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Fairwinds Partners Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  1. "Consulting Intern"

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

    I worked at Fairwinds Partners as an intern

    Pros

    Very much in the weeds experience. The perspective provided by the internship allowed me to understand how much of the business functioned.

    Cons

    Work was occasionally very repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Let interns sit in on more client calls/meetings


  2. "Watch out for the sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Consulting Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consulting Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairwinds Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Great benefits
    Casual work environment with office perks (snacks, happy hours, etc.)
    Opportunities to travel for work but not too much

    Cons

    FairWinds used to have a lot going for it, but recently it has take a total nosedive. It is bleeding money, not bringing in new revenue, and there are serious issues with the viability of this company. The CEO and Founder (the other founder was essentially kicked out) have a HORRIBLE relationship and fight constantly. Not to mention the company has lost 25% of its best workers in the past few months alone. Honestly, this place is filled with dysfunction, gossip, and will teach you poor work habits. Do not recommend at all.

    Advice to Management

    Try to sell the company. Get rid of bloated salaries. And actually do work.

  3. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Fairwinds Partners as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly people, interesting work, lots of exposure to different clients

    Cons

    All in the same industry so it can get a bit repetitive

    Advice to Management

    Keep exploring new frontiers


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Really Boring Work"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fairwinds Partners as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay!
    Flexible work schedule
    Casual dress

    Cons

    Work itself is boring - checked website resolutions all day

    Management never talks to the interns. People come and go without a hello or goodbye

    Some conversations discussed in the office were highly inappropriate and made me cringe

    Not a career I would get into - company business model didn't make much sense

    Advice to Management

    Engage interns or they will leave. Limit the amount of cursing and gossiping at the workplace.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great for growth"

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

    I worked at Fairwinds Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great place for recent grad to build experience and get real responsibilities right away
    - Interesting clients across a variety of industries
    - Young, fun, and collaborative office + great coworkers
    - Management really cares about your professional growth/career development

    Cons

    - Reporting to multiple partners can cause communication issues for the consulting team
    - Expansion attempts into policy via new senior hires without domain background


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good First Job"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fairwinds Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work when you're just starting out and want to get familiar with the office routine. Employees are generally friendly, leadership is understanding of personal and professional life balance.

    Cons

    Upper management needs to work on leadership skills.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, proper structure (not structure for structure's sake), and delivering on promises are key.


  7. "Interning here can be boring, but I now recognize how unique the amount of real responsibility they let you have."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fairwinds Partners as an intern

    Pros

    Young, humorous, relaxed, highly educated. I expect their alumni will go on to do big things. The interns have their own mini community.

    Cons

    Repetitive, not exactly PC, some days you will literally not talk to a single person, office AC is way too powerful.

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunity for advancement to consulting associates. They will definitely leave otherwise. Get rid of Syracuse office.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Positive experience in an emerging field"

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    Former Employee - Consulting Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consulting Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Very friendly staff
    -Constantly changing mix of work from policy to business development
    -Social Culture
    -Access to continued training including online marketing and SEO optimization

    Cons

    None really come to mind, as an intern you are the low man on the totem pole, but it is to be expected as an intern anywhere. Sometimes the work can be tedious but the environment is very tolerant of simultaneously listening to music/watching documentaries/etc. to stay interested.


  9. "Solid summer internship"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fairwinds Partners as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working as an intern over the summer was a great experience. I learned a lot about the industry and loved working for a small innovative company. I felt like I could contribute ideas and meaningful work even though I was just a summer intern. All of the employees were great and the office was a very good and open environment.

    Cons

    Some of the projects were very monotonous and dull. The training was pretty minimal and more would have been helpful. Because of this some of the tasks took a lot of background work.


  10. "Marketing Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Fairwinds Partners full-time

    Pros

    Great mentality of personnel, very team driven, conducive learning environment

    Cons

    I can't say anything negative!