Altman Vilandrie & Company

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Altman Vilandrie & Company Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great post-graduate stepping stone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Altman Vilandrie & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    AV&Co. is a growing, small consulting firm, which means there is a lot of opportunity for ownership and advancement.
    AV&Co. also has a focus on telecom, media and tech (TMT), which means most projects are related to interesting content that helps shape you into an industry expert.
    Exit opportunities are great with many recruiters proactively reaching out to employees for their consulting background and industry expertise.
    Being a small firm with a flat organizational hierarchy means that younger tenure employees can work directly with (and learn directly from) senior management, which helps foster and advance an incredibly tight-knit, fun culture.

    Cons

    AV&Co., like other consulting firms, has long hours and struggles with a good work/life balance (consulting total compensation often offsets this a bit).
    Also, the elevated stress for working in a fast-paced environment for high-profile clients can be a burden (which can be quite intolerable for some)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    Solid TMT Boutique Consulting Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Altman Vilandrie & Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Access to directors and informal mentorship, less travel than competitors, TMT focus, lots of responsibility and learning opportunity for young employees, early promotion opportunities

    Cons

    Little known name, less control over staffing than most other firms, office politics dictate hiring/promotion decisions, more operations focused (little pure strategy work), long hours for consulting (80 hrs/week not uncommon)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be challenging to manage growth in coming years, don't spread net too wide, continue to hire diverse employee base

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  3.  

    If you're interested in tech, this is the best consulting firm you could work with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Altman Vilandrie & Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You gain a fundamental understanding of the technology behind the companies you work with. AV&Co analysts are known for their prowess with quantitative analysis and modeling. You'll be well-equipped for work in the tech field afterwards. The pay is excellent and the connections you make will continue to provide value in the future.

    Cons

    The hours can be rough and it's an intense place to be, but that's the nature of consulting. Embrace it and learn everything you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an active interest in the startups that come out of AV&Co! AV&Co could be branded as an elite training ground for future founders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Hard work and little balance for the bottom 80%, but very well compensated, great culture, and meritocracy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Altman Vilandrie & Company full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    True meritocracy where you'll get paid & promoted according to the quality and quantity of work you complete. Lots of responsibility available to you to take on as you please. If you are labeled as a "superstar" you'll be fast tracked into the inner circle.

    Cons

    Seems to be all or nothing in terms of lifestyle. Either you go full burn and reap all the rewards or try to maintain balance and be pushed to the periphery. Doubt the firm will continue to grow much more than ~100-200 FTE, since the model doesn't scale with much efficiency and has started to show disefficiencies of scale. Limited growth means promotions will become slower and reaching the top 20% near impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The more analytical/big data the project the less you can treat it like the strategy consulting engagements you're used to. This is a new industry and others are doing it better with happier employees because they aren't tied to "business as usual".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unique Shop--Outstanding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Altman Vilandrie & Company as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leadership is excellent. Probably highest quality operating strategy consulting advice in its sector, based on feedback from clients with which I interated who are purchasers of strategy consulting services, and the many examples of output I've seen from this company and from others who work in the space, most often Bain and McKinsey. The employees are uniformly nice and smart. Basically zero bad apples. That's pretty impressive even for a small shop.

    Cons

    Does not work routinely at the board or c-suite level for large companyies so these guys influence operating strategy, but don't drive the direction of a company as much as a McKinsey. They're specialists in TMT so it's great if you know that's your career--but a negative in most other cases. These guys work hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Altman Vilandrie & Company

    Pros

    The best reason to work at AV&Co is the work environment. The company does a fantastic job fostering community through activities such as participating in sports leagues, weekly happy hours, quarterly community service events, etc.

    Cons

    The number one downside is that you work alot. Also as a MBA coming in at the consultant level, it's annoying that the company doesn't require analysts to get MBAs for promotion into management rules.

    Recommends
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  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Superlative people, work, and advancement opportunities combine for an excellent value prop

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

    I have been working at Altman Vilandrie & Company

    Pros

    Culture & People:

    AV&Co. has been able to attract and retain a group of very bright, amiable people.

    Part of this culture is driven by the way promotions are implemented- consultants do not compete with each other for promotions- they are promoted as soon as they are ready, regardless of tenure.

    As a result, there exist extremely rapid career advancement opportunities as well as a fast-paced and collaborative work environment filled with motivated colleagues who are more interested in what you have to say than your position.

    Business:

    Frequently win projects against "big 3" generalist firms, despite comparable pricing. The advantages derive from industry expertise, quantitative approach, and of course, top talent.

    Company is continuing to grow, actually turning down work due to lack of sufficient staff. Morale is generally high.

    The majority of work occurs in quickly evolving, complex industries which positions us well for future growth. As a result of our expertise and focus within these industries, we are skewed toward an uncommon proportion of high-level strategy work relative to the generalists, as businesses draw on our expertise to understand how best to position themselves for the next wave of innovation (e.g. what products to develop, how to price or market services based on these products that have never before been commercialized, etc.).

    Cons

    The primary threat to our business is macroeconomic downturn.

    The hours are in-line with industry- about 55 on average, though they can range from much lower to much higher, depending on the project.

    Only Boston and NYC offices (though there are ongoing staff exchanges with a European firm based in London and Munich)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall doing a great job. Primary issue over next 18 months or so may be managing recent growth and onboarding new staff. Improved digital asset management will be a plus when that is implemented.

    Recommends
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