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Prophet Brand Strategy Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Incredibly smart people, dynamic and supportive environment, creative approaches and interesting clients (in 11 reviews)

  • Great benefits, cool office environments and culturally that magical mix of creativity and strategy (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not a given (in 13 reviews)

  • Very, very long hours mainly because the project is understaffed (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing people, but not for everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible people -- peers with hugely diverse interests, backgrounds and skill sets who I count as lifelong friends. Effective mentorship / support structures. Junior team members play substantive client facing roles and are given real responsiblities

    Cons

    Long hours, like any consultancy. Lack of ability to direct which projects and clients you work with. Consulting isn't for everyone and this is a niche consultancy

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real. Don't let go of what makes Prophet unique.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not for me"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy (More than a year)

    Pros

    They attract smart and creative people.

    Cons

    They've allowed rain makers to get away with inappropriate behavior; as a result the culture is toxic. Additionally, you will work 24-7 and not be able to make social plans due to a completely unpredictable schedule. Essentially, it's all of the pain that comes with consulting without any of the door-opening brand power that
     you get from a Bain or BCG.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Branding firm with an identity crisis"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, largely interesting work, good variety of projects and clients

    Cons

    Inconsistent manager quality, CEO / senior leadership paid lip service to caring about employees but behaved as if employees were disposable, no clear strategic direction so trying to be everything to every client but lacked a clear, differentiating offer / value prop


  4. "Creative and Energizing Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    amazingly friendly co-workers, fun and inclusive traditions, creative and smart people

    Cons

    everyone is very wrapped up in their own projects, inability to gain real experience because you aren't billable to clients as an intern


  5. "Summer Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Prophet Brand Strategy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, dynamic and supportive environment, creative approaches and interesting clients.

    Cons

    Honestly have only positive things to say.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Ex-SA"

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

    Pros

    Smart people; strong culture of feedback and development

    Cons

    Singular mindset and way of thinking -- promotes structure over creativity, which hurts the resulting work

    Advice to Management

    Embrace other ways of thinking


  7. "Corporate Controller"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Controller in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Controller in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Transparency, challenging, smart professionals

    Cons

    Work life balance,

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Helpful (3)

    "A good place to start your career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, sophisticated company builders, astute expertise marketers, blue chip client set, great experience

    Cons

    Political partner dynamics, big travel commitment, one path only to partner - not much room for different employee types despite broad competency set


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging job, learn from the best"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work is challenging and relevant, I feel prepared to work anywhere. Lots of opportunity for personal growth, impressive client list, access to C-suite clients and c-suite level challenges. Clients love us and appreciate our work, it feels great.d

    The projects change frequently giving you broad and deep understanding across many industries and business challenges. You are as likely to launch a new brand as you are to roll out an employee engagement program or help redesign the "store of the future" for a client. Our work is highly creative and growth-only. No cost-cutting, operational efficiencies, drowning in excel or highly tactical executions

    Firm is always improving, not afraid to self-reflect and look for ways to make teams and clients happier

    If you are into travel perks, there are lots of those: airline and hotel status, expensed meals, etc. Honestly the biggest perk for me is having a travel agency book everything for you, including last minute changes

    Among consulting firms, you can't beat the flexibility in hours and work life balance. It's a highly flexible environment, no "face time" requirements on paper or in practice

    Cons

    Frequent travel isn't for everyone, demanding timelines, a lot of pressure to always perform at your best. For an EM, managing the input from multiple partners can be like herding cats


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Best in brand and CX, but lacking strong strategic direction as a firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Prophet Brand Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Prophet is a well-recognized firm with a lot of high-impact projects for recognizable brands.

    Its senior partners are highly respected and many of them lead the firm with charisma, genuineness, and some of the best thinking within their specialties.

    Brand and CX work are their core, and you learn a ton about customer work that can launch your career into just about anything related to brand, customer, innovation, and digital marketing.

    Cons

    Very, very long hours mainly because the project is understaffed.

    Highly competitive environment, as you are very quickly categorized as either a super star or a mediocre, average worker.

    Advice to Management

    Better define your identity as beyond just a brand consultancy trying to compete with traditional strategy and operation consulting firms who actually have the execution capabilities to sell latter phases.

    Please invest more in your own corporate strategy to find the right place to fight in digital, innovation and design.


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