Huron Consulting Group
3.3 of 5 233 reviews
www.huronconsultinggroup.com Chicago, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

Huron Consulting Group Reviews

Updated Jun 2, 2014
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3.3 233 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

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

James H. (Jim) Roth

(123 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good company and culture

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGreat people, good career opportunities, great benefits, nice first place to start in the working world

    ConsStandard consulting travel grind, a bit of a boys club in upper management

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

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    Overrated

    Management Consulting Manager (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsBase pay is competitive and fair. Company funded parties are great (1990's WorldCom style)! A lot of motivated young people with solid academic accomplishment.

    ConsA very negative culture, and significant lack of integrity and leadership at the Managing Director level. I was shocked and appalled by the arrogance and crude behavior of some of the MD's. They manage the practice like a fraternity. Moreover, I was surprised by their overall lack of professional accomplishment and technical skill. There is little or no structure and transparency in the management of the consulting practices. There is no formula for bonuses (it's 100% discretionary) and a mostly undefined performance review process. The consulting assignments in the Higher Ed practice are insignificant and unfulfilling.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart recruiting a few senior level leaders from A.T. Kearney, Booz or BCG and build a more professional and competent core of Managing Directors and Directors. Allow for the development of a strong HR function with transparent processes that everyone relies on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place starting off, but limited by red tape of corporate management

    Consulting Analyst (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThere are a lot of smart people at Huron, some of which can be great teachers. It's a great platform to build strong professional skills early on in your career.

    ConsGood company culture, but also very very corporate environment, where exceptional work might not be as recognized as it should be and it makes it difficult to have flexible schedules with work life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to better leverage Analysts, and create better work/life balance.

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

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    Great people

    Corporate Associate (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsI mostly really enjoy the people I work with

    ConsLearning opportunities are a bit limited

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed Bag

    Associate (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosinteresting projects
    approachable managers (very flat structure)

    Constravel, travel, travel.
    compensation is below market

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    A good place to work however feel the company needs to have a better compensation package.

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsProfessional Development and business plan

    ConsCompensation package not in line with market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo keep good people you need to have better compensation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Workaholics and Travel Galore!

    Management Consulting Analyst (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat benefits, great vacation, good pay, coworkers were super fun. Expense accounts are a plus, and the ability for some employees to live anywhere that is near an airport.

    ConsWorkaholics, nature of the work, constant travel, micromanagement by certain supervisors, no clear chain of command due to the project nature of the work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaff projects correctly in order to allow for a normal workweek. Also require fewer days at the client site, if any. The majority of the work can be done just as efficiently from home, and save everyone time and expense.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for entry level job and development, gets monotonous after several years

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsCulture, people, charity events on projects, development in healthcare industry and consulting

    ConsSalaries, work life balance, monotony of job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good, not great, work experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsOne consistency across practices is great people work at Huron. Friendly, collaborative environment exists within most teams. Recent college grads typically get good training and professional development opportunities from senior team members and are treated well. People don't leave Huron because of coworkers. Also, benefits are generally above market. Exit opportunities vary across segments, but junior team members have had success landing impressive jobs post-Huron. No up-or-out policy either.

    ConsEveryone's experience within Huron is vastly different across service lines. That said, hours tend to be fairly long: 50-60 hours is pretty average, and most groups experience 1 or 2 week spurts where hours are brutal (as is typical with engagement-based work), so work/life isn't great. Base comp is below market, and promotion expectations vary by practice, which is pretty frustrating. The firm's promotion policy is in direct conflict with its "cogs in a wheel" staffing policy for junior team members. Turnover is high across all levels within the company, which underscores the fact that Huron has great talent but cannot retain it under its current comp policy. I don't know any Analysts or Associates who have any intention of becoming a Managing Director at Huron.

    Bottom line is the publicly traded consulting model may not be effective for a company of Huron's size and market position, especially in the down years, as it hinders the firm's ability to retain its talent.

    Advice to Senior Management- Top priority absolutely must be realigning compensation for all levels to be consistent with talent and effort. Top talent keeps leaving, and it's not because of their coworkers. There are too many better-paying opportunities in the market to continue to pay at current levels. More should be done with short-term incentives as well, since many engagements involve heavy hours in the final weeks.

    - Make more definitive determinations as to which business segments will stay as part of Huron and which will be divested. Then, reinvest substantial time, effort and resources in the infrastructure of each segment, instead of marginally supporting both over-performing and under-performing segments.

    - Last, worry less about integrating the "culture" of each practice and reuniting the firm. With all the acquisitions, this isn't realistic. Support more company social and networking events as you did in 2007 and first half of 2008 - that's what employees will appreciate.

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    Finding its niche

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsSmall company with a personable atmosphere
    Great at what they do
    Great Work-Life Balance

    ConsManagement has had problems in the past
    Compensation is lower than competitors

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency is needed. The company is still trying to find its appropriate service line focuses, so employees outside of healthcare and higher ed do not have the same job stability.

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