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Baringa Partners Reviews

Updated 11 June, 2018
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Baringa Partners Managing Partner Adrian Bettridge
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69 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Work life balance better compared to the consulting industry as a whole" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Ultimately there are just great people working here and it feels as though everyone is pulling in the same direction" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance has been harder and harder to maintain since joining and it hasn't always been easy to address it" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Long hours are frequently overlooked (" (in 9 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Lovey bunch but possibly getting too big now"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Genuine focus on culture and individual experience of the company

    Cons

    Out of town working quite common


  2. "Endless opportunities at this great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Having interned at Baringa, I recently rejoined as an Analyst and everything/everyone I have experienced so far leaves me feeling that this company truly does practice what it preaches. Everyone, irrespective of their seniority, is very generous with their time when it comes to finding out about different Business Units, answering general questions etc. As someone junior I have also felt encouraged to take part in driving the kind of work that we do and really shaping the business which is something I never envisaged doing within my first year. In my experience, the Partners are "all ears" when taking on board suggestions and feedback.

    I have already been given significant responsibility, exposing me to situations that have enabled me to learn and develop quickly on the job. At the same time, the training on offer has been at the cutting edge of what's going on in the industry.

    Ultimately there are just great people working here and it feels as though everyone is pulling in the same direction. This results in a really collaborative feel to how work is done at Baringa,, but above all makes it great fun. The idea that a happy workforce delivers top results is certainly working.

    Cons

    There are none that spring to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the "we are only as strong as our people" mantra as the company grows to ensure that the DNA largely remains the same .

  3. "A really fantastic place to work"

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

    I have been working at Baringa Partners full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and collaborative nature. Everyone is approachable, you are encouraged to share ideas, the work is varied and challenging and the social side is great without being pressured. Opportunities for promotion across the business are plentiful as well.

    There are great opportunities to do extra outside of the 'day job', you can get involved in anything from sports clubs to company wide initiatives and working groups.

    Cons

    No major cons i can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, Baringa remains a great place to be


  4. "Great place to work!"

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

    I worked at Baringa Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, growing company, greater transparency and easier access to leadership than in a lot of other firms. Very good culture and inclusive environment. Being different is an asset and a valued way of adding value. Coming from a big american firm, not feeling like being a number has been incredibly valuable and self-rewarding.

    Cons

    Like in any other consulting firm, some decisions around performance management can be very political and not always driven by performance only. Work-life balance has been harder and harder to maintain since joining and it hasn't always been easy to address it.

    Advice to Management

    Growing does not mean that Baringa has to become like Big 4 firms and hopeful that the amazing culture and Baringa's differentiators will remain over time.


  5. "Very good consulting company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    It has taken me a little while to figure things out here at Baringa, but once I realised that the most important aspect of being here is to make genuine contributions, rather than just being busy, it has been a lot of fun. My projects have given me the opportunity to grow, colleagues are genuine and for most of the time I have had a lot of fun. I have also found that the obsession with Baringa culture is completely voluntary. At times I just do my job and don't get involved which nobody seems to mind.

    Cons

    The road to the top seems long and I don't think it's good to have a Senior Consultant grade in between Consultant and Manager. It slows down careers unnecessarily. Whilst I understand that Baringa Managers are more mature and seasoned, other consulting firms don't seem to have that grade.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Enforce a good culture. Make sure 1:1 coaching is available to all grades and people feel appreciated and remunerated adequately.


  6. "Manager @ Baringa"

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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

    - Great company culture including - fantastic company events, personal well being funds, focus on diversity and gender equality
    - Driven / Smart people with deep industry and technical skills
    - Agile organisational structure allowing best fit for clients and staff on projects

    Cons

    - Size sometimes means fierce competition with competitors with larger scale. Means you are continuously proving yourself to client
    - Limited global opportunities at present but growing

    Advice to Management

    '- Keep going!


  7. Helpful (5)

    "They write their own reviews to improve their ratings!!!"

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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)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A few good people - unfortunately they all want to move

    Cons

    They write their own reviews to improve their ratings!! I’ve heard them laugh and giggle about it in the office. and it’s quite amusing to see how a flood of 5* reviews just appears every-time the rating drops below 4. For those reading this message - be warned and don’t be fooled. This is a horrible horrible place to work. The partners are a viscous lot. Stay away. Do not waste your previous time in this company!

    Baringa Partners Response

    7 Jun, 2018 – Partner and People Lead

    Hi. We do monitor Glassdoor regularly and are comfortable with our employees posting open and honest reviews, responding to them where we feel that a response is appropriate and needed. I’m quite... More

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Toxic Culture - Beware!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Senior Partners seem genuinely interested in people and clients....

    Cons

    ....everyone else doesn't care. Partners (junior partners) are a malicious lot. Their insecurities are reflected in their attempts to keep the staff under their thumbs. They ensure no good ideas reach the clients unless the credit goes to them.

    The clients don't respect them either. I have had 3 clients in the past 2 years who have asked to remove the Partners and the Senior Managers on the accounts! They move around in client offices with a high degree of arrogance, and virtually zero value add. It seems that the higher you go on the career ladder in Baringa, the more audacious you get. The pomposity, and complete disregard for the junior minions is a must have for getting promoted as well.

    Terrible company to work for. Has dimmed my light!

    Advice to Management

    Try not to write defensive responses on glassdoor. Wake up and smell the pudding.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Bullied together"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -I’ve met a few great people and even made friends. Sadly, most left, and it seems in this company there’s a correlation between “good people” and “quitting”.

    -Career opportunities for current Big 4s: Have you been roughly a year at a Big 4? Welcome, you’re a manager now.

    Cons

    -Toxic culture where bullying is rewarded. It’s consulting, we all know it’s tough, but that doesn’t mean bullying is acceptable. Project managers will bully you to the ground to look good and get their prize when promotion season arrives.

    -Projects are typically oversold and understaffed which results in unrealistic expectations and terrible work life balance. Fun fact: you'll be sold to the client 1 or 2 grades higher than your actual one to get that extra profit out of the client, yet you'll get paid the same.

    -It’s a Manager-heavy company. Everyone is a manager! Except, of course, those who do the actual work.

    -A senior manager laughing at the expense of some of the client’s employees because they work overtime and earn peanuts does not fit with my values (or those that the company claims to have).

    -Technology is probably their weakest area, but instead of investing in actual expertise, suddenly some non-technical people have been rebranded as “Blockchain experts”, “AI gurus”, and now even “Hackers” (I’m not joking). A generalist consultant who read an article about bitcoin does not instantly become a Blockchain expert, and the weekly, cringe-inducing blogs these individuals write proves the point.

    -Despite the pink/purple logo, the happy motto, the photomontages with smiling ethnically-diverse employees and rainbow flags, this is still a closed, standard white British company in which if you can’t discuss cricket/rugby over lunch you’ll never be part of the clique.

    Advice to Management

    This is a difficult one, because the model works well for the partners. Anyway, here we go: take what's said during the exit interviews and these not-so-happy reviews into consideration, instead of just getting one of your minions to write another fake 5-star review to balance your ratings. Pay attention at what's going on with your people, there are too many rotten apples. Change something because at this pace, you’ll be no different from other sweatshops in town.

    Baringa Partners Response

    9 Apr, 2018 – Partner and People Lead

    It is disappointing to read this. We recognise that we aren’t perfect but welcome specific feedback from multiple places to help us improve . We don’t think it reflects a fair representation of... More


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Worst employer ever"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Member in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Team Member in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing positive about this company

    Cons

    I would not recommend Baringa partners to anyone and had one of my worst work experiences with them. This company is not what you expect and not that diverse and definitely not what they project as a best place to work. It all down to great marketing. Majority of the staff are white male and the culture is not a great fit to everyone.
    Senior partners are great and I don’t believe the same attitude was passed over to the lower levels. I am happy that I left and my work life balance is so much better.
    Worst experience with my manager, very rude and inconsiderate


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