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Updated Oct 5, 2016

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Collaborative Consulting CEO William Robichaud Sr.
William Robichaud Sr.
53 Ratings
Pros
  • "The CDSC in Wisconsin is staffed with great people, even if there is somewhat of a leadership gap(in 5 reviews)

  • "Lots of opportunities to learn new skills(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Collaborative is NOT a consulting company; it is a staff augmentation firm(in 4 reviews)

  • "There is a refusal to see the need for shifting the business model as it may mean some peoples' jobs may become less relevant(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Bush league at-best. Don't drink the Kool-Aid, Avoid unless completely desperate."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Collaborative Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Unstructured environment. Decent salaries. Well respected in the general Boston MA area, but virtually unknown elsewhere. A good place to learn, but also to be from.

    Cons

    Collaborative's senior leadership wants to play in the big leagues, but lacks the strategic commitment to make it happen. Periodically they bring in top outside talent and discard them with zero notice four to six months later for "business reasons". The fact of the matter is that this company is locked into a staff augmentation and project only business model that will never achieve their revenue expectations... unless they can move to a managed service model, but the companies senior leadership team has the attention span of a six year old child and can't stay with any strategic effort more than a few months without getting cold feet. The companies senior leadership has been browbeat by the owner into a bunch of yes-people. Employee's are encouraged / threatened by HR to write positive reviews on the company so that they can maintain their status as one of the best consulting firms to work for, but don't believe these rating for a minute, the exact opposite is true. Be smart find a job elsewhere or if completely desperate take the job to pay expenses while continuing to seek employment elsewhere. Finally the companies HQ is filled with the owners relatives regardless of their level of competence and even the other members of the senior leadership team share similar physical features which makes one wonder about the existence of common genetical origins.

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    Advice to Management

    Think and act strategically. Believe your own words when it comes to loving your employees. Nobody believes this anymore after all of the recent cutbacks. You will never grow your business unless you shed your old business model. Respond to the needs of your customers rather than trying to sell them people and services that they don't need.

    Collaborative Consulting2016-10-06
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Good family business with lots of internal problems"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Principal Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Collaborative Consulting for less than a year

    Pros

    There are some opportunities in the consulting projects to grow your skillsets. The CDSC in Wisconsin is staffed with great people, even if there is somewhat of a leadership gap. The Waterville office is small and somewhat desolate but shows promise to grow if the company can keep its focus on it.

    Cons

    The company is struggling to remain relevant. Salaries are below market and bonuses are the most pathetic I've ever received in a consulting company. Upper middle management is overpaid, bloated, manipulative and shady. The Burlington office is so toxic and poisonous it's tangible in the air. There is a refusal to see the need for shifting the business model as it may mean some peoples' jobs may become less... relevant. "Hire and fire" is regularly used as a management tool. I was there one year and we had 3 rounds of layoffs, followed by lots of promotions in the upper tiers of the "good ol boy" network. That doesn't make much sense to me.

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    Advice to Management

    CEO seems like a good straight-shooting guy but is maybe ready to retire, and out of touch with a lot of what is really going on with how his upper management is derailing his company's future. After my layoff I found myself being interviewed for the same jobs, via other consulting companies, that Collaborative had been trying unsuccessfully to pitch with their large long-term clients. I suspect this wouldn't have... happened a couple years ago. YOUR CLIENTS ARE CONSIDERING BIDS FROM YOUR COMPETITORS . It will likely take several more downsizing events before real internal change is made. I hope this happens.

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    Collaborative Consulting2016-08-15
  3. Helpful (1)

    "OK if you are a good networker and have enough skills to make you easily staffed"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Lead Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Collaborative Consulting

    Pros

    The company is a manageable size. Within a year of working here you should be able to recognize a majority of the senior executives and they should recognize you. There are plenty of opportunities to network at company outings which happen at least quarterly. Company outings usually include free meals and bar. The headquarters office in Burlington is a very nice facility with decent kitchens, bathrooms and a... well set up "bench area" for consultants that are in between assignments to sit. THe HR process is quite professional and friendly. There are some really smart and decent consultants at Collaborative Consulting. The company has a loose tuition reimbursement program. If the class you want to take is in line with your consulting area, you should have no problem getting approval to take the class or get the certification you desire.

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    Cons

    Compensation is average. There is a limited bonus structure at the company which offers 1% of your salary for each month you are completely billable to a project. Bonus downsides include getting your bonuses one quarter later that the quarter you earned it. So as a rule of thumb expect to wait 6 months to get your bonus. You don't get a bonus for any month that you were only staffed part of the time. This is a... bummer for projects that start a few days into the month. If a consultant is inbetween projects for too long (making them overhead) lay-off is likely. You will not get any fore-warning of this layoff and you lose any bonus that you would have gotten in a few months. This means that consultants do not have much choice as to which projects they get staffed on. HR is slow to commit to a job offer unless they already have a new project lined up for the new consultant. Although there are some great consultants there are some riff raff too. Very limited growth opportunities due to the business model of the company. A typical consulting company expects its staff to increase skills and management experience. The next step is usually developing a stream of revenue and then managing it. Collaborate does not operate this way. They have a team of sales people that have relationships with potential clients. Many of these sales people cold call clients also. The main way to move up in this company is to increase your skills so that you can be staffed at a higher level. There are no opportunities for consultants to help the company grow business, this is the main role of the sales team. Most of the work that Collaborative gets is staff augmentation. This makes the company more of a contractor staffing company than a consulting firm that provides solutions to a client.

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    Advice to Management

    I recommend setting a clearer and quantitative path for advancement. I also recommend allowing consultants to help and understand the sales cycle. The project review cycle should be made a little more easy and informal. I think the company has a lot to gain by embracing the small company mindset. Too many formalities can inhibit a comfortable and positive work environment. Management should consider allowing... consultants to work most of their "bench time" at home. This is a major complaint in the office.

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    Collaborative Consulting2008-09-27
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