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  • rather unbalenced Work life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Long hours, It focused, Not many abroad oppurtunities (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized large business that was too segmented"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very fair compensation--it was really how well you played the salary negotations.
    You could easily have a strong work-life balance here.

    Cons

    Very disorganized company. Several tools and methodologies were inconsistent. No valuable training provided aside from an orientation titled "BearingPoint Beginnings", which was general business tactics on being presentable, making a good impression, and how contracting operates.

    Advice to Management

    Recruit strong middle management and project leads who can be impactful on their project teams and build up a consistent corporate culture.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A lesson in patience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The salary -
    it was above average

    Cons

    no work life balance
    average benefits
    terrible communication from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Don't remain silent on major issues that impact the company

  3. Helpful (1)

    "subcontract requirement put me in a bad spot"

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    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was great (at the time) for someone at an analyst level. Free coffee at HQ.

    Cons

    I was unknowingly put on a project as a contract requirement because I met certain guidelines. Worked exclusively with people from other companies, with no exposure to other BearingPoint colleagues. Bad fit for the position.

    Advice to Management

    Take a little more care with where you are staffing your employees. Bad form to put someone on an island by themselves.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Constant Struggle"

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Low wall culture, flexibility on projects, informal

    Cons

    raises and bonuses were pitiful, performance feedback and assessment process only based on one persons feedback for most part, even a little bench time can mean a layoff

    Advice to Management

    you did a great job getting us over to Deloitte, it's worlds better there


  5. Helpful (1)

    "BE Not so good for growth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good place to work as a recent grad

    Cons

    poor place for growth...not conducive to keeping seasoned employees..management won't hesistate to step over their employees to futher their own growth but will squash anyone who tries to move forward

    Advice to Management

    take care of your seasoned emloyees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A mixed bag with a bleak future"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement -- perversely due to attrition

    Cons

    constant internal management struggles surrounding our debt; bad senior managers and MDs

    Advice to Management

    Fix the collective mess that is corporate services, commercial services (outside Japan), financial services, and our debt.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start or end a career"

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    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Low barrier to entry
    -Good place to start a career (or to end one)

    From the people I've met, the public services sector (working with the government) appears to be pretty easy to get into, especially if you've ever worked for the government or served in the military. This can make it an attractive place to start if you're straight out of college, or straight out of the military.

    Cons

    -Deteriorating reputation
    -Lack of company culture
    -General instability

    There seems to be a propensity of younger resources (cheap labor) and older resources (people who peaked long ago and have nowhere better to go), but there seem to be fewer people in the middle range (27-35 year olds).

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your lower-level resources. If you treat them like you're expecting them to quit, they will.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "BearingPoint robs you of a career."

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company does a good job of investing in their people when it comes to training. This is primarily evidenced by their week long Consulting Foundations course where analysts are given the opportunity to work in a team environment with a hypothetical client placing unreasonable demands on the team. Issues like crisis management, team leadership, and communication are discussed openly and worked out.

    Cons

    Immature management, very conservative culture where employees are almost forced to sacrifice their own well being for the client. Lip service is payed to project transfers.

    Advice to Management

    I would request that the management spend less time thinking about their image with respect to their superiors and more time listening to the grievances of their employees. I also would request that they stop accusing other people of not working and being concerned about the status of their work.


  9. "Great place to coast. Go elsewhere if you want to be challenged."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    BearingPoint is a great place to work if you want to coast. The work is not that challenging and there is great flexibility in work/life balance. It also seems that we have a great amount of vacation time which, we can carry 125% of into the next year. You also get paid unused vacation if you decide to leave the company.

    Cons

    Leadership is especially lacking in the junior ranks (i.e. manager, senior consultant level). BearingPoint touts their management training program with Yale, but in reality I have yet to see any significant changes from those who have attended. Development for the workforce is also lacking in specific functional areas...there seems to be a lot of useless online courses, but no specific developmental training for functional career tracks.

    Advice to Management

    BearingPoint is very top heavy. Senior management needs to develop those at the bottom of the ranks in order to foster a more rewarding experience, which will increase retention and build a stronger foundation for future leaders.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Let the whining begin."

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In chaos, there is opportunity. There is a problem-solving ethos that at times is inspiring. The ethos is especially heartening when used to solve internal problems, but doing so takes the talent away from profit making client services. Teaming across practice lines can result in rewarding outcomes for clients, despite the weirdly non-corporate internal stovepipes. When it works, it works well and clients appreciate the "art" we're able to bring to their problems.

    Cons

    Well, the stock purchase plan would be a downside now. Other than that practical item, there's the arrogance of senior leadership, the ridiculousness of re-branding (from tan and black to red) rather than getting the finances in order. And then there were all those upbeat but wrong messages from Harry You (some from the golf course) as financial statements repeatedly failed to satisfy investors or regulators.The government clients' decision cycles lead to periods of downtime that are filled with make work internal projects; the internal project management and financial programs are notoriously user-hostile and understood only by people who've been with the firm since the mid 90's. Internal IT capability and support is way below par, (and this for an IT consulting company no less).

    Advice to Management

    Sell the business to a competent organization.


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