Arthur D. Little

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Arthur D. Little Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
43 Reviews
3.9
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Smart People, Interesting Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arthur D. Little

    Pros

    Total Integrity, High Intellect, Great Work Ethic, Lots of Self-Motivated team members

    Cons

    Small, thin global footprint - hard to provide depth needed in industries targeted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Brazil, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Brazil, IN

    I worked at Arthur D. Little full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Impressive Culture and very interesting people

    Cons

    Constant organizational changes. Projects not clearly defined

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Professionally Enriching

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Arthur D. Little full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Creative in approaching projects. Conservative in the numbers which these days is a blessing. Intense work which requires good planning and concentration. Fellow workers were wonderful and enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Personal initiative is very important in developing oneself. You can always ask for help but it is really you who needs to decide how to go about getting into projects, learning different skills, going out on the limb to get attention of senior staff, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create some sort of template to keep track of progress of incoming, less experienced staff so that they can get up to speed and be part of the team from day one.
    Compensation, time-off policies are good, work-life balance - this is consulting so upfront you need to realize that it is time demanding but somehow able to work things out when needed for important events.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing staff.

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    Former Employee - Management Consultant  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Arthur D. Little full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Brilliant people and exciting work.

    Cons

    At this time it is

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Arthur D. Little

    Pros

    Good leadership for US operations

    Cons

    Consulting is a tough business

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very Dissappointing operations in the US. Poor recuriting and retention practices. Highly political environement.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Arthur D. Little

    Pros

    Brand name from legacy era.

    Cons

    Weak executive management and senior leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to legacy ADL standards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Arthur D. Little Review

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Arthur D. Little

    Pros

    Good work/life Balance. Average hours is not as crazy as other consulting firms.
    Friendly co-workers. Very open culture. Managers, Sr. Managers and Directors are accessible at all times.

    Cons

    Low salary. No salary revisions for the last two years. No bonus for 2009. Average salary lower than average in the industry.
    Low opportunity for career advancement. The firm is stuck with no growth potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change of senior management is needed.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Internationally respected company with opportunities for professional growth but limited in career advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arthur D. Little

    Pros

    ADL is an internationally respected brand name with a wide network of expert advisors. It has a fun, collegiate culture, with a strong entrepreneurial streak due to its small office nature. It has offices all over the world, giving consultants the opportunity for international travel and working with diverse clients.

    Cons

    The company is often very hierarchal, with sometimes very poor communication between management and junior levels. The problem may be rooted in the fact that most of its locations have a very small office feel yet are a part of a larger corporate network, leading to somewhat autonomous, even rebellious, nature. Adding to the tension and suspicion is the fact that ADL is owned by public company Altran.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to be more of a meritocracy and a focus on delivering results (ie, selling projects)

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience, good managers

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Arthur D. Little full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, professionalism, international projects, strong heritage

    Cons

    Take whatever projects that pays, regional office are very independent thus not truly global firm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to build stronger brand name.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good old name, but frustrating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arthur D. Little

    Pros

    1. <Consulting Background> Still, the company is a management consultancy. If you'd like to start your resume with 'mgmt. consulting' background, it could help.
    2. <Various Experiences> ADL execute various projects with clients in multiple industries. If you choose the firm as a catalyst for a steep learning curve, it could help.
    3. <A Few Good Man> Some of consultants are really smart and passionate. They can show you 1. What is the 'consulting', 2. How deliver the outcome well, 3. When is the right time to leave. This group can help you not only in the firm, but also after the firm.

    Cons

    1. <Bad Industry Outlook> Many consultants arguably agree that the consulting industry had entered into 'maturity' step in some developed countries. For example, good old names like Monitor, Booz are no longer exist. In this competitive market, IMO, only the strong (in size, in brand, in expertise, etc.) survive. Considering ADL's current position, it looks hard to endure.
    2. <No Cultural Heritage> Cultural heritage gives pride. And it strength bonding. Failure of ADL capital (not a exact name though), too many changing hands (acquired by Altran, french tech firm, etc.), made the company lose its original color. In the past, ADL once have phenomenal reputation as a think tank (ex: Fuel Cell, etc.). However, it keeps losing its brand.
    3. <Relatively Low Comps> The fruit of success are limited on handful managements. Compensation level is relatively lower than its competitors. Furthermore, work/life balance is the worst level when it compares to other management consultancies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invigorate your company, please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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