OK Tony, I take your point, and you do have a business to protect. However, people have asked for opinion, and I as one would like to help out without putting my own position at jeopardy. My experience of Javelin suggests that this might be the case if I were to come clean as to who I am, which in itself should give out a message.
There is an issue here - although bigger firms would not come after consultants that post complaints, smaller ones will probably do so to protect their reputation. As such, I think you provide a valuable service in allowing anonymous posts. OK, posts should not be litigious, I accept that, but if they conform to this I believe they should be allowed.
So, let me try without jeopardising anyone.
It is a small firm. They have gone through a large number of changes in direction in order to find a foothold that brings in enough revenue as the market changes around them. They have not grown significantly in the past 5 years. They have also gone through a number of leadership changes in the technology side of the business, which accounts for about half of headcount and revenue. Retail client are notoriously penny-pinching, and so Javelin is in a difficult position attempting to sell higher-value consulting and delviery to clients that want big-firm branding and backing for consulting rates. Retail is also going through a downturn, with consumer spend becoming tighter and tighter in an increasingly difficult economy.
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Now, my experiences:
- It was not what I expected
- The culture was closer to that of a startup than a big-4 consultancy, as there was less structure than I expected
- There are cultural differences between the strategy consultants, operations guys and the technical team, which meant that there was really three teams, not one
- The directors were very demanding but did not give me the impression that they really understood what we did on the ground, and so we had to spend a lot of time managing upwards
- We seemed to survive, but it was always by flying close to the wire in many respects
- I did not enjoy it, and although I look back on it having learned a few things, I would not go there again
I hope that the above is specific enough, but in that it is all still opinion I don't think you could get sued!
Hopefully that will help some people, sorry that I cannot help further!