the people are honest, fun-loving people to work with.

    Cons

    They don't value their employees. It has become ALL hype!! The big $$ signs have colored the leader's eyes and they now worry about making their pockets fatter by increasing their salary and only giving a minimal to NO raises to those who are doing all of the work. Simply put: GREED!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    360 reviews should be done for those who are called "leaders" so that the voices of the "little people" can be heard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    A Firm in Transition

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Majority of the employees are genuine and hard working
    - Emphasis on community involvement
    - For the most part, limited travel
    - Generally, provide great value to the client

    Cons

    - Lower than industry standard salaries
    - Too much busy work outside the client engagements
    - Most VP’s are administrators with poor consulting acumen
    - Recent turnover of some of the strongest consultants
    - Due to the company’s focus on increasing sales, an undertone of back stabbing
                    has emerged in order to meet sales targets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Increase salaries by 25% for consultants across all levels and maintain the current
                    bonus structure
    - Remove some of the layers of executives (i.e., 2 Presidents, Multiple Group VP’s,
                    etc.)
    - Set VP utilization on projects at 30% to ensure that they have\maintain consulting
                    skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Actively looking to leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Principal in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    There are a few genuinely talented people who work here because of the low travel. The Atlanta office space is in a great location.

    Cons

    1) Staff aug work now dominates what our "consultants" do. Our company has become a staffing agency.
    2) The compensation structure inhibits the desire to build one's expertise through training or other development activities. It also requires you to take a hit on incentive pay when you take vacation- work/life balance means more than just not travelling
    3) Dissension in the way the company operates is met with a "you just don't get it" reaction, there is an entrenched culture of keeping the status quo
    4) Consultant churn continues to increase, most of the good people with options elsewhere, either with a consulting firm or with industry, left
    5) Anyone that is here for more than 10 years basically has tenure, which means they get away without doing much work
    6) While almost nothing is spent on employee development, a great deal is spent on marketing campaigns. Just doesn't make sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to leave. For whatever reason, you choose to ignore the people of this company. The same problems that existed 5 years ago are still there. The surveys in Consulting Magazine.are rigged. This is NOT a "Best Place to Work". Can't you see all the great people leaving?? You made great money off the backs of hard working consultants, now go!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great and talented people but hard to advance with the ESOP plan

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Some great and talented people who have much to offer to the company.

    Cons

    It is hard to advance to Senior positions because with the Employee Stock Ownership Plan, under/bad performing individuals are kept because it could cost the company a million dollars to fire one vested individual and there are lots of them. This would take money directly out of the leaders pockets so dead wood is kept on and shuffled around the
    company for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way around the current structure so that you will be able to hire and promote great people and be able to unload the ones that are harming the company. Instead you are worrying how much money is going to come out of your personal pockets to get rid of someone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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