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    Check out this piece from our CEO in Fast Company - 4 Reasons You Should Consider This Alternative to Office Design:

    4 Reasons You Should Consider This Alternative Office Design

    Sometimes building a new headquarters is especially difficult. When my company, a global 1,000-person professional learning platform called GLG, was in the middle of our pivot, we felt our new office could help define our future, but we had two unexciting options. One option was traditional private offices and cubicles, which are unimaginative and restrictive.


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Gerson Lehrman Group – Why Work For Us?

Our professional services team is wholly focused on understanding our clients' diverse needs and leveraging our network to deliver meaningful learning opportunities, better business decisions and better outcomes.

We're looking for the most curious people in the world. We'll give you more responsibility faster, while supporting you and helping you learn. Just as we help our clients learn, grow and make better decisions, we do the same for you.

We’re looking for the most curious people in the world. We’ll give you responsibility fast, while helping you develop the skills to succeed. We help our clients learn and grow each day. You will too.

undefinedOur professional services team is wholly focused on understanding our clients' diverse needs and leveraging our network to deliver meaningful learning opportunities, better business decisions and better outcomes.

GLG connects top professionals with key experts for insight, advice, and perspective. We serve the world’s leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, consulting firms, nonprofits, and startups. Our professional services teams – research, sales, and account management – work with our clients to curate custom learning experiences with our teaching membership of leading thinkers and practitioners. We together support a dedicated book of current and prospective client relationships, designing and facilitating bespoke learning opportunities, including conversations, mentorships, small group convenings, surveys, and other interactions.

GLG research professionals become learning partners for our clients. They get to know clients and their particular needs, and they marshal GLG’s unique resources to deliver meaningful learning experiences, uncover crucial insights, and drive better decisions.

We're looking for the most curious people in the world. We'll give you more responsibility faster, while supporting you and helping you learn. Just as we help our clients learn, grow and make better decisions, we do the same for you.

Students & Recent Graduates

GLG hires curious and courageous professionals and gives them actionable responsibility quickly. GLGers come from distinctive professional and academic backgrounds and act with integrity, intensity, creativity, and professionalism. They work with and learn from top professionals around the world on a daily basis.

The GLG associate program places talented recent graduates on specialized research teams alongside seasoned Research Managers. These teams work closely with our business development teams, delivering our clients unique learning engagements with excellent service.

Recent college graduates at GLG enter the associate program in Austin or Dublin, depending on their region. After training with and learning from their colleagues, associates should be prepared for Research Manager positions in their region or in another of GLG’s 21 offices in 12 countries around the world.

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Research in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President, Research in New York, NY

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    I came to GLG from a background as an equity analyst on both the buy-side and sell-side, and it has been without question the best job I've ever had. The people have the youth and energy of an investment bank, the diverse and impressive backgrounds of a management consultancy, and creativity of a start-up.

    Working at GLG in almost any role involves doing many different things, and it often feels almost like a video game managing work flow. I've heard it described as a place where people with "intellectual ADD" prosper, and I can see why someone would say that. The people you are exposed to are some of the best investors and most accomplished individuals in the world, and as a research professional you're constantly engaged in both the world and your work. It's very social, very engaging, and it usually involves enabling a win-win situation for important people. That feels good.

    Finally, I cannot overstate the impact of the New York office on my day to day happiness. I spend more waking hours here than at home, and if I had a billion dollars I'm not sure I could design a better working environment. Perfectly located across from Grand Central, beautifully laid out, lots of natural light (do not underestimate the importance of that!) and an "activity-based working" layout that I think has re-wired my brain in some positive ways. I never feel constrained here, and I hope the other regions get something similar soon.


    It doesn't pay as well as the buy-side, sell-side, or management consulting. It does have better hours if you want them, although if you're really ambitious and want to build the company you will end up working a lot. There's always regulatory/compliance risk that's out of your control.

    Oh, and it's impossible to describe what you do to people.

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    The focus on New Markets will necessarily involve some "fast failures," and I get that. GLG Share seems to be a wasted opportunity as it has been managed to date, although I'm not close enough to it to say so for sure.

    I think a lot more could be integrated with the North American Financial Services business across the board. I sense that NAFS's growth potential with traditional asset managers and taking share from investment banks is genuinely misunderstood by management. New Markets are a vital investment area for a number of reasons, including diversification, but given the tremendous access to capital that GLG has I think perhaps NAFS should receive investment *in addition to* New Markets' current investment. NAFS is cyclical, but it is not mature.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Gerson Lehrman Group.

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    I went through a very long and thorough interview process. I was referred by a family friend and had a phone interview with HR quite quickly. The main emphasis on this call was explaining the business model and showing genuine interest and excitement towards the company. After only 15 or so minutes I guess I passed the screening and had another phone interview set up.
    The next interview was with 2 people in the Senior Associate position. They were very nice and the conversations were laid back and easy. They were pretty standard behavioral questions with the again emphasized "explain what GLG does?" question again. I feel like at this point you just need to interview well because it's not very difficult questions-wise. Just tailor your strengths to the company's culture (intelligence, hardwork, curiousity, and team work). Both interviews were around 30 minutes long and I recieved word that I had made it to the next round: The case study.
    The case study was on a shortage in the supply chain for mobile devices and was overall quite interesting. I spent a long time on it but really enjoyed the work because it was pretty cool. I think going a thorough job is important for this. I really tried to go above and beyond the answer requirements and I think it showed how excited I was about the company and the level of work I could do. After completing the case study there was a thirty minute case review which was mostly straightforward. As long as you know each of your answers well and have a good grasp on the background of the case you should pass the questions easily. After the review I was invited to the on site interview in Austin.
    The on site interviews were along the same lines as the previous interviews but slightly more intense. First I had lunch with 2 Associates which was less an interview and more a conversation. They were very friendly and I felt like they were there more to show off the people in the company than to evaluate me. After lunch I went through a series of 4 interviews with people in positions ranging from Associate to head of the Austin office. They started to get repetitive because the first question was always explaining the business model. The most important thing is to keep your energy up. It's esy to have 1 or 2 good interviews in a row but by the 5th it gets a little exhausting. I researched all the interviewers beforehand and found out my last interview was the most important. It was also the hardest. The interviewer told me that my GPA was very bad and basically tried to keep me off balance by never giving me a completely positive response. I kept my cool though, or at least tried to and managed to answer his slightly harder behavioral questions without a snag. Overall everyone I met was very personable and nice. The Austin office seems like it is full of smart young people who work hard but have lives outside GLG. I really grew to like this company more and more as the process went on.
    Around a week after my on site interview I recieved an offer and accepted. GLG is looking for curious, smart people and I feel like I was able to show these traits through each interview. I feel like you just have to highlight your strengths and be able to engage the mostly laid back interviewers and you'll do well.

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Headquarters New York, NY
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1998
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

GLG serves the world’s leading investment firms, corporations, professional services firms, startups, and non-profits to help them solve their most complex operational and developmental challenges.

We are the largest membership for professional learning. Our network of 400,000+ thought leaders and practitioners includes executives, scientists, academics, former public... More

Mission: GLG is transforming the way the world's top professionals share expertise and learn.

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