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North Highland Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance for a Consulting company (in 80 reviews)

  • Great people - dedicated to delivery high quality work to clients (in 47 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance used to be a huge pro but that has deteriorated over the past year or two (in 15 reviews)

  • Roles can feel a little like staff augmentation rather than consulting (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Very encouraged and optimistic"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at North Highland full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic clients, impactful high value work and outstanding colleagues. Truly a culture of care. The combination of our strong account model and the expertise of so many is working.

    Cons

    Too much change that is taking too long.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course, but hurry and finish some of the internal projects. Celebrate the wins (external - both BD and delivery and internal ). Keep the focus on our people and their development.


  2. "Lots of Change, and Lots of Opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The firm is very employee-centric and is very deliberate about maintaining it's culture - even through times of transformation. The work is challenging and there are an abundance of opportunities to shape your own development and work on the types of things that interest you. The firm is also growing and there is excellent upward mobility for performers.

    Cons

    The firm regularly executes change initiatives which can be disruptive at times, and will also sometimes implement well-meaning initiatives without fully thinking through all the implications.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the focus on deliberate growth and do whatever it takes to keep the tight-knit, entrepreneurial culture that built this company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Management Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at North Highland full-time

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance is great. The firm culture is really centered around developing the right relationships and delivering high quality strategic work.

    Cons

    Due to the firm's small size, it can at times feel cliquish.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Nashville, TN
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at North Highland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Local model, investment in career development, empowerment to lead account in strategic ways, high quality talent, solid brand

    Cons

    Consulting industry under pressure, model requires constant tweaking which is challenging to do locally, when you are one of many locations


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Former Great Company that has lost its way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at North Highland full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best people I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    What was once a great company now seems to have lost its way. A lot of great people have left and more are leaving every day.

    Advice to Management

    The writing is on the way. Define your direction and stay the course.


  6. "Analyst"

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

    I worked at North Highland full-time

    Pros

    When things were good they were great.

    Cons

    Things haven't been the best lately.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, experiencing growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at North Highland full-time

    Pros

    Great people - dedicated to delivery high quality work to clients. Helpful, smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Difficult time growing up. Seems to have a "yes" culture at the top where differing opinions are not always heard or in some cases, tolerated. Many changes have been implemented over the past few years without consideration for consequences and impacts. Many changes are being made without a "why" being shared. Health care benefits keep declining in quality, however, this reflects the market. Feedback resistant culture.

  8. "Management Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at North Highland part-time

    Pros

    Good boutique management consulting firm to work if you want to minimize travel. Founded by ex-EY'ers.

    Cons

    Small footprint in certain markets limits opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on developing markets.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Your career will pause while you’re here. You’ll be underpaid, and you won’t grow professionally."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are friendly co-workers, and the work/life balance is decent. The consultants who travel don’t seem to have a good work/life balance and they are also underpaid.

    Cons

    You’ll be placed on projects regardless of your skills/interests. The office seems unable to grow existing accounts and win more challenging work. There is also high turnover. It’s not due to the work/life balance. Instead, it’s due to the culture, the inadequate pay, and the type of work assigned.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Change is the Name of the Game"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at North Highland full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    GREAT culture in earlier years - client service was focus, people were very important
    Some AWESOME people to work with on projects and in admin

    Cons

    Beginning around 2012 the entire vision for the company changed and leadership initially denied it was happening...claimed the culture would not change
    As with every employer, some not-so-awesome people to work with
    Highly variable and changing comp structure created tensions vs. supporting teamwork

    Advice to Management

    I would not offer any...I believe they have achieved what they set out to achieve, although very painful for many loyal, long-term employees


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