Proudfoot Reviews

Updated Dec 2, 2021

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Proudfoot Chief Executive Officer Pamela Hackett
Pamela Hackett
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  • "If you want to learn consulting 101 and get exposure to different industries in a short period of time(in 10 reviews)

  • "You would most probably work and see many different countries(in 5 reviews)

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  • "Proudfoot projects are challenging(in 20 reviews)

  • "Long hours, intensive travel, demanding management(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      A good place to learn & do best in class operational consulting

      Jun 15, 2021 - Consultant in London, England
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      Pros

      Exposure to clients from different industries representing various management cultures Learning a practical transformation approach where you actually make change happen Supportive teams & managers Involved CEO you can talk to anytime so you can actually feel you can have an impact Oppeness to new ideas & solutions

      Cons

      A lot of traveling involved - however that's typical for the industry

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Not relevant in the market any longer

      Oct 8, 2021 - Senior Consultant 
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      Pros

      Were leaders in the market 30 years ago

      Cons

      Havent realised the need to change their business model , so have become a small irrelevant player.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Leadership team changes again

      Jul 30, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      None - the place is toxic. New people are the CEOs golden children for a month or two and then it all goes to hell

      Cons

      Toxic culture from the top Management team that changes every 5 minutes Board who is too distant/lazy to save the company

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      6 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      An intensely rewarding but also demanding experience

      Jun 14, 2021 - Engagement Manager in London, England
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      Pros

      Pam has a strong team around her that has genuinely transformed the company and continues to relentlessly pursue a clear strategy. No-nonsense (or even fair dinkum) leadership has got us far! At the same time, the senior team do care. This was particularly obvious during the pandemic when necessary measures were taken but with extreme fairness. As a result I was lucky to work with many bright, competent consultants who powered through the pandemic. The projects are genuinely interesting because they aim to create real change, real impact. Success feels all the sweeter for it. What is extraordinary is how much one can learn, achieve and grow in such a short space of time at Proudfoot. It's clearly not for everyone (see a few of the other reviews on here) but for those who can, this is a terrific company.

      Cons

      See the last paragraph under Pros: Proudfoot projects are challenging. Not just in terms of work-life balance (that's a given in consulting) but in terms of emotional intelligence / agility. To do well in this environment you need a healthy amount of entrepreneurial spirit and creativity alongside the more technical skills and consulting frameworks. Sometimes veteran Proudfooters forget this which leads to conflicts with new team members who are unfamiliar with the culture here.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      New joiner

      Jun 16, 2021 - Executive Vice President in London, England
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      Pros

      Joined the business 3 months ago and was hesitant to join due to Glassdoor references and stories I had heard. A Managing Partner convinced me to join. It has been a completely different picture - public perspective vs actual experience. My experiences: Committed team Highly experienced Passionate about real client impact and ROI Committed and involved CEO leading the thought leadership and client value drive Employee share ownership showing the commitment employees have in the business Real impact, on scale globally A collaborative culture Rapid growth curve Knowledge and capabilities spanning 75 years

      Cons

      Historical staff churn impacting continuous value delivery to clients Unknow brand in some markets and sectors

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      “CEO begging employees to write good reviews again”

      Jun 26, 2021 - Vice President in London, England
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      Pros

      Like England, living only on glorious history.

      Cons

      First of all, this review happened because CEO Pam is ranting and concern about the negative ratings rather than looking closely and addressing all the previous negative reviews. All the previous 5-star posts before this are a result of that ranting. In simple, she is blinded. Pam, here is your 1-star, you have earned yourself the worst CEO ever. Once this negative review is posted, the CEO will start cranking up again and some more employees will then be instructed to post the next few reviews with 5-star ratings. Come on, from 1-star to 5-star rating, where are those “perfect employees”, I really don’t see them working and contributing in the company. You have so many colleagues being layoff and you are still calling it a 5-star company? You should be looking for a new job as your contingency! Most of them are already doing that! The 5-star review results already prove something is dodgy about this company. That’s very sad. You can see for yourself in the whole review history. What you are going to read is what’s left of Proudfoot. The heartbeat of this company is gone. All ruined by CEO’s personal agenda. The senior management is now a complete joke filled with her female counterparts because she is so determined to appoint female leaderships regardless of their capabilities. Throughout the pandemic crisis, all she did was keep pushing her book, earning royalties for herself and promoting the so-called Heads-Up or 1.5.30 ideas. Complete joke! Didn’t she know most companies have their own methodology on that? What a joke for a CEO to think that’s the best idea! The rest of all her initiatives start with poor efforts, no completion, no execution, no value, nothing. While the rest of the consulting businesses are evolving and getting new breakthroughs, she is still singing “people first”, yet treating her own employees worse than what she preaches. If you want clients to believe in Proudfoot’s approach, then practice them internally first and do it well! When employees give negative feedback in their internal “360” reviews or what they call it the 1.5.30, instead of taking actions to address them, the employees will either get a phone call to make amendments to their statement or they will get blacklisted. No actions were ever done on those feedback. Your 1.5.30 has failed completely! Pam is dishonest, no integrity, zero ethics, poor judgement, lack of vision and disrespectful. All the attributes of a very very very poor leader. I won’t even hire her as a consultant. Pam, if your heart is really big for your people, Proudfoot would have been different and bigger today. But sadly, it is presently as small as your heart and brain. In 2019, Proudfoot has around 250 employees. In 2021, they have 125 employees. A third of these 125 are new employees hired from 2020. She has layoff staff and then hire immediately on who she favours. And some of these new leaders with no Proudfoot DNA further bring along new employees that are not even qualified to be consultants but given VP and Director titles. Of the 125 headcount left, less than 10 are consultants. The rest are mostly deadwoods that lack the energy to do their works apart from talking and talking. So if they ever mention Proudfoot family, it’s all rubbish! During such crisis, she is one of those leaders that instead of looking after her employees, she seize opportunities to fire and rehire. I don’t know why would any clients want to engage their service. Their current projects are run mostly by contractors who are not even trained in Proudfoot methodologies. Proudfoot is a sinking ship, period. Don’t join them for you will learn nothing apart from boot licking. If you are a Proudfoot client reading this, you better start scrutinise their way of working, for they have no real methodology to prove they can help your business apart from overwhelming you with theories. Their historical achievements are donkey years ago. No one really care about the employees’ career and future. There are many better jobs out there. This one is definitely not.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

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      Aug 28, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Nice people to work with

      Cons

      Can get quiet on a Friday in the office

      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Not for everyone..

      Jul 23, 2020 - Senior Consultant in London, England
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      Pros

      Rapid learning curve, exposure to senior clients from day one. Multiple industries.

      Cons

      Long hours, intensive travel, demanding management.

      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good team spirit and friendly office based environment

      Jan 8, 2020 - Front End 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good on boarding. When I started, we had a clear week program with follow up, all very well organised. All tools provided for effective start which made me confident in my job.

      Cons

      Recognition is not well spread across the organisation.

      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good for 1-2 years to get consultanting exposure

      Oct 11, 2019 - Senior Consultant in London, England
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      Pros

      Exposure to clients at early stage

      Cons

      Simple repetitive projects once you learn the Proudfoot way. Vast majority of engagements are a basic process improvement process. No long run development, mentorship, training opportunities.

      6 people found this review helpful

      Proudfoot Response

      CEO

      Thanks for the feedback. I agree we need to get much better at training and development. I think the hiring of our new Global Head of People Solutions will help that. Not too sure of the repetivive projects. Feeling bad we may have crewed you on some similar work or perhaps the skillsets were a fit or language causing this. I know the work in Mongolia on the ramp up th epast 2 years is what the client calls innovative, our work in MRO is helping change the way engines are built and planes are put back in the sky. So hoping that old perception of process improvement is going away.

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