The Highland Group
2.7 of 5 22 reviews
www.thehighlandgroup.net Saint Michaels, MD 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Jun 26, 2014

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Jim Kerridge

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company to work for, but...

    Senior Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsBest pay in the industry. Good respect from peers and operations management. You can learn from others freely.

    ConsOwner is trying to retire and keeps hiring Managing Partners and Senior Partners retreads from other companies where they were failures. Almost all of these people have gone from company to company in the past 20 years never spending more than 2 or 3 years at anyone company. These people have sunk the company, now it is 25% of the size it was 3 years ago.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the revolving door on senior management (partners). Select the right leadership and let it lead.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best boutique firm to work for after working for several competitors

    Business Development Partner (Current Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsExcellent pay, the highest in the industry in fact for my role. I have worked for Highland twice in my career and the company has grown significantly, now has a very successful global presence. This is the happiest I have been in my career. If you have a great work ethic, work hard and treat this like it's your own business, you will make a lot of money. The expectations are clear, management is very fair and supportive.

    ConsThe negative reviews on here from the last 2-3 months are from a hiring wave of incompetent employees in sales who did not possess any tangible work ethic and who were insistent to not follow the Highland process for success. Calling on the wrong levels of executives in an organization that yields no results and continuing on that path of failure without learning from mistakes does not add value to any organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementScrutinize candidates more during the hiring process, continue to live our core values we learned at St. Michaels and don't tolerate those who don't. Remove the C's, only A's and B's deserve to work here.

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    ProsGreat people to work with - very experienced with a wide range of backgrounds, skill sets and experiences

    ConsVery top heavy management organization with little if any clear direction on which way the company is heading.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Keep looking for another firm. No integrity and empty promises.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome solid performers and good people exists within the organization.

    ConsThe company does not hold to it's end of the deal. People are "willy-nilly" fired at will. The CEO does not empower the Managing Directors or has any regard to the employees welfare. Free cash flow is badly managed. Please do not believe it when you are told about the "small-town" values and no politics. Worst career decision.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is time to milk your two big clients and then close the doors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Managing Partner and Executive Committee (Former Employee)
    Naples, FL

    ProsConsulting methodology or Operational Consulting is a good fit for many companies

    ConsThe founder brings potential hires to St Michaels to sell them on the small town company values-have fun, make money, family first, performance and no politics. This could not be further from the truth. Fear, uncertainty and doubt is the culture coupled with frequent financial problems. Massive and regular turnover at all levels is the norm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe founder needs to retire (70+) years and sell the business

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Major on the Majors and Minor on the Minors -- The key is to know the difference!

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsTHG is a results oriented consulting firm...many excellent consultants with outstanding experience and credentials.

    ConsLike many similar firms they sadly become full of themselves and blind to their own weaknesses. The internal adminstrative requirements are onerous and lack substance and value. They don't take the time to step back and evaluate negative internal cultural drivers, vs. potential strengths.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've lost a great deal of credibility with consulting professionals. It's difficult to get it back once it's lost.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Small but growing Operational Consultantcy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat Pay on a daily rate for contractors

    ConsGrueling work hours and travel schedule

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Avoid this company

    (Current Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsGenerally pays well, but not a fun place to be. If you want a low end consulting career, this is the place to be.

    ConsLeadership is stuck in a rut of doing the same old things the same way. No innovation, no desire to be anything different. Generally, they don't satisfy the clients needs, but push the same old stuff as the solution to every problem. This company is a Proudfoot derivative, with all the negative connotations that go along with that. There is no respect for people - people are just a replaceable commodity. The place runs on contracted labor, so the delivery capability is very weak and inconsistent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove on

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Leave your integrity at the door with this organization...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot the worst organization if you play by the internally defined rules and process, and buy in to the mantra of the organization. It's a good place to learn the principles of client relationship building and to network with senior potential clients.

    ConsThe principle of the organization is basically to sell snow to eskimos. The organization appears stuck in the '90s and not prepared to change the model even though the market requires it. There is no real delivery capability to sell, you had to hope it was there should a project move forward. Most of the contractors associated to the organization should be retired and appear to be working to earn extra money. Targets are very individual, this is not a team organization no matter how much they claim that in the values they espouse.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf bringing in new people be prepared to take on business and market views from the last 20yrs, you might learn something and not just burn money paying them and then kicking them out when they realize that the organization model and principles don't work and try to build working solutions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The contract basis consulting business model carried out by The Highland Group is doomed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWell, there used to be really world class consultants working for The Highland Group but most left or were fired in ealrly / mid 2013 and there was an exodus of HQ staff in St. Michaels. The business was doing well until 2012 or so. It started eroding since, and the downward spirale is increasing in momentum

    ConsThe group's top management style and culture .....well that's what kills it's business as a whole. The CEO should be send to a retirement house.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company or it will die.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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