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4.1
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77%
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93%
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DB&A CEO Michael Owens
Michael Owens
97 Ratings
Pros
  • "You will learn a lot in a very short amount of time(in 11 reviews)

  • "The ability to experience numerous different industries in a relative small amount of time(in 8 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 14 reviews)

  • "Additionally, project managers do not personally value the principles of the leadership and development of their staff(in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Passionate staff/ Great place to work

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    Current Employee - RVP Sales 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DB&A full-time

    Pros

    I interviewed with DBA two years ago and it was not a perfect fit, was called back to interview later this year and was thrilled to accept a position at DBA. The HR staff was very professional and the company feels like an extended family. This is not the company for everyone, but for the driven and hard working the sky is the limit here.

    Cons

    Travel could be extensive, but they are honest about the expectation.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Regional Vice President

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DB&A full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Dedicated, Tenured Executive Team High degree of Integrity with both Employees and Clients Exposure to Many Different Industries and their Business Goals and Challenges Client base is Fortune 50 to small Family Owned businesses;unlimited potential CXO and SVP Relationship Development with Clients Travel-I actually have come to enjoy the travel piece of the job as I'm seeing parts of the USA I would have never explored--both...

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    Cons

    Honestly the only Con I can think of is the difficulty I have of managing my weekly/daily expense allowance as I like to eat at nice restaurants and have fine wine on occasion. But that is offset by my generous salary, accumulated travel benefits (airfare and hotel points) and commissions. So it's really not a CON but felt the need to give you something.

    Advice to Management

    We are working in a world of millennial employees who need to feel special, valued and rewarded more than previous generations. Our executive team recognizes this and has made tremendous strides in both accepting and fostering this new culture. Previous reviews on Glassdoor talk about what I would call a culture that no longer exists at DB&A (if it ever did? I've only been around 13 months) Love the annual meetings-keep...

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  3. Helpful (2)

    Consultant job was under average

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    Former Employee - Consultant in America, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DB&A full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I was stationed internationally for one year which I loved, 21 days out and 10 days to rest at home, learned a lot of this industry, opportunity to meet nice people from outside companies trying to get better with our help, ONLY my first project manager was a very knowledgeable and cool guy which taught a lot, good miles in planes, long and productive learning hours and support from coworkers traveling.

    Cons

    Little training which didn’t give me the opportunity to do my best, after my first project manager which was great all those following were ignorant, power driven, authoritarian, had less school than I had and always trying to be the stars stealing your accomplishments to look good in front of upper management. Upper management was perceived as arrogant and used to us low employees to kiss behinds, if you didn’t they...

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    Advice to Management

    Advice for the CEO is invest in better managers who treat employees better, change the old boys club, upgrade technology systems used to help companies, value employees who are the bread and butter of this company since we are your first line of attack, implement correction plans to help and correct employees who under perform not just bash them and throw them under bus like they used to do when I worked there.

  4. Helpful (1)

    Company is declining

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DB&A full-time

    Pros

    I am not sure if there are any pros. Really.

    Cons

    There are far too many to fit into such a small space. Revenue and employee bleed. Stay far away from this thing.

  5. Helpful (3)

    Rewarding Career Path

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DB&A full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working for DB&A as a consultant is very rewarding if you are willing to get actively engaged in your own development as well as the development of your co-workers and clients. I worked here many years ago when there was a tolerance for a more autocratic tone and a sink or swim culture like many other institutions had years ago. Workplaces overall have evolved from this mentality, but DB&A especially. ...

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    Cons

    The role as a consultant is very different from many traditional roles that new hires come from, and the changes can seem jarring for some folks just coming on board. If you are not currently in the consulting field, just know that this career will be extremely rewarding as you will be guiding leaders and their companies through major improvements and progress in one way or another at all times so the level of contribution...

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    Advice to Management

    Stay on the path that you are. Continue to invest in our own company as much as we do so many others, and trust that your leadership is reaching the front-lines. The conscious efforts we are making to invest and develop in our staff is already having large scale positive impacts, and I believe raising our contribution to our clients as well. I look forward to many years of growth and opportunity ahead of us!

  6. Helpful (3)

    Fast paced learning environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DB&A full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    You will get a chance to experience multiple industries and learn more in a year than most do in their careers. Great sense of accomplishment when you see the changes you are able to help your clients make. Fast paced learning environment with room to grow based on your abilities. The culture is very challenging with feedback continuously provided. This may be difficult for some, but for anyone that has worked...

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    Cons

    The 100% travel can be difficult. It is best to find a routine that works for you and having a good personal support network is almost a must for finding success in this career. Hours can be long, but many in management look for ways to shorten these based on quality of work. Individuals not open to feedback or not ready for a fast paced environment will struggle. Be honest with yourself before you join.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on developing strong projects from the start. The project results over the past year are proof of concept. Facial hair policy should change as the march continues into the next generation and the workforce gets younger. Just be sure to set some guidelines around it to keep it professional.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Continuous Learning & Development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DB&A full-time

    Pros

    If you are self-aware and willing to work hard, deliver, and focus on continuous learning and development then DB&A is the place for you. In my first year at DB&A, I was exposed to a multitude of industries that provided "real world" experiences that have sharpened my professional skill set, and continue to do so. Based on my experience with the company, if you are proactive and are focused on delivering the...

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    Cons

    If you don't like being challenged continuously and consistently then DB&A is not the place for you. Daily hours are long, but that is not unusual and is considered the standard in management consulting to do right for the client. Also, 100% travel literally means "100% travel". The above listed items are typical expectations in the management consulting industry and are not necessarily cons for me, but they can...

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    Advice to Management

    I appreciate the clear communication and direction from leadership. Feedback can be humbling which is good as it promotes continuous learning, especially in the management consulting industry.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Beware Politicians at work

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    Former Employee - Associate in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DB&A full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Basically a stop gap job

    Cons

    It’s amazing how the CEO goes from the low 80’s in approval to 92%. Now all the posts don’t show tenure...interesting, give minimal information, skew the data, and talk about how it makes you “feel”. Nothing has changed!! Same people in charge doing exactly the same things that were done 29 years ago. No investment in any kind of technology to allow the project teams to connect or tap into the clients ERP systems...still...

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    Advice to Management

    Only hope that DBA has is a complete change in leadership and direction. Honor Lou Dewolff, the board must take action or this company will be but a footnote.

  9. Helpful (5)

    DISAGREE with all the negative reviews about DB&A - changes have been made that negate most prior concerns

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Regional Sales Management in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DB&A full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Direct & Constructive Feedback - aimed at improving employee effectiveness; Treated Tough but FAIRLY; OPPORTUNITY to advance quickly IF you excel; ability to learn from SMART PEOPLE; exposure to different industries and companies

    Cons

    travel (typical of management consulting, so not necessarily a con); long hours - but this is communicated to new hires, so any issues they'd have come from not properly estimating how they'd be affected by the new work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Continue the Rigorous Orientation process - it will help new hires adjust to the travel/consulting lifestyle/hours, and will help them decide if it's a good fit quickly.

  10. Helpful (3)

    For those wanting continued professional growth and industry exposure

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    Current Employee - Management Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DB&A full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Your own personal development and growth will always be ongoing -Clear promotion path and expectations at each level -Keep the travel perks/points -Exposure to various industries and departments and levels of management

    Cons

    -long hours -100% travel (do not do this unless you think you can really handle 100%) -must be completely clean shaven (except for moustache)

    Advice to Management

    -modify or get rid of the no beard policy

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