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The Bowdoin Group Reviews

Updated Feb 22, 2019

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The Bowdoin Group CEO David J. Melville Jr.
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  1. Featured Review

    "Exciting company to work for!"

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Bowdoin Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Life at The Bowdoin Group is fast-paced and agile which has kept me on my toes since Day #1. Starting 8 months ago, I was thrown right into the fire with solid training and the chance to learn on the fly from the Management Directors and those sitting close by. Everyone was extremely warm, welcoming, and friendly as I got up to speed learning the ropes of a new company and new industry. I have worked closely with...

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    Cons

    The drive out to Waltham from downtown Boston isn't easy, but luckily they have a Boston office which makes it a bit easier of a commute on days I don't have to drive out to Waltham. Their 401K matching program isn't the best, but it's OK.

    The Bowdoin Group2019-01-30

    The Bowdoin Group Response

    February 1, 2019

    Thank you for the review! One of the things I love about our team is regardless of tenure or title we are all work together. Yes- Boston traffic is awful!!!!! Hopefully our two locations provide the flexibility our team members need to be as productive as possible regardless of ...

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  2. "Great Place to Learn and Grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Bowdoin Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent company culture, opportunity to gain exposure to many different industries and very successful people within them; flexible work environment; meritocracy; very exciting time for the company as we're gaining a great reputation in the market and bringing in more business than ever

    Cons

    Located in Waltham; we seem to be over-hiring experienced people on the recruiting side, many of whom do not seem to be adding to our culture. Hiring and molding young people out of college seems like a smarter route

    The Bowdoin Group2019-02-22

    The Bowdoin Group Response

    February 25, 2019

    Thank you for the review! I am glad you are excited about the cool people and disruptive companies we get to interact with on a daily basis. It is also great to see our team's reputation continuing to grow in the markets we serve. As our growth continues, we will continue to ...

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  3. "Fast paced, exciting company to work for!"

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      Current Employee - Operations Manager in Waltham, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at The Bowdoin Group full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      I have been working at the Bowdoin Group for over 6 years and have seen the company evolve over the past few years; from our physical space, to the clients we partner with, to our involvement in the community and the talent we have retained internally. I love working here and have developed a lot of great personal and professional relationships. The people we work with (both internally and externally) are truly incredible....

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      Cons

      The Waltham commute can be tough! However, having a company that allows flexible hours is extremely important. Our team runs lean and we are constantly pushed to take on more. This can be challenging at times but has also provided great career growth for internal talent. It’s tough to balance hiring and expected growth, I would say the company has made a lot of effort in the past few months to get ahead of this.

      The Bowdoin Group2019-02-14

      The Bowdoin Group Response

      February 16, 2019

      Thank you for such a great review. I am so happy you have had an opportunity to grow your professional life while keeping you family life the priority! Until we figure out the traffic, we will keep the hours flexible both in Waltham and Boston:) Dave Melville

    • "Launched my Career in Staffing! Highly Recommend!"

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      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Consultant/Recruiter in Wellesley, MA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at The Bowdoin Group full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      *Fantastic Culture *Uncapped earning potential *Genuine people/the ability to be your true self at work *Constant feedback and investment in ongoing training *Annual incentive trips and quarterly award dinners *Company actively gives back to the community I now work for a very large Fortune #15 company and to date have not met another Recruiter that seems to have had such a positive experience working for a...

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      Cons

      Compensation was fair but base salary guarantees were quite low compared to the Heidrick, Korn Ferry, Egon Zehnders and most corporate salaries in the space. However, most do cap total earning potential which Bowdoin does not and most do not hire entry level talent. It's still hard to pass up on guaranteed compensation similar to average total earning in commissions. Otherwise, no cons from my end. I found...

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      Advice to Management

      Keep doing what you are doing. I can't thank you enough.

      The Bowdoin Group2017-11-05

      The Bowdoin Group Response

      November 8, 2017

      Thank you for your review! I am so happy you had a positive experience and that you were able to find your passion while working with us. I wish you continued success, and I as I am sure you know, we are always here for you as you continue your journey. Dave Melville

    • "great place to work & grow"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at The Bowdoin Group full-time

        Pros

        - exposure to really interesting industries & companies - quickly gain responsibility as you're able to take on more - focused on growing & doing the right thing

        Cons

        - some disconnect between new and old employees

        The Bowdoin Group2017-11-10

        The Bowdoin Group Response

        November 14, 2017

        Thank you for your review! We are very fortunate to work with really cool, cutting edge companies who are always driving us to adapt, change and grow. I am glad we are challenged by teammates like you to stay focused delivering excellent service, building a collaborative culture ...

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      • "Great Experience"

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          Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Recommends
          Approves of CEO

          I worked at The Bowdoin Group full-time

          Pros

          Great people and doing great work!

          Cons

          Keep doing big things

          The Bowdoin Group2017-07-27
        • "Great companies can always work on a few things...doesn't take away from their greatness!"

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          • Senior Management
          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I have been working at The Bowdoin Group full-time

          Pros

          - Great company culture - Good/Fair compensation for Sales, Recruiting, and Operations functions - Unbelievably flexible work environment (days off, flexible commuting schedule, WFH, WeWork space) - Nice Office/Park (ping pong, cornhole, LeanBox, food trucks all summer) - Management cares about employees - Most importantly, rewarding and challenging work. Everyone's achievements and successes are genuinely recognized

          Cons

          - Hard seeing path to certain positions (no one leaving anytime soon) - Tough to unwind/detach from work at home or on vacation

          Advice to Management

          Executive and Sr Level Management works 24x7, which leads to over working and setting a bad example. Understanding that businesses never sleep, but people can/will/have get burnt out because they feel like they need to be working 24x7 (home and on vacation) because their managers do. Having said that, the business formula is working. The evolution of the company in recent years is remarkable. Bowdoin has the right...

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          The Bowdoin Group2017-06-12

          The Bowdoin Group Response

          July 15, 2017

          Thank you so much for your nice review! I am glad you provided an opportunity to discuss work/life balance. As you pointed out, a flexible schedule is part of what makes The Bowdoin Group great and is an integral part of our culture. As you pointed out, flexibility also means we may ...

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        • "Bowdoin Group is an excellent company to work for!"

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          • Senior Management
          Current Employee - Director in Mahwah, NJ
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I have been working at The Bowdoin Group full-time for more than 10 years

          Pros

          Great company, wonderful people with an excellent company culture. We partner with our clients and look to service them with excellence.

          Cons

          Continuously changing to contend with the changing marketplace.

          Advice to Management

          Even though we are getting larger, please continue to operate like a small company so that our culture remains the same and we are always committed to helping the people we serve!

          The Bowdoin Group2017-06-09

          The Bowdoin Group Response

          June 11, 2017

          Thank you for the review and your advice. Maintaining our culture while staying at the forefront of the changing marketplace is definitely a challenge. The way we can accomplish this is by staying true to our values of openness and excellence in service, while simultaneously bringing ...

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        • "Great place to work"

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          • Compensation and Benefits
          • Senior Management
          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I have been working at The Bowdoin Group full-time

          Pros

          -Excellent leadership team who really cares about career growth and employee needs/wants -Innovative collaborative office space

          Cons

          -most times, very tough commute/traffic due to industry growth in the area

          Advice to Management

          - more compelling 401K would be nice, almost no match currently

          The Bowdoin Group2017-01-17

          The Bowdoin Group Response

          January 19, 2017

          Thank for the review!!! It is both an honor and humbling to part of such a great team. Regarding the traffic, I met with the Mayor of Waltham and she said she is trying to get a monorail built along Rte 128. Although a monorail would be very cool, I am not completely optimistic ...

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        • "Rewarding in many ways"

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

          I have been working at The Bowdoin Group full-time for more than 3 years

          Pros

          very transparent culture where everyone works hard and really cares about what we do - focus on delivering excellence and living our values every day it's the type of company where you can make a lot of money if you work hard and you also feel good about it since you've helped people, especially during critical points in their lives

          Cons

          Waltham traffic can be tough at peak commuting and the night of a Pats game, but management allows flexibility so we're able to adjust

          Advice to Management

          keep investing in our growth - it's working!

          The Bowdoin Group2016-12-18

          The Bowdoin Group Response

          December 19, 2016

          Thank you for the review. I am so glad you have find your experience rewarding and that feel comfortable with our transparent culture! You are right- Peak hour commuting on the evenings of Patriots games is absolutely awful! I tried it once and I will never attempt it again. If ...

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