Tempus Consulting

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Updated January 12, 2015
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  1. Great culture and ideal work-life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tempus Consulting full-time

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

    Pros

    A lot of fantastic people work at Tempus that are highly supportive of one another. The term "Tempus family" is often used to accurately describe that environment. The company also sticks to its work-life balance commitment - with the exception of managers, most sales people only need to apply themselves during normal work hours. Tempus is also ethical in its training and works to ensure that all new consultants have a fair shot to succeed. Plus, free Friday lunch in the expensive environment that is downtown DC is really nice.

    Cons

    The FX market is extremely competitive. Sometimes, it feels like there is a new competitor popping up very difficult. This can make client acquisition and retention difficult, but those who succeed stand to gain very advanced sales skills. It also seem that there can be too much micromanagement, but then again, it's probably a necessary evil to improve performance. Additionally, the laid-back culture sometimes leads to certain employees acting immature or inappropriately. Turnover can be high, but this can be expected for sales. Some folks, particuraly recent college grads, take the job just becasue they need one and not because they want to explore sales. If cold calling is not your thing, don't waste your time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find ways to set Tempus apart as competition in FX market increases.


  2. A revolving door. Avoid if you can.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FX Advisor in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - FX Advisor in Culver City, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Friday lunch is quite a nice perk.

    Cons

    Not sure about D.C. but in LA, you'lll be given a 90-day 'at-will' contract which means don't tell others you're employed before your 90-days expires. The FX business is both seasonal and cyclical and subject to the whims of the economy so avoid applying during the summer or when there's little market volatility.. The recent acquisition by the Mexican Monex Group brings with it both the ambition and ruthlessness character of our southern neighbor (you'll be lied to with a warm smile). Here you will experience a true 'Glengarry Glen Ross' sales environment first hand as you wade through a culture where it's best not to get too close to anyone. Tempus is on par with most micromanaged sales environments that works well for ambitious types who are comfortable making promises they can't keep. If you admire Pacino's 'Tony Montana' character in Scarface, you'll be right at home at Tempus LA. - but watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Pointless to offer advice. They know it all.


  3. Good entry level opportunity to start fresh out of college but not somewhere you would want to stay for more than a year

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Free lunch on fridays and free team lunches about once a month. You get to wear anything you want to work and is overall a very laid back atmosphere. Free coffee and quarterly bonuses for non sales employees. Also company outings to many of the DC pro sports games.

    Cons

    Basically since it is such a laid back atmosphere its kind of hard to take the job seriously sometimes. The company has a lot of growing pains and the management is basically figuring it out as they go. Many of the sales employees do not last very long, the pay is also kind of low for DC and there is very little room for growth. Overall kind of unorganized and some basic SOP is outdated and stuck in the 20th century i.e. Tempus waste a lot of paper.

    Advice to Management

    Increase base pay. Management does not need to be hired from within. Hiring management from outside Tempus would help to change some of the apathetic work ethic that many of the employees have.


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  5. Favorable experiences at Tempus

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

    I have been working at Tempus Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Fast paced and dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities within organization


  6. Fun learning atmosphere!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Compliance in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have learned a lot from this company. I have experienced all aspects of the company from being an intern including sales, operations, compliance, trading, human resources, and accounting. They have free lunch every friday. The office is very laid back with a ping pong table, Keurig machines, punching bag, blender, and filtered water. There is also a very small gym with showers in the building. The location is great! There are many company outings and free team lunches once a month. Day to day tasks keep you thinking and is not really tedious work.

    Cons

    Many people do not take their job seriously because of the low pay grade. People act inappropriately at times. There is a 15 minute grace period in the morning because of the metro. Many people abuse this and come in 30-45 minutes late and a few people come in whenever they want an hour or 2 late.

    Advice to Management

    Management can be disorganized at times.


  7. pay for performance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tempus Consulting

    Pros

    entrepreneurial environment: eat what you kill

    Cons

    lack of organization and strong leadership; limited growth opportunities beyond sales


  8. Great Place to Learn Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Foreign Exchange Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Foreign Exchange Consultant in Washington, DC

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Management is very eager to help employees succeed. Everyone starts with a two week structured training program, which is a great introduction into foreign exchange and sales.

    Great training program on FX and sales
    Casual work environment
    Great work/life balance
    Free Friday lunches
    Free Gym

    Cons

    Small base salary for D.C.
    Limited promotion potential

    Advice to Management

    Increase base


  9. Fast paced, fun and growing firm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is not about wearing what you want to work, it is the possibility actually being able to shape the firm and be instrumental of taking it to the next level. Being part of that process is thrilling.

    Cons

    Still a lot of things to do, many manual procedures that ought to be automated in a mature firm. Usual pains of evolving firms, get used to change, but that is part of the challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Balance


  10. Tempus Consulting manages to strike a great balance between client/employee satisfaction and generating income/revenue..

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The management seems to really care about their employees. They also have very high standards of customer service. I hate to be on the receiving end of bad customer service and I would not be able to work for a company who facilitated this. The company is growing at a very rapid pace, which is not very common in this economy. This will lead to great opportunities for employees in the future.

    Cons

    The company is growing very fast, and as a result there are a lot of growing pains, although the changes made seem to be positive.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Dissatisfaction

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

    I have been working at Tempus Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to wear what you want too, and get to watch television while working

    Cons

    Commission structure is very poor; it will take 6 months to build credibility with clients; no one has ever heard of Tempus; they basically ask you to lie in order to get business.

    Advice to Management

    They need to get experience Managers that knows how to run the office, also with Management skills. They have Manager that talks about employees which is very unprofessional



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