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Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Terrific Boutique Consultancy in the ITO/BPO Space"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In an industry filled with prima donnas, it was refreshing to be part of a small company where everyone pitched in to make it as successful as possible -- nothing was beneath anyone and there was a shared buzz that we were poised for the big leagues.

    Founder, Ben Trowbridge (now Chairman, i.e., semi-retired), was a visionary when he started this practice. His time was wisely invested in branding to position Alsbridge as the premier outsourcing advisory. To demonstrate how good he was at this, I had close to 20 years experience in the consulting industry and judged Alsbridge to be a 500-strong, $150M practice based on my pre-interview research. They were seemingly everywhere with webinars, white papers, speaking engagements, quoted gurus, and sought after prognosticators with a Euro and US presence. Their image was heavy-hitters of the McKinssey, Boston, Bain variety. So why had I and my contacts not run into these guys
    before, I wondered? Why? Because they were one tenth the size that Trowbridge had masterfully projected. That said, they were (and are) heavy hitters when it comes to bench strength.

    After I was hired, I continued to be impressed with Ben's obsession with the brand and keeping it fresh. He regularly came up with low cost (he preferred free) innovative sales tactics (which i won't divulge) using automation and cybertech to sear the Alsbridge brand into the minds of past, present, and future clients.

    Ben was also keen to apply the same approach to operations -- standardize and automate wherever possible with particular attention focused on IP re-use and its ubiquitous taglines "Put it on the wiki!" for work product and "Get it off the wiki!" for inquiries. Those efforts were nascent at the time but no doubt have matured and are producing solid efficiency results today.

    Overall, great firm, good comp, really enjoyed it. Had it not been for an offer I couldn't refuse and getting off the road, I'd likely still be there.

    Cons

    Nothing major here. Typical growing pains of a small firm. Well, there there was one bad apple in the company -- a bully micro manager who is infamously known by past and current staff. I've yet to see that type survive in the consulting biz, but...? Maybe they made him a recruiter?

    Advice to Management

    Far be it from me to advise management who have been so successful (other than the recruiter comment).

    I've heard through the grapevine that the new CEO, Chip Wagner, is doing it right with even more focus on delivery and client satisfaction and that he is well liked and respected throughout the firm.

    If you're in the biz, you would be hard pressed to find a better outfit. Keep an eye on these guys.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity to gain experience, grow your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alsbridge is a relatively small firm but is growing aggressively. This allows employees to take on a number of responsibilities and gain experience in areas that would not be possible at a larger firm.

    Alsbridge places a high importance on professional growth outside the office as well. As part of their benefits package, each employee has the opportunity to take advantage of hundreds of dollars worth of training/classes each year to help grow their careers.

    Cons

    Because the company is small and growing, each employee is asked to wear several hats. The workload can become stressful at times but, it always pays off in the end.

  3. "Highly talented and driven team. Meritocracy where hard work and results are rewarded."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alsbridge full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It’s a great group of really talented, driven people you get to work with that are all willing to help each other to achieve common goals. The company sets high growth targets that cause everyone to stretch to reach them, but is also a meritocracy and rewards for high performance. Lots of ability to move and change roles if you can add value in another area. Great benefits for a firm of this size and the company has absorbed health insurance cost increases keeping the employees at the same premium level for three years straight.

    Cons

    High performance targets require long hours so work-life balance can suffer unless you consciously watch it

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on what has worked – (1) controlled innovation and (2) aligning the goals of the employees with the goals of the company. The company evolves every year to adapt and succeed in its environment by considering all options, but using careful deliberation to make the right decision at the right time...and that has kept us growing both revenue and profitability year over year.


  4. "Huge Learning Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well recognized consulting firm. Obtained high knowledge in several areas of a consultancy's operations. Abilities were never undermined by direct reports.

    Cons

    Need more interaction within the corporate team as well as with the consultants


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Not a place for innovation and growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice work environment, coworkers are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    As others described, the CEO is in control of all actions and decisions. Innovative ideas and creative approaches are not welcome here. Most employees are forced to fall in line and do what they are told. Workload is not evenly distributed; some employees are over worked while others have down time. Salesmen are blatantly given preferential treatment.

    Some directions given are "questionable" and go against current best practices. Challenging these directions is not allowed.

    Advice to Management

    A strong leader listens and does not micromanage; he builds a good team he can trust to make good decisions.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "The vision behind launching a new outsourcing consulting firm was brilliant. However...."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a small company that was launched by a strong vision. Over the past several years the firm has been able to hire very smart and talented people. Unfortunately, the dictator leadership style is the cause for most of these talented people leaving.

    Cons

    The firm is suffering from a founder that can't understand that he should step aside and let the talent grow the firm. The founder still gets involved in $15 purchases. There is almost zero trust of any employee. If you are interviewing, please obtain all statements in writing.

    Advice to Management

    Smoke and mirrors only work for so long, until clients begin to notice. Ethics and morals last forever. Trust the smart people you hire.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A highly structured, innovative and professional consulting company with enthusiastic leadership and great consultants."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional company to work for. The best consulting talent I have encountered in 25 years and a very strong leadership team. Forward looking and passionate executives with a drive to get the best out of people and technology.

    Cons

    None that I have experienced. Alsbridge is a growing force in consulting and expects a lot from its people and its people expect the same from the firm. This is as it should be in a premium consulting company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give open feedback on the challenges and successes. Maintain client focus. Capture and exceed client expectations.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong leadership team that expects you to perform at the top of your game and exceed clientt expectations.

    Cons

    Travel schedule is hard to keep straight sometimes. Engagement teams are small so it puts pressure on you to understand technology and budgets

    Advice to Management

    Alllow more chances for people to attend professional training seminars and a bit more time off.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "If this is the best place you have worked, then you haven't been around the block"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When you have downtime the company doesn't expect you to jump on a plane or drive into the office to just be seen. You are allowed to work your schedule from home.

    Cons

    Some of the employees are not very smart. See below where one person posted the same information giving glowing review multiple times.

    I have worked for a couple of different consulting firms and several fortune 100 companies. If you want to work someplace where you can make decisions, be creative or kick around ideas, keep looking. Ben Trowbridge has a firm grip on all decisions and if the idea wasn't Ben's it is not a good idea.

    Advice to Management

    Relax and give up some control.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Management greed and no / small bonus"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are very good for a small company. The company has great people with deep domain experience. If the employees stayed for more than 6 months, this could be a great company.

    Cons

    The CEO hires very talented people, but he micromanages ever decision. There are multiple stories about the CEO searching the Internet for best deals on items that cost $15 -$100. The CEO doesn't trust anyone. Several times I heard a story about the CEO hiring a private eye to follow an employee.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire smart people, listen to them and give them a chance. Provide employees timely feedback on their performance.


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