Red Clay Consulting Reviews

Updated Feb 17, 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Best company I've ever worked for!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Clay Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Red Clay is devoid of politics and focused on getting the job done. People are recognized for their contributions. We have a great culture full of exceptional people who constantly motivate you to work. There is a real effort to promote health, well being and work/life balance. There's a vast amount of opportunity for professional development through various training sessions offered throughout the year. If often feels like family as the company goes of out of their way to celebrate personal and professional milestones.

    Cons

    As an organization, we have had our ups and downs but it is obvious that the management team is focused on making sure we understand what is going on by providing regular updates. Heavy travel is challenging and not for everyone.

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  2. "Great company and culture"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Clay Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits. Solid culture. Employees and management regularly schedule team building and social events, which are a lot of fun. The company goes out of its way to support the local community. Work is generally challenging and interesting. The company is steadily and consistently growing its core lines of business and expanding into new markets, which allows you to consistently pick up new skills.

    Cons

    The only semi con is for increased transparency from upper management.

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  3. "Great company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Clay Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Payroll is always on time. Management actively encourages and participates in charity work. Communication between management and regular employees seems to be improving, at least from my perspective. The company as a whole puts a lot of effort into building a fun and productive workplace.

    Cons

    Sometimes suggestions and advice from engineers is ignored/disregarded, resulting in a lot of wasted time, effort, and money. There has been a fair bit of pivoting, leaving some meaningful projects in an unfinished state.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "An SI company aspiring to be a boutique consulting firm"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Clay Consulting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -->The product training is decent and other employees have been working with the Oracle suite long enough to fill in the gaps. -->Industry leader (in Oracle Utilities implementation work), so great networking options -->Management actually cares about your personal growth (good intentions, poor execution -- more on that below)

    Cons

    -->The pay is horrendous. There's no two ways about it - I've been here about 5 years and only now make what my peers made out of college. Other benefits are also subpar - there is occasionally beer in the office and every 2 years or so an all-inclusive resort trip to Mexico for the weekend. But if the salaries are 20% lower than competitors, the healthcare is expensive and the 401k match unimpressive, these things mean very little. Please reconsider your salary structure - it hasn't kept up with inflation or industry norms since I've been here (or for anyone else at Red Clay except the people who have been here 7-15 years). --> There is a very heavy drinking culture. I love to drink but I often feel that management encourages binge drinking and all social events are centered around alcohol. If you don't drink at Red Clay, there are few opportunities to socialize (in 2020 we should have more options than a happy hour for our social events) -->Projects are staffed very unevenly - there is very little middle management, with lots of new hires and lots of experienced industry hires we poached and are paying very high contractor wages to. The full-time employees are overworked and overutilized in this model because of the contractor costs. This would be okay at any other consulting company, but at an SI, where the wages are abysmal, the quality of work cannot be exceptional if the wages are not.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great going in...not so great going out.."

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red Clay Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Training is good, but its sink or swim after that. The group is eclectic and fun.

    Cons

    Teamwork is a second thought. Pay is just not industry par. Sub par at best. Management and team leads have the knowledge, but they dont share often enough. The Upper management is very cliche and childish. HR is not a safe space.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "The culture HAS changed..Not what it used to be."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red Clay Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Excellent experience as a new employee with a GREAT training program - Everyone is friendly and welcoming - Nice office with numerous events

    Cons

    - Great pay if you working 40 hours, but not great when you working 50+ hours - Certain situations requires working at night and weekends - New Management does not know your history of handling employees - High turnover rate

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  7. Helpful (6)

    "Very smart/capable teams with cliquey leadership"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Clay Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    RedClay works to train their employees prior to job assignment. The teams are made up of very fun, smart, and capable individuals. Team leaders typically know the product well

    Cons

    No real sense of teamwork. Pay is not as competitive as other companies. After being hired at this rate you're told they expect an average of 50+ hours billable hours (this does not include travel time to client sites). In my experience, the team leads have the required technical skills to do the job, but have little or no leadership skills for their own teams. They lead with an "I can do it better myself" or "do it my way" approach instead of developing a strong team. When I joined RCC, I was excited by the company's friendly feel and the illusion I'd have room to grow. As time went on, the cliquey nature of the top management becomes obvious. This has worsened with the hiring of new management - one in particular has been heard sharing his negative feelings for a couple of his team members (gossiping) making it an uncomfortable working environment. While product training is well designed, RCC has a habit of overstating employee skill level to clients then expecting the (under)staffed projects scramble succeed in unfamiliar territory.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Red Clay Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Red Clay has a great sense of community. People are respectful to each other and always willing to help. Management really tries to do the right thing and we get periodic updates on company strategy and our place in the industry. What I like most is that and everybody works for the greater good of the company, no back stabbing or stuff like that you see at other consulting firms. Red Clay is the best company I've worked for so far!

    Cons

    Red Clay is growing to become a middle size company and we are loosing some of the charms of being a small size company. We now have more process and procedures in place.

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "What happened???"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red Clay Consulting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Was once a great place to work where management kept everyone in mind, communicated to all employees and genuinely cared for their people

    Cons

    Now the management appears to have no clue. There is no communication on what is going on with sales or projects. New management hires appear to be completely clueless and don't care about the employees. The company started a new cyber practice that is bleeding money but no one will tell us why we started this practice or if it is ever going to make any money.

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    Red Clay Consulting Response

    August 28, 2019Managing Director, Operations

    Thank you for sharing your concerns. To facilitate Red Clay’s current growth and expansion, hiring senior level resources has been both an opportunity and necessity. These senior level hires have hit the ground running, intensely focusing on established initiatives and new projects. Perhaps this intense focus has created the unfortunate perception that these new team members do not care about employees, which we will address. I hope you took the opportunity to share your concerns on the two recent employee surveys and I am also hopeful many of your questions have been answered at this summer’s town hall series, which many have found to be very informative. . All employees are encouraged to continue the dialogue from these town hall meetings on the town hall teams channel. I hope you felt that our midyear meeting provided a comprehensive update on new initiatives, current projects, finances, training, new product offerings, employee engagement initiatives, and even a SecureGrid update. As always, you are encouraged to share specific concerns with whomever at Red Clay you are most comfortable. Thanks again.

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company culture, but experiencing growing pains"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Red Clay Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation and company perks

    Cons

    A lot of changes at the management level

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