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Pros
  • Great people to work with - very experienced with a wide range of backgrounds, skill sets and experiences (in 3 reviews)

  • Best senior consultants I have ever worked with - they really know their stuff (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • It's ran very much like Proudfoote since that is where the majority of the people come from (in 2 reviews)

  • Fear, uncertainty and doubt is the culture coupled with frequent financial problems (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Business Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Highland Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Assignments were real opportunities and the teams assigned had a high quality of professionals including appropriate industry SMEs when needed.

    Cons

    Inconsistent volume - feast or famine - disrupting the planning process.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that EVERYONE sticks to the game plan because it is a sound approach


  2. "Project Lead"

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    Former Employee - Project Lead in Saint Michaels, MD
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Saint Michaels, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Highland Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    They pay well and on-time.

    Cons

    Currently the company has less than 50 people working world-wide even though they tell clients they have 200-300 employees. I believe they are counting their list of contractors they and all other consulting companies have the telephone numbers of. Treatment of people is ok, but one is hired only for a project and let go once the project is complete. Work is tough and demanding. The CEO is retired and keeps the company running at a survival level to ensure he has an "annuity" payout each month. Everyone in management is trying to milk the last drops of profit for themselves before the company comes to an end.

    Advice to Management

    You need to get a real book of business and stop the monthly hand to mouth, up and down, hire and let go way the company is being run.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "THG Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As well indicated they pay very well and on time to your account. Some very hard working consultants in the organization.

    Cons

    As a contractor your only there while full timers aren't on the bench or you'll be released. Many consultants are experts at everything when in reality they have a very narrow skill set. Management, Partner and Operations Director, are solely focused on keep the project going and maintain billing. Owner need s to decide to sell the business or to find a Managing Partner that really know what they're doing. Duplicate reports are the norm, providing the same information on different reports is an inefficient use of every ones time. Travel is the Monday through Friday norm, don't recommend Monday through Thursday or your soon to be history. Management is only committed to you if your on a project, when it's done , your done. As one person indicated, don't leave your current position for this opportunity. It's ran very much like Proudfoote since that is where the majority of the people come from


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Biz Dev"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in International Falls, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in International Falls, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People
    Learned a lot
    Great network of professionals
    Super slick tools
    Great clients

    Cons

    Travel and work demands are demanding
    You cannot hide. Deliver or you won't be there long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep believing


  5. Helpful (11)

    "What the heck?"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was told by the senior partner that the managing partner wants better reviews on Glassdoor, and if I ever want to get a increase in pay I had better write a great review and post it. He has been saying this since September. What the heck?

    Cons

    Rather not say anything negative about company.

    Advice to Management

    They will not listen so why give any advice.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Highland Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at Highland many years and I have learned professionalism and hard working in a work environment that offers unique challenges and opportunity to grow. The company that is results driven and where we you are expected to create a positive impact for clients. You will be working with a group of experienced people you can learn from and who will coach and support you to achieve expectations.

    Cons

    You need to be prepared to be away from home a lot of time. Monday to Friday without any exceptions. At least, the compensation helps offset the required professional commitment and it will be up to you to manage your life-work balance.

    Advice to Management

    Management should take a break now and again.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Expect scars! Don't leave a good job to go there thinking you'll make more!"

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

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

    Pros

    Have to pay higher because of reputation. Will pay on time and into your account. I would estimate new employees have 4 months of tenure average (then terminated).

    Cons

    *Fear and Intimidation the culture
    *Good ole boy management group exists to keep themselves in power - will lie & cheat to keep
    *99.5% of people get fired out of the blue
    *Do not expect successful work to save you. Only means you're more of a liability to existing management staff and thus a larger target on your back
    * They default on commissions monies. They know you will not risk your job to fight / sue for commission due
    * This culture comes from the owner himself
    * Owner will never change and does not care

    Advice to Management

    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
    Mark 8:36

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Just Be Very Careful"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Highland Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is above average if you are one of the very few who is allowed to success

    Cons

    Total lack of integrity, decisions based on false premises, do not pay out on employment contracts when they sack youShe CFO had to leave!

    Advice to Management

    Jim Kerridge should be taken out of any form of operational role. He makes ill informed decisions .at all levels


  9. Helpful (3)

    "senior analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Saint Michaels, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Saint Michaels, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Highland Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    travel, exposure to different industries

    Cons

    management and culture, lack of communication and career development


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not a good work environment"

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    Former Employee - BD in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - BD in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was good but not worth it.

    Cons

    Not a place where you can build a career, extremely mysterious environment - having phone contact lists of internal extensions was forbidden for instance, no organization. People come and go so fast it's like a subway stop. Where income was coming from was a mystery to employees. since it seemed no sales were being made. It was never clear who was in charge, how many employees there were, where employees were stationed. People seemed to pop up on the phone spontaneously claiming to work for the company. It was odd. I honestly was never sure it was really a consulting company after working there. What it was though, I couldn't tell you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing with people's careers by hiring and firing for no reason.


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