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M Squared Consulting Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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John Kunzweiler
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  1. "Sr. Program manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at M Squared Consulting (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Professional and courteous. Very responsive to needs.

    Cons

    I did not experience any cons

    Advice to Management

    Good company


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Brand recognition, solid reputation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at M Squared Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stable, mature team. Solutions focused, opportunity to try new things

    Cons

    a few minor hiccups following SEG acquisition


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great place with integrity"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People do what they say they're going to do. There's a high level of integrity and professionalism. You will find smart people who work hard to run a solid company. Generally speaking, clients that know M Squared love M Squared.

    Cons

    Despite 25+ years in the Bay Area the company struggles with identity. M Squared is not a well known name in consulting.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in younger talent in fresh areas of expertise.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A great learning experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at M Squared Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unique offering. Great co--workers. Good pay and benefits. Nice location in financial district of SF...although the building was old an funky!

    Cons

    Somewhat confused about value proposition to the market...is it a consulting firm, or is it a staffing firm, or is it both?!!!. Fairly political, with some "old timers" holding a lot of power. At the time it was owned by a South African holding company (this is no longer the case, as it was recently sold to Solomon Edwards!)

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your market position.


  6. "Senior Consultants Specializing in Technology & Healthcare"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Lawrenceville, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at M Squared Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great pay, regular check-ins the ensure contractor happiness, great work life balance.

    Cons

    contracts established on quarterly basis - no strong sense of employment beyond the current quarter.


  7. "Solid Bay Area reputation among consultants, clients, competitors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at M Squared Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    M Squared Consulting is a stable, mature company with a solid management team. They deliver a high level of consulting expertise to clients and a model which supports tightly managed, deliverables-focused project work for experienced, independent consultants. They have the most seasoned, focused, and competent recruiters in the business. They offer paid sabbaticals after a certain number of years of service. They have a strong corporate responsibility program which gives back to the community in a number of substantive ways.

    Cons

    The same process and model which supports the tightly managed deliverables-focused projects can slow down the engagement process and require a lot of time and trust on the part of our consultants who are not paid unless they are billing/chargeable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on your core clients who understand, appreciate, and value the level of expertise of the consultants who you can deliver.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "An industry innovator that has lost its way."

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    Current Employee - Consultant Services Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant Services Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best part of working at M Squared is working with the many interesting independent consultants. They have amazing backgrounds and are wonderful to work with. It is satisfying to find a great consultant and place them at a client. Also, the employees try hard and work magic with the limited tools at their disposal.

    The location of the office is right in the heart of the financial district, with lots of amenities and public transportation nearby. The company has a simple business model which works well - find a need at a client, find the right talent on the web, present and place the consultant at the client.

    Cons

    At one time, we had a mission and passion that was larger than just making money. Management has changed, and so has the company. Gone is the internal esprit de corps, external customer focus, and mission to serve the independent consultant community. It has been replaced with sales contests, tracking boards, and employee "performance improvement" programs. Multiple rounds of layoffs has left us "survivors" somewhat disillusioned. It is also getting harder to find unique talent as online job boards have leveled the playing field of recruiting the top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Let's get back to making the solving of client business problems the priority over internal sales metrics.


  9. "Sr. Management treats employees like they work in a sweatshop."

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    Current Employee - Consultant Services in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant Services in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Downtown financial district location is great...lots of places to eat. Some of the people are good folks trying the best they can, who are willing to help others.

    Cons

    This firm used to be great. But ever since the leadership of the company changed a year ago, the teamwork and collegiality has vanished. They have systematically laid off all of the veterans, and the remaining company has no soul. They still call the company a "consulting" firm, but new management has turned the company into a staffing firm like all the others - just selling people with higher level experience. The company requires us to mark up contractors we find on the job boards 80%, yet offers nothing more than a typical staffing firm. This makes it tough for the sales people to be successful, and is the reason for the "revolving door" among the sales force.

    Advice to Management

    The new CEO - Kunzweiler - needs to be replaced. But it is unlikely that the South African ownership (Kelly Group - a staffing firm) has a clue what is going on as they are loaded with problems of their own. I would advise management to "walk the walk", starting with a focus on integrity and ethics. Incorporate the input of the people in the field...they hear the voice of the customer.


  10. "M Squared is a cut above"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    M Squared takes everything a notch above - their process for placing the right talent is more detailed than other firms but they prepared me well for my engagement and are responsive. They treat me like the professional I am and are fair and honest in their dealings. Plus I am treated like an employee - salary, benefits, internal support, etc.

    Cons

    They are selective so not everyone can be placed on their projects
    Compensation is average - no better no worse than staff aug firms - but reflective of the current economic environment

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find ways to differentiate from the herd


  11. "A decent place for decent work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Consultant Services Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant Services Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The ability to work with top notch consultants

    Cons

    The salary is way below what other companies are paying.

    Advice to Management

    Get a vision and communicate it to the rest of us!



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