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Updated December 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Celerity"

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

    I have been working at Celerity Consulting full-time

    Pros

    - Small size allows employees to interact with Senior Management on a frequent basis
    - Company ranges from individuals with a career’s worth of experience to those fresh out of college
    - A diverse selection of projects; day-to-day work varies for many
    - Provides great exposure to consulting, data analysis, and engineering analysis
    - Decent pay (plus overtime opportunities) and benefits

    Cons

    - Due to the size and structure of the company, it is sometimes difficult to implement company-wide changes
    - Work can be sometime tedious (but this is the nature of the consulting world)


  2. "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Celerity Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay for mundane work.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper-management, lack of recognition for performance, and lack of training.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience for new grads, good fit for a certain type"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Celerity Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good experience if you can get on a project with a big client
    - I learned all my advanced Excell skills here
    - They pay OT, pay with OT ends up better than other bigger consulting companies who don't pay overtime and only pay a base salary
    - Benefits are good
    - Peer coworkers are fun

    Cons

    - Lots of OT expected due to client demands (could be a good thing if you're looking for OT pay)
    - Communication on changes is pretty lacking; everyone is surprised when things are rolled out
    -Training is almost always on the job, wish there was a better training program on technology
    - Work can be tedious (but you're doing a lot of the same work as other consulting companies)
    - Some people think they're better than everyone and try to take it out on everyone else (egos at every level)
    - It's hard to feel comfortable talking to upper management when you're a consultant or associate; hard to get past the general water cooler convo

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time listening and taking action on what your consultants give you feedback on. Sometimes it feels like my managers are listening to me, but then nothing comes of it. Just because problems occur for certain levels and may not feel but company-wide, they are still valid concerns and why people want to leave leave. Some management are good, but they are spread thin. People aren't numbers. Spend more time getting to know us so we don't look elsewhere.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Run Away As Fast As You Can - Escape Should Be Your Goal - Rating - negative if allowed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Celerity Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Decent medical benefits are offered. Better than unemployment.

    Cons

    Management has no management skills. They are blinded by lining their own pockets and truly do not care about any of the "worker bees" and that's what all the employees are. Everyone is charged to a client and you must work like dogs --so, don't say hello to your coworker --you don't have time. Truly, this place is like something you might experience if you work in a factory boxing widgets.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at yourself. You're not fooling anybody. Read all the reviews. They are factual.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Be Informed Before You Say 'Yes'."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Celerity Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Celerity is a small company where driven, capable, and professionally focused employees can stand out amongst the crowd depending on the project you’re assigned to.
    - You end up working with ‘some’ high caliber people, mostly Associates who are under appreciated, underpaid, and highly overqualified. Learn from them, rely on them, and the work goes by quickly.
    - Opportunity to travel. If you’re lucky enough to land yourself on a ‘retrieval team’, you’ll spend 95% of your time traveling across California to visit local client offices. The real benefit? You get per-diems and can expense nearly everything.
    - Support network. The people you work with make or break this job. Luckily, most people in the company are easy to get along with and are inclusive, rather than exclusive.

    Cons

    - This is the first real job for many of the companies employees. This is a problem as skill-sets vary widely amongst the ranks. You can have Associates with more experience than Senior Consultants, and Project Managers with less experience than new hires.
    - Attrition is a serious concern. Since January, nearly 30% of the company has left. The company plays this off as the ‘cost of doing business’. It’s worth noting that at least 75% of the 30% of employees who have left since the beginning of the year have done so to join the company’s largest client.
    - You can work as hard as you’d like, but so long as you’re still employed with the company at the one year mark, you’ll be promoted just the same as all your peers. Making yourself stand out doesn’t serve you all that much.
    - High degree of micro-management. The job is simple enough. You scan, you scan, you scan, you sort the scans, and then you upload the scans to the cloud. Literally, a monkey can do the work you’d be doing.
    - Salaries are non-negotiable. It’s a take it or leave it company. The salary you would get as a third year employee is less than what you’d make as a first year hire at their primary client. Now you see there’s a reason the attrition level is 30% for the year.
    - Perks vary widely amongst employees. Some Senior Consultants are given compensation for commuting time, a personal car, or teleworking options while others do not enjoy that luxury. Other Senior Consultants and Project Managers live in states outside of where clients or day-to-day business takes place, and telework 99.99% of the time, only being flown out to meet with the client quarterly, or for staff meetings.
    - Upper management is an interesting subject. The CEO position is held by the President’s wife, only existing to secure contracts with clients who prefer to do business with female owned businesses and minority hiring organizations. She’s not involved in the day-to-day operations of the company at all, and the President acts as the real face of the company.
    - No sick days, no flex-time, no telework (for most employees), no RDO.
    - Upper management doesn’t listen to their senior employees. 1 on 1 meetings with Director level employees never lead to actualized outcomes.
    - Penny-pinching. For a company that bills their employees out at 4x their salary, has little overhead to speak of in comparison to their billables, and rakes in the profits, the company can never be to careful to save a dollar.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to meet with your employees and actually listen to their comments and suggestions on company moral and development. They're your day-to-day workforce and are responsible for 70% of your revenue.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Celerity Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management tries to place idle employees in other projects till work increases.

    Cons

    Senior Management out of touch with employees. Attrition rate too high.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying so much to please employees with unwanted gifts. they are breeding discontent and attrition


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Caution potential clients and employees. 20 of 120 people in 8 months leave maybe there is a problem."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Governance Consultant in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Information Governance Consultant in Newark, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Celerity Consulting (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fortunate to secure contracts with a company with a good culture. Helps those in their early career see that there is better opportunities available.
    Beats unemployment by a little.
    Working here for five years looks better on your resume than being in jail for five years.
    There are some great benefits to working here I'm told.

    Cons

    If you are a potential client seriously consider the consequences of engaging a contract with a company where employee engagement is in the dirt. 17% of the work force voluntarily exiting is a sign that your projects may be stalled, delayed, or outright neglected. If people are looking for somewhere else to work they are not focusing on the business you hired them for.
    Leadership does not commit to improving the workplace.
    Weak organizational identity
    No effective investment in incentivizing employees to stay
    Target solid candidate requiring bachelor degrees to scan papers. No effective effort to enrich employees' work experience.
    Conducted a compensation study delivering no data to support unbelievable claims.
    Uses national inflation average as the measure for one of the most expensive areas in the country.
    Makes communication a priority in Town Hall meeting and fails to update the progress for over 6 months; has an open door policy to a director refusing to talk about her position in the organization.
    Knowledge base and morale taking heavy hits with so many people leaving.
    Poor business development efforts being subsidized by directives for senior consultants to shift focus from client work.

    Advice to Management

    Admit that you either 1. Don't care about your employees and only value them as commodities to exploit or 2. There is a problem at the core of the business requiring commitment, sustained informed effort, and collaboration with all employees to build a better company from the inside.
    Don't harass your employees who may be looking for a new / better job. It is unethical and potentially illegal.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good for Early grads..DEPENDING on the project"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was blessed to be placed on a stellar project initially.
    - Decent Pay
    - Quality Co-workers

    Cons

    Language is misleading.
    scan..scan..and scan some more.

    Advice to Management

    You don't need to micromanage EVERYTHING


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Not a good place to be"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's a white collar job, and it almost pays like one. Many of the employees are solid and smart. Exposure to a growing industry.

    Cons

    Work can be exceptionally tedious and brainless. The most challenging aspects of the job could reasonably be accomplished by a high school graduate. Worse, many of the managers have spent a lot of their career with the firm, and some of them really don't understand that bright college grads are overkill for 90% of their work.

    Also, they brag about falsely listing the CEOs wife as CEO to gain a contracting edge. It's a very weird caricature of meaningless cubicle tedium, and like all weird places none of the long timers know it.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to hire reasonably intelligent people, use them intelligently.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Don't expect much"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Celerity Consulting in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Celerity Consulting in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Celerity Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers; a lot of smart people, who are way overqualified

    Exposure to interesting projects but this is highly situational and depends on the project and role you are assigned to

    Decent PTO policy and medical

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive. Also, a major gripe with the pay is that while yes, you are getting paid to perform relatively mindless work, the company takes about 75% of your billable rate, which is below the industry standard for consultants and kind of a blow when considering the noncompetitive salary.

    The work can be terribly mundane and it is typically not substantive.

    Highly political environment and overall culture is toxic. The politics combined with the mundane work causes employees to feel underutilized and resentful.

    Overall, don't expect to develop a career here. Retaining and developing talent is a non-priority and this approach is aligned with their overall business model (take whatever work they can get and hire or fire as needed). Some people are more fortunate than others in their experience with the company, but that's the exception.

    Advice to Management

    With the high turnover rate and lack of interest in employee development, it would make more sense for management to adjust their hiring to candidates whose career expectations and skills fit with the kind of work the company specializes in (aka stop overselling the job to JDs/advanced degrees). No one well educated and seeking a challenging career would be happy here. Stop overselling the job to overqualified candidates and manage expectations with your employees.


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