Decision Resources Group

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Decision Resources Group Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Staid, calm, professional: but don't be surprised when fellow employees suddenly vanish

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    High-quality products, well respected in the marketplace
    Reasonable hours and work expectations
    Decent salaries
    Office is quiet
    Many intelligent and devoted professionals to interact with
    Everyone seems to work pretty hard and be devoted to their jobs
    Burlington location easily accessible by car and public transportation, despite being in the suburbs

    Cons

    Quiet is good, but too much is dull. Not a lot of socializing, people tend to have families and leave immediately after work
    HR department has lots of big initiatives, but tends not to handle normal processes with much competence
    Over the past year a number of people, many of them senior, have been laid off unexpectedly. Any photos of them or references to them are quickly purged.
    An entirely new leadership team is still feeling its way, and seems unable to make serious decisions.
    No real training or skill development opportunities.
    The location (next to the Burlington Mall) is less than exciting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision and implement it without immediately changing your minds.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not as good as it thinks.

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

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group full-time

    Pros

    This company reminds me of Jurassic park. The promise starts out great but the reality is pretty scary. For someone right out of college, it is a good first job and stepping stone to someplace better.

    Cons

    Middle managements is not as good as it thinks it is and upper management does not know the difference. This company has a lot of unhappy people who are telling one another how happy and good they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things cannot get better until you recognize you have a problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great job to start a career in pharmaceuticals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Decision Resources Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Provides great commercial opportunity and market access experience within the pharmaceutical industry across major therapeutic areas
    Consulting team has really smart and talented people, with a variety of skill sets. About half of them have some post graduate higher education.
    Consistently recruits people who, besides being smart, are extremely collegial, collaborative and fun to work with!
    Market research /syndicated research is very well respected within the industry as the premier source of market research information

    Cons

    Poor salary and very poor bonus compared to industry standard.
    Poor work life balance - a couple of years ago, DR was thought to have better work life balance compared to other consulting firms (this served as a justification for the pay being less than average by consulting standards ) However, in recent years, that has changed very significantly, and will continue to change given the firm's aggressive growth targets.
    The above two reasons, combined, prevent it from being a suitable place for work for more than a few years.
    Performance review and feedback system is not transparent, even though systems are in place, feedback is often not candid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make compensation (base and bonus) more competitive to other consulting firms.
    Have a structured and transparent performance review and feedback system

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate machine with flat / declining growth, poor product, leadership clueless - look elsewhere

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

    I worked at Decision Resources Group full-time

    Pros

    Relatively good work life balance. It started off well until DRG started removing the brand of individual companies. Compensation can be negotiated to be fairly high if you come from outside of DRG to a senior position. Substantial information sources on the industry across therapeutic areas, but you could find this information out relatively easily with a public information aggregation tool.

    Cons

    Once the poison of the head office starts trickling down into the acquired companies run for the hills and start interviewing elsewhere, however exit options must be manufactured by you unless you want to go to corporate pharma. You will be put in your place and start to see your intellectual freedom erode. Management will set meaningless topics for reports and expect you to push them out with basically no substantial material to support. Proprietary information has very little value, and as more and more information + analysis becomes easier to access for lower prices, DRG's value proposition will fall on its face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace yourselves, poor management is clearly in place. Ben Horowitz's "The Hard Thing about Hard Things" would be a good start to understand how to manage a company in war time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, flexible schedule, booming industry

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

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Healthcare is a booming industry in Nashville and DRG is making it's presence known at a great time. The people here are super nice, intelligent, and easy to work with. They made me feel very welcomed right away as a new employee. We are also offered a flexible schedule and the ability to work from home. We have undergone some serious growth but as far as I can tell, I'm very pleased with the way upper management is handling it and all of the changes (I'm a new employee, so I may not have felt the growing pains that DRG veterans have).

    Cons

    To be completely honest, regardless of all of the perks, healthcare is boring. It just is. I've also been told that pay is not quite as competitive as it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe try to generate a more fun, quirky culture to make what is a typically boring day something to look forward to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience

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

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, good experience

    Cons

    low pay; analysts are disposable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your analysts

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work environment, but pay could be higher

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

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are smart, friendly, and hard-working

    Cons

    Consulting and pharma companies pay more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value analysts more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work, but as it grew, tensions rose

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    time off policies, good benefits, friendly coworkers, company values, work life balance

    Cons

    Poor communication, growing pains, seemed to become natural "to pass the buck" to different departments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Global Consulting Services Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Consulting Services in Yardley, PA
    Current Employee - Global Consulting Services in Yardley, PA

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    DRG is an excellent place to gain substantial industry knowledge while developing technical consulting skills. The projects worked on are extremely interesting, and the project team set-up allows for excellent collaboration, mentorship, and feed-back. Though pay may not be as competitive as other firms in the industry, the culture, work-life balance, and mentorship opportunities make DRG a competitive place to work. The availability of syndicated reports and experts in various fields of epidemiology enable quick and efficient project turnaround. The company has an incredibly academic feel, with various scheduled lectures and lunch-and-learns. The company is quickly growing, which may lead to promotions and increased benefits for current employees.

    Cons

    I find it a bit disadvantageous that DRG does not have offices within actual cities. Most employees that I worked with over the course of my internship program commute anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and a half. Also, since DRG is so rapidly growing, the culture and customs are not standard across office locations. DRG could benefit through more cross-collaboration between different Global Consulting offices as well as between Global Consulting offices and Analytics and Market Research Teams. As the company continues to grow, I believe this is something that will occur naturally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values are truly excellent, and enable employees to prosper in a challenging but nurturing environment. A push should be made to standardize office culture, making sure that junior level employees throughout DRG are able to receive appropriate mentorship in order to grow professionally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exciting Summer at Decision Resources Group (DRG)!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Decision Resources Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As a summer intern at DRG, I was able to gain a broad exposure to the healthcare, life sciences, and pharmaceutical industries. The projects I was assigned to were interesting and unique, and the knowledge I gained was invaluable. On the whole, the ten-week internship experience was quite exciting!

    Cons

    The main challenge working at DRG is that the firm is undergoing a few growing pains; namely, through the consolidation of all of their various acquisitions (ex. PharmaStrat, Millennium Research Group, etc.), cultural clashes are present. Different offices have vastly different, almost polar opposite, working cultures and environments. Before picking an office, make sure to not only learn about the work being done there, but also about the office culture/environment!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If possible, consolidate the office cultures ASAP. This will ensure that all interns, new hires, and experienced hires undergo a similar experience working at DRG. The interns in the Burlington, MA office this summer had a very different experience when juxtaposed with the Yardley, PA office intern, and that greatly affects talent retainment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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