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  1. Helpful (2)

    Outstanding Consulting Experience, Broad business exposure

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dean & Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to build broad based consulting skills

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dean & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Invest in business development and leadership training for the mid-level consultants.


  3. Great opportunity to develop your problem solving skills

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Disclose in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Disclose in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Dean & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very 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

    Cons

    Brand 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 Management

    Keep looking for opportunities to invest in and grow business


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  5. Good place to hone your skills for a few years

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Vienna, VA

    I worked at Dean & Company full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There'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

    Cons

    There'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 Management

    It 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Pluses and Minuses of a Small Firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Vienna, VA

    I worked at Dean & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work tends to be very analytical and interesting and the clients are top-tier. The recruiting process is very selective so you'll be awed by some of your classmates. Over the last couple years, the company has made a lot of changes and have promoted VP's to CMO and COO, which seems to have put more focus on growing the client base and improving the internal processes. The case managers on average tend to be pretty good. I think this is a great place for a quantitative type to begin learning about business.

    Cons

    Given that it's a small firm, the work tends to be concentrated in a few clients at any one time. The project flow can be uneven, especially on private equity, so you'll have some 75 hour weeks and other 45 hour weeks. Client contact and travel is uneven across projects. The training program is OK, but could use some upgrades

    Advice to Management

    The two areas that should be focused on are marketing and training. It would be good to expand into a few more industries but that takes time. Outside training options should be considered.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Solid consulting experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dean & Company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly analytical. Challenging Smart people Decent work/life balance Opportunities for promotion with regular reviews Competitive salary Social events Laid back

    Cons

    Opportunities are not always diverse Intense at times -- need to be ready to take on a demanding job Refine the recruiting process

    Advice to Management

    More encouragement to professional staff. Additional recognition of accomplishments. Continue investment in consulting practice. Stronger investment in the recruiting process


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great job to get business experience out of school.

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

    I worked at Dean & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really 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.

    Cons

    Uneven 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 Management

    Focus on building more long term relationship clients.


  9. Good place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dean & Company

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  10. Decent firm

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dean & Company

    Pros

    small company, lots of exposure to higher level, meaningful work right away, free fruit everyday, bagels once a week

    Cons

    hours can be stressful depending on the project, not too many clients at firm so limited scope on what you can work on, managers can often work remotely so lots of teleconferencing which can be annoying.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Dean & Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good review and feedback process. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Very 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 Management

    Try 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.



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