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The Beacon Group Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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  1. "Great experience/exposure; phenomenal people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at The Beacon Group full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic place to cut your teeth in the consulting field. Broad exposure across a wide range of industries, with opportunity to interact with senior level stakeholders at an unusually early stage in one's career.

    Cons

    Consulting is not for everyone; long hours, strict deadlines and high expectations are a staple of life, and you will need to prioritize work over other commitments.


  2. "Medium-size firm with big impact (12 year employee)"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Beacon Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beacon is a tremendous center of growth and thought leadership in the consulting industry. Over 12 years I watched the firm flourish, expanding from ~9 staff to ~50 , and was able to support industry-leading Fortune 500 companies across the 4 verticals that Beacon address (Defense and Aerospace, Tech, Healthcare, and Industrials).

    The standards of delivered-work are high, and Beacon rightfully considers itself a top-tier consultancy in its industries.

    You will find a vibrant and young staff, with the bulk of employees hired directly from their undergraduate colleges, and others brought in with MBAs or PHDs for leadership positions.

    Diverse objectives and unique subject matter create an exciting and dynamic work experience. A consultant might study foreign military sales opportunities for air and missile defense in July, cancer screening techniques in February, cloud-based services in April, and industrial valves in October.

    New employees gain opportunities to present material in-person at Fortune 500 boardrooms, as well as over the telephone with client teams. You are also given a role and experience in the new business development process.

    Beacon is a springboard. I've watched people transition into Yale and Dartmouth MBA programs, owning their own businesses, starting families, building boats, and a broad set of other professional pursuits.

    The CEO makes annual considerations of policy and benefits - in 12 years I saw ONLY improvements to my retirement benefits, healthcare, PTO, paternity leave, and access to in-house HR and Ops leadership --- as healthcare costs skyrocketed, Beacon stayed on a premium plan, and ensured its employees have near-zero out-of-pocket healthcare expense.

    Cons

    Beacon can be a pressure cooker. If you don't respond well to stress, or have trouble asking for advice, you might find it a poor fit.

    Peers and managers can be competitive, emotional, indifferent. It take all types, and Beacon has a multitude of personalities. The high standards, work surges and troughs, and young average age create an atmosphere that can vary widely between exuberant, festive, sullen, impatient, and frustrated.

    Staff departures are common and sometimes sudden. Staff early in their careers, and staff who haven't worked in consulting might find this unsettling.

    Advice to Management

    Keep kicking butt - its great to have been involved with the growth of Beacon, and will be a point of pride to continue hearing of its successes

    Look for new ways to motivate and leverage Jr. Staff who feel discouraged by the "move up or move out" model that Beacon is known for.

  3. "Probably the best employer I've ever had"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Business Development in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Beacon Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beacon does a fantastic job of hiring great people. Everyone is polite, hard working, and pull as a team. Management is approachable, dedicated to growing the skills of their consultants and mentoring new hires.

     I'm older and have been around - the management here is amazing. Many consultants are fresh out of college and have no idea what bad management is like. Everyone is approachable, from the president on down. This is an environment that encourages employees to avail themselves to senior management to learn more.

    Beacon provides well for it's employees. Generous benefits, frequent company functions, and office amenities (Starbucks coffee machine, pool table, ping-pong table, walking desks, standing desks).

    Consultants are empowered to manage their time and can leave the office for breaks, play ping pong or pool as they see fit.

    Cons

    So what's the catch? You have to work hard, do a good job and no excuses.

    Consultants start w/ a 10 hr day and frequently do more. There is pressure to get the work done on quick time lines. No one holds your hand. You have to manage your time, take initiative, stay focused and push through.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "If you want to pretend to be a consultant"

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

    I worked at The Beacon Group full-time

    Pros

    Portland can be fun... for a bit
    You learn to be quite good at manipulating data to your favor

    Cons

    Low work morale - willing to do whatever it takes to prove a point such as using clearly incorrect data; emphasize quantity over quality; cold calling all day just to put words in people's mouths at the end of the day without them knowing
    Training - trained by a random employee that wasn't even given instructions on how to train so you just follow him/her around for a week or two and figure it out on your own (which isn't too difficult given then low bar of the job). This also means that employees have no basic understanding of business or finance leading the quality of their work to be extremely low if not outright wrong at times
    Unwelcoming culture - most current employees will not other to reach out to help you adjust to a new environment; also junior staff are always sucking up and creating unnecessary drama/competition
    Compensation - at least 30k below industry standards (about 60% of standard)
    Work/life balance - expect 50 hours/week minimum with frequent additional hours. International projects require working "international hours" like 3pm-1am without recognition for the sacrifice you are making; FaceTime is important so even if you don't have anything to do you are expected to be in the office all day
    Brand recognition - nonexistent for the most part and people that know it don't respect it. I've literally had an interviewer for another job laugh at the company (rightfully so)
    Leadership - clear favoritism towards junior staff; CEO is not there and has no clue what goes on

    Advice to Management

    Make compensation more competitive; respect and value your employees; have a more filtered hiring process so you make sure people are not only qualified but also friendly


  5. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Consultant in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Beacon Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Portland is great, low cost of living, great benefits, very generous amount of time off + long holidays, pretty laid back company culture, a lot of highly intelligent people, good variety of work, *lots* of opportunity for professional advancement

    Cons

    Training is too brief, hours are long, and working international hours can be rough


  6. "Great Place to Launch Career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Beacon Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -The work is analytically challenging in a way that helps employees develop an incredible understanding of how businesses operate

    -Exposure to senior level executives at fortune 500 firms

    -Interesting work that few entry level jobs provide.

    -This job can jump start your career to places where an MBA would normally be required

    -The city of Portland is a great place to live and work - Great food, culture, and atmosphere

    Cons

    -Some times there are long hours, but that is to be expected in the consulting industry (the hours are much better here than at other consulting firms)


  7. "Great Company and Co-Workers"

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

    I have been working at The Beacon Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Every aspect of Beacon allows for rapid professional development. It is an environment of learning and collaboration, which promotes a sense of pride in our work and motivates a strong work culture. Immediate client facing experience with Fortune 500 executives, broad exposure across four industries, and a role in cultivating a relationship with core business accounts all provide entry level consultants with opportunities to have a direct footprint in the company.

    Cons

    While there is a steep learning curve, senior and junior co-workers mentor and coach new consultants through the process. Additionally, it allows for immediate hand-on experience.

  8. "BGC Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Beacon Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative, challenging, collegiate, though-provoking, creative, high respect and reward for employees, very interesting work, no travel, a collection of VERY qualified, high-performing senior staff, unparalleled office culture, incredible location, respect for life outside of work

    Cons

    Cold-calling, long hours, sometimes difficult/frustrating client interactions

    Advice to Management

    Amazing, amazing group of senior leaders who care about success of employees. There are some inconsistencies across practices that could be ironed out but are not detrimental to quality of work life


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Consultant /Senior Consultant review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Beacon Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None
    -the junior co-workers are nice, thats all

    Don't let the recruiters fool you into thinking this is a good opportunity.
    They get paid to recruit people, seriously. They get paid for every employee that gets recruited.

    Cons

    -extremely long hours (11-12+ daily ) and you don't get paid overtime at all
    -very low compensation (~45k)
    -Hourly wage is nearly $15/hour which is basically the same as a McDonalds employee
    -Cold calling all day long until someone answers
    -High turnover rate (at least 10 senior management and junior staff have left this year in 2017)
    -They fired people too, so don't come here if you are from out of state
    -Crazy insane hours (Your schedule will get shifted depending on the project- you will often not get enough sleep while juggling multiple tasks)
    -Long nights and mornings of work trying to research something that is ambiguous

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better!
    Need to put more effort in retaining staff rather than hiring new graduates every single year !!!
    Management just wants maximum efficiency while paying the minimum

    Projects are sometimes impossible to complete and management doesnt understand that


  10. "Great exposure to top companies"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Beacon Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Thought leading strategy consultancy
    Great opportunity to expand professional horizons across industry verticals
    Exposure to senior business leaders in Fortune 500 companies
    Formal mentor program

    Cons

    Like most consultancies work life balance is difficult given a 50-70h work week

    Advice to Management

    This is a great company but there was sometimes a disconnect between company culture and policy which can lead to confusion around expectations.


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