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Newton Europe Reviews

Updated 20 November 2017
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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 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Working away from home during the week; can be quite tough with longer hours when projects get busy (in 33 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A truly fantastic and different place to work but you need to be prepared to travel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Newton is a challenging and exciting place to work. From day one you will be thrown into a project that will stretch and challenge you. Development is a huge focus within the company and I've had more feedback in the last few months than I did from years in other companies.

    Each and every project that you work on will be different from the last and there are always new skills to be gained. A huge plus is the sheer variety of work that Newton undertakes, from healthcare to transport and the private sector, you are able to experience huge variety in your work. No two days will be the same which is a huge plus.

    Cons

    You need to be prepared to spend your entire week away from home, from 6am Monday through till 6pm on Friday you will be out of the house and away from your friends/family. This is much more manageable when you are young but as your priorities shift this might be more of an issue. That being said, you wont ever work on weekends.

    There is also a noticeable lack of diversity within the company which could do with being addressed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the fantastic culture and ethos of the company, it's what makes it a truly different and exceptional place to work.


  3. "Great company & culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging environment with highly talented, supportive colleagues. Great development opportunities!

    Cons

    Lots of travel, away from home 5 days a week


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Avoid like the plague"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Newton Europe full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, good development

    Cons

    Male dominated, anti female and lacks an open and transparent culture.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so arrogant and treat people better


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Really exciting future!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I feel like I've joined at a hugely exciting time for the company, as we look to kick on and grow at pace over the next couple of years.

    The team to deliver that growth is one of the best I've worked with and the vision set from the very top of the business is genuinely really inspiring.

    The company is set up to create a close-knit, supportive, and high performing culture, which is reflected in the effort made to bringing the company together frequently and encourage collaboration.

    Management is incredibly supportive and development is a big priority here.

    Cons

    It's not a typical 9-5 and the lines between work/life can be blurry, which some people may struggle with . Occasional travel is useful if you want to get the most out of the company, even if you're office based.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being ambitious about what we can achieve and maintain the focus on giving your people the best platform to make it happen.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Inspiring company with a brilliant work-hard-play-hard culture!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Huge focus on personal development, with excellent training opportunities
    - Promotion is purely on merit
    - Work is interesting, rewarding and challenging
    - The people are great and the social side (Newton weekends, parties and fortnightly review nights) is a lot of fun
    - High starting salary and package

    Cons

    Working away during the week means there is a lot of travel involved and the work-life balance doesn't suit everyone. However, you are guaranteed to be back home by 18.00 on a Friday evening to enjoy the weekend.

    Advice to Management

    - Ensure the current culture is sustained as the company grows.
    - Don't rush recruitment or let standards slide.
    - Improve brand awareness.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Newton Europe full-time

    Pros

    The people you get to work with are incredible - really interesting, nice, inspiring and so smart! Your peers will become your family here, which is a really lovely and special thing!

    Cons

    Pay isn't as competitive as a lot of the sector, working away from home monday-friday every week is longer than the rest of the sector. The hours are better than the rest of the sector though, you typically only work 0800-1830. You get given the worst laptops I've used to work on.

    Advice to Management

    Step back from managing the running of the business, and get back to (what you used to do so well) - leading the business. Inspire the people in your organisation, and start listening to your team who are "working on the ground" - otherwise you're at risk of becoming detached from the reality of what's going on.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Company in operational distress. Job security low"

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

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

    Pros

    They have just (01 April 2017) let go of over 30 employees, in one go, due to a downsizing of the business as a consequence of poor sales performance. If the current situation with their underdeveloped sales pipeline continues, further headcount reductions of a similar size are possible

    Cons

    Toxic work culture. No women in the upper 2 levels of management. Less than 10 people of a non Caucasian ethnic origin in the entire company (c. 220 people). Head office is based next to what appears to be a scrap metal dealer.


  10. Helpful (23)

    "Toxic Culture - avoid"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Oxford, England
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Oxford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - The grads who fit into the culture genuinely seem to embrace and enjoy it.
    - Grads are given great structure to learn the 'Newton way' and taught about 'Being Newton' (there is actually a book). While it feels rigid and creates 'clones' they do learn some great skills particularly around structured thinking and problem solving.

    Cons

    - Elitist, male, engineering dominated mindset which is closed to new ideas
    - 'Cut throat' culture - there is a constant 'performance management' of people out of the business. Often due to a poor cultural fit (i.e. don't think exactly like others/not willing to conform). Extremely detrimental to the confidence of grads at the start of their career
    - As an experienced hire you are expected to spend the first year (or more) in a Business Consultant role. Essentially a delivery role. Managed by near grads (with low emotional intelligence) told to forget everything you know and learn how to 'be Newton'. There is no recognition (or even understanding) that this might feel uncomfortable or difficult.
    - A strong feedback culture. This could be a positive but unfortunately it is often delivered by people lacking the people skills or emotional intelligence to have the desired affect. Has the effect of promoting confident 'Newton types' (almost always male) and undermining any sort of diversity
    - The product that Newton delivers is essentially the same in every client. Develop KPIs and targets around throughput and then put meetings and structures in place to make people work faster and harder. While this delivers results in some cases the lack of empathy or change management understanding undermines the work they are doing
    - Does not embrace technology internally or in client solutions
    - Complete lack of diversity. There are no female directors or Associate Directors (top 20-25 people in the business) and only 3 to 5 in the top 50 (estimate)
    - Can feel like a cult

    Advice to Management

    - Evolution is essential to survive.
    - A review at BM/AD level is essential
    - You need to hire people who have empathy and people skills (as well as analytical problem solving skills). Feedback from clients is very mixed
    - Promote or hire diversity into the business
    - Might be too late now but... sell while your numbers look good


  11. "Consultant"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Newton Europe full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, testing environments are good for development, good remuneration and team events through the year.

    Cons

    As you'd expect for a consultancy role, living away due to working on client site etc. your line manager can make a huge difference to both happiness and career progress and whilst there are processes to develop line managers, some good project managers but bad people managers slip through.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on culture is good, but need to do more to increase positivity around feedback and make people feel more appreciated for what they bring.


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