Revel Consulting

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Revel Consulting Reviews

Updated June 18, 2014
Updated June 18, 2014
61 Reviews
4.2
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Revel Consulting CEO Vikas Kamran
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • they are understanding about having a work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Boutique firm/smaller company so more opportunity to make an impact (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is growing at such a rapid pace that sometimes there are informational gaps between leadership and associates (in 5 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance - worked past 12am some nights (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Clients and company culture come first

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

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - While most consulting companies have a tendency to force associates into specific specialties, Revel wants its employees to have a diversified experience and learn from multiple industries
    - The company is consistently innovating while staying in touch with the latest trend analysis, vertical best practices and methodologies
    - Vibrant corporate culture with employees who enjoy spending time with each other
    - A focus on team and client success rather than individual accomplishments
    - An open culture where all opinions are valued on projects
    - Active philanthropist culture through sustainable giving programs

    Cons

    - The company is growing at such a rapid pace that sometimes there are informational gaps between leadership and associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue to find inventive ways of getting associates involved with internal projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hip, pure consulting. Every project is different, but there's no firm I'd rather be at!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Associate in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Top local tech clients, high profile projects, guaranteed income (pro bono work in-between projects). What's not to like? Very energetic, constantly striving (and succeeding!) in challenging their employees, and bringing the firm to new levels.

    The CEO, Vikas is a force of nature. Knows just about every person in town, I think. He opens his mouth, people stop and listen. VERY inspiring, and VERY engaged.

    Good mix of consultants from top firms and industry experts. Firm is growing very quickly at all levels...always someone new to learn from.

    Management/mentors are as hands on or hands off as you like...you get out of it exactly what you put in! Want to work 40 hrs a week and leave at 5 to go home to your wife and kids? They've got that. Want to put in crazy 80 hour weeks and be a director in 4 years? They've got that too!

    I really love this company, and look forward to their continued success. I am thrilled with my decision to come over from industry, and haven't looked back.

    Cons

    Coming from industry, it's been a little vague as to the conditions and terms of pay raises, etc. Of course everyone always wants more money, but for the first time in my career, I'm honestly focused on my learning and development, and not just working to check the boxes to get the next raise. Very liberating!

    Also, client base is primarily in the tech industry, but that is rapidly changing with expansions into other industries. Nothing wrong with the tech industry, but looking forward to a broader diversity in the portfolio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing! The engagement, revelation and SD events are all excellent, and I really value any chance to interact with my fellow associates!

    Revel Entrepreneurial Challenge was awesome! Will definitely be back next year for that. Would really like to see a hackathon or start-up weekend where we can get 30+ to participate and spend a couple of days going after a single problem as a team...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Revel has allowed me to sculp my career by means of my own personal aspirations; a truly rewarding experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The level of autonomy has allowed me to drive my own career, while still providing me client work with some of the best in their respective industries. At the same time, Revel provides opportunities outside of client work that enables me to expand the way I think and work with others.

    Cons

    The level of autonomy can scare away some, as it is truly up to you to drive your career success. Revel puts up guardrails, but there is a great deal of ambiguity that can be daunting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to look for ways to reward your employees for exploring personal interests and hobbies. By doing so, Revel can continue to strike a work life balance that is conducive to a happy, productive individual.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Be an entrepreneur & a management consultant

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

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is a company that is growing quickly and so you have the chance to both build a business and do very practical consulting. When clients are being expected to respond quicker than ever they look to consultants to be agile, prototype solutions, fail fast and then get to the answer. Revel realizes this and has got rid of the old hierarchical structure and tick box consulting methods to zero in on what needs to be done. The consultants are whip smart but not caught up in ego and competitive ratings - it's about sharing knowledge, growing professionally and personally.....oh and by the way - clients love the refreshing approach. The exciting thing is that Revel is just at the beginning of continued growth because they have identified a way of operating and niche in the market that is sorely lacking. If you want detailed guidelines, specific methodologies and templates Revel is not the place. However if you have an entrepreneurial mindset and like collaborating....it's a great ride!

    Cons

    As an evolving business some of the systems and processes are still being formed. This means you get to have real input in shaping them but sometimes under time pressure it would be nice to have an established process to fall back on. Of course the fact that everything is not mapped out clearly and defined is also one of the main pros!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revel is revolutionary in the way it is organized, serves clients and encourages entrepreneurialism. The seeds are there to ALSO be revolutionary in terms of treating people as well rounded individuals and building a sense of community that is not underpinned by the 'pay check' but rather connection, collaboration and growth - requires continued commitment and priority focus even amidst the rapid expansion.

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

    Great people. Great opportunities. Great community.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Revel gives associates the opportunity to be great consultants. You can have work-life balance, great compensation and meaningful relationships with your client and colleagues. There is a culture of pushing for growth and learning at every opportunity. There is a real commitment to giving back to the community with Revel's Sustainable Giving program (matching donations and pro bono).

    Cons

    Since consultants are primarily on client sites, it is easy to become disconnected from the firm (assuming you don't take the initiative to get involved). The firm is currently in a growing/maturing stage: If that excites you, you will thrive; if not then it might not be a good fit for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing the associates to grow and be the best they can be. Loop them into new opportunities early on and let them know how they can contribute to the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Opportunities and Great Culture

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

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Revel provides it's employees a great platform to learn, grow and succeed if you are willing to go after it. It's still a pretty small company and there isn't a lot of structure, so you have to be proactive to really make the most of the experience, but the culture and people are willing to help you grow and meet your goals.

    Revel has a great family culture if you take the effort to get involved and know others within the company. Depending on your project you may be isolated away from leadership and most of the other employees, but there are many opportunities to get involved and get to know leadership (including the CEO) if you take the opportunity.

    Although many of the projects are at Microsoft, Revel is building out it's client base in the Seattle area and the number of interesting opportunities should continue to improve.

    Cons

    Most of Revel's business is still focused on Microsoft so sometimes it can be hard to find interesting projects when you are switching roles. If you don't want to work at Microsoft, you may be subject to luck/timing if you're looking for something different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep building out your client base, and keep building a little more structure (not too much) to improve the people development process. Keep the culture fun and innovative (I know you will).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    Great concept and ideas, needs better execution. Do not be deceived by the glowing reviews...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. Very helpful and engaged leadership that is both approachable and genuinely interested in your success.
    2. Bright co-coworkers
    3. Entry way into high tech industries.
    4. Lot of responsibility fast

    Cons

    1. A lot of the "framework" and "delivery" is lip service. They do not really practice the "Pure" Framework they developed. It's a bunch of marketing material.
    2. Their sales/staffing strategy seems to rely a lot upon identifying needs a client may not want/need and then undercutting the competition. Works well when the company is small, but as it grows, the company needs better vision and clear cut goals. Company will never be the strategy player that it sees itself becoming. Need to leverage technology knowledge more.
    3. A lot of nepotism and favoritism. Hard to take some of the management seriously when they do not have the necessary experience and/or background to be there.
    4. DO NOT BE DECEIVED by what seems to be glowing reviews. The company took the initiative to offer rewards to employees to fill out Glassdoor reviews. The ratings for the company were significantly lower before the rewards were offered out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify your portfolio. You preach a lot about doing great work for all these companies, but really the current model is more of a staffing augmentation approach. You sell yourselves as experts in strategy, but really very little of the staff has the experience to support that. Please continue to grow your resources. The number of people electing to leave Revel to become FTE is somewhat alarming and is indicative that people feel that they are better off elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Revel Consulting Response

    Jun 25, 2013

    Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review.

    As Revel continues to expand, candid feedback like this is critical to striking the right balance between providing the support
    ... More

  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Not really a consulting company.

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

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Revel puts a lot of effort into building a nice image. Vikas has his heart in the right place and wants to do the right thing for everyone.

    Cons

    Limited ability to execute using any repeatable framework. Since the time Vikas bought out his partner, Revel has looked for every way possible to cut the cost of its services. Consultants being brought in are smart but not seasoned professionals, and don't command a higher salary. Internal staff are not industry professionals (HR recruiters with only department store experience). The overall quality of the Revel experience is just not there anymore and this company can no longer justify the high margins it takes from consultant pay without delivering on fundamental services such as business development, lead generation and practice management. Given the current pressures, remodeling the expensive Kirkland real estate sets a bad tone. Seasoned professionals are avoiding Revel in favor of more forward thinking firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It takes more than window dressing. Revel needs more than just a great marketing plan and sales brochures, the business needs to focus on actual practice management. Revel also needs to be able to honor commitments and act with integrity. It's easy to say what you want to be the truth, but that approach burns everyone in the end, starting with those on the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Local consulting firm flips business model on head.

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

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Revel leadership encourages autonomy and individual mastery. With it's smaller footprint, low overhead, and well structured organizational model (read: not top heavy), Revel employees can really become a partner with their clients. Ownership of the relationship isn't left for top level executives, but rather a responsibility of everyone to continue to cultivate. We are taught to be ourselves and to do what's best for the client even at the risk of sacrificing new revenue.

    The smaller size allows the company to be nimble and you can see how your individual contributions effect the bottom line. Due to the fact that there is so much to be done both for our clients and internally, you can have the opportunity to get involved in as many areas of the business, beyond delivering a project.

    Cons

    Again, a smaller firm means one often has to wear multiple "hats" which may not be desireable for some. Additionally, the low overhead model doesn't support a robust training program and expects individuals will look to outside resources and depend on project experience to gain those new skillsets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inspiring, challenging and rewarding place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Associate in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place for energetic, collaborative and motivated people, great if you enjoy solving problems without bureaucracy getting in the way.

    +Competitive comp+benefits package
    +Great corporate culture (very social, outgoing)
    +Work with high-caliber people

    Cons

    -Work/life balance can be challenging, that is a con for the industry as a whole though

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that the management structure can scale to accommodate growth while still maintaining efficiency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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