The Nous Group Reviews

Updated August 7, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Be cautious and really look at your options before embarking on this dead end journey

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Nous Group full-time

    Pros

    Lovely people. Made some good friends.

    Cons

    Sexist older employees. If you don't play to your stereotype, expect to feel uncomfortable. Expect below par pay with no worthwhile pay rise which does not take inflation into account. If you believe in growing your career, look into other avenues NOW. If you want something to put on your resume, go for it. Just don't sign a long contract cause you'll regret it.

    Advice to Management

    Look after your staff in a genuine manner and give us more developmental opportunities in terms of training. Please.


  2. Kind and impact-oriented

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Nous Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleague are kind and engaging; work is high-impact for critical Australian institutions; great development opportunities

    Cons

    Salary marginally lower (though not significantly) than the global firms (e.g. BCG & McKinsey)


  3. Helpful (1)

    Excellent culture with work that has real purpose

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Nous Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic, supportive culture. Everyone's ideas are valued and diversity of thinking is encouraged. Lots of support for you to develop the skills you want to, do the work that interests you, and have opportunities to lead meaningful projects directly with C-suite clients.

    Cons

    You need to be agile to work across multiple projects at a time, often in different sectors and capability areas - though the projects are always interesting.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting the culture and range of projects, while enabling staff to grow the skills and confidence to lead and engage meaningfully with senior executives.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Excellent culture and interesting work

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Nous Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Trust-based, common sense culture - Nous allows you to self-manage where that's appropriate, rather than tracking meaningless KPIs. Colleagues are genuinely friendly and work together on projects, rather than competing. These contribute to a fantastic work-life balance. Strong professional development - Nous works hard to give you opportunities to work in areas and on skills that you want to develop. Interesting, influential work - you get to feel like you're having an impact with your work, and you're constantly learning.

    Cons

    The pace of work and degree of self-management means you need to be able to do things yourself - guidance is available but not full on handholding, so the learning curve can be steep.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management don't always live the culture that they encourage for the rest of us - many are working much longer hours and during weekends/holidays.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Amazing place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Nous Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - really friendly, intelligent staff - flexible working environment - positive impact is a key part of many projects - growing firm - lots of autonomy and responsibility - offices in many Australian cities - supportive environment (access to training, advice, etc) - office culture is really convivial - can wear quite casual attire in-office (unless meeting with clients)

    Cons

    - compensation is lower than industry average (but work/life balance and other benefits help overcome this) - still growing its reputation (however currently highly regarded, just not well known outside the industry)


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great organisational values and flexible working arrangements.

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Nous Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are friendly and genuinely caring, the organisational values are genuinely espoused everyday by colleagues. Self-managed model is great for organised individuals who like to control their time and learning. Flexible working arrangements are well accommodated at Nous (work part-time or from home). 70:20:10 model for learning predominantly on the job is great. Open culture of fostering constructive feedback. Opportunities for some inter-state travel, depending on projects.

    Cons

    Expectations are often not clear, can be given huge responsibility without the appropriate support. Vast differences in expectations of consultants and approach used by different senior managers. Learning on the job depends on the willingness and ability of the project manager to teach junior team members (and whether this additional time is worked into the project costing!) In-house professional development program could be organised better. IT issues cause frustration reasonably frequently.

    Advice to Management

    The in-house professional development program, especially for new consultants, needs to be better organised, and supported by all members of the business. This is really important to attract and retain new talent into the business. The differences in experience and approach across the offices is often surprising. Need to better foster open and collaborative communication between offices to learn from one another.


  8. 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)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Nous Group full-time (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 Management

    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.


  9. Disappointing overall

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Nous Group full-time (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 Management

    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.


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

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 Management

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


  11. Super friendly and great company culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Nous Group full-time (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



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