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Updated 24 January, 2018
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Baringa Partners Managing Partner Adrian Bettridge
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Pros
  • Work life balance better compared to the consulting industry as a whole (in 12 reviews)

  • The people you work with are very good at what they do and there are plenty of opportunities to learn from them (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance, but that comes with the industry (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours and travel are an intrinsic part of consultancy work (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baringa Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Genuine care from the business of it's people with partners and HR going above and beyond to support employees
    Work life balance
    Amazing partners that listen
    Structure of the organisation (flat and open doors)
    Great socials

    Cons

    Career opportunities and projects are not exciting


  2. "An amazing company and a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baringa Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The opportunities you get to develop yourself are excellent. Senior staff take a lot of time to give you feedback and help you improve your ways of working. The people you work with are very good at what they do and there are plenty of opportunities to learn from them. I find that I have developed rapidly since joining Baringa.

    - It's a great environment to develop your career. There are continuous opportunities to take on greater challenges and increase your responsibility within the firm. You can also get excellent career mentors at Baringa, who will challenge you and help you to push your career in the direction that you want to go. There are also four promotion rounds a year.

    - The social network and the support network you get at Baringa is incredible. We have an excellent work social life, with plenty of opportunities for fun. The teams that you work with also provide a lot of support to you make sure that you are getting the help you need to work well both off and on client site.

    - You can really shape the company with your own ideas and initiatives. Baringa is always on the look out for new opportunities, and if you have an area that you are passionate about or interested in Baringa is a great environment to pursue this.

    Cons

    - Baringa has been a bit slow to think 'global' as an organisation, despite now having offices in several countries (and continents!). Baringa is making progress in this area, but it should continue to think globally, in order to work effectively from an operational point of view and best serve its clients.

    Advice to Management

    Think globaly; operationally, as well as commercially.


  3. "2yrs in Tech Transformation - So far so good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very little 'dead wood': Full of smart people who know their onions and are deeply passionate about their chosen field. e.g. Our Technology Transformation team are, for the most part, pretty technical in their chosen fields.

    - Ability to take ownership: Baringa is still relatively small so the opportunity to build a proposition/capability, or have an idea and run with it, is very real. Partners will back you if you have present a credible case.

    - Genuinely collaborative: This comes out in two ways, firstly business units do collaborate to try and build the right project team for each engagement. Secondly, unlike some other consultancies I feel like I could ask colleagues for help if I needed some advice or was struggling on any particular engagement, and not have it held or used against me. People want to see you succeed and this overrides most of the personal ambition/politics/agendas I've experienced elsewhere. It also encourages people to speak up rather than soldier on into situations they may not know how to handle.

    - Work Life Balance: In the context of consulting, Baringa makes much more than a token effort to help with this. I know that senior management and partners actively take into account personal situations (e.g. getting married, having a baby, etc) when staffing a client and will not fling someone out to the Outer Hebrides with 24hrs notice. Combined with the perks available for when you do work out of town, this becomes quite a big differentiator to me

    Cons

    - If you are a generalist it can be a little tough to find your place when you are surrounded by SMEs everywhere you turn.

    Advice to Management

    Try and retain all the things that makes Baringa different, like the 1:10 Partner:Non-Partner ratio, Christmas cards from senior mgt, summer party, family ethos, etc, as Baringa grows


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Baringa is genuinely a great company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - 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

    Cons

    - 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


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Recent joiner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - nice / enthusiastic / smart colleagues
    - good learning opportunities
    - company genuinely cares about employees
    - company is growing

    Cons

    - Baringa brand fairly unknown
    - salary and benefits not on par with top consulting firms
    - office could be nicer. being spilt across two buildings not ideal
    - limited international opportunities
    - not that diverse in terms of nationalities

    Advice to Management

    Invest in building the Baringa brand and sending a clear and consistent message to clients.
    Hire software developers to build custom solutions.
    Diversify recruitment. Focusing on referrals does not promote diversity.


  7. "I wouldn't want to work in any other consultancy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Baringa genuinely has some of the best people in the industry. Although they now hire some graduates, the majority of new joiners have several years of consulting or industry experience
    - Fun and welcoming work environment
    - Opportunity to get involved in loads of internal work and to accelerate career
    - Very strong reputation amongst all clients.

    Cons

    - It is consulting, so projects can be tough at times - but the firm genuinely does as much as it can to make this manageable for individuals

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing - and keep trying to be different as the firm gros


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company with and amazing culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture and surrounded by highly capable people in a collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes too nice with their feedback on performance.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Not what you expect"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of young, ambitious and collaborative people

    Cons

    You are brainwashed every day about “Baringa culture” and how great the company is. You either fit or you must pretend to fit, there is no way to get time for yourself; this kind of "introverted" behaviour raises eyebrows.

    Projects are usually short (10 weeks) and understaffed (somehow Baringa needs to be competitive against the big guys) so you end up working by yourself in random locations & definitely not on the most intellectually challenging tasks.

    There is a lot of talk around senior management listening and trying to improve working conditions but actually it reminds me of George Orwell's "doublethink": they can tell you they care about work/life balance but actually do nothing about it and set a terrible example themselves.

    Most of us joined because of the glassdoor reviews but what we found is quite different from what we expected. As the company expands I expect more and more reviews like this to be posted.

    Consider yourself warned.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending this is an NGO and start trying to actually improve working conditions for your employees.

    Baringa Partners Response

    29 Nov, 2017 – Partner and People Lead

    I am genuinely saddened to read this review and hear that you feel this way. I would ask that you please come forward and speak to me individually and confidentially; I’d like to understand your... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great company to work for and some of the smartest people I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside.

    Cons

    Out of town work was a bit of a killer


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Brighter Together?... Personally I’m Brighter Apart"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good location and a number of good sizeable clients. Fairly flat structure that allows for seamless interaction with partners and juniors alike.

    Cons

    Being an “extra body” 98% of the time. Rarely are you involved with actual thoughtful work or something that is genuinely satisfying. Typically work is built around ludicrous deadlines or workloads.

    Repeatedly being told that it’s a good place to work - only to find that this process is not much more than a tick box exercise that is bought into, supported by pressure to leave a review on Glassdoor (in my first year I probably would have left a positive review too).

    Advice to Management

    Think about who is doing what, what skillset?

    Throwing bodies at a problem isn’t always the best solution.


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