The Highland Group

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The Highland Group Reviews

Updated June 26, 2014
Updated June 26, 2014
22 Reviews
2.8
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company to work for, but...

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at The Highland Group as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Owner 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop the revolving door on senior management (partners). Select the right leadership and let it lead.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best boutique firm to work for after working for several competitors

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    Current Employee - Business Development Partner  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Partner in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at The Highland Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Scrutinize 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.

  3.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at The Highland Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Highland Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some solid performers and good people exists within the organization.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    It is time to milk your two big clients and then close the doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Highland Group Organization

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    Former Employee - Managing Partner and Executive Committee  in  Naples, FL
    Former Employee - Managing Partner and Executive Committee in Naples, FL

    I worked at The Highland Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    The founder needs to retire (70+) years and sell the business

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at The Highland Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Like 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Small but growing Operational Consultantcy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at The Highland Group

    Pros

    Great Pay on a daily rate for contractors

    Cons

    Grueling work hours and travel schedule

    Recommends
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Avoid this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at The Highland Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Leadership 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 ManagementAdvice

    Move on

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Highland Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Not 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Highland Group

    Pros

    Well, 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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company or it will die.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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