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Point B Reviews

Updated February 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Point B actually delivers in having a work/life balance (in 41 reviews)

  • Great culture - lots of 'fun' events (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • The Associate profile is all over the place, they have no consistent cohorts or ability to define what an associate is within the firm (in 4 reviews)

  • Lacks upward mobility and career path options, but that comes with model so just know what you're getting into (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent company with a differentiated offering to employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Not your traditional consulting model (firm truly makes an effort to be different)
    - Bright people with deep consulting experience (largely from the big x firms)
    - Leadership is engaged and responsive
    - Autonomy to build out areas/specializations within the firm's service offerings
    - Plus Pay Model (get paid for those long hours)
    - ESOP
    - Firm getaways
    - Focus on employee needs professionally and personally
    - Option to avoid travel (note: there is a trade-off on project/client selection)

    Cons

    - Smaller firm, so there isn't the same recognition with clients as with larger firms
    - Project selection due to smaller client base (though is growing rapidly)
    - Limited travel can create a silo-ed effect between the offices

    Advice to Management

    I truly enjoy working here. My only advice to management is to find a way to protect the firm's differentiated identity / core values in tact as we grow. We may aim for big growth, but I'd be disappointed to see us turn in to just another consulting firm to achieve that growth.


  2. "Great people doing interesting work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Point B full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of variety in what you can do. Very prestigious clients and a strong reputation.

    Cons

    No formal training program, so mostly hire experienced consultants.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! I'm excited to see us opening offices in more cities around the country.


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    "Nice People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Point B full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very smart, very kind, and fun to be around

    Cons

    You often work alone, limiting learning, growth, and camaraderie opportunities.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Culture that puts people first"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Practice Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Practice Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Point B full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Truly a company that exists for the benefits of it's people. A simple formula: enable people to do their best for clients and customers, and the market rewards the company with success that enables Point Bers to grow their careers.

    Cons

    Point B grows more slowly than some flash in the pan firms, deep roots are more important that market share on for the sake of the numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep nurturing people's best, keep focused on culture and excellence and success will naturally follow.


  6. "Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really friendly people, emphasis on culture and learning. Inclusiveness is a definite plus, and very minimal ego/designation barrier - breath of fresh air

    Cons

    Probably as it is a mid size firm, there are difficulties in expanding their market. The type of work can get too operational/tech centric at times, but they are always willing to listen and understand.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work :)


  7. Helpful (3)

    "1st year"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture combined with industry leading clients makes for a great work environment. Opportunity to make multiple career paths with support from leadership.

    Cons

    No 401k plan although positive is that there is a ESOP plan where you are granted shares on an annual basis. Biggest con is there is no PTO and no paid holidays.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work, mid-sized firm"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Point B full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Really solid people and commitment to doing high quality, objective, client-focused work. Commitment to hiring only really excellent, adaptable, highly capable people even if that means having to turn down work due to not having enough staff. This is a company that values the whole person, not just work, while also having high expectations for client satisfaction and results.

    Cons

    Used to be a much smaller, more intimate "start-up" feel and has grown significantly in the past 5 years. Not necessarily bad, but for long-term employees this has been a difficult shift and it's unavoidable for the culture to change somewhat. Has led to higher turnover in some markets, but the core values are still very solid, it just feels more like a mid-sized consulting firm (which it is) than a bunch of friends working together.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value quality over growth, stay adaptive to meet market needs, preserve emphasis on people (the whole person, not just the work)


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Career Growth, Community and Fun in one place!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Point B (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People first approach, choice, community oriented, talented colleagues, always trying to do the right thing, fun, well respected, values based and focused on long term.

    Cons

    No significant cons in comparison to peers - best workplace in consulting

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow values to guide decision making


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Real Work Life Balance, Talented Co-workers"

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

    I have been working at Point B full-time

    Pros

    Point B actually delivers in having a work/life balance. They are very protective of their culture. Family oriented company. Competitive salary. Many talented associates to work with.

    Cons

    Point B is continuing to grow. As they continue to shift, they may not be able to support the kind of culture they have at their current size.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, great co-workers, culture that is built after hours, choices in career

    Cons

    Projects can vary based on what is sold, who works them with you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, over communicating is not a bad thing.



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