Baringa Partners Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 20 Aug 2019

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Baringa Partners Managing Partner Adrian Bettridge
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  • "Good culture, people know each other more than in traditional consultancy(in 17 reviews)

  • "Good understanding that being away from home can be a struggle from a work/life balance perspective(in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic company with a great culture and strategy for the future"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baringa Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great culture, surrounded by massively competent people - Highly collaborative across teams - Autonomy and ability for everyone in the company to have a voice and bring ideas to the table - Really interesting projects and new propositions being developed - Good work life balance, you're expected to work hard for the time you're in work, but when you're home, you're home

    Cons

    - Central support functions are continually stretched despite doing a great job and need further investment - Pockets of 'Big 4' mentality in certain areas

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic people, great working culture, be careful to not dilute it"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baringa Partners full-time

    Pros

    I left Baringa over the last few months and while I did not initially intend to leave a review I was quite surprised to read some overly exaggerated negative feedback and thought I could share mine. Let's start with what Baringa does well: - Probably the best working culture I have ever experienced in my career - Good non cash benefits (e.g. healthcare and travel cover) - Good understanding that being away from home can be a struggle from a work/life balance perspective. Therefore the company has a pretty unique policy where the more you are away from home the more extra holiday you get as well as salary increase (up to +25% if I remember correctly, could be wrong) - It is one of the few places where I actually made a number of friends, I always felt part of a team that cared for its members - You have a lot of room to explore different business ideas and are encouraged to develop new offerings if you are interested in this, even at the junior level - Base salary is pretty competitive - Quite a few reviews have mentioned the parties, that's true but I would focus more on all the social events. I had a very good time in each one of them - Good career progression, assessment process is pretty transparent and seems fair

    Cons

    - Pension is absolutely not up to what a company of that size should offer, you get the mandatory minimum - Bonus is not really a bonus but a profit share scheme, it looked like it is below competition for a given grade and banding (at least when I compared against my friends') - Probably too much communication on why Baringa is great, especially when it comes to work life balance. While I had a fantastic time overall at the firm, there were times when was struggling. Same is true for Baringa. Baringa is a very good workplace but not the best and the more the company grows the more people will feel disconnected if the messaging is only about "we are the best". The recent negative reviews on glassdoor prove the point. Gone are the days when Baringa had only 300 employees. Consultants do work hard, it is the nature of the job. While Baringa has an OK work life balance for a consultancy it is definitely worse that what we see at our clients'. - It looks like Baringa has an opportunistic approach to work, would be great to see more emphasis on strategy and have people to actually execute it. - Can Baringa grow and maintain its DNA? It sometimes looked like the firm was headed towards the same type of culture we could see at the Big4/Accenture.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Still a great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baringa Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    For consulting, this is as good as it gets. People care about you, they support your personal ambitions and most of the time you work with great colleagues. You can also drive your own career and you are supported to figure out what you enjoy quite early on. Work life balance is discussed a lot and they are always trying new ways to make this lifestyle work for your circumstances

    Cons

    Pension is well below market average so ask for 5% more in your base salary to compensate. It can feel geared towards people with kids and families and less considerate of those where this may not be their life goal. Also recent hires in the partnership have been from big 4 who have brought their culture over with them so be conscious of that.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant at Baringa"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baringa Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Baringa has the best culture of any consulting firm I have worked for (out of 3). Leadership truly care about their people, and our current managing partner oozes this with every word and action that he says and does. Baringa recognises that the volume of travel and being away from home isn't something anyone really enjoys, and so it compensates employees on "out of town" projects both financially and with additional holidays. This is something I have never seen at any consultancy and one that sets Baringa apart and demonstrates how much they care about their people. Baringa has been the first consultancy to accept me for who I am, and I have watched its people do the same with many other new joiners. We strive hard not to simply hire in our own image and I feel we already have quite a diverse workforce, but never one to rest on our laurels we are still working hard to push the message of diversity across the company. Furthermore, Baringa is full of bright, passionate and smart people. We are not a corporate SI giant, and if you are tired of that life I would highly suggest Baringa is a step in the right direction to better work life balance, but just as interesting work.

    Cons

    There are few downsides I have seen to working at Baringa. As with any consultancy, you do have to travel, and you do have to occasionally do a role that doesn't fit your skillset, but you can't ever avoid that in consulting. My biggest downside at the moment is that we have grown so much in the last year our home office in London is getting rather full on Friday's when most people come in, but it's manageable and we've been acquiring other space in an nearby building to help this.

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  5. Helpful (13)

    "Best Party does not mean Best Employer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Baringa Partners full-time

    Pros

    There are a number of positives in working a Baringa: - some genuinely interesting and challenging client work - a good awareness of work/life balance within the consulting space - some of the best parties/company events - some genuinely awesome colleagues

    Cons

    So, where is Baringa currently going wrong? - Geographic growth - the strategy to build successful businesses internationally for Baringa has to be a case book example for business schools on how not to do this. The current leadership has been remarkably poor at addressing these underperforming parts of the business and fixing the problems. - Diversity - Baringa needs to do so much more to embrace diversity in all it’s facets and not try and build a business where everyone is a clone of the current Senior Partners - there is lots of rhetoric in the firm about being 'diverse and building diversity' but the sad truth is Baringa only likes square pegs, so if you are a little bit round on the edges, it will be much much harder for you to develop your career. Baringa is losing so many great people because of this. - Compensation - Benefits are so-so - apart from the parties. To attract and keep great people Baringa needs to have a better overall package. - Leadership - Great leadership has high levels of self awareness, they recognise they are not perfect, they genuinely take on board feedback, they are receptive to constructive criticism. Even at Partner level I have heard that some Partners do not share their views due to a fear of not being seen to ‘tow the company line’. Mohamed Mansour understood all this when he helped crete Baringa - we could really do with some of that ethos again.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience on the whole"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baringa Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked on projects with most of the key players in the market. Baringa well respected and trusted by clients.

    Cons

    Work life balance is variable across teams. It is often up to the individual to push back and make sure they’re not overworked.

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  7. "Great place to work!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Baringa Partners full-time for 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.

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  8. Helpful (18)

    "Bullied together"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baringa Partners full-time for 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.

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    Baringa Partners Response

    April 9, 2018Partner 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 life at Baringa, for example attrition remains low at 11%. The bullying comment is something we take very seriously, likewise discrimination in any forms. Unclear what allegations you are making here and would encourage you to share this directly with me. David Harris

  9. "Consultant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baringa Partners full-time for 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

  10. Helpful (1)

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

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baringa Partners full-time for 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.

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