Arthur D. Little
3.6 of 5 39 reviews
www.adlittle.com Brussels, Belgium 500 to 999 Employees

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Ignacio Garcia Alves

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Smart People, Interesting Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Experience

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Brazil, IN

    ProsImpressive Culture and very interesting people

    ConsConstant organizational changes. Projects not clearly defined

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Professionally Enriching

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsCreative 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.

    ConsPersonal 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 Senior ManagementCreate 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing staff.

    Management Consultant (Former Employee)
    Cambridge, MA

    ProsBrilliant people and exciting work.

    ConsAt this time it is

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsGood leadership for US operations

    ConsConsulting is a tough business

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsBrand name from legacy era.

    ConsWeak executive management and senior leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementReturn to legacy ADL standards

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementChange of senior management is needed.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsADL 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.

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

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    Neutral Experience

    Research Analyst (Former Employee)
    Milan (Italy)

    ProsThe company culture is healthy and collaborative: the focus in on teamwork and collaboration, there is a life-work balance, colleagues become good friends and the office is a pleasant environment.

    High caliber people to interact with: I had the experience to interact and have as an example excellent people. To name a few: 1) K. Valtorta, Principal in Milan, is one an outstanding woman in business. She is precise, schematic and has excellent synthesis abilities. Her feedback were excellent learning opportunities for me and working with her was very formative. 2) Ferdinando Caccia, Manager in Milan, is an example of a very effective Y Style Manager

    ConsLack of strategic focus at the global level: despite the firm being positioned at the edge of the innovation practice, this is not the case. More often than not, this is a case of "me-too innovative" and not a real commitment.The firm has undergone a corporate restructuring in the past years and clear long-term/short-term goals are not defined yet/ actively pursued.

    Limited opportunities for juniors: no trainings, rotations, exchange opportunities or fast-tracked career advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShort-term: improve financials and reach a stable ground + low cost people development with exchanges/torations among ADL international offices.

    Long-term: clearly position the firm and train people to develop the skills to attain such positioning. e.g. events in the field, research etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tier 2 consulting company, used to be better. A good back up if you were not accepted in tier 1 Firms.

    Management Consultant (Former Employee)

    ProsGood camaraderie and room for the juniors to express themselves and to learn.
    Space for strong profiles to emerge from the low to the middle levels.

    ConsPoor salaries and perks, entrenched partner group.
    Partner and principal levels of modest quality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut in place a partner renewal program, hire some star from outside, recruit new blood in the top tier, retire a few fossiles, expand footprint, invest more on people (salary, perks, come togethers).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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