Society Consulting Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Greatest Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Society Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management, Job Placement, Salary and The People

    Cons

    None. I am perfectly happy with this company.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job. Thank you.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Fun Workplace-Focus More On Upcoming Projects For Internal Consultants

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Society Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Open door with mgmt, collaborative workspace, free lunches, stocked kitchen, office happy hours, volunteer, fun off sites and friendly co workers!

    Cons

    Short projects, unknown contract end dates, no visibility to opportunities coming in, constant change of potential upcoming projects. No learning and development classes.

    Advice to Management

    A resource management team focused for internal consultants on upcoming projects. Recruiters to focus on external. Need additional recruiters to assist internal only instead of account directors.


  3. Associate Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant, Business Analyst in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant, Business Analyst in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Society Consulting (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, great co-workers, fantastic company

    Cons

    contract work so it is not a guarantee for consistent work


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Revolving door

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Society Consulting (More than a year)

    Pros

    -fun -snacks and drinks -great people -dog friendly

    Cons

    -poor benefits -no growth -poor training -low level of talent -really a contracting company -utilization is king

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect (BDMs). Develop a better career path with better training which goes against the "utilization" policy. Advice to owners: hire better senior managers who actually work. Focusing on utilization is an easy job.


  6. A great place if you take initiative

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Society Consulting full-time

    Pros

    - Great workplace culture - fun place to work with many great people and lots of socializing. - A lot of talented people work at Society, and everyone is good about sharing skills and collaborating. - Management and HR genuinely seem to care. - Opportunity for growth. Nothing will be handed to you, but managers are receptive if you take initiative. - Food perks: Sponsored happy hours, free snacks in the kitchen, free lunch or breakfast at least once a week.

    Cons

    - Middle management seems pretty weak - not a lot of good leaders. - Projects are often poorly planned and do not have enough resources, time or talent. Sometimes seems like you're set up for failure. - Shared workspace can be noisy and crowded.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on landing new clients and more on the clients you already have. Make sure projects have everything they need to succeed including the right people in charge.


  7. LOVE IT!! BEST CULTURE

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Yonkers, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Yonkers, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Society Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    i don't understand the reason for the negative reviews. maybe it is contingent upon your team or location? i absolutely love it here! the culture is amazing. i work with some brilliant and talented people. i love my team. we have a team atmosphere even though we work remotely in different locations. everyone, including team leadership, is very down to earth and approachable. i've learned a lot in a short amount of time. however, you must be an assertive but flexible go getter that is very comfortable working in an unstructured environment. i hate corporate atmospheres and this is the antithesis of corporate. this is a company where you can be yourself and, as long as you perform, you will soar. there are also many opportunities to learn and increase/advance your skill set. we also have a say as to what projects we get put on. folks have a lot of autonomy over their career here.

    Cons

    the benefits need to be improved including more vacation time and better 401k contribution. our annual, sick and personal time is combined into one so there's not separate sick time but that being said, when you work remotely and have flexibility in your schedule, you really do not need that much sick time but more annual would be nice.

    Advice to Management

    increase 401k contribution and improve leave time. i understand this is just part of growing pains as the company is relatively new. keep doing what you're doing! it's working!


  8. Helpful (4)

    Decent place for short term gig, not great in the long term

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and friendly coworkers Dogs allowed on-site Volunteer opportunities Good pay Flexible working hours

    Cons

    CEO is careless Job uncertainty Management is not transparent No paid sick leave, low amount of vacation days Poor benefits Uninspiring management

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to be on-site in Bellevue, send someone else to LA Stop operating on a month to month, paycheck to paycheck basis Involve employees in decision making process Take your head out of Microsoft's you-know-what


  9. Helpful (4)

    overall positive experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not sure where all the negativity is coming from for other reviewers - I've been working at Society almost two years and it's actually pretty great! There is a sincere (and recently re-invigorated) effort to value employees, to keep people informed about what's going on in terms of company growth, financials, etc, and to have a good time whenever possible. It's a true consultancy firm in the sense that things are always in flux - business relationships, contracts, projects etc. So that kind of shifting ground has to be something individuals are comfortable with to flourish here, but if you can roll with a lot of change, you can really go places. What I appreciate most is the sense of being part of a company and a culture, even though so many of us work off-site. That is tough to accomplish but I real feel it at Society.

    Cons

    Salaries are solid but benefits are not. The leadership team has been made painfully aware of employee dissatisfaction around this and is taking (baby) steps to enhance things like vacation time and 401k matching, but there's a long way to go. There is always a push for the rank and file to do business development. Admittedly, a lot of business growth happens organically from the roots up and consultants out in the field are the best source of leads. However, an effective sales team is also required, and the emphasis on non-sales people doing bus dev is unfortunate - I've known at least one awesome colleague who left specifically because he got tired of that push.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people who are comfortable doing bus dev do it, and don't push others who are great at their jobs do things they don't want to participate in - it's a great way to lose good talent. Balance the recent focus on time tracking and forecasting by reminding people how much they're valued as humans, not just resources. Focus less on geo-expansion, or at least reduce the concentration to 1 other office rather than 3. Bring the CEO home to be a leader at HQ - his absence is definitely felt.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Sr. Consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun work atmosphere, decent level of transparency within teams, owners and executive leadership seem to be strong (no obvious in-fighting amongst the upper ranks). Society is very generous and flexible about work arrangements, as long as you are a strong producer and your client is happy. It's a great place for self-motivated and self-directed people.

    Cons

    Compared to the other top firms in the industry, benefits are average at best. But they are very transparent about them and have had many honest, open discussion with employees about it. The 401k match is only 1% with 3yr vesting, and the health plan basically discourages you from insuring your dependents. But there is an HSA and Society contributes $1,000k per year, which is nice. Maternity leave is unpaid and only 1 month above FMLA (so 4 months total), which is the lowest of any place I've worked.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Meh

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, social events, some interesting projects.

    Cons

    Poor communication, no career growth opportunities.



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