Sendero Career Development FAQ

Read what Sendero employees think about career development at the company. Employees have questions about everything from promotions and mentoring to job security.

Sendero has a career opportunities rating of 4.

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7 English questions out of 7

August 16, 2019

How are career development opportunities at Sendero?

Pros

The people that join this firm are great!

Cons

Though this company considers itself a management consulting firm, most of the opportunities for Associates and Analyst are staff augmentation roles for IT implementation projects. This client work does not align with the skillsets need to start or grow a career in management consulting and usually involves long hours, tough clients, and a lack of professional development opportunities.

Advice to Management

Focus on bringing in strategic projects where the work is consistent with the definition of "management consulting." Otherwise, consider changing your marketing and recruiting language to be truthful to the large amount of staff augmentation work this firm does.

This client work does not align with the skillsets need to start or grow a career in management consulting and usually involves long hours, tough clients, and a lack of professional development opportunities.

August 16, 2019

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April 27, 2021

What kind of career opportunities exist at Sendero?

Pros

- Incredible people. I can genuinely say I love working with all of my coworkers and teammates and have gotten to work alongside some wonderful managers and mentors who truly care about me, challenge me, and go out of their way to help me succeed. - I've seen some reviews on here saying Sendero doesn't truly do "Management Consulting" - while I think there are some clients/projects where this would feel true, this has not been my experience at all. In the three years I've been at the company, I've worked on 4 different projects in 3 different industries and every single one of these projects involved lots of facetime with client stakeholders, plenty of opportunities for growth, and some really cool experience I'm really proud to have on my resume. - While the starting salary is lower than other consulting firms, I have been really pleased with the annual performance-based raises which I would say is well above average. I think hard work is recognized and well rewarded at Sendero. - There is a strong focus on community involvement - employees are allowed 2 hours of Paid Volunteer Time per month, are able to participate in pro-bono projects for non-profits, are often offered tickets to fundraisers Sendero is sponsoring, and can get their donations matched by Sendero. If community engagement is important to you, Sendero will provide you plenty of opportunities to satisfy that desire.

Cons

- As is likely true at all consulting firms - projects are very much "luck of the draw" and I would consider myself fairly lucky. I wish Sendero would be pickier about the projects they agree to take on. - I think there is such an emphasis on growth as a company (in terms of client diversity, number of employees, practice areas) that sometimes quality is sacrificed. I would like to see Sendero work on finding a better balance here rather than taking this "growth above all else" mindset.

In the three years I've been at the company, I've worked on 4 different projects in 3 different industries and every single one of these projects involved lots of facetime with client stakeholders, plenty of opportunities for growth, and some really cool experience I'm really proud to have on my resume.

April 27, 2021

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April 30, 2021

Does Sendero have any sort of mentoring program?

Pros

When going through the campus recruiting process, many aspects of Sendero attracted me. All of my interviews were great, and every person I talked to / interacted with was genuinely someone I could see myself befriending and working well with. Very young culture. Invested in making a difference through service with Community Rocks (pro-bono non-profit consulting work), Paid Volunteer Time, Charitable Giving Matching, etc. Smaller company/family feel. Working on a small project but I get to interact with Associates, Analysts, Managers, and Senior Managers on a daily basis. Mentorship is important - Career Advisory program with an employee 3 skip levels above me, and a Buddy of my same career level to answer any questions. Meaningful work and great people. Work hard play hard mentality!

Cons

No tuition assistance, lower pay than I was hoping for.

Mentorship is important

April 30, 2021

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March 19, 2021

Why do Sendero employees quit?

Pros

You will never get staffed on a project with people you don't like or can't relate to. They hire really fun people and are committed to making sure those people have a good time on client work and internal projects. You will learn a lot about technology and how IT departments at big companies work.

Cons

Lame work. Just about all of it is IT project management in a staff aug. capacity. This is NOT a management consulting firm. Most of the PM roles are long term and your ability to see multiple clients is limited over the course of your staff level time. There are a few roles that dabble in portfolio management or optimization but your only interaction with revenue producing leadership will most likely be in stakeholder communications. People talk about "growing pains" but the growth has been pretty steady. Sendero hires a lot of junior employees and sees relatively heavy turnover towards the top. Profitability per head is presumably high which is great for the financials. However, they hire the same kind of people so keeping the culture isn't all that hard in the growth process. Where they face trouble is from the decisions they make in terms of corporate strategy and people development. Most decisions don't align with the strategic vision they lay out for employees. They hire people who want to be consultants and then staff them at data centers.

Advice to Management

Build a sales team and hire strategic advisors from other consulting companies. Expand your breadth and depth of service offerings so you actually become a management consulting company.

Sendero hires a lot of junior employees and sees relatively heavy turnover towards the top.

March 19, 2021

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April 28, 2021

How are promotions handled at Sendero?

Pros

• Most of your coworkers will be nice, competent and fun to be around • Work-life balance is good (no travel required) • Chances are, you will find a manager that supports your development • PTO amounts are good for consultants • In office events can be fun and office space is nice • Strong focus on volunteering and community engagement

Cons

• Like other reviews have said, Sendero is not true management consulting. It is usually IT Project Management, and often staff aug. In my time here, I’ve seen maybe 2 instances of high level managers doing some consulting. This is made even more obvious when you’re staffed on a client that employs another consulting firm; you quickly realize how different our work is from actual consulting. • Sendero consistently bends to the unreasonable expectations of clients at the expense of employees. Employees can ask for sometimes years to be rolled off, but Sendero will not in fear of losing a client or losing money. As a result, Sendero loses valuable employees instead. • The performance review process is super overcomplicated. Efforts to streamline it have not done much to provide clarity. It seems as if many promotions are based on who is most liked at the company rather than who has done the work to deserve it. • Feedback is encouraged, but if your feedback is negative it is met with defensiveness. Company wide surveys feel like they are used to make employees feel like things will be addressed, but changes are rarely made and if they are, it takes a long time. • Pay and benefits are much lower than other consulting firms. • Diversity and inclusion continues to be an issue firm-wide. It feels like statements made by top leaders about current events are made because they know they “need” to do it, but not committing to or knowing how to follow through on crucial steps.

Advice to Management

You can’t fix issues that are brought up in legitimate feedback with the same approach that got you there. When your employees tell you they want to be rolled off, believe them and prioritize that. Invest in Diversity and Inclusion the same way you invest in community engagement. Advertise what you actually do, not the idea of what consulting is.

It seems as if many promotions are based on who is most liked at the company rather than who has done the work to deserve it.

April 28, 2021

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