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Society Consulting Reviews

Updated November 12, 2016
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Pros
  • The work-life balance here is great (in 3 reviews)

  • Company events and afternoon happy hours (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Time off starts low and includes sick time (in 3 reviews)

  • BEWARE NO MATTER WHAT EXCUSES THEY TELL YOU (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place if starting in consulting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant/Program Manager/Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant/Program Manager/Business Analyst in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Society Consulting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small company, with lots of opportunity for knowledge sharing and socializing. Good plan for growth.

    Cons

    Can be a bit cliquish.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fun company, work hard/play hard atmosphere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Department in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Finance Department in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Society Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, cool building. Company events and afternoon happy hours. Company pays for stocked kitchen and some breakfast and lunches. Happy working environment. You work hard, they will reward you. Allows friendly dogs.

    Cons

    work life balance was off - maybe different for others in different departments. Long hours worked and for salary (no additional benefit but still a requirement of the job). No real access for development and moving up in the company.


  3. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Society Consulting as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great infrastructure for the contract staff. Excellent at knowledge sharing through workshops given by staff.

    Cons

    Its not always easy for contractors to make it to their contracting firms events. That should be taken into consideration when assessing contractors.


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  5. "Great mid-sized consultancy in customer experience space"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Society Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Open, collaborative environment. Friendly management. Very good relationship with clients. High job security as far as consultancies go (stable).

    Cons

    Client portfolio could be more diverse


  6. "Sr Lead Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Society Consulting (More than a year)

    Pros

    They care about their people.

    Cons

    It is still consulting, and contracts end.


  7. "Great Contracting Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Current Contractor - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Society Consulting as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great contracting company, lots of transparency and employee development. The culture at this company is great and they try to keep everyone engaged through company events (HH, Company meetings, Sporting events, etc). They also do a lot of charity work within the community.

    Cons

    redeployment of employees and bench needs refinement for the size of this company.

    Advice to Management

    continue to refine processes.


  8. "Associate Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant, Business Analyst in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant, Business Analyst in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Society Consulting (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, great co-workers, fantastic company

    Cons

    contract work so it is not a guarantee for consistent work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great place if you take initiative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Society Consulting full-time

    Pros

    - Great workplace culture - fun place to work with many great people and lots of socializing.
    - A lot of talented people work at Society, and everyone is good about sharing skills and collaborating.
    - Management and HR genuinely seem to care.
    - Opportunity for growth. Nothing will be handed to you, but managers are receptive if you take initiative.
    - Food perks: Sponsored happy hours, free snacks in the kitchen, free lunch or breakfast at least once a week.

    Cons

    - Middle management seems pretty weak - not a lot of good leaders.
    - Projects are often poorly planned and do not have enough resources, time or talent. Sometimes seems like you're set up for failure.
    - Shared workspace can be noisy and crowded.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on landing new clients and more on the clients you already have. Make sure projects have everything they need to succeed including the right people in charge.


  10. "LOVE IT!! BEST CULTURE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Yonkers, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Yonkers, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Society Consulting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    i don't understand the reason for the negative reviews. maybe it is contingent upon your team or location?

    i absolutely love it here! the culture is amazing. i work with some brilliant and talented people. i love my team. we have a team atmosphere even though we work remotely in different locations. everyone, including team leadership, is very down to earth and approachable. i've learned a lot in a short amount of time.

    however, you must be an assertive but flexible go getter that is very comfortable working in an unstructured environment. i hate corporate atmospheres and this is the antithesis of corporate. this is a company where you can be yourself and, as long as you perform, you will soar.

    there are also many opportunities to learn and increase/advance your skill set.

    we also have a say as to what projects we get put on. folks have a lot of autonomy over their career here.

    Cons

    the benefits need to be improved including more vacation time and better 401k contribution. our annual, sick and personal time is combined into one so there's not separate sick time but that being said, when you work remotely and have flexibility in your schedule, you really do not need that much sick time but more annual would be nice.

    Advice to Management

    increase 401k contribution and improve leave time. i understand this is just part of growing pains as the company is relatively new. keep doing what you're doing! it's working!


  11. Helpful (5)

    "overall positive experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Society Consulting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not sure where all the negativity is coming from for other reviewers - I've been working at Society almost two years and it's actually pretty great!

    There is a sincere (and recently re-invigorated) effort to value employees, to keep people informed about what's going on in terms of company growth, financials, etc, and to have a good time whenever possible. It's a true consultancy firm in the sense that things are always in flux - business relationships, contracts, projects etc. So that kind of shifting ground has to be something individuals are comfortable with to flourish here, but if you can roll with a lot of change, you can really go places.

    What I appreciate most is the sense of being part of a company and a culture, even though so many of us work off-site. That is tough to accomplish but I real feel it at Society.

    Cons

    Salaries are solid but benefits are not. The leadership team has been made painfully aware of employee dissatisfaction around this and is taking (baby) steps to enhance things like vacation time and 401k matching, but there's a long way to go.

    There is always a push for the rank and file to do business development. Admittedly, a lot of business growth happens organically from the roots up and consultants out in the field are the best source of leads. However, an effective sales team is also required, and the emphasis on non-sales people doing bus dev is unfortunate - I've known at least one awesome colleague who left specifically because he got tired of that push.

    Advice to Management

    Let the people who are comfortable doing bus dev do it, and don't push others who are great at their jobs do things they don't want to participate in - it's a great way to lose good talent.

    Balance the recent focus on time tracking and forecasting by reminding people how much they're valued as humans, not just resources.

    Focus less on geo-expansion, or at least reduce the concentration to 1 other office rather than 3. Bring the CEO home to be a leader at HQ - his absence is definitely felt.



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