The Nous Group Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
6 Reviews

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  1.  

    Very limited career progression even with a Masters degree but great people

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at The Nous Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's the people that keep you at Nous, there were some amazing people. There were some interesting projects but you really needed to earn your stripes to get any exposure to them.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there's no formal pathways for a project coordinator to become a consultant even with a masters degree in HR and organisational analysis which is a shame. The pay was not great for consulting at all with a small pay rise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is worth looking at creating formal career succession planning for stepping into a consulting role - i think retention would be higher among all the EAs and project coordinators if this could happen. And i really believe compensation should be higher to match industry standards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Disappointing overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at The Nous Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People are friendly
    Very flexible working environment
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Elitist attitude at times
    Patronising view of clients behind closed doors
    Very low pay in comparison
    No staff diversity
    Can get stuck in dull projects for lengthy periods

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changing the hiring policy to bring in a broader range of skills. People with good uni marks can often struggle to understand the soft skills needed on most projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Don't be fooled by the bubblegum branding - inside lies a dark hole!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Nous Group

    Pros

    - They hire for "culture fit", so you're surrounded by great people.
    - Flexible - you can work from home (within reason)
    - you're given a lot of responsibility from day dot

    Cons

    - you'll get completely taken advantage of. Work the hours of an investment banker, get paid like a nonprofit worker
    - a lot of responsibility is great, but no training or support. Sink or swim!
    - unless you're a serious policy wonk, the projects will get very old, very quickly
    - no career path and minimal pay rises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your house in order! Start valuing your people and rewarding them for their hard work, or you'll end up losing them.

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  5.  

    Super friendly and great company culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)

    I worked at The Nous Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Work and life balance
    -Employees always have the choice if they need to work from home or remotely
    -Super friendly staff

    Cons

    Not very clear career path here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly workplace, but renumeration is much, much less than industry standards.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Nous Group

    Pros

    The people are really friendly, and it is a collegiate workplace. Most colleagues go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

    It seems to be a very parent friendly workplace - many employees work part-time, or work from home.

    Cons

    Despite their initial assurances, the work hours do not compensate for the low salary (much lower than industry standard). Many people seems to work as hard as consultants in bigger and better paying consultancies.

    The work is mostly government, not the 50-50% public/private clients that they used to advertise. So if you're looking to work for industry at least some of the time, this is not the place for you.

    Finally, the structured training program is not the 'mini MBA' that many larger consultancies run during induction, so a lot of the time you will rely on the knowlege that you bring with you.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful people, but it definitely takes advantage of consultants with low salaries and unclear promotion paths.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at The Nous Group

    Pros

    Flexibility with work location, and to some extent time.
    Great People.
    Good public policy work.
    Very friendly people. Some of the nicest people to work with.
    Good focus on positive influence.
    Great entrepreneurial spirit.

    Cons

    Salary is well below industry average, and salary policy is not great. It's not clear, and raises are very low.
    There is no clear promotion plan--it's just too arbitrary.
    Development is mixed.
    Training is average.
    Some smugness about positive influence.
    Knowledge management is woeful, which leads to poor outcomes.
    Origins as a people development firm makes the management consulting side a lot weaker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the salaries and make a clear progression for consultants. Improve the development and training and deliver on that value proposition.

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