Structure Group

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Structure Group Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
Updated May 28, 2014
14 Reviews

3.8
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    A nice, fast moving small company!

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Small company. Can usually find someone who knows the answer to something. Company meetings are in nice places and fun to attend!

    Cons

    Experience is very project dependent. Be ready for 100% travel, depending on your projects. Personal growth is always geared to "how does it help the project" rather than "how will it help future projects"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some more insight into employee projects, and how those will help or grow employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are nice, competent and helping

    Cons

    Travel gets to you at the end

  3.  

    Great Company!

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

    Pros

    A lot of different projects

    Cons

    Travel a lot, depend on your position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

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  5.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great Place to work, super great management, love their 'remote working' concept which allows for work/life balance, great learning and growth opportunities. I loved working with the Structure Group. The only reason I left was because I was on the bench, with no projects to work on, for a very long time and I felt insecure of continued employment.

    Cons

    Extremely few but it had nothing to do with the Organization nor its Management. The working team, sort of, ganged up against the Team Lead, who was just doing her/his job to meet project deadlines. On another project, the Super Boss was too busy to notice some of the 'hidden' but 'important' aspects of the project management delivery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once in a while, checks on the actual working of the PM or the Person running the project. For example, on one project, identical status reports were going out every week, with not much changes and the Project Director, due to his over-hectic schedule, had no time to find out the true status of the project, until it was pointed out, blatantly. Now this was possible as the person who pointed out, was leaving the organization. If not, she would have been a victim in the hands of the Project Director/Project Manager, on future projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Solid consulting firm focused on the energy and utilities sector

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Structrue seems to be an up-and-coming firm.
    Firm values candidates with experience in the energy and utilities sector (either with a utility, vendor, or another consulting firm).
    Small firm atmosphere where management provides reasonable levels of atonomy to staff working on projects throughout the country.
    Great place to work at earlier stages in your career after a few years of experience in the industry.

    Cons

    Firm appears to be a bit top heavy, and management lacks the clear vision necessary for the firm to grow much beyond its current size.
    Most projects are limited to the United States, with a few projects in Canada.
    While employees may experience reasonable timing with merit based promotions early in their career at Structure, rising to the Senior Manager or Director level typically takes too long.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Top Notch Consulting Company to Work While You Are Needed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in The Woodlands, TX

    Pros

    Company retreats: are like mini-vacations for you and your family. They have open bars, plenty of food, celebration dinners, training opportunities, and take care of the kids with toy handouts. I very much enjoyed the two company retreats (one in the fall is business, the other in spring is family orientated).

    The Finance Team and Web Tools used for time accounting and expenses reimbursements are top in quality and efficiency. As an experienced consultant I was impressed with the company organization of its finance and expense reimbursement processes.

    The company provided top quality laptop and software for business. Paid for personal/business monthly cell phone in full amount. Excellent back office staff team for IT, HR, and management.

    Training: The company has a training coordinator and plenty of online resources to self-train as well as opportunity to "virtually attend" company sponsored webinars focused on consultants, technology, and vendors. Most of the training is "virtual" but they had opportunities for in-person training sessions during company meetings.

    Weekly travel meant you were usually home 4 nights a week.

    They were generous in their severance package in the layoff.

    I could not have asked to have worked for a better consulting company.

    Cons

    Well the layoffs. I think management narrowly views some experienced and talented professional resumes based on vendor experience and if there aren't any specific "niche" opportunities in their pipeline of potential opportunities in the next few months, you are no longer needed.

    I had expected my term with Structure to have been longer and to have been cross-trained in different vendors to be placed on more diverse projects; or even utilized across their organizational structure during the months where the project work was not immediate. My time "on the bench" was very unexpectedly short.

    There is some truth (previous reviews) and caution for those considering leaving secure permanent positions to go into consulting and contracting. I was not one of those individuals leaving a secure perm job to work as a consultant, but I think the caution is true no matter which consulting company you join. Your value is based on the work available, which may not be there next year.

    My only other issue was living in a hotel for close to a year. I think management could had arranged with the client for corporate rental housing. I literally had to pack/unpack every week for travel. I got used to this, and those traveling need to understand the Cons of "living in a hotel". But very long term assignments should come with longer term housing arrangements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-utilize your skilled and talented workforce after project assignments. Cross-train them in different vendors, products, etc. Consider cross-organizational utilization and training of the consultants so they have opportunities to be billable for many years to come. Don't narrowly focus view of resumes based on "niches" of skills like specific vendors, etc. Be creative finding ways to re-utilize the consultants after projects.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Software Developer

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Get to do lot of work for various technologies. Flexible environment.

    Cons

    Nothing much except that people need more clarity about the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of job eliminations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Structure offers a competitive salary and bonus program.

    Cons

    This is a great place to work if you need a job. Please don't believe their HR recruiters when they say they have not had layoffs (job eliminations) in over 10 years. Approximately 80% of the the new hires in the new hire orientation that I attended last May have been let go (including myself). I left a good secure job and I don't want this to happen to anyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop lying to new hires about frequent job eliminations. Put some of the money you spend on lavish company parties back into the company to sustain your employees when they have to sit on the bench.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great people work here but the principals need to focus on doing the right thing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    Pros

    Pay and beneftis are good. People are top notch,

    Cons

    Promises made to employees are not kept

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company With Rough Edges

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary; great company meetings; good benefits

    Cons

    Most projects are in remote areas; some managers need to fine tune their people skill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't offer an entry level position to a person with many years of experience without telling him/her about corporate hierarchy

    No opinion of CEO

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