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Updated January 4, 2018
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Associate Level in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Level in New York, NY

    I have been working at Novantas (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clients are engaged, room to learn and grow professionally, lots of exposure to high level clients

    Cons

    HR is miserable. Firm management (top of house - not group management) does not communicate or act with the thought needed.


  2. "Good for developing hard skills, not much else"

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    Former Employee - Solutions Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Solutions Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novantas full-time

    Pros

    Will train you on learning hard skills (coding, etc)
    Flexible WFH policy
    Unlimited personal/sick days
    Smart workforce

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Weirdly incestuous company
    Poorly organized - both on a company level and within individual teams
    Struggling to accomodate for growth
    Ineffective managers
    Internally competitive with arrogant coworkers - team members refuse to look at different ways of approaching a problem
    Highly unprofessional

    Advice to Management

    TRAIN YOUR MANAGERS. Managers were promoted based on their analytical performance and seniority, not based on actual ability to manage teams. This led to poor management due to 1) Novantas not training managers, and 2) newly promoted managers being too arrogant to take a management training class. People were also promoted to managers when there was nobody to manage (one team might have 3 analysts and 2 managers), which led to fighting between the managers over the analysts and unclear communication over priorities.

    POORLY ORGANIZED. The company as a whole is very poorly organized. When I asked to see an org chart, I was told one doesn't exist. What company doesn't have an org chart?? This level of lousy organization went right down to teams, where managers were unable to identify team priorities and communicate clear goals to each team member, because the managers themselves were unclear on team priorities and goals. This made for a lot of unevenness in work spread, but also made it very difficult to see where your career would be in 1-2 years down the road.

    WORKFORCE. A lot of people were hired into Novantas right out of the Ivy league - lots of UPenn, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, etc walking around the office. I'm assuming Novantas does this because they want the smartest talent - but what they don't realize is that intelligence doesn't necessarily translate into a good workforce. The amount of bickering and gossiping about other team members that goes on is very uncomfortable - managers will gossip with their team members about other team members, managers on the same team will argue about team priorities in front of everyone, and meetings will derail when managers argue over who's correct about something not even remotely related to work (bickering over grammar comes to mind). Yes, there are a lot of very smart people at this company - but everyone thinks they're the best and brightest, and so refuse to work together because they don't think anyone else can bring something better to the table. Also - everyone at Novantas in a higher level position, has only ever worked at Novantas. This led to an inability to see/do things any differently than they have done it before.

    Lastly (but not least)... UNPROFESSIONALISM. Perhaps because a lot of people in higher-level positions have only worked at Novantas, but there isn't a sense of professionalism at any level. During client calls, managers will consistently press 'mute' and then go off on the client's intelligence levels, business strategy, etc etc. It was frankly horrifying to hear managers talk so poorly about a client while on the call with the same client - I understand sometimes there are demands that need to be pushed back on, but a lot of client asks were either very straightforward, or challenged the team's way of approaching a problem. Since the managers believe that they are the smartest people on the planet, challenging a manager on their thought process prompted uncalled-for backlash and sometimes even a refusal to comply with the client's request.

    Overall... Novantas has a solid product with a lot of promise, but if the company doesn't get its act together it will have a lot of trouble retaining talent that has the ability to turn it into a great company that people will want to work at. Also, the pay sucks for the amount of time that you are required to work.

  3. "Great place to work with lots of headroom to grow"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is interesting
    Clients are engaged
    Co-workers are smart
    Office is in midtown

    Cons

    Sometimes travel can be a burden
    Tight deadlines to deliver
    Usually need to do some work on the weekends

    Advice to Management

    Add more diversity within top management
    Make contracting faster and easier
    Minimize management reporting overhead (timesheets etc)
    Improve our CRM system so we have more visibility into what everyone is doing with clients


  4. "Associate Review"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Novantas (Less than a year)

    Pros

    intellectually stimulating and very smart colleagues

    Cons

    No structured mentorship and have to self teach


  5. Helpful (4)

    "No potential for Growth/Limited opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novantas (More than a year)

    Pros

    Health Benefits/401K benefits. Can work from home.

    Cons

    Room for growth takes awhile. Managers don't recognize potential in individuals looking to take on more responsibiity. Pay is way too low for the amount of work performed. Extremely long hours. Pay is monthly instead of bi-weekly. Overcrowded office. Turnover rate is extremly high because of high stress. Management does not listen to it's employees. The HR department is an absolute joke and does not respect the employees. They are not willing to help you with problems.

    Advice to Management

    recognize the good employees. Fire everyone in HR and get new HR staff. Need more work/life balance opportunities. Less stress and pressure


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Tough but interesting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yonkers, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yonkers, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Novantas full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good client list
    Interesting problem solving based work
    Good compensation with benefits package
    Firm is still growing and likely to continue to do so

    Cons

    Long hours with little work life balance
    Aggressive promises to clients sometimes means teams are stretched thin
    Nature of the business means lots of travel


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere, low cognitive demand"

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    Former Employee - Junior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Genuinely felt like an employee driven company. All the upper management hails from First Manhattan, where they took the company's pittances and re-organized around new principles. They really seem to enjoy it, as well.

    Cons

    Wasn't really sold on the value add given to clients. Retail bank consulting is cut and dry. Office technology is out of date, and employees (even UM) have to do a lot of the administrative work that's normally sent elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Re-up on your technology and products business if you want to stay competitive -- and do it fast

  8. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novantas as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small and fast growing firm with opportunity to step up and learn very quickly

    Cons

    Poor compensation package (retirement) and salary not comparable to other brand name competitors
    Poor feedback and internal culture and structure


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Frat boys swindling banks"

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    Current Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novantas full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I survived. And the pay was reasonable, considering that the company produced nothing of value.

    Cons

    Unintelligent people shamelessly groping after money, committing crimes against the disciplines of mathematics, statistics, logic, and software development along the way. I once saw an associate complain to a receptive audience that a cleaning woman had "the audacity" to make herself a cup of coffee with their expensive instant espresso machine. This company embodies everything that is wrong with both our economy and educational system.

    Advice to Management

    Sell your horses and yachts, learn to read, find something less depressing to do with yourselves.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "probably better to go into banking instead"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    the other associates. little travel.

    Cons

    managers, directors, but not partners

    Advice to Management

    if you're going to work your associates like bankers, then pay them banking salaries and bonuses


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