Prophet Brand Strategy Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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  1. Excellent work with little respect

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really great place for folks looking to get a wide range of experience in revenue based business problems. It gives you all the experiences of the big 3 but with less stress and a better work-life balance. As long as you position it as a management consulting firm (which it is) and not as an ad agency (which it isn't), then it's pretty easy to get recruited out of. Definitely helps build skills in power-point presentations and story telling.

    Cons

    The pinnacle of "bad consulting", Prophet engages in the practices that all clients fear: Soft skills are valued over hard skills to the point where numbers are fabricated to make a power-point deck look better, and sweet talking is valued over the truth to earn follow-on work. The incentive structure encourages selling unnecessary projects to clients when the results will not actually solve the client's problem. Personally I will look for many of the red flags the Prophet has when deciding not to hire a consulting firm in the future. Often projects are pitched over priced. So when the price is slashed without a scope change in negotiation the teams are understaffed to improve profitability for the partner who sells the project. Partners encourage employees not to log their hours and not to take vacation so they can meet their numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Try to rebuild the incentive structure in a way that improves your credibility and quality of life for employees. Also, try to recognize your top performers, else your best and brightest will continue to leave immediately after their 24 month promotion.


  2. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work for top brands in world; overall flexibility of the firm; commitment to the success of employees

    Cons

    Not as interested in financial services or healthcare which happen to be two of our biggest verticals


  3. Fast growing firm, outstanding culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Great, high-energy culture, no jerks, CEO has clear vision and is hands-on at driving toward that vision; highly commercial focus - no naval gazing here!

    Cons

    As with any firm growing fast, you've got to be comfortable with ambiguity, fast-paced change, imperfect processes / systems / structures. Work hours can be long - as with any consulting firm

    Advice to Management

    Great job; maintain the relentless focus on commercial success - because invariably that's what creates more opportunities for everyone, better pay / bonuses, and an optimistic culture


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good Luck..

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CORPS Team
    Current Employee - CORPS Team
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Pay is decent for the location, culture of employees is good, however, value of that talent by management standards is lacking.

    Cons

    If you are a consultant, there is a lot of room for growth. However, if you are on the corporate side of things, beware. Your success goes only as far as you are willing to work 80+hour work weeks, including nights and weekends. Your success is also contingent of sucking up to the right person, and favoritism runs rampant. The inconsistencies of policies are frustrating, as what is allowed for one is not allowed for others.

    Advice to Management

    While your consulting staff is what brings in the high dollars, it is the corporate staff who keep those wheels spinning. There needs to be a reevaluation of how talent is assessed, and most importantly, rewarded.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Amazing experience; top notch company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Employee experience / development: They have a program for managers new to the company that allows you to shadow a senior manager for your first project; this is unique, and proves that they want their people to be successful starting on day 1. In addition, there are a significant number of initiatives to develop talent at every level. People: Very smart, collaborative, and inspiring people who will challenge you and make you a better problem solver and consultant; senior leadership in particular is impressive, both personally and professionally. Culture: Quasi-related to People. They have a strong culture that is present in every office (there are only ~300 people in the company, so it really does feel like a family); everyone here loves consulting/brand/design, as well as Prophet in general. It’s clear that people like coming to work, and being around other Propheteers. Knowledge: The resources and expertise on growth strategy, brand, and marketing, are uncanny; this is the place to be if you want to learn everything on “where to play” and “how to win", and apply that knowledge to solve complex problems for some of the biggest companies and brands in the world. Salary/Benefits: In addition to a salary competitive with MBB, they pay for healthcare!

    Cons

    As with any top-tier management consultancy, there can be long hours (particularly close to project deadlines) and travel (% varies based on the project). Unfortunately, that’s just a part of the industry, and not specific to Prophet.


  7. Associate Partner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Great team of link-minded, hard working staff. Vibrant and energetic.

    Cons

    Long hours. Lots of travel.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Challenging But Worth It

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The caliber of talent is really strong. Not just smart people, but people who are passionate about their work. The company really cares for people and will go the extra mile to be supportive. Great benefits, cool office environments and culturally that magical mix of creativity and strategy. You will learn a ton at Prophet. you'll also enjoy yourself if you are open to a high performance culture & environment.

    Cons

    It is client service so like any professional service firm you must be ready for client demands. Strong growth in recent years is uncovering places where there are opportunities for leadership to improve. There is a lots of micromanaging which gets exhausting as they still tend to run the company as if they need to be involved in every decision.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on taking more risks vs. grounding every single thing in data & analysis


  9. Helpful (6)

    Amazing teams, new challenges and figuring out what you want

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work and the team of people you get to work with don't get much better. There is always a new exciting, interesting challenges to solve for great brands (that people actually know). You get to see the result of your strategy in market more often than at other consultancies and many times you get to work on things that matter to your clients. The people I get to work with on team basis are incredible and one on one most of the leaders have offer new ways of thinking.

    Cons

    The work life balance is tough. It is up to you to decide boundaries but to be successful requires a lot of time, travel and tough working situations with key leaders. It is such a sales-driven culture some of the beauty in delivery, being creative and multi-disciplinary get lost and squeezed out of the project to increase margin. Managers are always in the hot seat with no refuge - if it is not the sr. partners then it is the client or the team or something else that makes managers jobs an unforgiving position to be in. Prophet tries hard to improve but doesn't always hit the mark or has the patience to make things take hold. The leaders are incentivized to not do much more than sell, which makes it hard to get consistency and people who seem like they care about the work and the team, only a few do this well.

    Advice to Management

    Start - Being real about who you are. If you are sales-driven, be that. If you want to have more of a culture, focus on that. Expecting everyone to be good at it all is going to burn everyone out. Remember we are all human and take time to celebrate your wins. Stop - Saying you have a leverage model. Truly find the right way to trust EMs to know what they are doing and allow them to give the APs and Partners the leverage they need to manage the sales pressure they have. Or develop a way to make it truly feasible for partners to both lead and/or sell. Continue - to hire the amazing Associates, Senior Associates and EMs you have. Continue to grow the people who care and reward those you are going above and beyond.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Couldn't have spent my first 4 years out of college at a better place

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prophet's been growing significantly rapidly over the past 6-8 years, and that has led to an expansion in the company's size, revenue and types of projects and clients it engages in. As a intellectually curious and motivated college grad, I was able to learn A TON around growth strategy, marketing, branding and customer experience, all while being able to feel that my work and participation was integral to the company's success, and valued by its leaders. Additionally, compared to other consulting firms, at Prophet, even entry-level consultants can see the in-market impact of their work. There's also an incredible culture of peer mentorship, and while the firm is growing rapidly, there's still a pretty apparent "we don't take ourselves too seriously" culture, which provides for a fun, social working environment.

    Cons

    Not gonna lie, the work is hard. Even entry-level consultants are expected to think on their feet, participate in key discussions, and provide value to the team.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Go in "Eyes Wide Open"... leadership and senior management CANNOT be trusted!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Partner
    Former Employee - Associate Partner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prophet has a high-profile client roster, very smart people at most levels of the company, and interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Extremely poor work-life balance. Senior leaders cannot be trusted. They are two-faced and hypocritical. They will promise you one thing and then turn around and do the exact opposite. They create a facade of being a fun and collegial place to work, when in actuality nothing could be further than the truth. It is a very unhealthy, toxic work environment. It's extremely competitive/cut-throat with employees blatantly pitted against one another at all levels. Then they plan a 2-day all-firm event in Iceland and think it will make everything right. Guess what...It doesn't!

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourself. You're not Mercer, BCG or McKinsey and never will be. And if that's what people wanted, they'd go there! Genuinely show at least some minimal level of care about the people who work for you, instead of treating them as fungible resources whose only utility is to help you get the personal financial buyout you're seeking. Above all, be transparent and honest. You've got a long way to go to get there!



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