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  1. "Portal"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, nice working environment and support for flexible working. Loyalty and hard work is rewarded.

    Cons

    Company struggles to maintain a consistent strategic focus although there are efforts being made to improve this. Some poor management styles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on better communication.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Incompetent Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A good friendly bunch of people to work with - but not many people left!

    Cons

    Redundancies happen almost every year and as a result restructuring takes place all the time!
    Incompetent managers, they just make things up and change their story as it suits them.
    The morale of the employees is pretty low (after 2 rounds of redundancies in a space of 3 months) and we still have no clear direction of where we're going or if the business is going to survive!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Irresponsible leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Portal Partnership full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Staff is really friendly and location is great

    Cons

    Management keeps changing (between partners)
    No vision or planning whatsoever
    They hire and let go staff all the time without assuming any responsibility about their people
    Three redundancy rounds in a year

    Advice to Management

    Get your plans and books right


  4. Helpful (1)

    "their way or no way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay was at market rates

    Cons

    badly managed (at all levels), some nice people and even some knowledgeable ones

    Advice to Management

    why bother? they wouldn't listen. Laurence hasn't been CEO for years - they sacked him


  5. "Still not at it's full potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Portal Partnership full-time

    Pros

    Good customer relations, peer groups have great working relationships. Company dos are always memorable.

    Cons

    We lost the staff canteen when we moved there are daily transit vendors but it’s not the same as getting a hot meal. Working in Bracknell is not really the most aspirational, exciting or thriving career dream fulfilment goal but it could be worse. Traffic in and out is slow going in peak hours as Bracknell is very office centric. We are very close to the station so public transport is a real alternative.

    Advice to Management

    Although dynamics are good within a peer group, I've always felt the changeable management focus and vision lets itself down. I know companies need to be dynamic, (particularly with IT), but an ever shifting horizon never leaves employees with clear and decisive direction.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fad-surfing body shop with no vision or leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some very smart people.
    Flexible hours under some managers.
    Salaries not bad for out- of-London.
    Decent benefits package.

    Cons

    No leadership.
    No vision.
    Extremely cliquey.
    Customer focus of company (not individual staff) is poor.
    No team ethic.
    Ineffective senior managers propped up by immature junior managers.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to decide what it is for if it is to succeed.
    The sales team was made up almost entirely of IBM secondees who were given no direction, and encouraged to focus on "financial re-engineering" deals where existing contracts were repackaged as new business.
    Senior managers clearly didn't understand the technologies that were being sold.
    The company has undergone a major rebrand since I left, with a much bigger focus on Social and Collaboration. Unfortunately this still smacks of fad-surfing as underneath the new veneer, the same issues persist.


  7. "Good, a positive, informal company to have worked for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good people and a strong reputation with the major customers that the business has. Good relationship with IBM, helpful is setting solution direction for the business. Flexible working styles where supported where possible. Had an open culture and many people who had worked for the company for a numbers of years

    Cons

    Nothing specific, but the business has a strong technology base, that's the kind of business it is

  8. "Shocked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is fairly good, but then it should be, because you are really just a contractor working on short term small accounts.

    Cons

    I am shocked at the limitations. It's all about IBM and no free thinking allowed. "This is way we have always done it, and so will always do it".
    A lot seems very disorganised, no real vision, just follow what IBM are doing and try to make a few bucks from it.

    Advice to Management

    Needs a 'big' culture change. Changing the furniture is one thing, but the attitude of staff is still the same!.


  9. "Firmly rooted in the past"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Portal Partnership full-time

    Pros

    Flexible (depends on your manager though), good pay.

    Cons

    A small company that has it's structure and operations firmly rooted in the past and is resistant to change. Senior management allow department managers to do their own thing with no leadership or direction, just an interest in money, resulting in an awful lot of internal batting & politics.
    Everybody needs to have a 'sale value'.
    Lack of personal development unless it's technical training that they can then sell onwards.

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't take any anyway.


  10. "A big disappointment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some very good, Smart, inspirational people
    Thames Valley location
    Handy for Reading and Heathrow
    Good reputation with IBM software management

    Cons

    Very cliquey management and senior staff.
    Difficult to understand company direction. Feels like current situation is more by accident than design