Gerson Lehrman Group

  www.glg.it
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Gerson Lehrman Group Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.4 124 reviews

54% Approve of the CEO

Gerson Lehrman Group President and CEO Alexander Saint-Amand

Alexander Saint-Amand

(79 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is overall very good for being involved with Wall St (in 12 reviews)

  • Plenty of smart people from impressive backgrounds (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • HR and Senior Management are not emplyee friendly, high internal politics (in 8 reviews)

  • No clear career path, weak link between colleagues (in 4 reviews)

More Highlights
29 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Such a great company to work for

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsYou work with some of the most intelligent colleagues you will ever work with, the work culture is great and everyone is supportive of each other which is totally opposite to the typical corporate environment. GLG does a great job of taking care of and inspire their employees. This is a great place to start your career and build a robust professional network.

    ConsThe work-life balance can be a bit tough at times, but I believe the company is working to address this issue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing, that is, maintaining an open door policy and meeting with and mentoring associates.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Every conversation I had, whether it was with a client, a council member or a colleague, was interesting.

    Vice President (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFascinating work, super smart people.

    ConsCan be tough to develop one's own expertise when in the business of connecting other experts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvesting in staff development would likely be well received.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great Group of Intelligent Individuals

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSenior Management had an open door policy

    Conslower management was not properly aligned to the GLG standards

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful of lower management that has no been hired within.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

  1. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great company, Great people, excited for the future.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe people are by far the best part of working at GLG. The leadership team has set the vision and the team up for success. The business is moving in new and exciting directions. We are focused on what is important to our clients all in a coordinated way through our values: Learning & Curiosity, Responsibility, Service, Courage, Judgement, & Fresh Perspective. It is really an exciting time to have joined the team.

    ConsGLG is a place where you have to be self motivated and initiate the change you want to see, and change is hard for anyone. So you do need to be a self motivated person with passion for what you do in order to succeed, and hit the high standard they have set.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep moving forward, and telling us about it. Set the bar higher and hire more people. We need bigger supporting departments (approx 10% increase) in order to support growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Dynamic, growing company with great environment

    Senior Sales Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThis is a company with services that they market wants. It created a new industry and it feels good to be at a place that isn't resting on its accomplishments, but is actually trying to get better every day. It's an intellectually vibrant environment and one that rewards thinking outside the box. You're treated like an adult at GLG and not micro-managed, therefore I've found the work/life balance to be very good.

    ConsAs with any company, personality fit and culture are important. It's critical to make sure you connect with whoever will manage you and that you feel good around your colleagues because for better or worse that will be key.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to engage with all levels of employees, continue to explore ways to make them feel like they are a part of the success of the firm and part of where it is going.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging work with talented people

    Legal and Compliance Intern (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsGLG offers a unique experience to work with a worldwide company alongside very talented (often young) professionals. There are few options as excellent for those seeking professional experience in Austin.

    ConsThere is a lot of turnover in the company making it difficult for interns to get a long-term view of the company. Additionally, the interns have limited built-in opportunities to connect with each other.

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    GROWTH and OPPORTUNITY

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe best reason to work here is that the people are great. I enjoy coming to work everyday. The people within GLG make the product and drive growth by working closely together. Research and Sales colleagues collaborate everyday and I think both parties benefit. Our clients come to us to learn and as we conduct the work, by reaching out to our network, we have the opportunity to learn about some of the most innovative and interesting topics. The leadership is great and has recently put a huge emphasis on connecting with everyone on a deeper level to find concerns and address them directly.

    ConsIt is good and bad but the training process is limited depending on your role. You are forced to learn quickly and think on your feet. I personally prefer this method but I know some old coworkers felt the pressure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to connect with everyone on a personal level. Encourage team collaboration through internal initiatives as well as company wide outings (ie: charity, sports teams, etc).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    I am a freelance Research Analyst with GLG and thoroughly enjoy working for them.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are numerous advantages to working for Gerson Lehrman Group. This organization is extremely organized and professional with all of their clients on a consistent basis. They are the leading research organization in their field with positive feedback from their clients as well as the consultants. I have been happily employed with them since 2005 and love the atmosphere and positive culture they provide.

    ConsThere are really no downsides to working for Gerson Lehrman Group. The only thing I could possibly say is, it would be nice to receive more work projects however, that is not necessarily a con.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be nice if the organization would provide a lateral platform for their freelance consultants to be able to transition to a full-time status within the company. I have worked for them on a freelance basis since 2005 and would love the opportunity to transition to working for them on a full-time basis.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great place to get finance and client service exposure

    Senior Research Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsVery smart people from huge range of backgrounds. Work closely with investor clients on diligence into public and private companies. Regular interactions with C-level industry executives. Lots of offices (Boston, Chicago, NYC, LA, SF, Austin, DC, etc), so you can travel frequently without having to take vacation days. Managers are very good on the whole, no one manages just for the sake of managing. A lot of freedom if you perform well.

    ConsSometimes complicated and advanced work with investors (I was a liberal arts major...), but nothing you can’t learn. Long hours sometimes (normally 8:30 - 6/6:30, but sometimes 8:30 – 7:30 or 8:00 during busy times). You have to juggle a lot at one time and you always have a lot going on. You also get a lot of responsibility pretty early on so you have to learn the job quickly, but training is very good so not really a big deal for most people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore direct interaction would be great.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Very bright future--Excellent place to be

    Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsProfessional development, interesting work, open atmosphere, quality of colleagues, premier and diverse client base, early responsibility, great work/life balance, industry leading compliance, excellent business model, company is growing and changing fast

    ConsEnterprise software system, some outdated systems and processes

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue using all assets to recruit, develop, and retain talent--relay company strategy (not just 3-12 month tactics and goals) to junior employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Worked for Gerson Lehrman Group? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.