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Updated March 8, 2017
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  • rather unbalenced Work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Must be willing to work long hours and travel at least 80% of the time (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "BearingPoint review"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in McLean, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My colleagues and peers are great and I respect them.

    Cons

    Management above Manager level is not great; communication is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Take more time and effort to show appreciation toward Managers and staff, letting them know they are valuable.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start or end a career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good way to start"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I truthfully owe much to BearingPoint, INC. They helped me grow so that I will be better prepared when I move on. The people are what make BearingPoint, because there are some days where it can be plain miserable, but the people help you through that.

    Cons

    The pay isn't as great as it could be, but you have to start somewhere. Also, BE does not expense anything, it's a little disappointing traveling further than you expected and BE being very inconsistent about pay, but want you to squander money by travelling. But once again--you're starting somewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more direction


  4. "He is areally honest, straightforward guy."

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

    Pros

    Opportunity, flexibility, work-life balance, and client satisfaction.

    Cons

    Chapter 11 is a really frightening reality.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving the company in the right direction. The plan to get out of Chapter 11 seems really workable. Advice: Communicate, communicate, communicate.


  5. Helpful (1)

    ""A good start to a career as an intern""

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in McLean, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The training is typically good for the department you work for. As an Intern, a week's worth of training. The employee's and manager's were generally friendly and willing to help you with the work that you need to be done. If you get the opportunity to work with senior management take advantage because the corporation is large and sometimes the opportunities are not always there. overall a good place to start an internship

    Cons

    Long hours. As an intern, I worked from 8-7 sometimes later. Not everyone is willing to stay late hours and sometimes the stress of the job can be a little overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Good Place, Poor Financial Management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    BE offers very competitive pay and a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    There have been numerous financial errors in the past that have the led BE to file for Chapter 11, thereby leaving the company's future in doubt.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management needs to be as transparent as possible to its employees as it goes through its financial restructuring to limit the amount of attrition that is expected due to the Chapter 11 filing.


  7. "Give BearingPoint a chance!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have found that the people here are the company's best assets. They are highly skilled and very bright. We bid and win fantastic projects with fantastic clients who love our work. The alliances the company has made for training programs are a great way to gain solid consulting experience. The company is huge on forward motion in your career track so if you work hard and meet your goals, promotions can and should be expected.

    Cons

    Its reputation makes it difficult for people to understand why good consultants would stick around

    Advice to Management

    Always take care of your people, particularly the ones you identify as your top performers

  8. "Not for the feint of heart. Change - and opportunity - are in the air for those willing to take the plunge."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Consultant in McLean, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As BE's a relatively young company, there are ample opportunities to help shape its internal and external direction. Leadership has been enthusiastic in its encouragement of employees at all levels to 'get involved' - in peer advising, mentoring, community volunteering, process improvement, and skill development programs. Despite BE's financial troubles, it's managed to recruit stellar talent and the engagement teams w/ whom I've work reflect passion, dedication and a diverse group of professionals ready to grow in their careers while making a difference. In short: the company will probably be bankrupt by week's end (mid Feburary), but it's got solid work across every major commercial and federal sector that's not going away. For those interested in taking the reigns and driving change, there are opportunities aplenty.

    Cons

    There's very little continuity across leadership in how Managing Directors (MDs) stay connected w/ their account teams (who, by nature of consulting, are on site w/ their clients). The result is that some accounts have clear cut transparency across initiatives and opportunities, while others risk becoming isolated/stove piped w/out much reach back to corporate BE.

    Advice to Management

    Create and employ better mechanisms to ensure continuity of account management across the MD teams - in new hire onboarding and introductions to the teams; in awards and recognition; in account-wide status updates; in broadcasting of mobility and career development opportunities.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "BearingPoint ok place to work, needs improvement."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management provides opportunity for employees to handle their own business. Management provided opportunity to work from home without much hassle. Training and certification opportunities continue to be available, for example: Lean Six Sigma training, Project Management Professional certification training. The web-based Learning Management System is robust and easily accessible. Management has been very good about articulating the recent shift into bankruptcy. The current financial situation in the company should set the stage for a stronger company when BearingPoint emerges from bankruptcy. The debt situation has been a dark cloud hanging over the company for a long time and once that is lifted there should be more money and resources available to employees and the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Working on a staff augment project is not recommended. Promotions/raises only happen once a year and occur in February/March time-frame vs. end of year. 2008 bonuses also not announced until March of 2009, to be paid sometime in the summer of 2009. The sectors are very insular, each doing things their own way and not providing much opportunity to move to a new sector. If you start in Public Services, you can plan on being a Public Services consultant for a long time. In general, the life of a consultant is not recommended for individuals who like decision making. As a consultant your job is to provide recommendations and insight that can either be implemented or ignored depending on the mood of the client. Think of it as having all of the responsibility for success, but none of the authority to make it happen.

    Advice to Management

    Retaining personnel in a company that is in bankruptcy means being willing to pay decent raises and timely bonuses. Promotions should also come more readily due to the once a year opportunity.


  10. "Great lifestyle firm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work gets recognized. Also, the company has a very flat hierarchy so lots of contact, mentoring from most MD's. Also, when my wife and I had our first child, the firm was terrific at making sure I had enough time away from projects to focus on family.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to move across projects. Projects tend to be of longer duration than at other firms (4 - 10 months typical). This makes it tough to build a broad base of experience unless you've spent significant time at the firm.
    Also, the commercial side of BE's consulting suffered serious damage when the company restated earnings a few years ago. As it stands, the public practice is really the only part of the firm that is considered competetive.

    Advice to Management

    Pay for MBA's. The company loses its best consultants every year to higher education. The industry standard is sponsorship for top-performers.


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