BSR Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Advisory Services
    Former Employee - Manager, Advisory Services

    I worked at BSR full-time

    Pros

    Some great colleagues. Intelligent, diversified background, passion and mission driven
    Keep a large treasure of cases, analysis for everything about CSR
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Management does not listen to suggestions from bottom

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Admirable mission with flawed business model and mediocre pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at BSR full-time

    Pros

    Employees especially at the junior level are smart and very passionate about the work. (BSR does truly try to make for-profit enterprises think about their corporate responsibility). Good culture that comes from working at a small firm. Nice offices.

    Cons

    The firm however is still clinging to the past with no new offerings that will address today's sustainability problems. Employees are not well paid, and the workload is high. Business model is flawed with an expensive and complicated membership structure that takes enormous overhead to sustain. 2 rounds of layoffs in the last 2 years. Senior leadership is more interested in travel on the client's or the firm's dime. A Managing Director who didn't get on a plane until he was 21 is trying to make up for lost time using any excuse to travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the business model, pay competitively, get to know your clients' business not just the sustainability efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Much less than expected

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    Current Employee - Advisory Services Director  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Services Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at BSR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Peers, high professional level and big exposure to cutting edge knowledge on the field. Very good place to begin a professional career.

    Cons

    No possibilities to move forward, poor HR handling and many times objetives are unclear and because of that direction is never clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    great content, stale management

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    Current Employee - Manager, Advisory Services
    Current Employee - Manager, Advisory Services

    I have been working at BSR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the colleagues int he organization are highly smart, highly motivated. The work at BSR is also mostly quite interesting, though it can get a little frustrating working with companies that don't really want to make a difference. Work-life balance is also good overall, and BSR is family friendly.

    Cons

    The salaries are extremely poor and there is virtually no opportunity for career advancement any more. Moving ahead is more about who you know and whether or not you've shaken that person's hand. I also feel senior management is quite stale and has been around for a decade without any new perspectives or risk-taking. The organization as a result is financially in a precarious place and losing its luster in the sustainability world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe it's time for a new CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mostly good with challenges.

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

    I have been working at BSR full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people
    Super informal office environment
    Interesting themes to some of the work
    Great location in NYC

    Cons

    Workload
    Insular management
    Lack of career advancement
    Low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop investing in things like office space and in satellite offices that aren't working out, and start paying people more competitively. Turnover of extremely talented people is a major issue for this organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Okay place to work. Conservative environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BSR full-time

    Pros

    -Lots of smart and nice people; you get to travel a lot; Best company benefits I've ever seen so far!! (PTO + sick leave, bereavement leave, School leave, volunteer time). Flexi time. Unlimited coffee/tea.

    Cons

    -Low pay; Yearly % raise is standardized for all employees. Not a lot of perks for employees since Company is cost cutting. Heavy workload.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unsustainable Business Model that seems abusing non-profit filing

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    Former Employee - Client
    Former Employee - Client

    I worked at BSR as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    "Nice" Company Culture, polite, and accommodating. They do a great job of cultivating a positive attitude, and teams truly believe in what they call "the mission."

    Cons

    Client Perspective:
    The mission is flawed. Unsustainable Business Model. Unlike for-profit CSR consulting, they fail at exhibiting profitability in the suggested efforts delivered to their clients that feel copied and rehearsed. As a result, BSR relies on face talent and consultant profiles advertising superfluous facts like "Caption of the Oxford Rowing Team".

    Its apparent a cash flow problem threatens this company's future, due mainly to excessive travel by consultants that seem more like free vacations at the expense of a non-profil filing, which doesn't seem "responsible."

    I would recommend to potential clients to invest in the knowledge of for-profit CSR Consulting. You will gain profitable knowledge and feel like you didn't just spend money to watch an attractive person school you on morals, when this company doesn't have a good set of them to begin with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relying on face talent and Ivy League resumes makes you look cheap and superficial. Restructure to a more efficient model of delivery if you want to be truly "non-profit", how you deliver, and who delivers it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor senior leadership, but work remains intriguing for those interested in ripple effect impact

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BSR full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Mission-oriented work with the potential for a significant impact. Project work is typically very interesting, and the median level cohorts contain positive and deep thinkers. Excellent work place to get your feet wet, but don't recommend staying more than a few years as the organization still has not matured to support high quality staff in senior management. Dependent on role, you may have a good deal of autonomy.

    Cons

    Senior management is undermining the mission-focused value add of the workplace. As a non-profit, the trade-offs in pay, hours, promotions etc. are usually to work for a mission-minded organization with great benefits. Unfortunately, the increasing treatment of employees as "factories" via systematizing without humanizing those systems is undermining this value add (along with the lack of a clear vision and supporting strategy). Micro-management is rampant, and new hires at senior positions are poorly trained both to do the job but also on work culture and identity. Organization has now swayed heavily toward male leadership both in senior level positions and through promotions - a disappointing step backward given there were and are equally qualified female leaders.
    *Note this organization has very high turnover rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a visionary leader that can inspire the internal team, especially during times of duress. Align financials with realistic growth patterns - reducing the layoffs every few years. Hire a Chief People Officer to indicate how important people are internally, and to establish an actual plan of care for employees in a knowledge-based industry (this has been quite poor over the last 10 years). Identify strong leaders of both genders and consider both their CSR acumen and ability to manage people effectively on an equal scale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad for your career but good place to park yourself for a year or so

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BSR full-time

    Pros

    Variety of projects in different industries and locations-if you can position yourself to be put in the right teams
    (They have problems with developing enough business so my work life balance was quite good. I wouldn't go back there though. They don't practice CSR themselves internally.)

    Cons

    Very badly managed company- finances are a mess
    Turnover is extremely high, abnormal rates (even at manager/director levels)
    Knowledge is managed very poorly internally so when someone quits (which happens a lot) your project will take many steps backward
    Sadly, a lot of people don't know anything about the industries they are consulting for and sometimes the country/language they are working in so a lot of advice is just pulled out of the air without regard to what is actually feasible- very depressing
    Does not seem to know how to hire senior people- perhaps because they hire people based on seniority and talking skills and not knowledge or business networks. Hence, many don't manage to develop enough business projects. Maybe because the pay is so low that they can't attract well connected people
    Poorly managed financially

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within- at least you can lower the turnover a little and preserve knowledge within the organization
    Learn how to manage your finances better
    Don't promote people just because they kiss up to you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great group of smart people with a mission driven focus plagued by mircomanaging upper management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BSR

    Pros

    Most of the staff here work really hard. They are dedicated to what they do and it shows. There are many well functioning systems in place such as Salesforce, Yammer, ect. They are flexible with working from home which is nice.

    Cons

    The leadership of BSR namely the CEO is a micromanager to the max. He is very risk adverse. Loves to talk about transparency yet will always give a politician answer and does not tell it straight. Disconnected as to what is actually happening in the company yet wants to be involved in all decisions made in the organization. That being said he is very detailed oriented which is actually his strongest suit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect with your staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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