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Updated January 18, 2018
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Pros
  • You will learn a lot in a very short amount of time (in 10 reviews)

  • Working for DB&A provides you the opportunity to learn a ton about yourself personally, and expand professionally in just a short amount of time (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • DB&A does a good job of promoting a work-life balance by assisting with companion travel and keeping all travel points (in 13 reviews)

  • In addition, the project managers and team members have all been eager to help new staff in the field so you are never really on your own (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Experiences at DB&A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DB&A full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    DB&A will take the skill sets you came into the company with, and challenge you to expand upon them. You will be given insight on how to take an established proven process (the Management Operating System) and apply it to meet the client’s needs. I personally have learned a great deal from the longer-tenured consultants, especially regarding strategic approaches to move the client. Another element that has helped, is the multiple ways to analyze data, then how to take the information and present it. Whatever graph or chart used, presenting it in a concise manner that screams, “This is a problem, do something about it” sets the tone for the client to own the fix, while they want to ask for your assistance in a permanent solution.

    Often times, many of the employees at DB&A are offering their time to help the newer consultants with a variety of things that truly aid in the development of the people here. Each project team adopts a comradery and sense of unity to help each other and exceed the anticipated results. During our daily debriefs, each consultant speaks to their assigned area; the performance, the wins, the concerns, etc. This venue gives others on the team insight to how each cog relates to the wheel, and provides a chance for everyone to learn something, regardless of tenure. Team members are encouraged to provide honest and constructive feedback to each other, for a continuous learning environment.

    To new-hires, I would recommend taking notes as often as possible because you will be learning a lot, be a sponge and absorb all that you are taught. This will help tremendously when you are applying that learning to the floor and ask, ask, ask questions of the senior staff; they will steer you in the right direction without necessarily giving away the answer. In those instances, you will come upon the answer on your own, and it will be more valuable to you that way. You will see in your clients, that ‘Ah-hah’ moment when they get it, when they see why managing their people is so important. You will look back to your own ‘Ah-hah’ moments and from both angles, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment.

    Cons

    Hours vary by project, to do right by the client, the hours invested will likely require more than a typical 9-5.

    DB&A Response

    Jan 4, 2018

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback.


  2. "Rewarding yet Challenging"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DB&A full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working for DBA provides opportunities to test yourself in the way you communicated and help others develop. The possibilities on gaining knowledge on process improvement endless, and how to communicate the importance of process improvement to others. It's not easy; but, when you begin the path of developing yourself so that you can develop others, the challenges become rewarding.

    Cons

    Travel is 100%, and sometimes it's difficult being away from your family, but I do know that my family is living well.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your people in the way that will help foster continuous, perpetual improvement of the success of the company.

    DB&A Response

    Jan 4, 2018

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback.

  3. "Question"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DB&A full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good starting place for someone that's looking for a dictatorship run business

    Cons

    Their website is not up to date...why did management eliminate a senior operations person from the site after their departure but not update the sales team. They show 3 sales people, however one of them left the company 3-4 months ago and one of them is a tech person that does not sell directly to clients for new core business revenue. Are they worried that outsiders might notice they have gone from a sales team of 6-7 over the last 24 months down to just a few. Employees leave bosses not companies.

    Advice to Management

    Starting treating people properly and maybe they will stay.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Total joke"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DB&A full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    No pros to speak of...don’t waste your time with these people, dangerous leadership practices and damaging “Feedback” which is really just telling you your not working hard enough!

    Cons

    Leadership at the very top is exactly what every business or leadership book tells you to not be! No training, immense demands especially during analysis activities, little to no support no creativity or changing things...just keep doing things the same old way continue getting the same or worse results!

    Advice to Management

    Change out the CEO before everybody ends up looking for a job! Look at what DBA offers and start making changes to how you do business....stop following this guy around like a bunch of sheep, he is and has been a pretender and continues to hurt good people there.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Road Warrior"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DB&A full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You got reimbursed for everything you needed to buy. This allows you to use your own credit card and maximize your points.

    Cons

    There was little to no training on how to be a consultant. If you are unwilling to go overseas you maybe let go if there is no work stateside.

    Advice to Management

    Create a clear plan as to what is expected of an employee. Just do it or just make things work isn't the best for growing employees.


  6. Helpful (17)

    "Beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DB&A full-time

    Pros

    Pay is better than its competitors of the same type of consulting. As with any of consulting career, you get to see many types of industries. You get to visit some very cool places but you'll hardly get time to enjoy any location unless you choose to spend your weekend there.

    Most of the consultants and project managers are good and effective but there are certainly some bad apples. The HR Team is very good.

    Cons

    Where to start.... the company culture is awful and the senior management should be ashamed of the way they treat people and the culture they create for the projects. Senior management can be best described as having a draconian and authoritarian leadership style while the project managers spend too much time trying undo the emotional effects of these guys. The senior management is never wrong, even if data or common sense dictates otherwise.

    The next biggest issue is the notion of feedback. They will tell you they are a company of feedback and that it is gift. Except they do not understand the difference between feedback and criticism. Feedback is meant to benefit the receiver of the feedback not the sender and that if it harsh, it should be applied strategically. This companies notion of feedback is to criticize at every opportunity warranted, at every opportunity to make the sender feel better about them self at the expense of the receiver, in front of their peers, in front of clients and at many times so heavy that they degrade the self esteem of their teams. This is prevalent at every level of the management team.

    Much of this "feedback" comes as the management is shifting blame for what they should have done to making it their subordinate's fault. The management at this company does not understand that the buck stops with them. Senior Management hides and lies about the truth among themselves and they all know they do it. So rather than call each other out, they find the scapegoats from their projects.

    The financial outlook looking forward is dismal which prompted layoffs recently. The last five years have seen sales drop year over year. Most everyone under the most senior leadership has been changed out while those most responsible are the ones still making the decisions.

    Lastly, the company recruits passive candidates with jobs. They bring them in for orientation where some are let go right away while others are let go shortly after. This left many in worst positions than before they received a call from the company recruiter. Many people leave because of the "travel" but everyone who works there knows they just say that so they don't have to hassled when trying to leave during their exit interview.

    Advice to Management

    Create a vision the rest of the company can stand behind. Too many times has the phrase "this is how we are going to do things now" been uttered by the CEO. Know who you are as a company, what you provide and get everyone on board, even those who have been with the company 20 years.

    The most senior management has been ineffective for the last couple of years, it is time to finally address the issue if you want to keep the company going for the next 5 years.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Smoke & Mirrors"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DB&A (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you value broad experiences, you get exposed to different types of companies in the manufacturing space.

    Cons

    Big talk, not deep, holistic, sustainable results. Process improvement without authentic leadership is futile. I didn't feel the systems were sustainable nor that DBA was concerned about the integrity of sustainable systems once we left the client. I felt embarrassed by the work we did, honestly.

    Advice to Management

    Think more broadly and deeply (on a human level, not merely manipulating numbers) about what it means to help organizations be successful.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Management consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Consultant
    Former Employee - Management Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DB&A full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ha. Good luck finding any.

    Cons

    Travel isn't even the worst part except you will be delayed, rerouted, and cancelled. None of which is the company's control, but you will be subjected to shoddy hotels and reprimanded for not getting a crappy car. They say that they have the employees best interest. Load of crap. Hr, management, and the long term employees will put on a show, but totally leave you high and dry. No official training, no feedback, and they will pile the work on you and expect you to know what you're doing from day 1.

    Advice to Management

    I highly advise to be more transparent. Actually practice what you preach. Their inundated business model does not work. They are blind to their own feedback. Whatever they think works is the only way. No point in actually having employees other than just to have everything roll down to.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Road Warrior"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at DB&A full-time

    Pros

    Travel to see the world

    Cons

    Less than 48 hrs a week to spend with family


  10. "It's not bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DB&A full-time

    Pros

    Credit Card Points need 2 more words

    Cons

    Constant Travel NEED 2 more words.


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