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Intellecap Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Politics and Drama"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Hyderabad (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Intellecap full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place for those adept at navigating politics and not much else. Not a place for competent professionals.

    Cons

    Everything is a downside.

    You'll be wasting your career here. Unless you love extreme politics, backbiting, massaging the management's ego and are really bad at work, stay away. The current CEO is extremely incompetent. The management team and founder are a bunch of greedy people who have come upon the brilliant idea of branding themselves as a consultancy for businesses that serve the poor. The few that cared about that mission have long since left due to politics. Most that stay are only there because they are incompetent enough to not be hired anywhere else. If you stay for longer than a year, you can get stuck here. Very low pay for very high work load and little support unless you manage to socialize and flirt with your superiors. HR thinks they're doing you a favor by paying you your dues. Too many horror stories to list.

    Advice to Management

    Shut down the company and do everyone a favor.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to build a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Intellecap is a very unique place. It offers great work and provides a work environment which is more startup-like. Entrepreneurial thought process is encouraged, even on regular projects. You can expect to work with Boards, CXOs, this can be tough but a great learning opportunity and you build great relationships. Its only fair in such situations that you are expected to be thorough in your work.

    You get a lot of freedom do build capabilities in a domain of your choice and if you are driven then you are encouraged to build side projects too. If all goes well, you get a chance to mainstream your initiatives, but you need to be passionate and persistent.

    Company follows a open door policy and a flat structure. You can approach anyone for help/guidance. In most cases you get a hearing or the desired help. So its up to you, how best you can use the resources made available to you. However, many juniors, some seniors too do not know how best to make the best of this open culture.

    Within a short span the firm has become a great brand in the impact/development space. The firm has some amazing projects and you are encouraged come forth with ideas. Of course there are some run-of-mill projects, all firms have them.

    Cons

    Hiring style may need a change. Look more for people with right attitude. Skills can be acquired, but attitude is hard to change.

    Advice to Management

    Appraisal system needs a revamp - make evaluation multi-dimensional, make it clear that some elements are subjective. Some people carry the impression that moving is a matter of ticking some check boxes. No is it the case, so let the message be loud and clear. Discuss the process more often with the team.
    Appointments for special projects - explore a wider pool of talent, more so when considering internal options. Have a formal process of interview before zeroing on the candidate. This transparency sends a clear message to everyone.
    Internal team transfers - have a formal interview process, let the person make a switch based on merit.

  3. "Love the experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lot of freedom for capability development. Encourages entrepreneurial thought process. Engaging work environment because of kind of projects one gets to work.

    Cons

    Need to be adequately staffed.

    Advice to Management

    None really .


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Extreme focus on cost cutting at employee level"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent beginner's experience in some form of business consulting. The experience is going to be invaluable if you are looking to pursue an MBA at an ivy league B-school later because of the insights you gain of the base of the pyramid landscape in india

    Cons

    Management and HR are amongst the biggest problems here. Be especially careful of Hr dealings before you join in. They can be borderline hideous.

    Advice to Management

    be a little more employee oriented. there is absolutely no work life balance or any form of hand holding at the initial level. Not a great place to start your career. perhaps a good second job if you have had consulting experience before and undoubtedly great place to be if you are looking to pursue an MBA abroad


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Work culture"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Associate in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    opportunity to innovate, contribute and develop solutions that work best for bottom of pyramid; really nice work; opportunity to go to countries like Africa etc.

    Cons

    Horrible work life balance; management will ensure that you do not marry (if u are a bachelor) and do not have a happy family life (if u are married); high attrition rate and % of people who are married is very low; very poor employer stickiness; extremely slow vertical growth (unless you choose to dine,wine and have weekend fun with senior management people ); people are quite okay with shouting(with unparliamentary words at times) publicly to colleagues; no job security - it is wish of MD - if she wants, one can be thrown out immediately(it has happened with one of my colleague)

    Advice to Management

    Bring some degree of transparency; nd practice what you claim


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Research work with consulting misnomer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hyderabad (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Intellecap full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent organization if you want to add short term consulting-cum-research flavor to your non-consulting experience. It is fairly easy to crack interview if you have decent know-how of basic numbers and guesstimates, especially for engineers. You get opportunities to undertake primaries, both domestic and international depending upon the project requirement which adds value to your CV positively. The average life of an employee in this organization is less than 1 year, however, it can be more, depending on techniques adopted by employee which one can easily understand once he or she is within the system and hence employee can grow exponentially within the organization. Top management is excellent, however, needs to be handled in a certain way.

    Cons

    Most projects are research oriented and not proper consulting projects. It mainly involves preparation of landscape reports back to back and things like that. Work pressure is tremendous and you will be asked to take up 2 projects simultaneously even though you are comfortable at handling only one. Below manager cadre employees have to work almost every weekend. Compensation is way too less for a consultant compared to Big 4s.

    Advice to Management

    - Treat employees as humans and invest in them for long term
    - Compensation must be increased
    - If employee is devoting additional time to office by sitting late hours and working on weekends, compensate accordingly


  7. "Associate"

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

    Pros

    Scope to learn
    Young team
    Scope to rise to the top with hard work and determination

    Cons

    Poor management styles
    Lack of healthy work culture
    High employee turnover

    Advice to Management

    Work on builing internal management capabilities and styles, and people stick around for longer.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Extremely Poor Leadership in the Consulting Team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Intellecap full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great place to network and learn about the social enterprise sector
    - Opportunity to work with young people from diverse backgrounds

    Cons

    - The consulting team, which is also the largest team is the organization suffers from poor leadership - very unprofessional, arbitrary with a tunnel vision of meeting the yearly sales target
    - The senior leadership (Senior managers and above) suffer from 'Beware, they know it all' syndrome.
    - There is an overabundance of ego, pride and arrogance in the senior management
    - It started as a flat organization, but has become very hierarchical
    - Such poor leadership creates a very suffocating work environment for the team, leading to very high attrition (They are perpetually short-staffed and recruiting new people!)

    Advice to Management

    I think the management needs to listen to the employees with an open mind.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Decent. But manages to leave a bitter memory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Intellecap full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - One stop platform for learning about the social sector
    - very interesting and challenging projects for the Research and Consulting group
    - great learning curve for those who make an effort
    - interesting mix of people. Work opportunity with some very experienced people
    - Good mentorship (if you are liked, of course)
    - If interested in the sector, should definitely work at Intellecap once

    Cons

    - Very low compensation for the work load
    - Hierarchical structure - decisions are taken by a handful of people. Seems like the democratic structure and review system is just for show. For a professional environment, sometimes the way of functioning is very petty.
    - while it is hard to pin point why - there is a negative energy that floats around office: The A/SA pool is always cribbing and the Manager pool is indifferent to that.
    - extremely incompetent HR team

    Advice to Management

    - Invest more time in your A/SA pool - these are the guys who work put in the maximum effort. Take some time to mentor those who are finding it hard to perform instead of being extremely dismissive about them.
    - Going forward, please put together a better HR team that concentrates more on team building, training and productive work as suppose to frivolous activities


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Regular mid size company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Intellecap full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    'Intellecap is a regular mid size company trying to make a niche in the sector it works in. Work is good, challenging and they care for there employees...have insurance coverage, flexi working and regular get togethers to keep employees engaged.

    Cons

    Workload is stressful sometimes. However, you should know how to mind your own business and they give you flexibility to manage your own work.

    Advice to Management

    Need to capitalise and invest on people more.


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