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  1. "Great Work-Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Summit, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Graham-Pelton Consulting full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have had the opportunity to be part of this dynamic organization for over a decade. While many pros, one of the greatest is that ALL employees, at every level, have the opportunity to excel and grow within the firm. The leadership and team of professionals that work for the firm are exceptional, and are an absolute pleasure to work with. There are both part and full time employees within the firm, and the option for some employees to have a flexible work schedule based on their needs, is priceless. We all work very hard, there is a great camaraderie among employees and leadership. While we take our jobs very seriously and work very hard, you will also find a lot of laughter. Graham-Pelton provides an excellent Fortune 500 style benefits package which includes several healthcare options, dental, vision, 401k match, flexible spending, life insurance, travel and AD&D insurance, supplemental benefits and more.

    Cons

    Employees need to be highly motivated, forward-thinking professionals with strong communication and leadership skills to have a successful career with the firm. This is not a firm for those looking to hold a position where they expect to be hand-held and given instruction and guidance on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire top-notch talent and leadership in order to continue the upward growth of the firm.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "senior director"

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    Former Employee - Senior Deirector in Northeast, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Deirector in Northeast, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people were terrific there at the start but the best ones left and are leading there own consulting firms or directing major non-profits across the country.

    Cons

    Management completely lost focus and direction on the core business. Ego, greed and a isolation at the top got in the way of what once was a strong and thriving business. The absolute best consultants and the entire Executive team left.

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Tears in Cartilage"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Graham-Pelton Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Despite the growing dissatisfaction internally, the company has an exceptional reputation in the fundraising world. The connections, along with engaging dynamic and reputable clients, are worth spending some time at GP. One of the core values at GP is having emotional intelligence, this is in part due to the type of clients, but it is also related to navigating the delicate emotional state of upper management. If you can understand the complexities, future roles will be a walk in the park.

    Cons

    The recent "positive" reviews all claim the same cons: "must be forward thinking, highly motivated...you will not last here if you expect to be hand-held". There are number of things wrong with this picture (and the exact motivation behind my review).

    1) Not a coincidence. Most likely these employees were instructed, or at the very least pressured, to recycle the same sentence to detract from the honest and dissatisfied reviews. Why did these current employees go along with this campaign as opposed to reserving their right to expressing a genuine review at their leisure?

    2)...Repressed, put your head down mentality. The organization used to be built on a strong and binding team effort, also referred to as the "cartilage". People were proud of the brand they represented and would previously have been happy to write something positive on their on volition. This cartilage, despite having been part of a previously healthy body, is tearing. In aiming to build it back up, the strategy taken is force rather than acceptance. Competitiveness, lack of transparency, and fear of not being in the "in crowd" are constantly being held over employees.

    3) Let's be clear, these "cons" of needing to be a "highly motivated employee to thrive" are not cons. These are statements that say "you're just not good enough to be here". Forget the fact it sounds straight out of Mean Girls, its a telling sign that these reviews are disingenuous. We all know what hard work is, we all know how to work as a team, and we've all done it at various positions before entering GP. To have current employees suggest that those who can't "hack it" are simply not motivated enough or lack leadership is certainly brow raising.

    4) These statements also directly conflict with the company's stance on "thought leadership". While I feel strongly that if anyone has a claim to being a thought leader in this industry it should be GP, the company shied away entirely. Due to lacking that pride, everything from consulting to branding were conducted in conservative manners where little expression of passion and voice were allowed. It comes as a shock that these statements suggest one needs to be "forward-thinking" when the core of the organization is based on avoiding progressive, thought-leading ideals and keeping a low profile.

    I could get into the nepotism, the low (LOW) salaries, the little work/life balance, however these things alone are not necessarily deal breakers. If you love your job, if you're passionate about the mission (especially working with nonprofits) then these things sometimes can come with the territory. The thing that makes us walk away from this once great organization, is the extremely negative, repressive, and abusive internal environment. During my last few months with the organization, 5 senior VP's and Principal left on questionable terms. After, there was an effort try and build morale, in which they created a "task force" to monitor your behavior and report back to management. Those on the task force were not outside consultants specialized in organizational management/HR, but rather your colleagues also determined by management. Healthy competition is good, the hunger games are not. This is by far the thing that will destroy what's left of GP's cartilage.

    Advice to Management

    It doesn't have to be this way. This is not how other companies act, and I highly suggest hiring a consulting firm that can bring a fresh look on the internal structure. Also, if people want to write negative reviews, let them. It's pretty obvious in this day and age when current employees all write the same positive review within the same month. The fact that you "encouraged" them to write good things about you on glassdoor to detract from negative reviews rather than focus on an honest thought leadership campaign shows where your focus is, and the exact reason why people are leaving on negative terms.


  4. "Trusted Advisors!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Graham-Pelton Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The firm has been experiencing tremendous growth over the past year in a number of different capacities. New talent has expanded service lines and brought exciting energy to the firm. Interesting partnerships with firms outside the fundraising space have increased opportunities to deliver unparalleled service to clients. A new comprehensive benefits package was recently rolled out that mirror Fortune 500 benefits, among which include a 401(K) with company match, excellent health benefits, discounts to major retailers and fitness centers, and adoption assistance to name a few. Managers are excellent at acknowledging and rewarding employees for their hard work and contributions. Leadership recently instituted an ownership culture - everyone here feels personally responsible for the success of the firm, which makes for dedicated and motivated employees. In addition, we get to work with an amazing variety of clients across all sectors. It's refreshing to work for a firm where everyone truly cares about their clients and their respective missions.

    Cons

    Professionals here are highly motivated, self-directed, innovative thinkers. If you are looking to fly under the radar or are looking to merely take orders you won't thrive here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep leading the way - we believe in your vision for Graham-Pelton and beyond!


  5. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Summit, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Summit, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    When I first joined Graham-Pelton, management was focused and strategic. Growth and employee development was a priority. Employee job satisfaction was high, for a job well done. It was a great place to work

    Cons

    Slowly management changed, and top leadership left one by one. Focus changed to profits through growth. Employees felt unappreciated and left out. It started to feel like "Survivor" where alliances were formed, and if you weren't with the right group, you'd get the cold shoulder from senior leadership. Benefits were terrible, while salaries were on the low side. Travel expectations do not take in consideration for family commitments.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots, take care of your employees and they'll take care of you.


  6. "Professional, collegial and growing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Graham-Pelton Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great group of people who care about their client's success with a great work ethic. Flexible environment with opportunities to get more involved as one wishes. A new wave of colleagues has boosted morale and some new partner firms are making the services offered more interesting.

    Cons

    While flexible, it is sometimes difficult to feel very connected with the full firm (this is improving) and the communications are getting better but sometimes news is less than transparent and delayed. Depending on the client, the travel can be a burden - not more than any other consulting firm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the energy high, especially with new colleagues, build more opportunities for upward mobility.


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    "Management shift"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Graham-Pelton Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Small company with values in the right place. People are friendly and supportive. Working towards one goal and easy to become part of the culture.

    Cons

    no bonus package. The upper management does not know how to solve internal problems and they interfere with employee success

    Advice to Management

    Add bonus package. Hear the needs of employees from all positions.

  8. "Positive Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Supportive and friendly colleagues. I felt prepared to advise clients thanks to rigorous training and mentorship within the firm. The firm serves diverse clients with impactful missions - helping clients achieve their goals is rewarding work.

    Cons

    Depending on client assignment, achieving reasonable work - life balance can be a challenge, but that issue is hardly unique among consulting firms.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and utilize the strong human resources within the firm in a way that promotes personal and professional growth, loyalty, and affinity for the firm. Work hard to make Graham Pelton a place where people want to work.


  9. "Valuable Experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Graham-Pelton Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A consultant gets a lot of valuable experience in a short period of time. This company offers diversity for fundraising professionals and consultants - in a number of different nonprofit sectors, geographies and services. The work-life balance is important. I have seen working mothers with flexible schedules and employees manage severe health situations with understanding and accomodations. The culture is collaborative.

    Cons

    While there is personal and professional growth opportunities, there are a lot of moving parts to juggle with client work. Some clients are easier to work with than others.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to add more social events that connect employees.


  10. "Valuable Experience"

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

    I worked at Graham-Pelton Consulting full-time

    Pros

    In a very small amount of time you garner experience with a variety of clients in a number of nonprofit sectors. This is great experience to develop you and then market if you want to go to a nonprofit fundraising position. Graham-Pelton encourages collaboration and autonomy and out of the box thinking. Work life balance is good. Many people advance.

    Cons

    Working with clients everyday makes it hard to feel connected to your coworkers even with the opportunities that Graham-Pelton has. Clients can make or break the job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep finding ways to connect coworkers. There have been good ones.


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