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Updated January 2, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Shrinking workforce"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMR International full-time

    Pros

    - Modern office in good location
    - Social and casual work environment (e.g. foosball table, no ties worn)
    - (Most) junior consultants given responsibility, exposure to management and clients
    - Most projects are challenging and offer learning opportunities for consultants early in their career

    Cons

    - Dramatic decline in size of consultant workforce and loss of talent to competitors. So, much sector knowledge and expertise has left the company
    - Small workforce leads to under-resourced projects and regular long hours
    - Heavy loss of Directors has left obvious gaps in leadership and a drying-up project pipeline
    - Too dependent on a shrinking pool of Events clients and CDD projects
    - Consultants paid below industry benchmark at every level
    - Limited learning opportunities for Senior Consultants and PMs (e.g. lack of sales training)
    - Inconsistent quality of Project Managers
    - Overstretched support staff

    Advice to Management

    - Pursue new, non-Events clients aggressively
    - Match salary to competitors
    - Ensure new senior recruits actually have a strategy background

    AMR International Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Managing Director

    We really appreciate your feedback, I hope your new role is going well. Firstly, yes, 2016 was something of a transition year for AMR. But we have hired five talented consultants in the last two ... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to learn from"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AMR International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Responsibility given early on
    Friendly culture, flat hierarchy
    Interesting projects and smart colleagues
    Investment in employee happiness (away day in Europe ever year, foosball table and cupboards full of cookies)
    Flexibility to move between the three offices (London, NYC, Paris)
    Better work-life balance than in most consultancies

    Cons

    Turnover has been high lately
    Slow to react to departures and unable to retain good consultants on the long term
    Pays a bit less than other consultancies, justified by better work life balance

    AMR International Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Managing Director

    Thank you very much for your post and I wish you all the best in your new role. Re cons, we have now hired five people in the last two months and addressed salary differentials in the December ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Uniquely unpleasant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMR International full-time

    Pros

    - The boutique (small) size means staff of lower levels can punch above their weight, and with the flight of top talent, the potential for promotion is greater than in a larger company.
    - Generally short project life-cycles means exposure to multiple projects

    Cons

    - The company has no clear direction and no obvious strategy for its own growth (despite being a strategic consultancy) - a very stagnant business.
    - Company culture is extremely outdated - unpleasant working environment, aggressive atmosphere and hierarchical structure. There's no communication between colleagues, no office pleasantries, and absolutely no life or sole within the company - a culture where being polite, saying "good morning", or leaving before 10pm is a sign of weakness.
    - Senior management spend all of their time trying to win business, but don't know what the word leadership means - hence the company culture has become what it is. A truly headless organisation.
    - Significant talent flight due to skilled consultants leaving for greener pastures. Employee cloning means replacement employees possess the same unpleasant characteristics as their colleagues.
    - Although promotion is available, due to company size this means more of the same - no chance to expand into new domains.
    - AMR has very little name recognition within the consulting industry.
    - Extremely limited scope of business, almost entirely the Events and Conferences sector.
    - Poor work-life balance - 14 hour days are not uncommon.
    - Unpleasant office - noisy, lack of functional spaces, rundown and uninspired.
    - Very little useful training or development provided.

    Advice to Management

    Management is about leadership. Invest in some leadership training, or bring in someone who knows how to lead people, not just win new business. Make the company worth being a part of and retention rates will increase, as will quality of output and employee satisfaction.

    AMR International Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Managing Director

    I am sorry you had an unhappy experience For context: AMR has a 25 year history with strong, blue-chip client relationships across our sectors: events, industrials and MIT. We are in an exciting ... More


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AMR International full-time

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues though the good ones do not stick arounf

    Cons

    No direction or guidance from the management.
    CEO takes all the credit for any good work and blames the team for any shortcomings. This has resulted in low motivation throughout the organisation as people are never acknowledged or praised for their hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CEO

    AMR International Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Managing Director

    I am truly sorry AMR did not work out for you. I am the new Managing Director, appointed Q4 2016. I am passionate about leading a professional, learning, and supportive culture. We are now ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AMR International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, positive management, strong growth opportunities, multicultural setting, ability to work with many companies in various markets. Good central location in London.

    Cons

    Limited scope, focuses just on Exhibition sector. Too centred around finding partner, who is already close to retirement age.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training and clearer career path.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking ship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work is generally interesting.
    Junior staff are friendly but camaraderie is decreasing

    Cons

    - CEO lacks any strategy; likes "yes men"
    - Company haemorrhaging talent
    - Morale through the floor
    - Below-average pay and no "work life balance" as billed
    - Talented, worked employees overlooked in place of sycophants and back-stabbers - Company in financial trouble

    For 4 years AMR has lurched directionless from one near-disaster to another since the founder fired the former CEO and resumed the role himself. Ironically for a strategy consultant, the CEO possesses no ability to plan beyond the current imminent crisis and is Nero-esque in his ability to focus on minutiae when urgent, gigantic problems are obviously more pressing. This lack of leadership is combined with a long-standing tendency for penny-pinching and a revulsion to promoting from within that mean you work long hours for below-average pay and are held at your position for too long as other, less experienced (often less competent) people are hired in above you.

    Consequently, the company has been haemorrhaging talent and experience at all levels – it is unable to retain people from interns to directors with 20+ years’ experience. As top management have left the CEO has become more powerful and, sadly, more despotic and less rational. As talent and experience have left hours have gotten worse but quality of output has declined. clients have become increasingly unhappy with the quality of work and projects have dried up leading to severe financial issues and redundancies.

    The CEO and other directors remain obstinately resistant to listening to more junior staff about how to improve morale; they are too far removed from day-to-day work to identify the talented, hard-working employees from those who are merely “talking the talk”.

    The result is that promotions are done purely on favouritism and bare. Consequently, staff losses have risen and, as employees' success at the company becomes more and more dependent on the favour of the CEO, it has become an increasingly nasty place to work. The once collaborative camaraderie of junior staff is being replaced by sycophancy and back-stabbing in the fight for the CEO’s affections.

    Advice to Management

    You should have been listening to your staff for years rather than burying your head in the sand.

    AMR International Response

    Jan 30, 2017 – Managing Director

    Thank you for your post. I am a new Managing Director, appointed Q4 2016. I feel we are addressing these concerns: we are hiring some great people, increased pay in December 2016, and are ... More


  8. "Great exposure to M&A and corporate strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AMR International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Early responsibility, opportunity to lead workstreams and present to clients from day 1
    - 100% strategy or M&A projects e.g. commercial due diligence, growth strategy, acquisition search etc
    - Work with leading corporates in focus sectors
    - Flexible work culture
    - Friendly and intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    - Long hours are necessary at times


  9. "Good learning"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PD Merchandiser in Noida (India)
    Former Employee - PD Merchandiser in Noida (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AMR International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive management get chance to experiment .

    Cons

    sourcing team is quite weak need to work on it.

    Advice to Management

    Have nothing to advise on.


  10. "Mixed bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AMR International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Emphasis is given to training, progression is encouraged through the ranks and if you have got what it takes you will get pay rises every year as you move from one band to another
    Work life balance is addressed by the use of TOIL (time off in lieu)
    Good variety of projects
    Company paid 3 day trip to Spain

    Cons

    Management have lost their way, lots of smoke and mirrors, long hours, pay is slightly lower than the industry norm.


  11. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AMR International full-time

    Pros

    Smart and friendly colleagues, challenging projects, fairly big clients.

    Cons

    Salary below industry average; senior management completely out of depth and leading company in the wrong direction; many complaints about lack of training



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