Huron Consulting Group

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Huron Consulting Group Reviews

Updated Apr 8, 2014
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3.3 235 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

Huron Consulting Group President, CEO and Director James H. (Jim) Roth

James H. (Jim) Roth

(124 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance is definitely one of the top in the nation(in 30 reviews)

  • Met some great people at the entry level(in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance (challenge with many traveling consulting jobs I'm sure)(in 20 reviews)

  • Which I feel is a reflection of poor upper management(in 10 reviews)

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    Depends on which area you work in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Detroit, MI

    ProsGood pay, relatively good benefits

    ConsTreat you like a cog in a machine

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good professional experience but unnecessarily political

    Associate Consultant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros+Majority of people (not all) are intelligent and good to work with
    +Exposure to various industries and rules/regs
    +Good IT support
    +Good benefits

    Cons-Culture can vary widely between practices - from frat house to hipsters. Usually more frat than hip.
    -Management competency varies widely at senior levels
    -Too much emphasis on facetime with client, resulting in significant work travel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish open 2-way feedback channels between managers and non-managers.
    Offer more training opportunities. Expensing a book on programming doesn't count as training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Huron needs leadership and money

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Proseasy locations to work from
    competence of corporate staff
    collegial spirit
    great parties for consultants where Huron picks up the tab

    Consincompetence of corporate leadership
    lack of direction
    complacency as a strategy rather than accountability and direction
    difficulty in understanding how to impact the business
    lack of career development unless you are a certain gender and race

    Advice to Senior Managementthink about how to strategically execute
    spend to grow - the great companies find ways to spend to foster rapid growth instead of reducing spend to cover up short-term misses

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Staffing on projects was random and can be frustrating.

    Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWork can be interesting; opportunities for travel when staffed on projects; generous PTO policy when unstaffed; younger culture

    ConsLayoffs and downsizing; fewer chances for junior employees to get involved in higher level deals; a lot of pitches and marketing that generated few wins; too many Managing Directors that failed to sell work (top heavy)

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet junior people involved in work that is not just pitchbooks and data entry; keep everyone informed about the reality of the pipeline and new deals

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor communication

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsInitial onsite experience for new consultants provides excellent up front experience and valuable learning opportunities. Many analysts work directly with Managers and Supervisors right out of the gate.

    ConsManagement and upper level managers provide very little support for continuing education to their employees. Politics have plagued the promotion structure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide new employees with all opportunities for growth and encourage time off since the work that is done can be very tiresome.

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    Fine , but not very challenging work. I was bored.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros1. Growing firm - growth potential
    2. Nice people

    Cons1. More concerned with adding headcount than quality of hire.
    2. Too many "sr leadership" wanting to do things their own way - lack of culture.
    3. Not challenging

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Broken Model - Publicly Traded Consulting Firm

    Associate (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsVery good level of work/life balance. Outside training sometimes difficult to get approved, but often open to motivated employees. Employees are given freedom to run and participate on almost all levels of engagements. High visibility available to junior level employees with c-suite level management clients.

    ConsPoor review process with results not taken into consideration for promotions/raises. Feedback difficult to receive from management and rarely given. Model of tracking utilization and performance does not reward or give credit for business development or training of others. Thus, a lot of the engagement work recycles dated material. Fair amount of 'dead weight' on engagement teams with a few 'heavy lifters' while others just push papers around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide a stronger incentive to develop talented junior level staff members and promote from within. Compensation must be increased in order to retain talented individuals. Analyst's start pretty high but quickly level off or drop below competitors after 2 years. In the last year it is astounding the amount of intellectual capital that has left Huron. Employees are leaving at an alarming rate after the SEC investigation. While it appears there is a lot that is being done to satisfy a few MDs and Directors there is not enough being done to keep talented individuals at all levels. This has placed a great burden on the remaining employees, especially when those doing a great deal of the work are leaving. Finally, stop promoting Managers and Directors with no sales ability. Client relationships must be developed better at the Manager/Director level so that promotions are warranted and individuals will have the ability to go sell new work and expand the practice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work distributed based on favoritism. Great pay for intense working conditions.

    Analyst (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat pay, benefits package, and time-off. Great training for entry-level recruits. Great opportunity for travel. Easy transition into different departments within the firm. Lots of optional training provided.

    ConsExtremely competitive amongst peers and even superiors which creates an "in crowd" environment. Work distributed based on favoritism and hard to be chosen for client projects if you are not a favorite (bonuses given based on client hours). Be careful not to step on toes and loyalty is relative to the situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to create less threatening environment so employees can focus on work/task at hand. Standardize work distribution or focus on equal rotation for analysts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low company morale- but great salary!

    Associate (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat Salary- if you enjoy travelling every week- Huron is for you! Friendly co-workers!

    ConsDont expect a close bond with your coworkers, you will barely see them! No growth sectors besdies healthcare (only due to acquistions), micro managed environment, job insecurity

    Advice to Senior Managementconstant job insecurity, increase morale and team building.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Commoditized Consulting

    Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsHuron Consulting is a great place for accountants who are interested in pursuing litigation and distressed company issues. The compensation is competitive and while bonuses have been falling year over year over the last three years below 9%, a generous overtime program should provide employees with a comfortable 5 - 10% buffer provided they find themselves staffed. The work life balance offer of $25 per month is a nice perk to illustrate the company's commitment to its staff. I can attest to the ease of getting involved with company programs and training opportunities as well as the relatively flat organization structure.

    ConsHuron Consulting has quickly reconciled with its Arthur Andersen roots and washed its hands of practices not involved in audit, tax or regulatory issues associated with distressed firms. The recent growth by acquisition strategy has led to serious organizational fractures between the Wellspring, Callaway, Galt, etc. purchases and the larger organizational practices. This coupled with an increased propensity for hiring managing directors and directors who fail to meet corporate standards for promised, but undelivered profitable rolodexes has led to a short sighted culture. The company which started with fairly light bureaucratic structure has become somewhat stingy and moreover inflexible as it has struggled to meet the similarly myopic and unreasonable expectations of its primary shareholders (Silver Lake), but this remains a problem of most publicly held consultancies. The company will continue to shed operations, seeking quick returns and thinning its talent base. Turnover is on the rise and the company has recently rationalized operations to pursue singular and simplistic service lines. In addition to audit work, the company now boasts questionable services including the new Velocity program as well as its propensity to focus on odd specialties such as Higher Education Commodity Procurement (think, Textbooks and Paper). Huron Consulting has now disappeared from Consulting Magazine's "Top Places to Work" list for the first time in three years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrowth by acquisition and cost cutting are the indications of a failing business model or an uncompetitive market player. Management should identify core complementary business lines and seek long-term growth in profitable market spaces where knowledge and talent are deep to avoid product/service commoditization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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