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  • Work life balance can become an issue if you want to progress quickly in your career as the competition is fierce (in 16 reviews)

  • Long hours, It focused, Not many abroad oppurtunities (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "BE still has a long way to go."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Management Consulting Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people at the client service level are some of the best.

    Cons

    Constant pressure of RIFs. Can't staff a project because we have zero bench strength. Attrition is very high. Employee satisfaction is very low. The company is being run like a 'body shop' not a real consultancy. Very poor financial management. Corporate accounting is pushed down to the project level. Solution delivery methodology is dead (or best case dying) due to the lack of continued investment (yes ProvenCourse was a start, but it quickly became a confusing marketing tool).

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring MDs / VPs and promote from within. Cut costs at the corp level, not the delivery staff; there is tremendous waste in this area. Stop wasting money giving severance packages to senior executives only to continually fire them and pay them out.


  2. "Interesting experience at BearingPoint"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In my view, with present economic conditions and current status of BE's, there are still a few reasons to work for BearingPoint. One reasonable reason to work for Bearingpoint at this time would be that if you believe you can help make a difference in turning the company around. Ed, the present CEO, has a difficult task at hand, and can use the help. Another reasonable reason to work for BE at the time of crisis would be to help lead the change and execute on the strategy brought forth by Ed. If you have researched the company, understand the risks ahead, and believe in Ed, then BE will not disappoint you and provide you opportunities to get engaged on projects, possibly aligned with your strengths. I entered BE to strengthen my knowledge of various industries in a short timeframe. As other consulting firms and inherent nature of the business, I was pleased with presented opportunities.

    Cons

    In my opinion and personal experience with BE, it lacks a fair/complete performance evaluation process. In addition, I do not agree with metrics used to evaluate performance of employees at all level. E.g. Sustaining growth number during declining economy, while addressing increasing attrition is an unrealistic expectation. By no means, is it an easy task to provide a fair career progression model for 17000+ employees but fixing fundamental issues with the model and communicating reasons for the chosen metrics is an equitable request.

    Furthermore, most practice leaders I have worked with rather show profitability in the responsible area with less concern to companies outlook as a whole. Some in my opinion do not understand what it means to be a publically traded companies much less the associated responsibilities. Sr. Mgmt lacks the enthusiasm and devotion to harness and grow younger talent to help make a better future for BE.

    Advice to Management

    Executives of BE: I have no interaction at this level but would advice ED to ensure he has a strong team to lead us through these tough times. The chosen team must validate that how business is being performed which is more than evaluating numbers provided on dashboards. At this time, one must evaluate qualitative measures as well as quantitative. Numbers are a good indication but poor mgmt at various levels may not provide a clear picture. E.g. Pro-active monitoring of projects with frequent evaluations can help avoid\control loss apparent at later stages due to mismanagements.

    VP's/MD's: Let's realize that we all must work together to withstand this storm. We must bring issues that need attention to light so Exec mgmt can address them. E.g. Let's ensure BE internals employee are of a better value on fixed engagements than a SUB. Processes and policies must change to accommodate needs of company. Finally, all of us must realize that we are not a private company and begin owning responsibility of a publically traded company. Corporate office has realized this but unfortunately the consulting practice needs to catchup.


  3. "The company that could, should, but doesn't."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Consulting Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technology Consulting Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's strong presence in the public services sector. BearingPoint has good opportunities in the government sector and has had a strong track-record with public sector organizations.

    Cons

    it's disintegrated structure, particularly of its delivery personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Do not wait for others to set the conversation tone about your message; be the first to define and communicate your message. Fire incompetent senior management, icebergs, and any other individuals who are roadblocks to progressive thinking and delivery at BearingPoint. Take organizational communication more seriously than it is currently.


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  5. "There is more to managing than giving a great power point presentation"

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

    Pros

    If you can land the right assignment, it is a good place to start. Make sure that you work closely with your resource manager to get great assignments that will advance your career.

    Cons

    Poor senior leadership. Most know the consulting business, but have no clue as to how to manage an organization. For a company that its major asset is human capital, they have no understanding of basic human resource management.
    Make sure that you work closely with your resource manager to get the right assignments to advance your career. You will really have to apply yourself to make this happen. Leadership is not likely to move you to an assignment that will advance your career if you are working at another client. Try to avoid being bounced around from PM's or MD's as much as possible. You can very easily fall through the cracks and not get noticed for salary reviews and promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Establish a discipline within the organization, and execute on your plans.


  6. "A great place to start your career, but don't stay here long"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    variety of different projects to work on, challenging opportunities with diddifcult clients that help you build patience and tolerance

    Cons

    the company is floundering and the high talent in management has left for other companies. That leave teh good old boys to run the accounts, engagement teams, sectors, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing presence and start managing productivity.


  7. "Always struggling to be successful impacted many opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hard working people
    industry focus brought good value to customers

    Cons

    Financial struggles impacted success - limited travel when clients are in other states, rounds of layoffs


  8. "Basic BearingPoint"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work and life balance is one of the most positive things at BE. Time off is easily granted for family emergencies as well as planned vacation. ANother great reason to work at BE is the Performance managers and Managing Directors have an open door to discuss any topics. I would have to admit there are a lot of opportunities at BE that allow employees to gain knowledge and expirence with different and new clients and projects. Many BearingPoint Engagement managers allow employees on a project to drive their own hours, as long as the complete their deliverables while staying focused on their other responsibilities.

    Cons

    It's hard to receive big raises even though you performed at a very high level. Reviews are only completed once a year and raises have been minimal the past couple of years. Bonues are hard to come by unless you have senior management in corner. As for projects, it's tough to be on a project that you really want to be on. Currently, bench time is considered taboo and many employees have to find a project to jump on wether it would help their career or not. Needless to say, there are many people staffed on projects that would not benefit one's career.

    Advice to Management

    You need to intrust responsibility to lower level workers. Executive management needs to be more up front with employees abou the financial situation and other copany issues.


  9. "BearingPoint wasn't a bad place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed my team, compensation and work environment while at BearingPoint. Had the opportunity to work with great professionals and enjoyable clients.

    Cons

    Leadership lacked proper vision to enable the firm to prosper. Went through restructuring every six months which constantly distracted from execution.

    Advice to Management

    At this stage I hope that management can unwind the company with minimal impact on the remaining staff and clients.


  10. "Intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Current Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BearingPoint as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and interesting work

    Cons

    Bad management and instability with the firm


  11. "A long strange trip"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BearingPoint full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, ability to work remotely, individual teams worked very well together and were a tight knit group. Company meetings were always interesting events.

    Cons

    Poor upper management team, dishonesty in the information they communicated to the employees regarding the state of the business. Repeatedly told everyone that we were not going to go bankrupt or be sold, when in fact, they were planning to bankrupt the company.

    Advice to Management

    Consulting firms should always be privately held organizations


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