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Polaris Management Partners Consultant Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "May be a good fit"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting
    Former Employee - Consulting

    I worked at Polaris Management Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment to learn in for new hires and experienced hires have opportunity to train junior resources.

    The work here teaches individuals how to prioritize time against multiple projects and manage client expectations.

    Both junior and senior employees and work history diversity brings unique experience to project teams.

    A majority of your efforts here will be client facing, which will improve your PM and communication skills.

    If you follow the process defined by the company, you will be promoted quickly here.

    Cons

    It is difficult to completely roll-off a project, making time management tough when you start new projects.

    Management does not always have oversight into employee initiatives. If you have a problem or a concern, it will be up to you to raise the red flag and go directly to supervisors.

    Not all employees are onboard with the company value of 'Accountability', which makes you sometimes feel you become 100% accountable for entire project work streams.

    The company is still in its growing phase of being able to design and deliver quality software products.

    Promotion is difficult if you achieve the same results with a different process than what the company suggests to achieve project and team success.

    Advice to Management

    If the company wants to make the leap into the 'product' space, invest more into the initiative by hiring more people with a Product background. This will allow these individuals to improve existing processes and mentor junior resources that are eager to learn.

    Continue to provide opportunity for both business and technology groups to work together on projects. This type of cross pollination provides a platform for consultants to quickly learn industry knowledge as well as educate teams on the technology used to improve business policy and procedure.

    There is a good structure in place to allow 'delegation' of work, however the process is not currently sustainable. Recommend that company provide more senior opportunities to grow mid-tier employees professionally while also providing them with set hours to properly transition and mentor junior resources to fill in the responsibilities left behind.

    Revisit the process on how an employee's value is calculated to the business as well as how an employee determines the value the company provides to them. From this effort, there may be opportunity to improve the compensation and benefits strategy currently in place.

    Polaris Management Partners Response

    Nov 4, 2016 – HR Manager

    Great feedback, thank you for your thoughtful comments.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Liar, liar pants on fire"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consulting in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consulting in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Polaris Management Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was a good place to work until they were blinded by greed

    Cons

    Politics, partner structure, lack of leadership, greed.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Lacking Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Polaris Management Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent learning ground if you are coming straight out of college, lots to learn in the first year. Fast paced with opportunities to interact with clients (assuming you are in a client facing role).

    Business side(PMP) is a good area to learn about the industry, and the knowledge you will gain here is marketable.

    Cons

    The company lacks leadership.

    Inadequate investment in product development means that customers are buying very poor quality systems. Project & support teams spend endless hours under a lot of pressure, fixing and covering up issues.

    Employee morale is low, almost everyone that is not a Partner is looking to leave. High stress levels have resulted in degraded interactions/communications between employees.

    Not a consulting company, this is more of a low budget software shop with a heavy reliance on offshore development (although this is starting to change - more onshore). There are deep rooted problems on the technology side.

    Very little of what you learn here is valued outside this company.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the product priorities that will enable better solutions for customers, not those that only sell better.

    Polaris Management Partners Response

    Nov 4, 2016 – HR Manager

    We're very sorry to see your comments, and would like to get more feedback from you so we can address these concerns. Please reach out to someone on the HR team, your CM or any of the... More


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Growing Pains"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Polaris Management Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will be given direct access to partners and tons of responsibilities from day 1. The location is good and the team is hard working. Allows for a quick build up of skills.

    Cons

    Most of the work comes from an often and constant feeling of putting out fires. Management shifts focus based on specific clients needs instead of taking a long term targeted approach. 'chasing the sale'. Compensation does not align with the industry, especially for NYC/NJ.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate Communicate Communicate. Be proactive instead of reactive, even if this means taking a step back and slowing the growth pace.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Constantly working over hours and it's not worth it"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Polaris Management Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some people here are very nice and good to work with

    Cons

    People constantly leave the company for a reason

    Polaris Management Partners Response

    May 13, 2013 – HR Manager

    Working in the consulting industry can definitely come with long hours at times. Here at Polaris, we try to balance that with strong teams that can work together the meet the challenge. The teams... More