Dean & Company
3.3 of 5 11 reviews
www.dean.com Vienna, VA 150 to 499 Employees

Dean & Company Reviews

Updated Mar 24, 2014
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James Smist

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to hone your skills for a few years

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Vienna, VA

    ProsThere's not much in the way of "mid-level" consultants, so much of that *experience* falls to analysts
    I've never seen an analyst get launched into a career from one of his/her cases, but the management are well connected and willing to help you end up where you want to be.
    The work is extremely quantitative, and if that's the sort of work you like to do, this is a great place to get a real crash course in it
    The other analysts are an interesting bunch to get to know

    ConsThere's not much in the way of "mid-level" consultants, so much of that *work* falls to analysts
    Hours and travel load are not evenly managed across the firm's teams, so don't draw the short straw. Even if you don't draw the short straw, work-life balance is wanting
    Unless the prospect of bring a manager at a small consulting firm excites you, I don't see much long-term opportunity here.
    Its a small firm, so the usual cons go here too (limited slate of cases, etc.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt looks like management has been doing a good job turning around the firm culture. I'd say some of the reviews from a few years ago should be taken with a grain of salt.

    My advice: keep working on it. Its better, but there's always room for improvement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly coworkers, fresh fruit in the mornings, free parking, good working environment,

    ConsCan be rather busy at times (depending on project assignment), lighting was kind of dismal in offices (fluorescent, resembled a jail).

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    Great job to get business experience out of school.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Vienna, VA

    ProsReally smart and nice people. Interesting projects. Opportunity to learn a lot. Great place for a quantitative person to learn to apply his/her skills in business.

    ConsUneven project flow, work hours vary tremendously depending on which project you are staffed on. Firm does not have the strong branding of the larger strategy consulting firms and upper management is more focused on the energy trading business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on building more long term relationship clients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Long hours, great exposure, dysfunctional management, negative working environment

    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Vienna, VA

    ProsYou will get a lot of broad exposure to lots of different industries and problems, and you will sharpen your analytical / quantitative and research skills to be best-in-class.

    It is overall a nice bunch of people (with a few exceptions), but don't let yourself get stuck in Vienna in this depressing environment for long. The work at Dean can be extremely challenging and interesting. I am thankful for getting to experience that. It is everything else besides the actual work that is problematic.

    ConsIt is obvious to me now that Dean & Company has one of the most dysfunctional management teams out there. It seems that the VPs dislike and hardly talk to one another, and the managers are really hit-or-miss. It is extremely difficult to get promoted here, so do not expect to develop a career at Dean. There is zero client interaction, and analysts are kept invisible to the client. The firm culture is extremely negative, and the fun, laid-back culture advertised through the recruiting process is deceptive. The large analyst team is very pessimistic about the future of the company and is very dubious of certain members of management's competence. Management is not well connected and seems desperate to take whatever small case or free work they can get.

    The analysts here are a really smart, ambitious and nice group. Management is passive, withdrawn and bizarre. Only once you leave Dean & Company and go somewhere else do you fully begin to appreciate what a strange and uncomfortable working environment it is. Management's stated intention to not grow the firm and to remain at status quo in size really takes the wind out of everyone's sails from day 1. Despite what they tell you during recruiting, Management makes no effort whatsoever to place their analysts in other firms following your two years (though they will be happy to write you an unremarkable letter of recommendation). It is not their fault, though, since management seems to not know anyone at any other firms.

    Oh, also - it's in Vienna, VA next to a highway and a crummy mall. Nobody knows why.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDean & Company should do a strategy case on itself.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunity to develop your problem solving skills

    Prefer Not to Disclose (Current Employee)
    Vienna, VA

    ProsVery strong staff -- junior and senior levels
    Tremendous learning opportunity
    High stakes problems and highly positive feedback from clients regarding impact
    Not as political or formal as other firms
    Staff often develop strong friendships

    ConsBrand name is not as widely known
    Selected project mix given small size
    Different styles of senior management can be a positive and a negative at times
    Location is attractive given all of the activities in the immediate area but would better if it was downtown

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep looking for opportunities to invest in and grow business

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

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    Analyst (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsVery smart people, chance to learn a lot.

    ConsLimited alumni network, disadvantages of a small firm, not the most socially-aware group of people in the world.

    Advice to Senior Management?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Everyone wants to get out...very low employee morale and no concern for employee motivation and productivity

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Vienna, VA

    ProsGood review and feedback process.
    Good compensation.

    ConsVery low employee satisfaction and morale -- leading to high annual turnover (50%+)
    Poor communication of important decisions affecting employees
    Poor allocation of resources (employees as well as costs)
    Recruiting process is deceptive about work culture
    Very variable in lifestyle, hours and management style depending on who's your manager
    Staffing process is arbitrary and unfair, human resource policies are poor.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry and learn about how to effectively manage your human resources. Realize the value of current employee knowledge, especially given the lack of training. Pay more attention to work life balance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to build broad based consulting skills

    (Former Employee)

    Pros-Very high quality consulting projects. Projects range across a broad spectrum: M&A deal support, CRM strategy, competitive strategy and financial planning and analysis. Good exposure to a number of industries. Private equity relationships are valued very highly in the industry.
    -Great place to build consulting and business skills: Senior client interaction is very common. Projects are very analytical in nature. In addition to consulting projects, Dean also offers a number of business development opportunities.
    -Opportunity to work with very smart people. Recruitment is very selective and the consulting folks who I interacted with throughout my duration were very bright.
    -Compensation is good
    -As one becomes tenured, company is very flexible in accommodating requests to improve work-life balance

    Cons-Unpredictable hours
    -Limited alumni network
    -Sometimes cases can be long with limited opportunities to diversify experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in business development and leadership training for the mid-level consultants.

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

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    Outstanding Consulting Experience, Broad business exposure

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    Pros- World class consulting experience. Cases similar to Top 3 consulting firms
    - Great place for professional development - broad range of cases and business issues
    - Private equity relationships
    - Early client and senior management exposure

    Cons-Unpredictable hours - largely due to the nature of consulting industry

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

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    Quality exposure, terrible management

    Analyst (Former Employee)

    Pros-Decent pay
    -Reasonable hours (depending on who you're working for)
    -Early exposure/responsibility

    Cons-Managers don't know how to manage. The company generally hires PHDs for these roles and many of them would make better analysts than managers.
    -Ridiculously poor culture and core values. There's no philosophical foundation for this company. Managers/VPs do not communicate with one another (despite the fact that you might be working for 2 at the same time) and set the tone for the rest of the company
    -Layoffs without warning fairly typical
    -Politics behind closed doors, HR & support staff are valued more than analysts by the President
    -The most passive aggressive company ever. Analysts reviewed negatively for being "too direct"
    -No feedback except during review periods every 6 months

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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