Benenson Strategy Group Reviews

Updated April 2, 2015
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  1. Fascinating work, big impact, and wonderful colleagues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Benenson Strategy Group full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    BSG has interesting clients, does intellectually stimulating work, and attracts top-level talent. The senior leadership at the firm is down to earth and genuinely cares for the welfare of the staff. You won't be bored at BSG. There's always something to do and learn. You also derive a lot of personal satisfaction the work because of the great causes the firm works on behalf of. If you work hard and perform well, you get promoted. There's opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    There's definitely a lot of work at the firm and long hours are common. However, the firm does a good job at recognizing hard work and if you stay late, they buy you dinner and pay for your ride home.

    Advice to Management

    The firm is undergoing a lot of growth and with that come growing pains. Stay focused and continue to figure out ways to engage employees in the conversation.

  2. High profile, long hours, deeply unsatisfying - creative thinking extinguished, not encouraged

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Benenson Strategy Group full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Your resume will look very good - clients are extremely high profile. The yearly holiday outing is a lot of fun, especially when it's service-oriented.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a myth. Investment banking hours without the corresponding salary. Creativity is spurned, rather than encouraged - bureaucracy and adherence to the process rule the day, rather than thinking about problems in interesting and new ways.

    When you mess up, you are made to feel stupid. Personalities here can be extremely difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    You need to pay more. It's just not feasible to keep graduates from top universities around when the work-life balance is miserable and the pay also sucks. Also be more transparent about salary structure - is it worth it to stick around?

  3. Helpful (1)

    Revolving Door

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Benenson Strategy Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great learning environment; co. trains all new employees thoroughly. Collaborative atmosphere amongst analysts and upper management. Excellent benefits and company regularly has small events in-office for staff.

    Cons

    Management does not communicate clearly, communication is touted as transparent but is not. Office environment can be very tense at times. Staff is frequently changing.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach: keep an open, transparent dialogue. Don't leave staff guessing and stressing.

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  5. Generally a Good Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Benenson Strategy Group as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Few or no general office tasks
    -You can learn a lot if you want to
    -Great people
    -Plenty of exposure to both political and corporate work
    -Snacks and monthly office party

    Cons

    -The internship does provide good initial training, but lacks structure after than. This is not really problematic but it is something they should work on

    Advice to Management

    -Ensuring that all the interns are good takes more than 1 phone interview and a brief writing test

  6. Where else can you do amazing, life-changing work alongside great people?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Benenson Strategy Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company culture is great. You work with incredibly smart people. Everyone is really cool. and friendly. The work is truly amazing. Regardless whether you're working mainly with corporate or political clients, you see how the work you do impacts the lives of people in the real world.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to stay late and it's tough to plan your personal life because the job requires you to be responsive to clients' needs...expect to cancel plans. But management is really good about giving you time off if you stayed late prior evening and they buy you dinner if you're in the office past 730.

    Advice to Management

    Keep bringing really interesting clients and just always make sure that everyone knows how much you appreciate their work. It's a really nice organization and we appreciate how you guys are for us.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Brilliant company, but prepare to work hard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Benenson Strategy Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Extremely smart colleagues, fascinating clients
    You will learn more here than at most any other similar shop
    You will never be laid off - only fired for underperforming

    Cons

    Tons of work - little time for personal life
    Some very difficult personalities
    Pay is not competitive with many other consultancies

    Advice to Management

    Identify your top talent and reward the hell out of them

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great clients and good politicians that BSG Represents - EXTREMELY LOW PAY

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Benenson Strategy Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They do good work
    You will learn a lot about market research
    Very nice office at 777 third

    Cons

    They spend wayyyyy too much on perks and tricking (i.e. 15K plug and play table, 1K chairs each) but have below average bonuses and salaries, FAR below for the industry

    Advice to Management

    Raise your pay at all levels

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