Founded in 2006, RBA is an award-winning digital and technology company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our team of strategists, designers and technologists have a proven track record of delivering successful solutions for organizations throughout the US. Recently recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing private companies and consistently named a Best Place to Work, RBA attracts the industry's top creative and technical talent to help our clients deliver on the promise of technology in today’s digital era.
At RBA we are firm believers in the famous quote by Aristotle “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” It's why we designed our team, our capabilities and our process around the three fundamental components of strategy, design and technology. We weave these three elements together to create solutions that align to the objectives of the organization, provide the best experience possible for users and ultimately deliver results. In our eyes, there are no partial solutions.
I have been working at RBA full-time (More than 3 years)
I have found that RBA is a great place to grow my career as a consultant.
Back when I was working full time in a corporate IT job, too often I felt I was surrounded by fellow employees that were not interested in growing their skill set or as engaged in the success of their career or company as they should be. At RBA, I have peers all around me that are always willing to pitch in and help out, whether it's a challenging technical issue or even a client delivery issue.
I work almost exclusively in the Microsoft cloud-space. I get to help clients understand and implement new products and features; sometimes right as they are being made available by the vendor. The technology I get to work with is cutting-edge, and the collective wide-range of knowledge made available by my peers allows us to learn from each other and grow our skills in areas that would normally be closed off to us in corporate IT.
In addition, having the ability to come to clients as a subject matter expert in various technologies and methodologies allows me the opportunity to work on leadership and presentation skills at my clients. These opportunities were not available nearly as much when I worked in corporate IT.
Finally, being a consultant at RBA provides me with a great work/life balance that I simply didn't have in the past at other companies. My quality of life away from work has greatly improved since I started here a few years ago, and I would be hard-pressed to go back to one of those corporate gigs where vacation requests regularly get denied or mandatory overtime is imposed.
The low amount of starting PTO time is hard to get used to for those of us coming in from senior/long-tenured positions at corporate employers with better policies.
I often run into PTO/Time-off issues when clients are closed for various holidays and RBA does not provide that to us as a holiday.
The focus on the Microsoft stack does limit my ability to partner with some innovative companies that have products that compete with Microsoft. I understand why RBA does it this way, but it does sometimes limit what I am able to work on for my clients.
Advice to Management
We need to continue to be positioned as thought leaders in the technologies that our clients will be embracing in their upcoming digital transformation projects. This will require consultants to re-tool their skill sets and it's important to give them the support needed to do so.
Also, please put more emphasis on helping our consultants develop the soft skills necessary to succeed on their own at clients.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at RBA (Wayzata, MN) in January 2016.
Referral of current employee kicked off the interviewing process. Met recruiter at a coffee shop and was more or less screened for a cultural fit. Questions focused on behaviors (e.g. How would you react if a client was non responsive or aggressive?). Second interview was with a consultant and focused on technical aptitude (technology knowledge and experience, role based questions focusing on process and deliverables). Third interview was with internal management and focused on cultural fit - it was the most formal of interviews and complex scenario-based questions were asked. The last step was receiving a phone call from the recruiter and a verbal offer for a job - I tried to negotiate salary but was unsuccessful. The whole process took about three weeks and they were flexible in meeting locations; overall very thorough and a transparent process.