Gerson Lehrman Group

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

Gerson Lehrman Group Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
131 Reviews
3.5
131 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Gerson Lehrman Group President and CEO Alexander Saint-Amand
Alexander Saint-Amand
83 Ratings

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

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Such a great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Austin, TX

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You will get to work alongside 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 completely opposite to the typical corporate environment. GLG does a great job of taking care of, training, developing, and motivating their employees. This is a great place to start your career as well as build a robust professional network and there is a lot of room for growth if you find the company to be a good fit.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, that is, maintaining an open door policy and meeting with and mentoring associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fascinating work, super smart people.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investing in staff development would likely be well received.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Group of Intelligent Individuals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Senior Management had an open door policy

    Cons

    lower management was not properly aligned to the GLG standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful of lower management that has no been hired within.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Great company, Great people, excited for the future.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    GLG 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Dynamic, growing company with great environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging work with talented people

    Former Employee - Legal and Compliance Intern  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Legal and Compliance Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    GLG 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.

    Cons

    There 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.

  8.  

    GROWTH and OPPORTUNITY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue 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).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gerson Lehrman Group

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to get finance and client service exposure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

    More direct interaction would be great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very bright future--Excellent place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time

    Pros

    Professional 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

    Cons

    Enterprise software system, some outdated systems and processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Worked for Gerson Lehrman Group? Contribute to the Community!

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