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  1. "Great company for the right type of employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UMT full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunities for advancement for the right candidates. If you're on the fast track and one of the bosses' favorites, you will be given ample opportunities to shine. The team is made up of smart, diverse guys from all over the world. Socially, a very fun group to hang out with and learn from.

    Cons

    Emphasis on guys. It's a real boys club. Since the buyout from EY, things may have been forced to change, but my experience was that the few women (always around 10% of the staff and more heavily in administrative than consulting or management positions) were less likely to be promoted or given heavy responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Try to see beyond people like you. Diversity comes in many forms, not just cultural. Promote from within and cultivate the talent you have.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Unengaged, disconnected leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UMT full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    • Pay is competitive and within typical consulting range (albeit the low end)

    • If you want to build Microsoft SharePoint and Project Server skills, UMT is a great option

    • UMT is rapidly growing – between attrition and growth, there are many opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    • You will be performing SharePoint or Project Server configuration and implementation work – you will be far from the industry expectations of “management consulting”

    • The leadership is not transparent at all and will keep you in the dark until they need you, at which point you will be expected to perform tasks with almost zero training, support, or guidance

    • Depending on what client you are staffed with, you may be on more of a staff augmentation type of role – again, definitely not management consulting

    • Leadership is somewhat rigid and irrational when dealing with relocation expectations

    • No signing bonus

    • No relocation bonus

    • Questionable future exit opportunities

    Bottom line: If you receive an offer from UMT, save it as your backup and keep looking…

    Advice to Management

    • Distribute a few books on basic leadership

    • Engage your employees more

    • Make time to listen to employees if they are attempting to escalate partner level issues


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Management consulting (with an asterix)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - M C in New York, NY
    Former Employee - M C in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UMT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good pay
    - Usual consulting perks such as hotel and airline points
    - Colleagues from top schools

    Cons

    - Management doesn't care about employees. You're just a warm body they want to stick into client accounts and earn billing $. No one cares about your skills, interests etc

    - High levels of nepotism/favoritism.

    - At least one partner, possibly more, is highly unprofessional and engages in unethical practices for the sake of earning more $ from clients. No long-term thinking at all and is highly underqualified compared to even junior employees.

    - High employee churn. Company makes a show about how many new people they are hiring but masks the # who leave. Management actively tries to keep it a secret when someone leaves.

    - HR creates unrealistic expectations about the company to prospective employees, which ultimately results in disappointment once they join.

    Advice to Management

    I'd give advice but I know they do nothing with employee feedback; it's a waste of time.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "A Powerful Boutique Management Consulting Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UMT full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Small organization with great potential for growth. Competitive compensation and benefits.
    2. Extremely smart co workers. UMT recruits from top business schools across the country and are very strict with their recruiting process. This ensures a great work environment.
    3. Challenging work requirements and abundance to learn.
    4. Top management including the CEO, President and Partner will know you personally. Hence easy to make an impression if dedicated to work. Promotions are purely based on performance and not on time spent in the organization.
    5. Accepted and respected as leaders in the project and portfolio management sector. Typically get to work with the top brass of the client organization including managers, directors, VPs and CXXs allowing for great work visibility and impact.

    Cons

    1. Gets challenging at times and the learning curve is steep. Need to be motivated and innovative to do well here.
    2. Many travel projects as expected with any management consulting firm. So expect to stay away from home 4 days a week.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Avoid at all costs!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UMT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None, unless you want your entire time at UMT pitching MS Project Server

    Cons

    This is basically a glorified Microsoft re-seller/partner. If prospects aren't aligned with MS Project Server, you have no opportunity at UMT, market is very small. Very little growth, if any. Haven't had a net-new client in over a year, it's all install-base

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen anyway, so it doesn't matter, I tried:(


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not a consulting, but a system integrator. Avoid"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UMT full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary. People are nice. It is a good company if you want to be a configurator of Microsoft Project tool and a sales person later.

    Cons

    Avoid. The lost year. This is not a consulting company - your entire career will be focused on the implementation of Microsoft Project (portfolio management) products and tools. They called themselves "operational consultants" - however there are no a single project of operational excellence, balancing cash flow, portfolio (of assets) optimization, etc.
    You will be a system integrator of a particular Microsoft tool. If you don't kill yourself from boredom of staff augmentation jobs, one day you'll become a partner/sales. Time-off policy is actually terrible, 10 days maximum of maternity leave - not a surprise that there is only one senior women at UMT.

    Advice to Management

    Tell the trues about who you actually are. Gives the exact examples of projects.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Relaxed atmosphere but 1/2 the opportunities are staff augmentation roles."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UMT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you want a career implementing Microsoft's Project Portfolio Mgmt tool there is no better firm to be in. You will be completely aligned with the firm's core competency and will have good career growth opportunities.
    Salaries are competitive.
    Good camaraderie among employees.

    Cons

    90% of UMT's projects are 1-2 person teams so hard to get staff management experience.
    Client's frequently perceive you being just the Microsoft 'tool configurator', and they keep you out of the business-facing roles where you could display more of your consulting value.
    Partners will put you on staff augmentation jobs (generic PM, PMO, BA roles) just to have you busy, although the role may not align with the Firm's performance, and your career, goals.
    Benefits include 1 week's maternity leave. Might explain why there is only 1 woman in the senior ranks (not a partner).

    Advice to Management

    to be an independent leader in the Project Portfolio Management consulting space don't be afraid to upset your Microsoft lead stream and become tool agnostic, and embrace partnership with other PPM tool vendors. All have their weaknesses, and MS EPM isn't necessarily always the best fit for all your clients!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A growing consultancy with a family feel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UMT full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Promotions available as quickly as they can be earned
    Senior leadership accessible to everyone
    High average level of talent
    Excellent compensation, average benefits
    Great company get-togethers
    Not stingy with the expenses

    Cons

    Travel is a major part of the job
    Standard for acceptable work is high
    A New York culture can be a bit abrasive and aggressive at times
    Specialized offering in project portfolio management may not suit everyone's interests, but allows building up of expertise

    Advice to Management

    Make Richard Evans a partner--he's great to work for


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A growing company with a good product, but with some uncertainty over what their business model should be."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UMT full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Big clients, ownership over different types of projects, smart and fun coworkers

    Cons

    Work is not particularly challenging, possible to get stuck in staff augmentation roles (e.g. project scheduling and management) instead of consulting

    Advice to Management

    Focus on consulting and not staff augmentation.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A bit better than the typical boutique consulting firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Microsoft Partnership lends marketplace credibility

    Cons

    Limited progression if your interests are more than the Microsoft EPM space, including even with other EPM vendors

    Advice to Management

    Partners should broaden and deepen their industry and IT expertise.


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