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Third Horizon Consulting Reviews

Updated May 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A firm with potential if senior management focus on the real issues."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Third Horizon Consulting full-time

    Pros

    - Significant exposure to senior client stakeholders whilst on a project
    - Junior staff generally given a lot of responsibility which promotes learning and development
    - Majority of staff are friendly, intelligent, and willing to go the extra mile when required
    - Fantastic work-life balance (especially for consulting), with a great example set by senior management
    - Significant improvements have been made to classroom style learning over the past 12 months

    Cons

    - Many staff appear to leave with a bad taste in their mouth
    - Highly inconsistent staff utilisation, with certain staff favoured over others for projects
    - Majority of learning is on-the-job, with limited learning and development opportunities if not utilised on a project
    - Poor document management, leading to inefficiencies and large amounts of re-work on proposals and final deliverables
    - Limited opportunity to work on areas of personal interest (i.e. being pulled onto any proposal that needs doing)
    - Appears to be a dog-eat-dog mentality at the senior levels, which trickles down the line to junior staff
    - Poor culture
    - Cliques forming at the junior levels, leading to exclusion and bullying
    - Inconsistent and poor communication
    - Limited appetite to improve issues with culture, engagement, and staff turnover
    - High turnover results in limited opportunity to truly learn from senior leaders
    - Highly sensitive and defensive senior management and HR to key issues

    Advice to Management

    - Develop a consistent approach to resourcing for projects, leading to greater equality for project opportunities and staff utilisation, particularly at the junior levels
    - Improve acceptance and responsiveness to staff feedback on key issues (e.g. staff engagement surveys)
    - Improve communication to staff
    - Build and nurture the alumni group and use it to help grow the business and the brand, and stop staff leaving with a sour taste in their mouth.
    - Hire in external help to rebuild the company culture, staff engagement, and HR practices
    - Review process for determining projects to bid on (i.e. stop wasting time on proposals where you don't have the capability and put additional effort into the areas you do)
    - Instead of asking "why are people leaving?", focus more on the question "how can we make it more attractive to stay?". Be more open with staff in asking why they stay, and what could lure them away
    - Seek to attract top talent (university events, career nights, etc.) and be a realistic competitor against the Big 4


  2. "Good experience and career stepping stone."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Third Horizon Consulting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Graduate and junior consultants are given a decent amount of responsibility
    - Lots of client exposure when on projects
    - Friendly colleagues who are happy to help / provide guidance
    - Great work life balance
    - Awesome new office in Sydney

    Cons

    - Staff utilisation is very hit and miss – some consultants are kept busy whilst others seem to ‘sit on the bench’ constantly
    - Document management system and inter-office connectivity are poor
    - Training is average, although it has improved significantly in the past year
    - At times, the efforts of staff aren't sufficiently recognised / appreciated

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to expand the Melbourne and Canberra practices and make sure you show your employees that they are valued


  3. "Bad Taste in my Mouth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The junior people are great.
    Good variety of work
    Great clients in a range of sectors

    Cons

    Most directors need a 'reality check'. A subtle culture of blame and bullying by those who should know better. I have since found out that this is more common than I realised.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror and not blame lower levels when your pipeline is lacking


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  5. "Great experience! Professional and personal development beyond what I could have imagined when I started."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Third Horizon Consulting (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great management consulting firm for graduates
    - Excellent training and mentoring programs
    - Big range of services offerings
    - New Sydndy office location with amazing views and great working spaces
    - Approachable and supportive senior staff
    - A range of management styles which is good for quick development.
    - Open to new ideas and broadening business offerings
    - A good mix of educational and professional backgrounds
    - A lot more exposure and interaction with clients than what you would get at a bigger firm
    - Friendly and social environment with regular team events organised

    Cons

    - Some long hours but that's to be expected in any job.
    - A bit of turnover in the senior levels but still a strong core team.

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to build a great business and develop industry leading consultants.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience, great colleagues and great clients"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    -Great exposure for junior consultants, having the opportunity to get first hand client experience
    -Improving their training and development programs across all levels, adding great structure and content to further skills and expertise
    -Able to work closely with senior leaders of the firm, with encouragement to voice ideas and opinions
    -Great team environment where everyone helps each other (no hierarchy)
    -Opportunities to work across a number of different industries / sectors

    Cons

    -Time to time required to put in long hours for a project, but this is the case at any consulting firm


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great for my CV but not for much else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lovely colleagues at junior levels, it's such a shame the culture tries make it competitive between junior consultants.

    Excellent experience for your CV, has led to many opportunities since, shame it took such a personal toll to get there

    Nice New office

    Cons

    Scapegoating, bullying, pushing people to burnout

    You get watched as you leave to get a coffee, they might as well chain you to the desk.

    Measures to improve employee productivity are cheepskated on, they don't care if you have to work until 3am with dodgy dongles, poor ergonomics, terrible file sharing setup etc

    Advice to Management

    All your competitors made it on the Workplace Gender Equality Agency employer of choice list .... Where are you?
    The complete lack of women from manager upwards says a lot.


  8. Helpful (19)

    "Horrid experience. I feel completely spiteful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in North Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Associate in North Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty slick at selling you the positives and especially if you havent done consulting before but then...

    Cons

    ...it becomes a nightmare. Lack of direction. Abusive culture. Little communication. A feeling a Gordon Grecko in Wall Street wanting to just win at any cost, irrelevant of skills or experience. Very pressured environment that is much more than any other consulting firm. The lack of quality in the senior people with many not having the ability to communicate in a positive manner.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Understand now how bad the brand is"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in North Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in North Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Third Horizon Consulting full-time

    Pros

    I thought this would be a creative and niche consulting experience. Its been a waste of time.

    The only one positive has been the lesson learned.

    Cons

    Very poor culture and negative, low integrity, back stabbing workplace

    High degree of frustration to be creative or express an opinion. My way or get out mentality

    Many people do leave. Senior people dont hang around and thus little learning for younger consultants

    Dubious ethics. Very very dubious

    Poor consulting engagements. Uninteresting. No value to the client

    After I left, the industry feedback has been astonishing. "Why did you work there?", "I heard there are nasty people there", "its not a tier 2 consulting brand". Im feeling Ive completely wasted my years there

    No empathy or community in the culture. Get in. Do your work. Make your hours. Learn through osmosis.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gives you excellent opportunity to work on projects that are important. Throws you into the deep end. Decent brand in the market. They hire good people. Decent to work with.

    Cons

    The partners don't seem to care about burning people out. There is next to no training provided. Culture is terrible, very little mentorship provided.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your culture. Then again - if you see the business as a way to just make a lot of money; you are doing a great job.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Company culture needs to improve. It's the sort of place that sucks the life out of its staff."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Third Horizon Consulting full-time

    Pros

    The people, excluding Directors, are good to work with.
    The learning opportunities are quite good, most people are willing to share their knowledge.

    Cons

    The management team doesn't understand how company culture works. They are smothering the culture causing an unusually high staff turnover rate and making the company a cesspool of dissatisfaction.
    Ineffective performance management system. What is the point of giving suggestions for improvement if you aren't willing to help the person improve? Also, if an employee has no (or very few) improvement areas, reward them!
    No bonuses are given out despite the recruitment campaigns claiming bonuses are part of the remuneration package.

    Advice to Management

    Be open and honest with your staff. Let the company develop a culture that is supportive, not destructive.


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