RBA Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Unique Consulting Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at RBA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    RBA is a great company with some of the brightest people in the industry. Rather than working in a typical technology consulting gig RBA provides consultants opportunities to view and be involved with all aspects of solution delivery such as strategy, user experience and even sales.

    Cons

    With every small and unique consulting firm comes growing pains and a lack of definition in processes. It can be tough going from project to project and trying to understand different processes and why they're being used. There is also a strong emphasis on utilization that you may expect from a larger consulting firm. Pay is competitive but bonuses are very small or non-existent for most.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the consultants. There's been a lot of focus on developing the offerings and standardizing delivery but it would go a long way to show the consultants that you care. Invest in social functions, training opportunities and building a better culture in general.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    RBA Response

    Feb 24, 2015Sr. Recruiter

    Thank you for your positive review. RBA is in process of standardizing delivery and offerings, and it certainly can be a confusing for our employees. We are trying very hard to provide an avenue ... More

  2. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at RBA

    Pros

    Great culture, great people. You feel like you belong.

    Cons

    Small company, not a lot of opportunity for career movement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Very talented professionals with a fun work atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Wayzata, MN

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

    Pros

    RBA offers very challenging projects while working in a team environment with very talented people are what impressed me the most about working at RBA. The management team is competent and does a good job communicating to its employees. The atmosphere created by RBA management is really fun and there are some nice alternative benefits from working at RBA.

    Cons

    RBA promotes itself as a family oriented business but their benefits don't equal good work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. A nice company that works you pretty hard.

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

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

    Pros

    Team learning environment, many company get togethers.

    Cons

    Long hours working for clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing a good job, maybe find a way to reduce focus on long hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good people, ok leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Talented, passionate people
    Good culture
    Leaders know your name and care
    Strong work life balance

    Cons

    Poor PTO
    Unclear where the company is going, vision-wise
    Poor communication from leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more generous with PTO and open up communication a lot more.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Not bad for Microsoft-based consulting company, but no longer the place to be for new technology and challenging project

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer (Consultant) in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer (Consultant) in Denver, CO

    I worked at RBA full-time

    Pros

    1. Management has improved -dramatically- in last 18 months.
    2. Embraced strategy of selling beyond IT
    3. "Denver-ized" culture
    4. Carries a bench

    Cons

    1. Company is sales-oriented, with sales people locally, and for a number of national practices, so billable consultants carry a lot of overhead.
    2. There are a number of new-to-2014 strategic initiatives (nationally) that birthed small teams of sales and management, and are still without significant sales, so, again, be prepared to carry a lot of overhead.
    3. Local sales team non-technical and mediocre. Be prepared to do the same project for a new client over and over.
    4. Technical sales/architects are too busy to do the job correctly, so project architecture and RFP's are often poorly done and fail to meet client needs.
    5. Microsoft-based consulting is becoming marginalized, mid-level, staff aug. Be prepared for that kind of work, unless you do SharePoint, CRM or BI.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Work with a great group of professionals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    RBA is winning working work that has provided me very challenging but really interesting work. The team members that I have worked with have been smart and very willing to dig in and get the job done. That part of the work has been awesome.

    Cons

    While some of the organization changes have been challenging, I believe they have been well aligned to the direction of the company and its growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep recognizing employees for their great work and contribution, support us in delighting the customer and the rest should work out really well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Its OK

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

    I have been working at RBA

    Pros

    Good Culture, good technical talent

    Cons

    Pay not good, very secretive management, no carrier path, perception plays important role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Good opportunity if you can handle the consultant lifestyle

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at RBA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive. Most consultants are really on their A game. It's a big growth opportunity if you can stick it out. Great work environment when you're actually at the office.

    Cons

    RBA is trying to be more corporate than it needs to be. There's too much management. While trying to grow into a bigger company, the focus on technology has taken the back seat. Management reorganizes every 3 months, but consultants do the same work regardless. In 2014, they essentially took away overtime for those working extra hours. There are often involuntary PTO days if you can't bill your client. They are stingy with holidays (only 5 last year).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your consultants are the core of your company. Trust them. You don't need more management- your consultants are the breadwinners. When you add more structure and process to your organization, you become less efficient and versatile and end up losing out on some sales because you are pricing yourself out of so many deals. You are only as good as your consultants, no matter how many times you reorganize management. Invest in your employees' training and benefits, and they will go to war for RBA.

    Stop cutting your benefits each year (revenue sharing this year). You are really hurting employee loyalty.

    The President's club and partner group are good ideas for recognition, but why not offer partnership to all employees that have put in some level of service? By honoring just a few, you are really missing out on a great opportunity to give your other employees a real level of ownership and pride in RBA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great people doing great work

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    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    RBA offers the right combination of challenging work, career growth, tangible rewards and plentiful opportunities to have fun with your coworkers and your families. I have often referred RBA to friends. People at RBA really care about doing the best work for their clients.

    Cons

    None, really. RBA leaders work very hard - they believe in the vision of this company and put forth the effort so it will reach its potential. To be successful at RBA, you must share a similar work hard, play hard mindset. If you don't, it may not be a fit for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As RBA grows, don't lose the entrepreneurial culture that has made the company successful so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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