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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate - Lack of Projects"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Revel Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting approach (flywheel), many fun co-workers, company has great potential. Great compensation, benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of projects. You don't get much say as to which projects you will be on. If you end up without a project, you are likely to get let go. You are hired as a "project resource" with no guarantee of subsequent projects. With a limited portfolio, expect unemployment after your 1st project. While the company tries to act like a true consulting firm, it still feels like a staff augmentation shop.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "More style than substance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Revel Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Most Revelers' hearts are in the right place; leaders profess a desire to be a different kind of consulting firm -- a tall order, particularly in the staff aug-dominated Seattle market. The office is beautiful (though lacking in some basic amenities) and speaks to the firm's desire to attract high-quality talent and clients. Pay is competitive, and depending on the project, work hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Revel is torn between its roots in staff augmentation and desire to be a true management consulting firm, resulting in mixed incentive structures and unclear messages. The CEO has failed to build out his leadership and management teams with seasoned talent, which leads to frequent changes of direction and associates left in the field with little support. The path to advancement is subjective, more dependent on the associate's relationship with senior leaders than his/her track record, and does not occur on a regular cadence.

    Recently, Revel has begun moving some consultants to project contingent status (that is, no paid bench time), without communicating what the policy is and to whom it applies. This has created an environment of intense anxiety, as people no longer know if they will be paid if their project comes to an end. Meanwhile, the non-revenue-generating back office functions have ballooned, creating an enormous cost center with little demonstrated added value.

    Revel says it wants to break the mold, but first it needs to master the core competencies of a professional services firm.

    Advice to Management

    Please create clear policies and communicate them out to all associates. Focus on core competencies rather than the shiny object. Show your consultants that you value them and recognize that you are responsible for their livelihoods. Focus on the long-term success of your employees and clients instead of going after the short-term win.

  3. Helpful (11)

    "7 Years Was 6 Years Too Long"

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

    Pros

    Ability to work independently and establish a manageable work life balance.

    Cons

    After 7 years (making me one of the most tenured employees, which should tell you something), I found my career stagnating with severely limited growth opportunities and capped pay. The quality of people and work significantly declined over my time at the Firm with most roles tending toward staff augmentation. Personal development was not supported in any meaningful way by Revel in terms of role opportunities or training. "Management" tended to be fluid, lacking in experience, trustworthy, or valuable in any way. Be aware of the internal marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Create effective incentives to build on employees skills and interests with a believable properly incentivized career path. Too often the talk never matched the actions. Lead by doing.

    Revel Consulting Response

    Oct 30, 2016

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us your feedback. We appreciate the 7 years you spent with Revel, and wish we could have talked sooner to listen and address some of the concerns you mention... More


  4. "Great place to build a career!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Revel Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passionate and magnetic CEO who invests in his people.
    Opt in culture where it is up to you on how much you invest in the firm and your career
    Entrepreneurial culture focused on being at the forefront of industry trends and innovation
    Steady growth and impact
    Non-traditional consulting model and encouragement to be vulnerable with clients

    Cons

    Too much business tied to Microsoft staff augmentation roles, but diversification of client base has been a key focal point over the past few years

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. The opt in model brings those most passionate about innovation and growth into the office, of which the ideal culture shapes around these individuals.

    Revel Consulting Response

    Sep 13, 2016

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us this feedback! We value hearing from our former associates and strive to continue providing a place for our associates to "opt-in" and grow their career... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great Consultants, Mangement True-up Needed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Revel Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers (Associates), Good compensation and benefits package, great business model for experienced consultants to apply their skills without overhead and corp bs, interesting project work with leading software client

    Cons

    Not really a 'consulting firm' but staff augmentation/out placement for experienced consultants, junior consulants don't have access to training, limited career development (which is good if you just want to do your job - consulting), management acts like one of the big-boys but doesn't deliver big projects.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to what you are good at - matching experienced consulting talent with challenging client requirements.


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