The Highland Group

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Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Busines diagnostics analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Highland Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company with good values - however, little communication

    Cons

    People tend not to communicate business status mainly because is a contractor's model.

  2. OK to work for...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Highland Group

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

    Pros

    You will be working with senior consultants who are very smart and have a wealth of knowledge and experience, this is a lot of fun. If you are a contractor, you will be paid well, but don't ever expect a raise. For the most part, you will enjoy the others on your team. Morning Highland handshake is nice tradition.

    Cons

    If all you want to do is work implementation projects, this is an ok place to be. Where a lot of companies have moved to Monday morning and Thursday night project travel, Highland is still old school Sunday night to Friday night. If you want to run projects or move up in the organization, you have to be someone's favorite, or be a bully. No such thing as HR in this company. There is no clearly communicated plan about the future of this company once the owner decides he's had enough, which may be soon.

  3. A company more interested in billing than helping

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at The Highland Group as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    some great consultants with great experiences who would all want to see success

    Cons

    extremely poor management, sexist and macho environment much like a high school football team. Company more interested in billing than actually seeing success. Process are all 40 years old, and the same process applied to every company. Treat independent contractors like meat.

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    This is ending

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Highland Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay rate, good intentions
    There were some great years in the past, they tell me, not to long ago. But this is no longer.

    Cons

    Owner has lost it, structure does not allow for success.
    All good folks are gone, our ops bonuses not paid, no real sales activity.
    Very high turnover of very well paid management.

    Advice to Management

    End it already.

  6. Great company to work for, but...

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    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant

    I worked at The Highland Group as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. 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 (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 Management

    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.

  8. Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at The Highland Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  9. Helpful (2)

    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 (Less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. 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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (2)

    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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

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