I have been working at Baringa Partners full-time (More than a year)
- the people: smart, engaged, enthusiastic, driven & caring. your colleagues genuinely care about you.
- 0 hierarchy. no one has a corner office, and you can talk to and approach everyone without raising eyebrows
- not everything is perfect, but when something goes wrong, people - all the way up to partners - try very hard to make things right
- the company is growing a lot, and despite huge client demand is looking very closely at who is brought in to join
- it's still a fairly small firm, so if you want to, you can contribute and get a lot of responsibility from day 1
- 3 months promotion cycle (despite some people apparently not reading the employee handbook - it is a real thing, and it avoids the strange "once per year promotion" frenzy) and no quota on promotions (that in my experience encourages cutthroat behaviour)
- parental leave, both for men & women, is actively encouraged
- mental health issues are taken seriously and you can get access to a coach to get through difficult times, no questions asked
- challenges that are brought up through the annual employee opinion survey and other channels are picked up on and worked on, e.g. initiatives to improve onboarding experience, return from parental leave, performance review process, corporate social responsibility program, etc.
- knowledge management is taken seriously and exists as its own function, allowing the key resource of consultants (information) to be shared better than I have seen anywhere before
- innovation in people management
- work-life balance, but that comes with the industry. if you want 9 to 5, don't go into consulting. but at least at baringa, people are trying very hard to make it work, and you do have a lot of freedom when you start working, when you go home (as long as the work's done), and no one's saying anything if you have to take care of personal business for half a day. it's always a challenge, but you can make it work.
- few international opportunities
- the workforce is very international, but diversity in terms of background would be great - there are almost entire teams that consist of only big4-consultants and could benefit from not only hiring through referrals
- if you want to get rich quickly, baringa probably isn't the right place to start. salaries are okay, but not outstanding
- staffing decisions aren't always very transparent, but if you speak up about what you want, what you don't want, my experience has been that it's taken into account as much as possible
Advice to Management
- encourage junior people actively to interact outside of their immediate current project, their team or business unit to get a broader view of the company, get to know a wider range of people and to have more channels of communication
- manage expectations better - be honest about things like time to next promotion, what skills are required, time management, ... sometimes, consulting is hard, and it's better to know that up front
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Baringa Partners (London, England (UK)) in April-2017.
Fast, easy & friendly throughout. Partners were engaged on helping me from day 1 & I found the level on seniority who were in frequent contact with me both unusual & refreshing.
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