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Newton Europe Reviews

Updated 20 August, 2018
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Pros
  • "Huge focus on personal development, with excellent training opportunities" (in 14 reviews)

  • "The work itself is diverse and you can get great responsibility early on by proving you can handle it" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "You do have to spend significant time away from home during the week, but it’s made up for by having clear weekends" (in 36 reviews)

  • "Lots of travel, away from home 5 days a week" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Exciting varied work"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to develop
    Fun extra-curricular activities such as ski-sailing trips
    Exciting varied work

    Cons

    Significant travel at the start and end of week.
    Away from home during the week but home for 18:00 on a Friday


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, but can be long hours during the week. Great opportunity for advancement aged development."

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

    I have been working at Newton Europe full-time

    Pros

    Great team work culture, fun events and a leadership team that's really interested in its people. Great training and development.

    Cons

    Long hours and does not pay as much as other consultancies for more senior role. Salaries are shown as packages which can be difficult to interpret.

  3. "Operation graduate role"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    High starting salary
    Cares about employees

    Cons

    Online test is hard, you need to practice


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Still interesting after a couple of years!"

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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

    I have been working at Newton Europe full-time

    Pros

    Personal develoment- this is always a focus on every project and the work is challenging.

    Transparency and openness - compared to other companies of this size, Newton is unusually open with why decisions are made, and is good at seeking out and responding to feedback.

    The vast majority of people are fun and importantly care about each other- all the way from consultant to back office to director.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity - good efforts are being made to improve this in recruitment. However once within the company, people who fit a certain personality mould tend to be celebrated more than others, and there is a subtle pressure to act / think in that mould.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue focusing on diversity even after people have joined the company- we will be a poorer place if we don't act on this and end up with talented people finding other places to work.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Outstanding - just make sure you know what to expect"

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

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

    Pros

    We love Newton.

    Newton gives you access to world-beating clients and their board-level issues, in more depth than most direct employees would ever see. You'll be expected to assess, design and - most importantly - deliver improvements equivalent to millions of pounds on the bottom-line of FTSE100 businesses, and all within a few months of joining. Whether it's building warships, banking, producing food or running an operating theatre you'll be able to get stuck in and help our clients deliver what they do best, better.

    At Newton you'll be given independence and autonomy as soon as you want it, but with a strong support network around you all the way.

    Cons

    Make sure you know what to expect. Newton isn't like most consultancies - in that you will never work a weekend and there's a healthy respect for the work/life balance - but it is still hard work in the week. It's definitely not a 9 to 5 and won't suit you if that's what you're after. Late nights are very rare but expected when required, and you'll be away from home four nights a week.

    If you're joining as an Experienced Hire, make sure you speak with your recruiter about the Induction and Business Consultant roles to make sure you understand the role in full. Working at Newton is very different and very challenging, so you'll be expected to work in what's effectively a holding role for 12-18 months. This doesn't affect your benefits, but gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your capability at each level before you take on your hired role. It can be surprising for some Experienced Hires that you'll learn the business from the ground up just like a new Graduate would, so do make sure you ask and familiarise yourself first.


  6. Helpful (13)

    "Job Security Issues and Loss of Business - Watch out!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Can be a great place to work: with a lot of intelligent people, working on interesting projects.

    Cons

    Poor job security
    - Let around 30 people go back in April 2017
    - Pushed back many graduate start dates by over 6 months
    - Looking to make further cuts

    Male dominated
    Long Hours
    Lots of Travel
    Management are extremely arrogant (Oxbridge old boys)

    Advice to Management

    - You should have learnt from the other companies in the sector who made the same mistakes you have
    - Value people, that is what makes your business


  7. "Interesting, rewarding work that really makes a difference and a fun company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant
    Current Employee - Lead Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Newton Europe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Variety and change as you do many projects across different sectors; challenging projects in a good way - always being stretched that little bit; morally rewarding work with public sector organisations making a real difference to the end users; good rewards package and great opportunities to develop professionally; strong focus on the social side of the company with lots of events to bring employees together; work expenses are all covered

    Cons

    Working away from home during the week; can be quite tough with longer hours when projects get busy

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Operations Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Newton Europe full-time

    Pros

    Excellent lifestyle for those with few home commitments. Work with great people very day! The definition of work hard play hard.

    Cons

    A lot of time away from home if that is something that concerns you.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "An incredible journey and great company. Fantastic, fun, challenging, stretching and rewarding, but can be frustrating!"

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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)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Newton Europe (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The culture is amazing. Everyone is really, really bright and really passionate about Newton, their clients and their projects. Lots of people are friends out of work and as mentioned many times here, it's a very 'work-hard-play-hard' mindset, so it's a great place to both enjoy work and socialise. There are lots of social events which back this up, from fortnightly company get-togethers, activity days, summer and Christmas parties to a ski trip and four other weekends away, which are at least part company sponsored.

    The projects are varied, interesting, worthwhile and really make use of your brain. The focus on implementation of work means you actually get to see the results of the work you have done and see the lives of the customers, patients or staff change as a result of the work being done, which can be really rewarding. The depth of operational understanding you end up getting on projects (often you end up knowing more about how part of a company works than someone who has worked there for decades) and improvement skillset is also a rare skill in the wider consulting world, so is really valued by both other consultancies and industry.

    The personal development and feedback culture is really good at making sure you get rapid development, particularly earlier on in your career. You're constantly stretched and will be managing client relationships and more junior colleagues much earlier in your career than at other consultancies. Barring a small amount of needing to be operating consistently for a period of time (which they would benefit from being more open about), there is the closest thing I have seen to a meritocracy - you will be promoted when you are ready for the next step, without needing to wait for a position to become available.

    There is a lot of support available. You'll be given a development manager who supports your longer term development, your line manager and a more informal mentor, but outside of that it's easy to build a peer network from your induction and previous project teams and you are able (and expected) to call up and ask anyone advice about anything.

    There isn't really a 'face-time' culture around hours. Typically you'd work 8-6 on a client site Monday to Friday, with maybe a couple of hours work in the evening a couple of nights a week. There's no weekend work, but you are away during the week.

    Cons

    It can be hard work. Some projects get into bad habits of working long hours which can be unsustainable and usually takes a little time to be recognised and fixed, but even if you're not working long hours, it can get really intense and pressured.

    There is a definite 'Newton shape'. If you don't quite fit that, you have to work hard to get your other strengths valued. Some manage this more successfully than others.

    It can feel like a cult. Not necessarily an entirely bad thing, as you end up making friends with colleagues, but being away from home Monday to Friday, together with up to 6 weekends a year with work people, means it is very easy for it to crowd out your other social circles and relationships unless you make a concerted effort to stop that from happening.

    Whilst the development and feedback culture is great, lots can depend on who your current line manager is, how similar they are to you and their emotional intelligence in delivering feedback and helping you develop areas of improvement. Feedback and development delivered in the wrong way can, and does, affect consultants' self confidence when the overwhelming vibe is that everyone is doing amazingly well.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the learnings from the recent dip in the pipeline are actually learnt so the good recovery you've made in the last few months will sustain and not be temporary.
    Continue looking after the best bits about Newton - the culture, the excellent people, the unrivalled delivery focus. It's a credit to you how much these have been preserved with the size of company you are at now and are the things which are prized and recognised by both your employees and your competitors.

    Find a way to value and promote a more open, honest culture at every level. It's been eroded in recent years as the gap between the leadership and the teams on the ground has widened. Find forums to get people talking across that gap, not just on review nights over a drink. Structure, make time for and encourage peer reviews at every level, not just at EPRs.

    Be more open to using people's strengths to support a project. Not everyone needs to be good at everything to add an enormous amount of value to a team and asking people to do so is good for neither them nor the team and won't get the best outcome for the client.

    Try to lose the attitude that some things are just the way they are and there is nothing you can do about it. This is holding you back in some of the areas that people have mentioned as cons - the female / diversity issues, retention of leads / principals, the EQ of managers and a perceived lack of positive feedback.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing Experience"

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

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

    Pros

    - great experience embedded with the clients
    - All colleagues are amazing, bright, intelligent, and nice
    - Company is transparent with their intentions for the business
    - You will develop quickly with feedback from peers, line manager, and a personal development manager

    Cons

    - Lifestyle isn't for everyone. You'll be gone Monday through Friday. But absolutely no work after 6 pm on Friday. They take that seriously. Unfortunately, that does mean late nights through the week.
    - Newton throws a good party, can get a bit wild at times
    - feedback is blunt. Sometimes you'll get conflicting feedback from multiple people. Learning to push back in a non-defensive constructive way is an important skill
    - your promotion will depend on the impression you give to the rest of the company. This means that the 95% that don't work with you have a large say in your growth

    Advice to Management

    Enjoyed my experience!


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