Huron Consulting Group Reviews

Updated June 13, 2015
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Huron Consulting Group President, CEO and Director James H. (Jim) Roth
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  • Work life balance is variable depending on your group; here in Healthcare you can vary from 40-60 easily (in 34 reviews)

  • Great place to work, great people (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance does not exist (in 24 reviews)

  • Which I feel is a reflection of poor upper management (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    '80s style consulting, mediocre firm, top heavy, lack of respect for women

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Junior staff are good people who are making the most with what they have
    - Managers and Directors resourceful even while overstretched
    - Lots of young, talented and passionate associates and analysts who are thirsty for knowledge and support

    Cons

    Overall
    - Poor business decisions and no strategic thinking
    - No support or help- DIY attitude
    - Bleeding talent
    - No thought leadership

    Cultural
    - Strategy and Operations senior leaders have no credibility in higher education, do not have the horsepower to remain relevant in the marketplace and focused more on maintaining power than competition
    - Strategy and Operations senior leaders are exceptionally poor people leaders, don't invest in developing junior staff, confuse ambition for intellect
    - Business decisions are often senior leaders' pet projects, special interests, personal/church relationships and friends. (A church pal of a senior leader earned a 5 figure paycheck for almost no work, and ended up getting fired from a client.)
    - expect lots of entitlement, infighting, tantrums by senior leadership ; no level of accountability for bad behavior, including berating, belittling, demeaning people, using abusive and exclusionary language
    - Embarrassing level of loyalty to former, ineffective, unproductive AA folks
    - Deeply misogynistic culture, with nearly exclusive all white male leadership
    - Junior, inexperienced white male staff often selected over experienced, non-white staff
    - No people of color in senior ranks and only recruit from predominantly white schools

    Advice to Management

    -Clean house in Strategy and Operations at the most senior level- this organization needs new blood and will do fine without them. They have no weight in higher education where reputation is key. Clients don't know them, and if they do, they don't care.

    -Huron should not be treated like the Wall Street bench- clients are non-profits. The company would benefit from understanding who they really are and where they are in the market place instead of posturing.

    Invest in junior staff- stop spending money/ time to make unproductive senior leaders productive. Reallocate that to investing in junior staff.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Room for Improvement

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

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Generous PTO policy.

    -Great people - intelligent co-workers
    .
    -Company has strong community involvement.

    Cons

    -A company that looks good on paper, but disappoints once you're actually in the doors. It's a good place to start your career, but not a place worth staying.

    -The people are great, but good talent is often leaving.

    -Managers are weak and lack leadership.

    -The culture that once made the compay great is fading.

    -Huron is growing and is still trying to figure out who they want to be. Change isn't managed well and performance expectations are often unrealistic and not consistent across groups.


  3. Can be great or awful depending on your solution group placement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Revenue Cycle Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Revenue Cycle Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High expectations force you to be better

    Cons

    Too many to list

    Advice to Management

    allow people to move throughout solution groups


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  5. A Bad Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and Compensation are good and inline with job requirements

    Cons

    Management is fraught with problems. Entirely to much nepotism and advancement is meted out based on who you know and how much you are willing to boot lick. Promotion is given on the basis of who your drinking buddies are.

    Advice to Management

    Look hard at the EPM group and clean out the nepotism and despots.


  6. Corporate Culture is Truly Terrible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The firm delivers value to clients. Some very smart "true believers" working there.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is very broken.

    Advice to Management

    Get gender balance in leadership. More intensive coaching for low-performing middle managers.


  7. Growing company but weak leadership in some practice areas

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Talented colleagues, good travel benefits

    Cons

    Very political and focused on "who you know" and whether they like you or not, not whether you can do your job

    Advice to Management

    Lead and inspire others


  8. Helpful (1)

    Learn before you become, then leave.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Responsibilities are learned early on
    -Dynamic culture
    -Variety of technology and business methodologies
    -Easy access to learning
    -Acceptable benefits
    -Interesting projects

    Cons

    -Overpriced hours billed to the lowest billing consultants "analysts just out of college more than likely"
    -Worst work/life
    -High turnover
    -Senior Management (lack of initiatives, no direction, no support, lack of management skills)
    -Advancement is questionable, the formula seems to be on the right project at the right time, pick a good coach
    -Professional Development is the worst, don't expect this indicator to mean anything, most of the other managers and directors are aware how bad it is
    -Small-Med consulting firm competition is on the rise, they grew to big too fast and are now fighting firms with half the amount of employees for the same contracts. In turn they only go after contracts that are valuable rather than providing a complete solution
    -Lack of resources to move new projects forward
    -Company grows by acquisition not by internal growth

    Advice to Management

    Make upper management more accountable. All of these Con's are because upper management allows and is aware of these issues. Only the CEO can be blamed if it has continued as long as it has. Give lower management some available time to breath and actually provide management.


  9. Learn then leave

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

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get experience in a niche. Basic training is pretty solid and you will learn all the in's and out's of professional services/consulting.

    Cons

    Personal growth is more a matter of politics and good fortune than meritocracy. Like most consulting firms they live off the over priced hours billed by the lowest consultants. Resistant to technological innovation, so don't go there if tech is your passion.


  10. Extremely Mismanaged, poor direction

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

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Rarely have to work weekends
    Some good staff

    Cons

    100% travel
    Below market pay
    Hires people based on select experience, not intelligence, creating situations where employees are only staffable on unique projects

    Advice to Management

    You are creating a commodity with your current strategy
    Charging extremely low rates to clients, resulting in not giving bonuses or raises to staff creates high turnover thus this is not truly a consulting firm, more of a canned solution that anybody can deliver


  11. Talent, stay away unless this is your first job.

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

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Other team members are strong

    Cons

    No direction from upper management and no autonomy to lead teams. Salary is below market. Bonus pool hasn't been funded for years at 100%

    Advice to Management

    Pay your talent, and then give them the autonomy to impact the organization.



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