Prophet Brand Strategy Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Amazing experience; top notch company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Associate Partner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long hours. Lots of travel.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Challenging But Worth It

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Amazing teams, new challenges and figuring out what you want

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. 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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Partner
    Former Employee - Associate Partner

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Seriously, what happened to Prophet?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Compensation is fairly competitive
    - Most people here are super smart and dedicated to their job
    - Super interesting projects with big-name companies

    Cons

    A couple of years ago, the firm was experiencing signifiant growth, and the culture was inclusive, open, and collaborative. Since then, the company's priority has shifted drastically away from people and more towards profit maximization. After a bunch of misguided acquisitions and unfortunate hiring decisions, the firm is still grappling with retention problem among the junior ranks. Most of the senior associates I've worked with have quit in 12 months or less. I have seen way too many managers break down in the middle of the project. Like most consulting firms, work-life balance does not exist here. But unlike most consulting firms, Prophet's promotion decisions are completely arbitrary, subjective, and opaque. You can be held back from promotion even if you have the most stellar performance review, simply because a partner can make a completely unfounded comment about your personality based on one interaction alone. The firm would tell new hires, "we're casual, we're agile, and we're all part of the feedback process." Completely untrue - if you are a new associate/senior associate here, you should be especially sensitive to office politics. Whatever you do, don't try to be too opinionated, or else that one conversation will come back and follow you throughout your career here.

    Advice to Management

    Please introduce some meritocracy in the system - you might convince yourself that you are retaining all the best people, but you know that's not really true. All the good people are leaving, it's because the system does not reward based on merit.


  9. Helpful (1)

    A brand strategy firm with a brand identity issue

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

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The core vision is incredibly exciting -- but they have yet to figure out how to accomplish it. There are great benefits, competitive salaries and exposure to a spectrum of clients/companies in a variety of fields. Additionally, there are some truly great and inspiring people to work alongside.

    Cons

    There is little to no guidance or upfront description of expectations. While learning on the job is a fair mentality, the expectation for a starting position to have the capabilities of an employee with 5 years experience is unreasonable. They claim to hire with diverse skill-sets to bring inspired thinking to projects – that certainly isn’t the case. You will not last if you don’t fit the Prophet mode of thinking and problem solving.

    They do not do well with challenges to the status quo – even if they are trying to promote a culture of inclusivity, open feedback and teamwork. There is a distinct hierarchy that creates a culture of fear and creativity stagnation. And in a questionable ethical situation, there was a decision “silence” the issue and keep the one at fault employed due to their ability to generate revenue. Their pitch makes it seem like they enjoy solving problems and helping clients – maybe that will be true one day.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to understand your employees as humans – not machines. A work hard/play hard perspective is great – but the employee proposition is fantastical. Either make a difficult change to standout and become the company you promote or accept the organization as just another consultancy designed to complete a job and not make a real impact.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Interesting work, but frustrating environment

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

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really talented and smart people. Good client roster. Decent brand for resume.

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance: its positioned as better than other consulting/agency firms, but it's a flat-out lie. As others have mentioned, there is an unspoken expectation of 24/7/365 availability and no respect for PTO / outside work commitments. Pushing project profitability down the project manager level creates an unreasonable and unsustainable workload at the Engagement Mgr / Sr Associate level (manage up, down, project work and profitability). Also, the desire to grow the firm quickly w/o an obvious roadmap or plan was very confusing - seemed like growing for the sake of growing. And this growth came at the expense of the firm's culture, which was totally amorphous and forced.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting your "pleasers" who just look good in front of partners,but actually make project experiences terrible for their teams. The firm is shedding some talented people as a result.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Poor work-life balance and people development, but big-name clients and smart co-workers

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

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time

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

    Pros

    The firm attracts very bright, motivated people. You have the opportunity to work with big-name, Fortune 500 clients on very tough strategic problems.

    Cons

    Ineffective performance review and "mentoring" system that leaves you guessing about whether or not you're on the right track. Strange culture that seems to embrace being casual, having fun, and being yourself but on the other hand is very corporate, buttoned-up, and with a bounty of unspoken rules that may leave new hires confused. The firm also has contrarian "values" for the casual atmosphere it advocates. For example, "all-in" is one of the values. All-in essentially means you're able to pull all-nighters for your team consistently, and not doing so means you're not being a team player. In general, there is poor work-life balance and some serious issues with client and project management (pressure to keep budgets lean, and the load largely falls on project teams with not enough support). The firm is also doing a lot of catching up in the digital space via acquisitions and acqui-hires, and the growing pains are evident.



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