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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. Helpful (14)

    "Management Heavy - Consultants are a Commodity"

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    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice parties and decent swag. Mostly nice people.

    Cons

    Management is inexperienced and more interested in ensuring they do not have to go back to hourly work which seems beneath them now. There used to be camaraderie among all, but over last few years, the cliques have solidified and it is churn and burn for those who are not on the inside. Work life balance was great selling point, but Point B is now more like other consulting organizations. Internal opportunities seem to be available but all too often roles are actually predestined with little real opportunity for advancement. It is who you know not how qualified you are, just like in every other consulting company. One interesting thing is that every year bonuses are tight and seemingly low, but Point B can easily fund a venture capital firm that is more a folly of the executives than a profit making endeavor. This makes you wonder if the rote consultant is valued beyond the money they bring in. Loss of senior people should be a concern.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more experience/seasoned executives from the outside (or truly read resumes of people already inside of the company) since those advanced from within are more seeming to be more show than substance. Finally address the lack of transparency for compensation and bonus that has been going on for years.


  2. Helpful (15)

    "Talks a big game but doesn't follow through"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    some nice people, no travel, lots of events and "getaways"

    Cons

    Idea of choice has diminished with the ESOP program. Associates are the "younger" Point B and are supposed to be mentored but instead are placed in staff aug roles with little to no direction. Some of the associates are top tier MBA grads and are being placed in analyst roles. The Associate profile is all over the place, they have no consistent cohorts or ability to define what an associate is within the firm. Associates randomly get promoted without notice to Senior Associate and nothing really changes.

    If you have a connection on the leadership team you are probably doing well even though you may be performing at a medicore level. Very clique and projects are staffed based on friendships and not based on capability.

    It's essentially a Project Management staff aug firm with ok pay. The pay scales haven't changed in years and the reality is the market is paying much more than point b offers. Once you calculate in bench time and "unlimited unpaid timeoff" you are pretty much left with a below average salary.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to bring on a younger consultant or associate model, figure out what that it is before you hire. Don't make false promises. Realize the market is paying more for good talent especially with project management.

    Point B Response

    Dec 7, 2015 – Executive

    Point B is reviewing and elevating our development programs all the time to adjust to the market, the economy and the needs of our employees. We are actively hiring a number of super-talented early ... More


  3. Helpful (18)

    "Nothing more than staff augmentation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Point B (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Point b likes to believe it can compete with and is on the same level as firms like BCG and PWC. It's not. The firm provides over priced project management and dresses it up by talking about the art of project leadership. Point b provides staff augmentation and nothing more.

    Cons

    Point b pay does not compare with other boutique consulting firms. The employee ownership was introduced as a great way to motivate consultants to stay for the long term. Consultants have left in great numbers since the ESOP began because the numbers just don't work. The notion of employee ownership is not really accurate. The typical Point b employee is not an owner. Really just a shareholder of very small dollars.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of the "we are a family" story. Professionals want to work for a professional company were pay, policies and leadership is consistent and fair. A family dynamic does not work in business no matter how special you think you are. Point b leadership places itself in a parent position with respect to associates with the best of intentions but the result is inconsistency and favoritism. True professionals leave the firm and associates who are happy to be staff augmentation and look busy even when they are not longer needed remain with Point b. Point b leadership is trading talent for loyalty that is happy with what leadership gives them. Without question. Somewhat like kids do.

    Point B Response

    Sep 22, 2015 – Executive

    Thank you for your feedback. We respectfully disagree with your comments regarding our work, but understand your perspective is yours. We pride ourselves on our ability to exceed our clients ... More


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  5. Helpful (13)

    "A mixed bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great people, super smart and committed to the work. This makes you smarter working alongside when you those rare opportunities arise.

    Cons

    To be picked for things (assignments, leadership opportunities) you need to be obviously drinking the Point B Kool-aid and somehow float into the awareness of local leadership. I agree with many other postings about the appearance of favoritism in promotions. I can't understand why opportunities aren't posted internally but merely announced in group meetings that "So and so is now the lead for X" when no one knew it was a possibility. In my region which is outside of Seattle the leadership team all hang out together and those that are partners or friends of those people seem to be in the know more than the rest of us. The bonus program, as many others have noted, is a complete black box program. I can't understand the benefit of this as it doesn't do anything to promote behaviors on the part of associates when you have no idea what you are being rewarded for. Handling bonuses this way then becomes more of a disincentive than an incentive.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency in rewards and recognition will take you a lot further than your current Mystery Incentive Plan.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "A place to be comfortable but not challenged"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consulting in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Management Consulting in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Point B full-time

    Pros

    Still some smart people. Opportunity for work/life balance.

    Cons

    Serious attrition in general. Seem to be losing top talent in particular. Despite spin, not a lot of opportunity for growth from anyone at this firm - it will have to come from the outside. Compensation lags the industry. Becoming more of a big firm where it is all about who you kiss up to vs. your ability.

    Advice to Management

    Consider role changes at the top.

    Point B Response

    May 21, 2014 – COO

    Sorry to hear about your experience. Please know we value your input. We utilize several different ways to receive and manage feedback/associate engagement and Glassdoor is one of the tools we use ... More


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Was a great place to work"

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    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Clients
    Freedom to set your own direction

    Cons

    Recent departure of long time and talented resources has drained the soul of Point B
    New resources have little desire to make Point B better or understand what made it great
    New organization structure has led to the promotion of incompetent leaders
    No paid vacation and poor overall benefits

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the new titles and needless overhead.


  8. Helpful (12)

    "Working at Point B"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Point B full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and work-life balance
    Comparable pay for "title" compared to the market
    Willing to quickly adapt to changing market conditions

    Cons

    No leadership
    Lack of true feedback, despite open feedback being "important"
    No room or support for growth
    No support for operations team
    Culture of Haves and Have-Nots keeps the company divided
    Does not challenge leaders to grow or develop people


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Individualistic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Life/work balance
    Medical benefits
    Freedom to manage your time

    Cons

    Little to no support from management
    Lack of training or career advancement

    Advice to Management

    support associates in the field



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