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DB&A Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated February 2, 2017
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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 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - International Performance Management Consultant in Imperial, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant - International Performance Management Consultant in Imperial, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DB&A full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Each assignment is unique and challenging. In 5 years you can gain 20 years experience. You have the opportunity to work within many industries and job environments. Job assignments overseas (voluntary) can take you to Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, or Canada. DBA offers you the opportunity it hone your management skills in many different corporate and cultural environments.

    Cons

    You fly out Sunday nights, return home Friday. Every attempt is made to give associates 48 hours home per weekend.

    DB&A Response

    Jan 31, 2017

    Thank you for your review. DB&A is a great organization to work for if you are looking for a challenging and rewarding career, cross-industry exposure and the opportunity to work with diversified ... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Frisco, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Frisco, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great on the job learning. You will be exposed to lots of different industries, and will be given an opportunity to move up in the company if you put in the work.

    Cons

    The travel can be brutal. The Sunday to Friday schedule really sucks, because many times they do no like to cut you any slack no matter how far away the location is - which can be a burden sometimes. Some of the "old time" upper management are stuck in their old ways, and still focused on the "beat 'em up" approach versus "coach and train" approach.

    Advice to Management

    A Monday to Friday, or Sunday to Thursday evening schedule would go a long way in improving work / personal life balance. Got to weed out the "old time" mgmt. that is stuck in their same paradigm.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Growth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management staff- the project managers are great at training and developing people. They take the time to help their staff grow and really have the staffs development at the center of their day.

    Hard working staff- the teams are always pushing hard to perform at a high level and deliver results to the clients.

    Human resources- this company's human resources is headed by one of the most caring and hard working individuals of any company ever.

    Cons

    Limited company culture because of the travel you may only work with a few people at a time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on pushing for change, the last year has seen a lot of change in expectations of management and how to help grow the business


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A great new beginning for any experienced manager who is trying to expand his/her reach."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Management Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Management Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of industries to which you are exposeed, health plan, competitive salary, challenging projects.

    Cons

    Travel is challenging especially when the client's location requires a one too many connections. However, breaks that we have in between projects (not often) help with the work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Share educational investment with employees. It would probably be a great incentive that would help keep a larger portion of the talent pool that goes through the ever too revolving doors of the company.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Poor Leadership Trumps Antiquated Client Solutions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DB&A full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This organization fits those individuals who have had little to no exposure to basic business process development. Given six to twelve months of focused exposure to DB&A's process, coupled with the unrelenting demands of the job, will give any individual with his/her salt the perspective necessary to understand there are simply better career opportunities available.

    Cons

    Leadership fails to recognize the market opportunities before them and chooses rather to continue its focus on operational leadership mired in 1980's lore. Unwillingness to evolve and grow the business to meet the needs of businesses in the 21st century will continue to affect employee retention and project opportunities going forward.

    Advice to Management

    The overall operational landscape is rapidly changing as more organizations move to SaaS based process solutions w/growing employee autonomy. Leadership can benefit from this shift by focusing on the development of like systems designed to return sustained, guaranteed results with reduced operation expense thus, resulting in increased revenues.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Complete lack of professionalism and the worst in managing time."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DB&A full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only reason you would want to work for DB&A, is if you desperately need a job. Please take a minimum wage job somewhere else, you will be happier. I guarantee it !!!

    Cons

    There is no team work, no one cares for anyone but themselves. They all are selfish and only care about brown nosing the PMs, Chiefs, and above. Your ideas mean nothing because they are not part of the DB&A tools. Whatever experience you bring to the table means nothing and the PMs and especially the worthless Chiefs will let you know. Forget a personal life there is none, its 14-16 hour days and don't forget the days you fly. They say minimum of 48 hours a week for personal but it's NOT. Remind you that most companies have their consultants fly out Monday morning and fly back home either Thursday evening or Friday first flight out. NOT DB&A, they want you to fly out late Sunday afternoon and fly back in late Friday afternoon. So think about it, how far is the airport, traffic, delays, etc.

    Advice to Management

    100% of the Chiefs and 80% of the Project Managers are the MAIN problem: poor training, teaching and managing people skills, complete lack of professionalism, they do not give a crap about anyone but themselves, OLD MENTALITY FOR THE OLD DAYS NOT 2014, be open to reason and answer questions, stop answering questions with questions it is a COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME when you are trying to focus, learn and improve.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Learn To Love Misery"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are single, then you will love the mobility to get out of "dodge" every week.

    If you are married and miserable, then you will love the mobility to get out of "dodge" every week.

    If you love being worked 60+ hours week after week, then you will love getting the day to day job @ DB&A.

    If you love being told that all of your experience in the professional workforce is invalid, then you will love DB&A.

    If you love being made to feel like nothing is ever good enough, then you will feel at home.

    If you love going from project to project and experiencing the same screw ups because nobody in the company is aware of the concept of retrospective analysis, then sign up today!

    If you enjoy being demoralized and humiliated by "managers" who have virtually no experience outside of DB&A, then let the fun begin.

    If you love last minute requests that take several hours because they are vague and love to know that all the hard work was for not because the "PM" decided he wanted to go another direction at the last minute, then boy are there fun times ahead for you!

    If you love working for a company who tells the client their managers are ineffective because they hired the best "wrench turner" and in a very hypocritical manner turns around and promotes the best consultant to Project Manager, then don't delay applying for one more second!!!

    Cons

    Although i'm pretty sure i've covered them in the Pro's above...lets just reiterate in case the readers didn't quite catch on...

    Arguably the most frustrating part of the job is the hypocrisy of the organization. DB&A will go into any organization and claim that their management team is ineffective because the company simply promoted the fastest widget maker or the most tenured widget maker and that DB&A will be there to teach them about management. In all reality-virtually everyone that is at the Project Manager level or above, is in the position for the same exact reason. You have Project Managers with zero PM training/knowledge; you have "Chiefs" that have spent their entire career at DB&A and are constantly wearing horse blinders out of sheer ignorance to the outside professional world. You have senior staff that is senior, not because of their knowledge, education, or experience...but because they have lasted longer than the other consultants.

    The management team will try and justify the extremely long days as necessary-but in reality, it's all a farce. Project after project you will begin to notice that it is the same exact scenarios that come up and force the long hours and "emergent" requests from the PM/Chief. If anyone actually decided to take a step back and learn from this- what a world of difference it would make!

    Don't even get me started on "Analysis." The name is a bit of a misnomer. If you actually turn in a true analysis of an organization and it isn't loaded with employee screw ups and perceived bad behavior then you will be labeled as an ineffective consultant. God forbid that during an analysis with an actual client we tell them they actually have some good resources and good processes. Oh, and if you do try to turn in a good report, then be prepared to have it changed and then have someone tell you that you don't know what you are doing because you didn't manufacture a fake crisis that cost the client eleventy billion dollars in annualized cost.

    That makes a good transition into the "savings" evaluation which is a direct input into your performance. The savings are constantly manipulated manually by the PM and the Chief in order to give the client some warm and fuzzy feelings that a difference is being made. If i have to give anyone some solid advice-learn this and learn how it applies to your area. Negative savings can be "manufactured" to make you look as if you are not doing your job. How they continually get sign off from clients is a complete mystery to me.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. You will never change until you get rid of the waste at the top that continues to instill those same practices on everyone below.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Treats you like an expendable asset not a valued employee."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dallas, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Learn process improvements and how to get results.

    Cons

    Long hours and unforgiving management.

    Advice to Management

    Spend as much time teaching as you do worrying about profitability.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A Big Mistake Going To Work For Them-Don't Waste Your Time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DB&A as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    If you want to get experience at going into companies with the sole purpose of showing management who to fire, this is the place. You will also get experience navigating airports as you will fly out Sunday night and get back late on Friday night. You will also get experience working different projects that don't last that long.

    Cons

    DeWolffe, Boberg seemed to have no directional plan once at the project. There was excessive time spent training new hires who did not have a clue what was going on. This actually took place on the job site in a locked conference room, I could not believe it. Some of it did occur at the hotels, but not much. The last thing you want a client to know is how inadequate your consulting staff is. I came from another consulting company who had a nice plan of action and I thought some of it would be transferred here but it was not. There is close to 100% turnover in this company. Management also berates and bully's employees in front of other employees. I was also in bed one night sleeping at one of the hotels, and one of the managers called me at 1:00am in the morning to ask me a question. I was so pissed, that it took me another 2 hours to fall back to sleep. I usually only averaged about 5 hours sleep a night as it was working here.

    Advice to Management

    The only advise I can give for current management is to do the training of new associates off site.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Competitive and rewarding learning environment"

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

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

    Pros

    At DB&A if are open to it you are always learning. Differently than other companies where one may go years stuck doing the same repetitive work and often with the same peers, at DB&A you have the opportunity to work with fantastic characters who will challenge your perspectives and assumptions every step of the way. The variety of clients and industries with which you will work will enrich anyone's career.

    Cons

    The competitive consulting industry can make for challenging times and of course that reflects on the company mood and sometimes impacts the relationship between teams.

    Advice to Management

    reflects on the company mood and sometimes impacts the relationship between teams. Each group can/should continue to perform honest self-discovery and work on making the identified changes in order to keep being a competitive force in the management consulting industry.

    DB&A Response

    Feb 15, 2017

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback.