Altman Vilandrie & Company

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Altman Vilandrie & Company Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
14 Reviews
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altman Vilandrie & Company

    Pros

    Meritocracy that allows the best employees to rise to the top and be rewarded

    Cons

    Long Hours - far longer than most competitive consulting firms. Work life can be difficult on your family life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to emphasize employee life to employees so that they can spend more time with their familes. Keep creating high quality work.

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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Extern
    Former Employee - Extern

    I worked at Altman Vilandrie & Company

    Pros

    Great Culture, Great Office, Great Snacks, interesting projects

    Cons

    long hours, specific telecom niche

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Internship

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Altman Vilandrie & Company as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture is very friendly, work-life balance is flexible, competitive pay, maternity and paternity leave, good healthcare

    Cons

    Not much cons so far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great post-graduate stepping stone

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    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 a 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
    Approves of CEO
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    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altman Vilandrie & Company

    Pros

    Fantastic company; great potential to learn, learning curve becomes steeper day by day, not hierarchal

    Cons

    Hours are pretty bad, a lot of travelling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Solid TMT Boutique Consulting Experience

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    Former Intern - Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Altman Vilandrie & Company as an intern (less than a 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
    Approves of CEO
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    If you're interested in tech, this is the best consulting firm you could work with.

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    Former Intern - Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Business Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Altman Vilandrie & Company as an intern (less than a 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
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, fun environment

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    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    -Everyone's chill, understanding, and helpful
    -Data and results driven
    -Room for growth

    Cons

    -Sometimes, the expectations can be a bit high, but it is a fast paced environment that only bright people can succeed in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You all are doing an amazing job. Thank you for this opportunity.

    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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    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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unique Shop--Outstanding

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - 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

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