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Propeller Overview

Portland, OR
51 to 200 employees
2012
Company - Private
Consulting
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
We are consultants, fixers, change makers. But mostly we're a company full of people who love the adventure of solving complex problems.

Mission: This new era of continuous disruption needs a new brand of management consulting laser-focused on helping large organizations nimbly negotiate an increasingly volatile business landscape. We help big act small.

Company Updates

  • Propeller - About Our Team

    As a company, we're always on the lookout for great thinkers, writers, and speakers who also happen to be amazing management consultants. Amazing requires a love of what you do that rises above excellence. It requires insatiable curiosity and an ability to see beyond "what's now" to uncover the trends and patterns that point to "what's next."

  • Learn more about how our people-first mentality landed us on The Oregonian's Top Small Workplace list for 2018! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQrzh

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Propeller – Why Work For Us?


Keeping pace with the velocity at which markets and industries change is essential. This new era of continuous disruption needs a brand of management consulting that instills speed and agility. Propeller helps large organizations navigate and succeed in this increasingly volatile business landscape.

WE HELP BIG MOVE FAST AND ACT SMALL

As a company, we’re always on the lookout for great thinkers, writers, and speakers who also happen to be amazing management consultants. Amazing requires a love of what you do that rises above excellence. It requires insatiable curiosity and an ability to see beyond “what’s now” to uncover the trends and patterns that point to “what’s next.”

Learn More: https://propellerconsulting.com/careers

Ten principles guide our work and inform our everyday decisions. When evaluating the merits of a strategic business decision or deciding the best course of action, these principles steer our decision-making. Culture isn’t something one person creates alone, but something we all build and work toward together, every day. These principles comprise the commitment we make to ourselves and to each other.

1. Commit to People

2. Do Good Work

3. Hire Amazing People

4. Be Humble but Smart Enought to have an Ego

5. Embrace Grit

6. Create Balance

7. Bring Energy

8. Move Forward

9. We Are What We Think

10. We Curate People


Propeller opened its doors 6 years ago in Portland with the intent to focus on people. Our team was born and raised in Portland, so acceptance is baseline and individualism and authenticity are encouraged. Our clients include leading organizations in the energy, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, technology, and retail industries and we've been recognized by Consulting Magazine as one of the Best Small Firms to Work For 2 years in a row. As we grow, we'll be taking our award winning team and industry expertise to new cities.

To meet increasing demand in the Bay Area, Propeller opened an office in San Francisco in early 2016. The local team primarily focuses on the consumer products industry with plans to expand to additional markets. As our company continues to increase in scope, headcount and geography, we're committed to maintaining our local, people-centric business model. 


At Propeller, giving back to the community is a meaningful part of our culture. Through our Propeller Uplift program, we leverage the business acumen of our consultants to support the needs of nonprofit partner organizations. Our goal is to make a lasting impact and uplift organizations through strategy, professional development, or direct service.

Learn More: https://propellerconsulting.com/uplift

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    I have been working at Propeller full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great firm to work for. They have an awesome culture with really smart people and some interesting projects.

    The consultants you work with are very smart, driven but don't have the arrogance of what you see at some of the other top tier firms. Work life balance is something that is actually possible at this firm. But if you like working longer hours, the bonus structure affords you more pay. They are also growing at a fast pace so that could potentially mean more opportunity.

    For anyone considering the firm, I urge you to apply. Getting through the interview process is not easy, but it was worth it. The interview process is long (4 rounds that took about a month in my case).

    Cons

    If possible, could the 401k be upgraded. What we have is decent but could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and transparency. I particularly love and appreciate how supportive you are of helping consultants with their career goals.

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Propeller Photos

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Propeller photo of: Nathan Stickney (left) and Carl Terranova (right) hold a meeting in one of our sound-proof meeting pods
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Propeller Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Propeller (Portland, OR) in July 2015.

    Interview

    The first three interviews were great and I left each feeling excited while the fourth and final interview felt like it was for a different job and tainted the entire experience.

    There were four rounds of interviews including a phone screen, in-person technical interview, in-person culture fit interview, and finally an in-person business case review/presentation. The first three interviews were informal meetings at coffee shops focusing on my experience and how it related to the work done at Propeller. They were each about an hour long. During the technical and culture fit interviews I was asked to problem solve for a mini-case, again it was very informal and the goal was for the interviewer to understand how I process my thoughts and problem solve. Much of the conversations centered around relationship management, process, organization, and understanding the human element of consulting.

    The business case interview was formal and lasted about 2.5 hours in their office. After the HR rep welcomed me and reviewed the process for the interview I had roughly 1.5 hours to review the case and white-board a presentation of recommendations. I presented to a panel which included one of the principals and a director who role played as the client. My recommendations focused mainly on the objectives and relationship management. As the presentation became a discussion it became clear I hadn't included ample case analysis, specifically hard timelines, budget line items, and success metrics.

    As a result of the case review, I didn't receive an offer. Upon reflection, I believe there was a misalignment of expectations on my end and Propeller's around the position. In each preceding interview, the focus had been on my experience as a workflow and service delivery manager. Managing day-to-day operations, relationship management, and leading process improvements. I had been told up to that point that my my skills were transferable. The final case review was heavy on analytic and project management skills. They were looking for someone with hard PM skills. If this was their intent all along then it should have been made clear from the beginning of the interview process not left to the very end.

    From those I interviewed with, I understood the company to be one that seeks talent in the earlier stages of their careers and is supportive of their development. I got the impression from the fourth interview that they were looking for a seasoned PM, which I never claimed to be.

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Propeller Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Oregon Business Magazine, 2017
  • #7 Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services, Great Place to Work, 2018
  • 50 Best Small Workplaces, #2, Fortune, 2017
  • Excellence in Social & Community Impact, Consulting Magazine, 2017
  • Silver Certified, Sustainability at Work, City of Portland, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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