Huron Consulting Group

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Huron Consulting Group Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
248 Reviews
3.5
248 Reviews
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Huron Consulting Group President, CEO and Director James H. (Jim) Roth
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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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bright people, focus on training, good place for recent grads

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Lake Oswego, OR
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Lake Oswego, OR

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The staff includes some bright and committed people, ongoing training is a priority and taken seriously

    Cons

    Heavy hierarchy of management, everyone is a supervisor, which creates an environment of micro management and overly critical reviews (eg. specific verbiage used on the phone is critiqued). Hard headed management has the "with us or against us" attitude. Good people leave with no counter offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the levels of management...teams of 8 don't need 3 supervisors. Stop focusing on 15 min increments of billable time, it creates too much overhead. Treat experienced hires as such, they don't need to trained and monitored like 22 year old recent college graduates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group

    Pros

    Good people, everyone was smart and polite to me. The work was interesting and I did enjoy some of my time there.

    Cons

    I was overworked despite being told to work 40 hours and only paid for 40 I was given enough work to last 60+ a week. I left the internship feeling very unappreciated for the work I did. Do not be an intern in any location other then Chicago as they only care about those interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Depends on which area you work in

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group

    Pros

    Good pay, relatively good benefits

    Cons

    Treat you like a cog in a machine

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good professional experience but unnecessarily political

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Huron needs leadership and money

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

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

    incompetence 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 ManagementAdvice

    think 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Staffing on projects was random and can be frustrating.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Layoffs 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor communication

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group

    Pros

    Initial 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group

    Pros

    1. Growing firm - growth potential
    2. Nice people

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Broken Model - Publicly Traded Consulting Firm

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

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Extremely 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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