Portal Partnership

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Portal Partnership Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
6 Reviews
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6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good, a positive, informal company to have worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Portal Partnership full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good people and a strong reputation with the major customers that the business has. Good relationship with IBM, helpful is setting solution direction for the business. Flexible working styles where supported where possible. Had an open culture and many people who had worked for the company for a numbers of years

    Cons

    Nothing specific, but the business has a strong technology base, that's the kind of business it is

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fad-surfing body shop with no vision or leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at Portal Partnership full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some very smart people.
    Flexible hours under some managers.
    Salaries not bad for out- of-London.
    Decent benefits package.

    Cons

    No leadership.
    No vision.
    Extremely cliquey.
    Customer focus of company (not individual staff) is poor.
    No team ethic.
    Ineffective senior managers propped up by immature junior managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to decide what it is for if it is to succeed.
    The sales team was made up almost entirely of IBM secondees who were given no direction, and encouraged to focus on "financial re-engineering" deals where existing contracts were repackaged as new business.
    Senior managers clearly didn't understand the technologies that were being sold.
    The company has undergone a major rebrand since I left, with a much bigger focus on Social and Collaboration. Unfortunately this still smacks of fad-surfing as underneath the new veneer, the same issues persist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Tech bodyshop without the contractor rates

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Portal Partnership full-time

    Pros

    FTE is salary slightly above average for non-London work. Benefits are OK. Some talented people.

    Cons

    Vague, ineffective leadership. We survive on scraps of short-term IBM cast-off contracts. Employment as tenuous as independent contracting but without the perks. Leadership and company vision appears to be driven by IBM's flavour of the month. All customer-facing staff expected to be responsible for sales - without commission.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Shocked

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bracknell, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I have been working at Portal Partnership full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation is fairly good, but then it should be, because you are really just a contractor working on short term small accounts.

    Cons

    I am shocked at the limitations. It's all about IBM and no free thinking allowed. "This is way we have always done it, and so will always do it".
    A lot seems very disorganised, no real vision, just follow what IBM are doing and try to make a few bucks from it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs a 'big' culture change. Changing the furniture is one thing, but the attitude of staff is still the same!.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Firmly rooted in the past

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Portal Partnership full-time

    Pros

    Flexible (depends on your manager though), good pay.

    Cons

    A small company that has it's structure and operations firmly rooted in the past and is resistant to change. Senior management allow department managers to do their own thing with no leadership or direction, just an interest in money, resulting in an awful lot of internal batting & politics.
    Everybody needs to have a 'sale value'.
    Lack of personal development unless it's technical training that they can then sell onwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't take any anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A big disappointment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I worked at Portal Partnership

    Pros

    Some very good, Smart, inspirational people
    Thames Valley location
    Handy for Reading and Heathrow
    Good reputation with IBM software management

    Cons

    Very cliquey management and senior staff.
    Difficult to understand company direction. Feels like current situation is more by accident than design

    Doesn't Recommend

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