Point B

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Point B Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
79 Reviews
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79 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great resources for client delivery, great work-life balance for consulting job (in 28 reviews)

  • Good consultants and very smart people (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • As with any consulting firm you do not always know where you'll be (client) in the future (in 5 reviews)

  • This isn't really a con, so much as a bias within the firm, something for consideration (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Failed transition from founders to ESOP

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Point B full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great people although many have left
    - Focused on providing client value and doing right by the client
    - Great client opportunities

    Cons

    - Lots of great people have left. Heads of major offices, lots of directors, all great talent true blue pointb.
    - The reasons for people leaving vary, but Pointb no longer has the culture and people you can't imagine leaving.
    - People aren't valued. The staffing model has shifted to picking up earlier career talent (read lower salaries) weary of travel and run them a few years before they vest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pointb was something special and people were valuable. Now cash flow drives decisions not what's best for employees. How's that aligned with an ESOP?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 15 people found this helpful  

    Do your research before joining this company.

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

    I have been working at Point B full-time

    Pros

    - Smart Associates who want to do a good job for their clients
    - Decisions affecting the clients are usually ethical ones
    - A culture that encourages Associates to build relationships with each other inside and outside of work.
    - A desire to evolve the company beyond a project management consulting firm.
    - Great work/life balance

    Cons

    - Too many examples of questionable behavior by management. Associates were 'encouraged' to favorably complete the 'best companies to work for' survey.. Leaders too often do not follow their company policies or the ethics that Point B passionately claims to define their company,
    -I would not be surprised if several of the reviews on this site that speak glowingly of the company were written by the company itself.
    - Top heavy - far too many leaders for the size of the company. Leads to extensive debate on issues and difficulty making decisions/taking action. Too many egos.
    - Associates appear to be assigned to projects based on 'favoritism' and/or tenure, not interest or suitability for the work.
    - The number of my colleagues that are leaving should be a 'red flag' for Management but they don't seem to be 'getting it'.
    - The 'bonus' program continues to be ill-defined and Associates are encouraged to work for free outside of client time in anticipation of a bonus that is turns out to be low.
    - I had higher expectations from a company that has been in business as long as Point B has but will shortly be adding myself to the list of departing employees for the above reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what is happening in our company, commit to making changes, have enough humility to hire the right people to help you make those changes if you aren't sure how.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Point B Response

    Jun 19, 2014COO

    Thank you for being so forthcoming with your thoughts. We take this feedback seriously.

    While it’s true we absolutely encourage our employees to complete “Best Places” surveys (the survey
    ... More

  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Point B is full of unqualified people

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Point B

    Pros

    If you don't have much talent, yet can spin doctor well, this is the place for you. Looks matter more than substance.

    Cons

    I suspect that most glowing reports here are by people in recruiting and HR. It is encouraged to spin doctor and be deceptive and many in management have no background in what they are sent to deal with at the client. However, they have the "look." The smooth car salesman appearance. That's all that matters here. The spin, the talk, and taking credit where none is due. Having worked in other consulting firms, I can't believe the amount of fluff. The only reason they sell at all is due to college connections and with competition as it is with companies who actually have substantive people, I can't imagine this is sustainable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you know how people actually get hired at Point B? It is getting the rep for fluffy work in the Seattle area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    A place to be comfortable but not challenged

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consulting in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Management Consulting in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Point B full-time

    Pros

    Still some smart people. Opportunity for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Serious attrition in general. Seem to be losing top talent in particular. Despite spin, not a lot of opportunity for growth from anyone at this firm - it will have to come from the outside. Compensation lags the industry. Becoming more of a big firm where it is all about who you kiss up to vs. your ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider role changes at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Point B Response

    May 21, 2014COO

    Sorry to hear about your experience. Please know we value your input. We utilize several different ways to receive and manage feedback/associate engagement and Glassdoor is one of the tools we use ... More

  6. 11 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent Leadership has degraded the culture at Point B

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Point B full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Smart People

    - Fun Events

    - There is still an attempt to live up to the core values, although they have been diluted

    - If you want to work part time and have no career ambition this place is for you

    - Compensation package is ok

    Cons

    - Lack of leadership and no strategic focus coupled with a complete inability to implement internal change has made this company stagnant.

    - Your staffing will only be determined based upon what's available when you are available.

    - Long time associates are leaving in droves and leadership brushes it under the carpet as if it does not matter.

    - Internally, leaders are not allowed to lead nor are they held accountable to driving critical business outcomes (margin targets/spend).

    - At the client Point B associates are basically independent consultants

    - Too many internal promotes (new President of Consulting) and rejection of outside ideas has kept the company leadership blind to the true problems this company faces or fresh ideas on forward direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out where we are going and then take us there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 9 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Point B full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Clients
    Freedom to set your own direction

    Cons

    Recent departure of long time and talented resources has drained the soul of Point B
    New resources have little desire to make Point B better or understand what made it great
    New organization structure has led to the promotion of incompetent leaders
    No paid vacation and poor overall benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the new titles and needless overhead.

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

    Working at Point B

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Point B full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and work-life balance
    Comparable pay for "title" compared to the market
    Willing to quickly adapt to changing market conditions

    Cons

    No leadership
    Lack of true feedback, despite open feedback being "important"
    No room or support for growth
    No support for operations team
    Culture of Haves and Have-Nots keeps the company divided
    Does not challenge leaders to grow or develop people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Initially decent, but hasn't materialized as promised.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Point B

    Pros

    Work-life balance is respected.
    Benefits are comparable with most other consulting firms.
    Great place to work if you are starting a family.
    Since all the consultants are paid by the hour, part time is a major plus.
    Relatively no real air travel is required, but local commuting to various client sites can be grueling.
    A great bunch of people to work and socialize with when you get the chance.

    Cons

    Cliquish management tier.
    Growing stratification between hourly vs. salaried.
    Bonus process is not open or communicated to the consultants which leaves you wondering what is going on.
    Advancement is based on who you know and seniority rather than qualifications (like many companies).
    True feedback is rare.
    Seattle-centric.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If growth is the mantra, look outside company for qualified C level leadership.
    Realize that with no real management growth path for senior employees, the only way to advance is to leave.
    Provide published bonus plan to all employees that can be tracked and measured. This can be great tool to direct behaviour.
    Since Tim and Darren have left (virtually), the company direction seems confused with no real passion being communicated by the leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Individualistic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Point B

    Pros

    Life/work balance
    Medical benefits
    Freedom to manage your time

    Cons

    Little to no support from management
    Lack of training or career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    support associates in the field

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Know what you are getting into

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Point B full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are the most flexible company, I have ever worked for and really prioritize you having "life" in addition to work. They also have an really strong culture that cares about their employees happiness.

    Cons

    They try and claim that they do more than they do. They are really just product managers and it is more like glorified staff aug then it is like consulting.

    While the culture is strong it can also feel a bit campy. if it fits your personality you'll really be on board but if not it may feel like you're part of a religion that you don't believe in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Point B Response

    Sep 11, 2014National Recruiting Director

    I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. As you know, we pride ourselves on our flexibility and work-life balance to improve the lives of our associates, and I’m happy hear that ... More

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