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"Unleashing Potential"

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Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
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Approves of CEO

Pros

A professional yet friendly and close-knit business that offers unparalleled opportunities to young, talented individuals who are up for a tough challenge. Lots of client exposure right from the start and many opportunities for personal development. The more senior professionals in the firm take people development very seriously and will often go the extra mile to help them grow as fast as possible. A great open feedback culture were everyone is incentivized to speak up and say what they think. The average level of responsibility is much greater than that experienced in other firms.

Cons

Travel is an integral part of a consultant's life: flying 100-130 flights/year is the norm for many. Most of the time is spent on site with little or no room for personal life during the week. Consultants are often alone on site, this can be difficult at times.

Advice to Management

More focus should go into thinking how the attrition rate may be kept under control in order to allow for the rates of growth which are being targeted.

Other Employee Reviews for Stroud International

  1. "Exciting work and great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stroud International full-time

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers
    Rapid Personal Development
    Interesting Projects
    Management investing to remove cyclic nature of work
    Good vacation policy

    Cons

    Standard consulting travel
    Some cyclic nature to work

    Advice to Management

    Continue working to expand core offerings


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Unleashes potential, but cult-like, myopic and glass-ceilinged"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Stroud International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Consulting with impact. You will learn to do things that create huge immediate visible $ impact
    - You will become a pro at execution, project management and problem solving
    - All of these skills are very transferrable if you do it right
    - You will learn to challenge your mindsets, and improve how you approach life
    - You will work with people who are constantly challenging themselves, and challenging you
    - You will learn to challenge flawed thinking and get better everyday
    - You will be surrounded by eager, energetic and fun people who've graduated from top schools
    - The cumulative and residual impact that Stroud will have on you will last you for a lifetime
    - In this, I do not disagree with most of the positive things that others have written on this board

    Cons

    The Cons however negate most of the incredibly positive things the firm does for its consultants
    - The focus on narrow slivers of operations consulting topics is very myopic
    - The work is usually with stressed companies in dying industries, with the odd exception
    - Your clients will barely be university educated, and during your early days you will work with some unexceptional individuals (e.g. a stubborn set-in-his-ways factory shift supervisor with barely a high-school diploma)
    - At most client sites you wear clunky safety shoes and/or a hair net/hard hat 4 days a week
    - Most of the work you do will have a tenuous link to strategic goals, and will be quite uni-dimensional. Stroud has limited to no serious clout at the Board level or in the C-suite of multi-billion turnover global corporations
    - Your network development will be very narrow and "nichey". Aside from one senior manager at a client, I've not found either the Stroud network or the client network of much use

    In addition to this:
    - The firm has never been able to scale up as they typically have extremely volatile and cyclical business. By all rights they should have been able to scale-up, but it seems like they are unable to retain flywheel clients, move people up to partnership and hence unable to build pyramids under them in a sustainable manner
    - In the past 10 years, they have gone through round after round of layoffs (not up-or-out but layoffs pure and simple) because they have overhired at times and then have lost large clients. This is not a one-time thing, it is a chronic issue
    - Worse, when employees are laid off, there is no severance, and they make it sound like its a performance-related firing (I was top-performing, and then laid off when business slowed). All of this is very questionable from an HR perspective, but partners are judge, jury and executioner
    - Additionally, they will destroy your self-worth by telling you lies about yourself in a very convincing manner. They just sow the seeds of self-doubt and create a haze of negativity. The partners are very manipulative and the level of negative feedback is not balanced with positive developmental feedback
    - Many people who were laid off for "performance issues" have since gone on to do fantastic things, and some have gone on to successful careers at blue-chip firms like McKinsey, Bain and BCG, or been accepted to top B-schools
    - Partners do not support consultants going back to B-school for an MBA. They will browbeat you into not going to B-school by dangling promotion and partnership as a goal - things that will never materialize
    - Partnership is a moving target and the goal-posts are ever-shifting. Even loyal employees in front of whom partnership was dangled 10 years ago, and who helped build the firm, never made it to the top. In fact, they all were recently laid-off. The partners have created a glass ceiling, and you will never make the money they make, even though they will continuously promise that there is a path to partnership
    - The partners have a cult-like vice hold on people just below them, even on their personal lives. Its Hotel California - you can't check out. Once you've drunk the koolade, there is no escape until it is too late. The partners are self-seeking, and the culture is extreme when it comes to protecting the profit-pool, to the detriment of employees, especially fresh-hires from universities

    Advice to Management

    - Be open-minded and develop broader practice areas i.e more that just running machines in a factory faster or simple process improvement.
    - Encourage people to broaden their outlook. Recognize that people are multi-faceted and that they can bring a lot to the business than just the "weekly chart" showing client results
    - Be less controlling and intimidating towards your employees. Be less negative and soul-crushing in how you deliver feedback
    - Be less selfish and take a longer-term view of things. You've missed a trick by not exiting your employees properly. Not only is it extremely unprofessional and cruel to those in their early 20's, but it is damaging to their future prospects, and by extension to yours. Take a page out of McKinsey's book. Even when they exit employees through up-or-out, they help them land in a way that is good for their ecosystems. Today's consultant is tomorrow's client
    - Develop your network and help your consultants to develop theirs, and by that I mean, develop a real network at the Board level, with PE firms and with the C-Suite
    - Pay it forward. The world is a small place, and it can't be good that there are so many ex-Stroudies who have such lingering negative opinions of Stroud. It mars all the good experiences we've had with the firm

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