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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

  • What an honor to have our San Francisco office location recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's Bay Area Best Workplaces! Propeller is ranked 12th of all small and medium companies. Thank you to our employees for making us great!

  • What are the key ingredients in Propeller's "secret sauce"? We recently shared our treasured recipe with Portland Monthly Magazine: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vM25p

    This Portland-Based Company Is Proving that "People First" Policy Works

    Propeller is the largest Portland-based management consulting firm-and it might also be the most thoughtful, at least where its corporate culture is concerned. With a guiding principle of "do good work," the company purposely cultivates a working environment that allows each of its 130 employees to thrive professionally, grow personally, and connect with their clients on an individual basis.

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Propeller – Why Work With 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


In 2012, Propeller opened its doors 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 three 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.

In April 2019, we opened our third office in Denver. 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

Propeller Reviews

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    "Autonomy, Fast-Paced, People-Centric"

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

    Pros

    Propeller offers a ton of autonomy, while still offering a wealth of resources and tools to collaborate, thought-partner, and learn. Even though we are spread across 4 geos and many clients, there are ample opportunities to connect with colleagues.

    If you are someone who likes autonomy, loves to learn new things, and enjoys solving problems of all shapes and sizes, then Propeller may be just the right place for you!

    Cons

    Coming from larger companies, I was used to more health insurance options. That being said, what is offered is fair.

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Propeller Photos

Propeller photo of: Propeller Offsite 2019
Propeller photo of: Propeller consultants participate in our annual "fish bowl" where our CEO Amy Weeden and COO Jeff Foley answer questions about the firm, strategy and plans for the future
Propeller photo of: Propelle consultants participate in a firm-wide training at our annual offsite
Propeller photo of: Consultants from Propeller's Portland office participate in the annual Hood to Coast relay
Propeller photo of: Our SF team posing for a post-bubble soccer team photo
Propeller photo of: Consultants Alyssa Montero and Amy Swanson in collaborative work space.
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Propeller Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Propeller (Portland, OR).

    Interview

    The Propeller interview process was very thorough, including four different rounds of interviews. The first three interviews were each about 30-60 minutes and were via phone, video chat, and/or in person. The final interview was an in-person business case interview at the company's HQ in Portland, Oregon.

    The recruiting team was extremely professional and courteous during the entire interview process, including sharing important information about expected timelines for decisions as well as additional tidbits about the company as the interview process continued. I usually heard within one week of my interview if I was advancing to the next stage.

    At the end of each interview, I was given a chance to learn more about Propeller and ask questions of the interviewee. I really appreciated this extra touch to ensure that I would enjoy working at Propeller.

    Interview Questions

    • Many of my interview questions focused on how I had previously solved a client issue or would plan to do so in the future.   Answer Question
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Propeller Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Small & Medium Workplaces™, Great Place to Work, 2019
  • #27 Best Workplace in Consulting & Professional Services (Small to Medium Companies), Great Place to Work, 2019
  • #12 of 100 Best Companies to Work For (Medium-sized Company), Oregon Business Magazine, 2019
  • #7 Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services, Great Place to Work, 2018
  • #19 Fastest Growing Firm, Consulting Magazine, 2018
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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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