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Groundswell Group Reviews

Updated 11 January, 2019
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  1. "Best Company I've Ever Worked For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Groundswell Group full-time

    Pros

    Groundswell has a rich culture of positivity, growth and encouragement. From managers all the way to the owners, they truly care about you and what you have to say. I feel appreciated and supported to achieve my goals and be better.

    Cons

    No cons to share, I truly enjoy my job and coming to work every day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep challenging your managers and team to grow, continue to build and nurture the culture you have created.


  2. "Integration Consultant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Integration Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Integration Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - $4000 Training Budget
    - Ok benefits

    Cons

    - Lots of favouritism
    - Salary discrepancy on all the levels
    -Hard to get career advancement until you have some one looking after you
    - Middle Management is bloated [ Lots of Managers no real worker ]

  3. "Watch for BI leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Groundswell Group full-time

    Pros

    Convenient office close to downtown

    Cons

    Senior management arrogance puts them out of touch. BI leader lacks qualifications other than connections and delivery executive support

    Advice to Management

    Qualifications, not connections, used for promotions


  4. "No strategic delivery leadership"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Groundswell Group full-time

    Pros

    Pay is almost same as market. Poor benefits

    Cons

    Changes all the time in the seven years I am with Groundswell. Recently all changes are about growing empires of those who are favourites, and no other rationale. Disruptive leadership costs them both key staff and clients.

    Advice to Management

    Get strategic leader that cares about Groundswell more than empire building


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Groundswell doesn't believe in its own people"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They seem to be always hiring

    Cons

    Groundswell Group doesn't believe in its own people for senior management or leadership roles. These positions are almost always reserved for outside connections, that get parachuted in, handed quick successive promotions to make it to the top.

    Advice to Management

    Why not trust the people who made the company what it is


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good place if you can play politics"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BI Architect
    Current Employee - BI Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Groundswell Group full-time

    Pros

    You can advance your career if you have the right connections

    Cons

    Enormous power and altitude is given to the lucky ones with the right connections to the delivery executive. He handpicks few he worked with before, or brought to the company, and surrounds self with, putting them on top of the organization. The directive military culture, brought from the IDF leaves all decisions in the hands of the few, regardless of how little skills they bring to the table.

    Advice to Management

    Look at leveging broader skills in the company


  7. Helpful (6)

    "BI practice leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The clients are good and you learn from them. Ideally you would be guiding them.

    Cons

    Senior leadership finds ways to make your bonus shrink every year even as the company grows. The choice of leader is only based favouritism. They promote the favourites very fast to the top of the practice, without showing much more skills than peers. The good and skilled ones leave sick of politics, leaving those favourites who offer no real substance.

    Advice to Management

    Fixing culture breakdown is more than color workshops. Your clients expect real value not sales fluff.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Groundswell Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training investment and technology options are good, but you have to pay back training budget when you leave

    Cons

    Organizational chart is about rewarding favourites with empire building, and nothing more. Very political culture.

    Advice to Management

    Executives need to stop playing favourites


  9. "Good Company -"

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    Current Employee - Integration Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Integration Consultant in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Groundswell Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    $4000 - Training budget each year
    Nice people

    Cons

    Salary and Bonus are not as per the industry standards. Middle management is useless. creating unnecessary noises.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Not a good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Internal projects to keep busy between contract placements

    Cons

    Disorganized management, placement into less than ideal client companies, arrogant attitude of some workers, people covering their tracks