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Berkeley Research Group Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
8 Reviews

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    Great people, great pay, great opportunities

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Associate in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Berkeley Research Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work with experts from a variety of fields, get exposure to a variety of industries

    Cons

    No financial support for graduate programs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Outstanding world-class construction litigation and risk management services.

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    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Consultant

    I have been working at Berkeley Research Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Privately owned entrepreneurial Environment, outstanding compensation, bonus and insurance programs; and flexible work environments for self motivated senior professionals.

    Cons

    Significant promotions are dominated by your ability to bring in work and keep others busy. Phenomenal growth brings logistical support challenges as company scales up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visits to the branch offices where BRG is growing can foster cultivation of corporate culture and brand identity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Filled with highs and lows.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Berkeley Research Group full-time

    Pros

    Staff gets exposure to different projects in different industries.

    Cons

    There are period of extreme busyness or extreme idleness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better manage staff assignments to flatten out the high and low periods. Have more formalized training.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing professional experience, but highly individualized and team-specific

    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Berkeley Research Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Management of my practice was top notch, with tons of learning and advancement opportunities
    * A diverse range of cases and lots of analytically challenging projects within each case
    * A true meritocracy and wonderful team cohesion
    * Aggressively growing firm in an industry that is usually flat

    Cons

    * Very few experts are both good managers of people and big business generators. If you are not working for such a star, the experience can be lacking in various aspects
    * The firm's academic luster is diminishing as more and more experts are added in lucrative fields that are not traditional economic consulting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in consulting staff development and training.

    Recommends
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extreme lack of work/life balance.

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Berkeley Research Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary, smart colleagues, many office locations, virtual employee opportunities, varied fields of practice within the company, privately owned company, growing company

    Cons

    Nonexistent work life balance, culture of workaholism, type A coworkers, some archaic HR policies, extremely tight expense policies for most projects, dress requirements in healthcare

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on travel requirements. It's 2014, the majority of jobs can be easily done remotely, saving the client money. Stop encouraging a workaholic culture; this leads to burnout and resentment for one's job.

    Recommends
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    Berkeley Research Group is a terrific workplace.

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    Former Employee - Case Assistant  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Case Assistant in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Berkeley Research Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work at Berkeley Research Group is challenging and varied, and the staff uniformly excellent.

    Cons

    The hours at Berkeley Research Group could vary wildly from week to week, project to project.

    Recommends
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    Summer Internship

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    Former Employee - Summer Analyst  in  Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Analyst in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Berkeley Research Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great exposure to different areas of consulting.
    - Small office feel. High levels of interaction with experts
    - Great training on Excel, Stata, etc
    - Good compensation
    - High and low times. You might be really busy for two weeks, but then essentially have a week off.
    - Free lunch every once in awhile
    - Nice offices
    - CEO is an absolutely brilliant man

    Cons

    - Long hours. You're expected to stay late if you're working on a project.
    - Not much advancement potential without a masters degree.
    - Not a fun start-up environment. You're not going to be getting a free gym, cafeteria, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More interaction with the young ones!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work straight out of undergrad

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Berkeley Research Group

    Pros

    The work can be very interesting and management places a lot of responsibility on young employees which makes for great work experience early in your career.
    Your colleagues and superiors are typically very intelligent, capable, and respectful and you learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    The hours are occasionally very long, especially near deadlines. Clients will make unexpected demands with short deadlines which require late nights and weekend work, but that is the nature of the consulting profession. The upward mobility for young employees is good from Research Analyst through Consultant, so it's a great job out of college or early in your career, but not a great long-term option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The firm rewards junior staff well, but I feel like they could have better policies in place to reward the employees who have to work incredibly long hours on cases while others are 9-5.

    Recommends

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