RBA Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Dynamic, Full-Spectrum IT Consulting Opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Wayzata, MN
    Current Employee - Consultant in Wayzata, MN

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

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

    Pros

    You aren't slotted into a narrow role at RBA. Since I've started working here I've been involved in Pre-Sales work, Statement of Work creation, Business Analysis, Architecture, Engineering and Training.

    RBA takes thought leadership from their employees seriously and gives us the ability to lead technical workshops and research new solutions that can be delivered to clients.

    There isn't a lot of vertical movement with titles in the consultant ranks. That being said it's nice to not get hung up on attaining titles, and overall compensation for consultants is very good. If your goal is to grow your skill set this is a great place for that.

    RBA also strongly believes in work/life balance and it's a great place to work as a consultant with a family. If you do have to work overtime for a client more times than not you'll have access to revenue sharing for that time to offset the loss of family time.

    They also carry a bench if you're between clients. You can use bench time to sharpen skills and get caught up with technology skills that you may not have been exposed to at previous clients.

    Cons

    For people hung up on titles, having a "consultant" title for a number of years with little chance at a new title may be frustrating.

    PTO/Holiday time is below average. If you do have access to revenue sharing (totally depends on your client) you can cash out revenue sharing time for PTO rather than pay.

    Bonus compensation is based on annual client billings figures rather than quarterly. Consulting has natural ebbs and flows, and if you have a bad quarter it'll be difficult to get your annual bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in your consultants and encourage them to become thought leaders in the IT community.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Account Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in Wayzata, MN
    Current Employee - Account Director in Wayzata, MN

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

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

    Pros

    - Location on Lake Minnetonka
    - Consultants and strategies are "A" players
    - Family focus organization
    - The sales team wants to win and teams up to build strategies to close business
    - Great events and parties
    - Pay is inline with the industry

    Cons

    - Poor working environment
    - Poor communication with in cross functional groups
    - Lack mutual respect for employees from Partners and Sr. Leadership

    Advice to Management

    Respect others and they will respect you. Know your place in the digital marketing space; large organizations will not hand you $500K deals without creds. Build a portfolio of work, update website with current partners. Rely less on Microsoft Partnership (which is purchased). Evolve.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Unique Consulting Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

    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 confusing for our employees. We are trying very hard to provide an avenue where ... More


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  5. Consultant

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

    I have been working at RBA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Small company, not a lot of opportunity for career movement

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in training


  6. Very talented professionals with a fun work atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Wayzata, MN
    Former Employee - Consultant in Wayzata, MN

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

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

    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.


  7. A nice company that works you pretty hard.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Team learning environment, many company get togethers.

    Cons

    Long hours working for clients.

    Advice to Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good people, ok leadership

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (4)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer (Consultant) in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer (Consultant) in Denver, CO

    I worked at RBA full-time

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

    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.


  10. Work with a great group of professionals

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Its OK

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

    I have been working at RBA

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

    Pros

    Good Culture, good technical talent

    Cons

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



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