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AHEAD Reviews

Updated July 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance for people who require it (in 8 reviews)

  • The company culture and team dynamic is super supportive, and the work is challenging but not overburdening (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • While I enjoy the open floor plan, the Chicago office can be loud - especially near the sales team (in 3 reviews)

  • Being that we are still a smaller company, many of our processes feel very (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company with Good People and a Great Vision"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AHEAD full-time

    Pros

    They pay well and offer very competitive benefits. As a leading IT consulting firm, they do a good job stressing culture and hiring great people. It's tough to get a job here which is a very good thing. Leadership has a clear, strategic vision and provides excellent support to remote offices. Ahead ensures that it is a company that is a fun place to work with a lot of opportunities to learn and grow. I highly recommend and advocate for this company versus its competitors.

    Cons

    None that I can think of. They provide great support and truly value their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep stressing your core competencies and values.


  2. "Great crucible for self-starters"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AHEAD full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and culture for self-starters. You will advance and grow through trial by fire, and be rewarded for your success.

    Cons

    Expect to hit the ground running. Ahead expects you to deliver value day 1. May not be the best place if you are entry level, though you can be successful if you put in the effort.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent about what Ahead expects of you [as an employee]. Ahead is a team, not a family. Don't sell it as a family and then have people find out it's a team.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "A Rare Opportunity and Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AHEAD is by far the best company I've had the privilege to work for. The company culture and team dynamic is super supportive, and the work is challenging but not overburdening. From my very first week here I felt encouraged to share new ideas and then saw them immediately acted upon, something every company I've worked for has talked about but never really fulfilled, even over a period of years.

    The benefits are outstanding (uncommonly affordable BCBS health insurance, "unlimited" PTO [you're trusted to manage this responsibly], commuter perks, matched retirement, etc.), including the amazing Chicago headquarters.

    AHEAD has made a name for itself in a fairly crowded industry (IT services and consulting) with some pretty powerful competition, but, from my experience, they've been successful at this because they prioritize seeking the best people and going out of their way to make employees feel supported and valued in a truly substantive way.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is tedious, sometimes the workload fluctuates between heavy and light. These are things that are more or less par for the course with office work, and it's no different at AHEAD.

    Advice to Management

    Since I've been here, the company is pursing growth pretty aggressively. I imagine that at a certain point it will be difficult to maintain the same kind of culture there has been in the past, but ensuring the company does so will be critical to maintaining the advantage that AHEAD has in the marketplace.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed corporate culture with a lot of young employees working very hard to get the work done. Welcoming environment that fosters collaboration and team work. Sweet new office digs are a plus!

    Cons

    No drip coffee, just espresso...


  5. Helpful (1)

    "company with a very bright future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AHEAD full-time

    Pros

    Fun to be part of a company who is truly investing in the future and resources to get there. Adapting to industry change and developing new solutions to align. Fast-paced environment and everyone works towards the same goals of taking care of the customer and growing the business.

    Cons

    Not located at corporate headquarters, so don't always get to experience some of the highly-touted corporate culture. But you can still feel it in outside markets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Grateful to be a part of this company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Data Center Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Data Center Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having worked for two other companies in the same space as Ahead, I came onboard with high expectations. Everything about AHEAD lives up to its namesake and the effort and thought that the founders and senior management put into every aspect of this organization trickle down and are reflected in the work ethic and demeanor of each person I have encountered in my short time since coming onboard. I've always believed that the work people do says everything you will ever need to know about the people themselves and the support system they have in their employers.

    Everyone here seems to love what they do and has fun doing it. which has been a refreshing switch from my previous decade of experience. I couldn't be happier with my decision to join this team and I am excited to be a part of what comes next.

    Cons

    The Chicago office is moving farther from the train stations but change is good and walking a little extra is generally good for everybody, right?

    Advice to Management

    It's obvious to me that you already know this but focus on preserving what made Ahead a great company for its customers and its employees as you achieve your growth targets and you will remain AHEAD of the pack.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AHEAD full-time

    Pros

    AHEAD only hires the best of the best. Hard working and intelligent employees across the board.

    Cons

    There are no cons that I am aware of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Not the same as years past"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AHEAD full-time

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers, focus on hybrid cloud and enterprise systems management

    Cons

    New ownership, change in culture from family feel to short term bottom line.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Incredible Talent!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AHEAD's engineer and services teams are second to none. We can exceed the services engagements of any other solution provider and most of the large legacy consulting firms. The strategic vision for our customers is really what makes AHEAD stand out though. Our go-to-market Cloud Delivery Platform and workshop based approach of the AHEAD Innovation Framework sets customers up for success and removes much of the risk involved in innovating.

    Cons

    We are starting to really grow now. So although we don't have every practice fully built out like we want to this is simply a matter of time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making the right investments and we will do more and more great things!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Leader in talent and skill in the IT space"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone at AHEAD is very smart, kind, and willing to lend a hand to anyone who needs one. Their hiring and on boarding process has been phenomenal. They really care about getting new hires ramped up.

    I have been at the company for short period of time, but can tell why the company does so well. It's the people that drive this company forward.

    Cons

    None as of yet. AHEAD has done a great job of addressing any previous problems in the past. They seem to adapt and change very well.

    Advice to Management

    None as of yet.


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