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The Nous Group Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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  1. "Great Firm"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great firm with good clients and fantastic consultants

    Cons

    Largely public sector clients but moving into private

    The Nous Group Response

    May 22, 2017 – Chief People Officer

    Thanks for the review. We are lucky to have built a strong reputation within the public sector, by delivering high quality work over the last 17 years. As you say, we are increasingly working with ... More


  2. "Management Consulting done better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Brisbane (Australia)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Brisbane (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Nous Group full-time

    Pros

    Given exciting level of responsibility even as a Grad Consultant
    Huge level of autonomy
    Genuine focus on work life balance (~200hr months)
    Not a "cookie cutter" approach to projects - consultants given the opportunity to think deeply and try new ways to solve complex problems
    Work is largely strategic and complex (less tactical)
    Positive influence evident in most projects and celebrated company-wide
    Employees at every level have a voice
    L&D initiatives improving rapidly

    Cons

    Somewhat less specialization opportunities
    Few private sector clients (but actively growing)

    The Nous Group Response

    Nov 21, 2016 – Chief People Officer

    So glad to hear that the Nous employee value proposition is alive and well! We have recently focused effort on learning and development and its really great to hear that effort is having a noticeable ... More


  3. "Great movement and career starter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Nous Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    variety of projects
    access to very smart, expert and senior colleagues
    High EQ
    Interesting projects
    Highly engaged workplace
    Employee led culture
    Self management, flexibility and autonomy

    Cons

    Unstructured career pathway
    Lack of specialisation
    Some ambiguity about reasons for being
    Relatively low pay
    Hard and demanding work

    Advice to Management

    Be clearer about what positive influence means
    Help people obtain a career direction and specialisation
    Build alumni pathways

    The Nous Group Response

    Nov 14, 2016 – Chief People Officer

    Thanks for sharing your feedback and for highlighting both the pros and cons of your experience, as there is always a balance! Your advice to management is welcomed, as this helps us to focus our ... More


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  5. "Great and fun place to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Brisbane (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Nous Group part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive team and fantastic workplace culture
    Great flexible working conditions
    Great team environment including social aspects
    Relatively flat hiercharchy with seniors easily approachable
    Makes staff feel welcome and useful
    Good non-confrontational feedback system in place
    Genuinely enjoyable place to work!

    Cons

    Sometimes unclear structure can leave you feeling a little lost
    High degree of autonomy can be confusing at first
    A lot of public sector work with few private sector clients

    Advice to Management

    Nous has really great culture and I wouldn't change it

    The Nous Group Response

    Oct 19, 2016 – Chief People Officer

    Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased you had an enjoyable experience as an intern and had a chance to experience our great culture. You are right in saying a high degree of autonomy can ... More


  6. "A happier consulting environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    + Collegiate, collaborative culture. Smart and friendly people
    + Focus on learning and development, not an "up or out" approach
    + Interesting projects, with a real commitment to positive influence and impact
    + Plenty of autonomy and opportunity to suggest ideas and grow the business. Flat hierarchy means everyone is treated equally
    + Better hours than most other tier 1 consultancies, ~200 hours/month (most of the time)
    + Genuine flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    - Remuneration is lower than other consultancies, though as previously mentioned, hours are often less too
    - High intensity and pace. Essentially squeezing into 200 hours what other consultancies would do in 250+
    - Expectation that you will manage your own time, work and learning (this isn't necessarily a "con", but it's not for everyone and can be a steep learning curve)
    - Fewer true private sector clients compared to public sector, NFPs, government corporations etc. (again, not a "con", just something to be aware of)

    Advice to Management

    Nous' growth and success means what you're doing is working! Keep aiming for the right "pyramid" so the capacity and capability needs are met fairly.

    The Nous Group Response

    Oct 12, 2016 – Chief People Officer

    Thank you for your review. We love the fact that Nous has a great culture that, as you say, fosters collaboration, learning, positive influence and self-management. We recognise that we work hard ... More


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    "Use them before they use you"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - The people are genuinely nice.
    - Easy entry point into the consulting industry.
    - Use Nous to get into the industry and then move on to better things ASAP.

    Cons

    - They pay significantly below market rate.
    - You will only work in three industries: government, higher education and health.
    - There is no structured career path - no one at Nous has gone from Consultant all the way through to Principal.
    - They love using buzzwords "Big Data", "Agile" and "Lean" to sell things but no-one has any real idea about them because no-one has actually ever worked with them.
    - The feedback process is opaque and you have no concrete idea how much your charge out rate (and pay) will move.

    Advice to Management

    - Set direction with clients and don't just cower to their every whim. Actually teach the younger consultants rather than hand wave and use buzzwords.

    The Nous Group Response

    Jul 25, 2016 – Chief People Officer

    At Nous we want all our employees to have a positive experience and to enjoy their work environment and their work. So it saddens us to hear that not everyone has this experience. Being named 5th on ... More


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Collegiate, Accomodating, Safe"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Principal in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Nous Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    No one really gets in trouble at Nous. If you screw up, you're pulled aside and the conversation is about "learning". If you excel, and continue to excel you're recognised and the pats on the back are great. But it's quite a socialist, left leaning environment so no HUGE individual bonuses go out, every one shares in the combined success.

    With very few exceptions I found everyone incredibly supportive, appreciative of differences, willing to learn and collaborative.

    This is a great place to be exposed to government and NFP as this forms/formed the majority of work they do.

    Cons

    If you're a hyper competitive type this place might not be for you. It's not "Nousey" to tread on your colleagues and you'll quickly be shunned. Luckily most people like this are weeded out in the interview process. And don't laugh, "Nousey" is actually a thing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    The Nous Group Response

    Aug 16, 2016 – Chief People Officer

    We do pride ourselves on providing a supportive environment where people are encouraged to learn and grow and to be the best they can be. We have a collaborative culture, as we believe this creates ... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Brilliant people, values based"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Nous Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people
    Projects that make a difference
    Lots of autonomy

    Cons

    Very high expectations
    Intense work
    Less brand recognition

    The Nous Group Response

    Aug 16, 2016 – Chief People Officer

    Our clients expect us to deliver excellent performance and we, in turn, have high performance expectations of our employees. We do have a great bunch of smart people who we trust to perform to the ... More


  10. Helpful (3)

    "The best company I've ever worked for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nous Group is the best company I've ever worked for. Of course, everybody has days when work is stressful, busy and frustrating. 95% of days when I leave the office, I have genuinely enjoyed my day - this includes the projects we have the opportunity to work on and the people we work with. Nous consultants are supportive of each other and want their colleagues to succeed (unlike some other more competitive firms). You have the chance to work on a diverse range of projects and gain a broad range of skills. The most dynamic, interesting, challenging, difficult, stimulating and fun place I've ever worked.

    Cons

    You need to be prepared to work hard when it's required (e.g. longer hours etc) but this is required far less often than other consulting firms.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great Culture and Challenging Projects, but narrow focus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    -Great culture and friendly people, always willing to help you out regardless of how busy they are
    -Major responsibility from day one on challenging projects
    -Assigned an intern "buddy" to help you get assimilated to the firm
    -Extremely flexible working hours with 9-5 days

    Cons

    -Niche focus (Public policy, healthcare, higher education, utilities/infrastructure)

    The Nous Group Response

    Aug 16, 2016 – Chief People Officer

    Nous works across a range of sectors. In addition to those noted above we are active in the financial services, human services and defence, security and intelligence sectors. We are increasingly ... More


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