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Helios Reviews

Updated November 1, 2017
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  1. "Care Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Helios full-time

    Pros

    There is none that I can think of

    Cons

    Very micro-managment, to many people think they run the company

    Advice to Management

    Not everyone can be the boss


  2. "Great Opportunities for Graduates"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lots of opportunities from the start - From day one you get to travel, meet clients and to take on responsibility.

    - Choice of work - HR and operations are good at putting you on projects that you will enjoy and do well in.

    - Great company atmosphere - Everybody in the office is great and senior staff are always happy to answer your questions.

    Good work/life balance - Directors and principals often questioned you if you were staying past 7pm. Also, staff were encouraged to go for runs and play squash during lunch breaks.

    - They provide perks that make a big difference - there is table football in the kitchen, they provide taxis to and from the station and they fund a few staff socials throughout the year.

    - Lunch time seminars - Every week somebody would do a half an hour presentation on what they had been working on. Good chance to practice presentation skills and learn about others work.

    Cons

    - The work Helios does is interesting but it is a niche within a niche within a niche so transition may be difficult.

    - Most the deliverables are in report format.

    - After you have been promoted to consultant from graduate it seems like there is a minimum of a three year wait until you get promoted to Senior Consultant. Also, promotion is on an annual basis (a long time for someone at the start of their career) and the feedback process is very cumbersome.

    - Many of the graduates live in London so the commute is long and expensive. It also means there isn't much chance to have a few drinks in Farnborough on a Friday.

    Advice to Management

    - Add a level or two in between Consultant and Senior Consultant so aspiring graduates can set goals and rise through the ranks.

    - Make the review cycle faster and more often.

    - Move away from a report as a default template for deliverables.

    - London Office? :)

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent boutique aviation consultancy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Helios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Immediate client facing role and early responsibility
    Extensive travel mainly in Europe
    Small company so can get involved in business development early on
    Good work/life balance encouraged
    Opportunity for long term placements
    Talented colleagues
    Growing company

    Cons

    Specialist consultancy can be difficult to transition
    No overarching methodology to support work
    Not ruthless with non performers
    Our output is mainly in the form of a written deliverable

    Advice to Management

    Ensure transition from junior to senior is well managed to retain staff
    More effective reward system for high performers


  4. "Great experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Worldwide opportunities, very supportive environment

    Cons

    None to speak of at all