HRpepper is a transforma- tion consultancy, based in Berlin, Germany, that
designs future-oriented organizations—with a curious eye and
innovative methods. “We advise
on topics such as the design of
personnel work, strategy development or the change of corporate
cultures,” says Dr. Matthias Meifert, Managing Partner. “Our clients are medium-sized companies
and international corporations as
well as public and scientific institutions.” Meifert sat down with
Consulting to discuss the firm’s financial performance.
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your firm’s
Meifert: The main reasons for the
extraordinary growth are three: One
reason for this is the way we advise
our clients, and this is met with a
very positive response from them.
We are not a classic management
consultancy. We focus on trusting
relationships and work with our
clients at eye level. The creation of
positive experiences is important to
us. In addition, we have exceptional
consultants who are very well qual-
ified and have very pronounced per-
sonal and social skills. Everyone has
a high degree of personal responsi-
bility and freedom with us. A third
reason is certainly to be found in
the market. Organizations are under
great pressure to change—mainly
due to digitalization. They have to
transform themselves and are look-
ing for companions who are compe-
tent and with whom they can work
Consulting: How is this year shaping
up for your firm?
Meifert: This year, we deliberately decided to take our foot off
the accelerator a little and concentrate more on our own structures
and processes. This is important
if we strive to achieve sustainable
growth in the long term.
Consulting: How would you describe
your firm’s outlook for 2019?
Meifert: In 2019, we will certainly
grow very strongly again. We will
therefore hire several consultants
and intensify our cooperation with
freelancers. Looking ahead to 2019,
there are many opportunities for us.
The digital transformation of companies will then be an even more
pressing issue than it is today. This
will further advance our business.
For this reason, we will focus even
more strongly on cooperation and investment with companies that have
digital expertise in various fields.
Consulting: What would you say are
your firm’s biggest challenges?
Meifert: The biggest challenge is,
on the one hand, the general economic development, on which we,
like other organizational consultancies, are dependent. Growth can, of
course, slow down if, for example,
the trade dispute between the U.S.
and China intensifies. On the other
hand, we must continue to work on
our structures in order to cope well
with HRpepper's growth, which has
been sustained for years.
Consulting: What does being named
one of Consulting’s Fastest Growing
Firms mean to your firm, your
employees and your clients?
Meifert: The award is a great honor
and recognition for the efforts of each
individual consultant. We are pleased
to receive the award for the second
time in a row, which shows that we
are sustainably successful. Like us,
customers are proud to be able to work
together with such a successful firm.
*REVENUE GROWTH: 299% HQ: BERLIN, GERMANY