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Chicago, IL (US)
501 to 1000 employees
2007
Company - Private
IT Services
₹100 to ₹500 billion (INR) per year
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AHEAD builds platforms for digital business. By weaving together advances in cloud infrastructure, automation and analytics, and software delivery, we help enterprises deliver on the promise of digital transformation.<br/><br/>In late 2019, we merged with Data Blue ... Read more

Mission: AHEAD builds platforms for digital business. By weaving together advances in cloud infrastructure, automation and analytics, and software delivery, we help enterprises deliver on the promise of digital transformation.<br/><br/>In late 2019, we merged with Data Blue ... Read more

AHEAD Reviews

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AHEAD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - You will get to work with Fortune 500 and other enterprise accounts. Some of those projects will be very interesting, and you will get to solve fun challenging problems.

    - If you are accustomed to consulting, projects frequently change, giving you variety, but sometimes can become more involved depending on the size.

    - You likely will learn and grow from your experience here in addition to propelling your career further then it is now.

    - They have competitive compensation, reasonable benefits, and flexible hours depending on the project.

    - Despite my criticisms below, Ahead is one of the best technical consulting firms out there and would consider working here again in the future if culture improves from management.

    Cons

    - In a delivery role you will be measured by a handful of things, most notably Ahead executive visibility and how much time you can bill to customers, above all else. Pay close attention to how much of your compensation is bonus based as your billability will have a direct impact on your bonus payout. You don't have control over when projects are sold and if that work comes across your desk for you to bill. In addition bonus is also based on practice margin and MBOs.

    - When upper management gets asked hard-hitting questions, be prepared for a good answer and no action after that.

    - Whey they claim "Unlimited PTO," they forgot the asterisk saying only 14 days, and then it counts against your billable utilization. The "Incentives for certifications" only covers a small subset of certifications. Lastly, "Investment in training & development" is encouraged, they will financially cover stuff, quoting upper management "You are expected to do it at night and weekends."

    - When assigned full time to projects, you will be expected to bill full time to that project and will not given bench time to achieve your MBOs, which likely will include certifications or learning new skills, cross training the team and additional items. This also doesn't include the other internal and external programs Ahead teams and employees try to get involvement in. They said "Work-Life Balance" on the careers page, but I'm still trying to find where it fits in the overall picture.

    Advice to Management

    - Think beyond the deals you'll close this quarter or this year. Ahead gives off a strong vibe of a sales first organization. It affects the morale of those not on the sales side and keeps teams, delivery and otherwise from feeling equally valued and invested in Ahead.

    - Reconsider the new executive management regime in services. If your goal is to squeeze every dollar out of billable resources, then he does a stellar job making delivery feel that way. However, they can see through this. I haven't spoken to a single delivery resource that thinks he's had a positive impact on the company otherwise.

    - Want a better culture on the delivery side? Get rid of billable utilization. I know this sounds crazy from a business standpoint but I am confident Ahead would reap more benefit from it being gone then not. It makes you feel like a number, and that number is your only value to the organization. Unlike practice or company performance, you don't feel like you have control over something directly pointed at you. It erodes attitude, drive more then you know and to move past it you eventually ignore it while still resenting management for forcing it on you. "Servicenow and every other professional services organization Ive worked for does it" is the worst excuse, I thought we were trying to be different and not like the big 4.

    - Create your training regimen for growing your delivery personal TC > STC > PTC, work it into their projects, and plan bench time for them to achieve it. You say you need people to fill higher roles, you already have the technical talent, show them the way. You will have happier, more fulfilled delivery employees and save a lot of resources.

    - If you want to better control turn over better and maintain a high stature, actually invest in your employees by giving them time on the clock. It's a core component of a service organizations growth and industry relevance. This doubles at preventing burn out of your highest performers.

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AHEAD Interviews

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    Associate Program Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at AHEAD (Chicago, IL (US)) in June 2020.

    Interview

    I was contacted by the director of recruiting for the AHEAD associate program on LinkedIn. Hr manager called me for initial interview which was 30 mins. After I was contacted by their security director for the AHEAD launch program for an interview which was about 30 mins. The HR contacted me the same day stating that the interview went well and I had glowing reviews only to be told he only had one offer for which he gave to an intern. Whatever ok, then that same hr manager called me for another interview with the Cloud program director. Same thing interview went well, but he never contacted me for a second interview. I contacted the hr after a few days to inquire with no response. Waited another week and contacted that recruiter on LinkedIn to inquire. He never responded and Ironically the hr manager responded 10 mins after I messaged the recruiter. Complete waste of my time. I would not want to work with a firm that lacks integrity. At least have the decency to respect my time and tell me I was not chosen. Unacceptable.

    Interview Questions

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Company Updates

  • As a thank you for their continued partnership, we sent ~200 meals to clients &amp; partners from our favorite local spot in the Atlanta metro area. Stay safe &amp; we look forward to seeing you soon!

  • AHEADians are coming together to support families &amp; donate to their local DFCS. In just 1 day our team raised over $2,000 &amp; did a Costco run to help kids running low on diapers, supplies, &amp; food! Update: Some additional donations came in and the team was able to donate to 2 other incredible organizations - MedShare and Open Hand Atlanta.

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AHEAD Awards & Accolades

  • US Central Enterprise Partner of the Year, Cisco, 2019
  • AppDynamics Partner of the Year, AppDynamics, 2019
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