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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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    Pros

    Unlimited PTO where you’re treated like an adult who can manage his/her own schedule is pretty great! Being able to choose to either take a bigger bonus or get more time off is freeing, too. The pay is fair (but do advocate for yourself, as with any other company...the first offer is never where you should land). Great colleagues! Super fun to work at a small company where you—and what you do—matters. Really invested leadership. But you have to be invested in putting yourself into the company to get the most out of it. Nobody is going to get you connected for you, so if you don’t feel connected it’s really up to you to fix that. And there are a LOT of opportunities!

    Cons

    Some projects are just boring. 401(k) matching is pretty average or maybe below average. And the company has never hit the target for performance so nobody has ever gotten a full bonus, so that stinks. And once you get to a certain level, there’s not much farther you can go.

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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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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Propeller (Portland, OR) in October 2013.

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    The interview process was fairly long, but professional. There were four interviews total, increasing in intensity. The first was essentially an informal meet and greet that seemed like a screen for red-flags. After that, there were two other interviews and then a case study which was presented to a panel.

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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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