Decision Resources Group

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Updated June 24, 2015
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Decision Resources Group CEO Jim Lang
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Pros
  • Strong work-life balance and positive company ethos (in 11 reviews)

  • We are also offered a flexible schedule and the ability to work from home (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work life balance - a couple of years ago, DR was thought to have better (in 2 reviews)

  • the poor salary compared with many other companies, but the pros more than make up for this shortcoming (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great people; not-so-great pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The wonderful people who work here make it a pleasure to go to work every day.

    Cons

    The pay is below industry standards and employees' voices are often not heard.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your star employees, regardless of department, and reward them for their good work. Also, listen to your employees when they try to tell you that a new method of doing things isn't working. New technology can be good, but not if it is impeding employees from doing their jobs efficiently. "If it isn't broken, don't fix it."


  2. Growing consulting team that does interesting work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group full-time

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

    Pros

    Great clients with meaningful, interesting and challenging work
    Fast growing business that offers a lot of opportunity for professional growth and advancement.
    Leadership really focused on supporting professional development
    Culture that is hard working, collaborative, smart, curious, client oriented, young and nice people

    Cons

    Environment of organizational change, growth and evolution may not be for everyone.
    Office locations are often outside of city centers, not in city centers
    Not really a con, but the organization is in process of integrating various legacy businesses with different cultures that have some variances office to office. I'd imagine that over time we will focus on the areas that are common across our different locations.

    Advice to Management

    As the organization continues to grow, it will be important to try to maintain the great things about the culture. This may get hard as the team grows in size and across multiple offices.
    Be disciplined to continue to pursue the vision that we have set for ourselves, while also maintaining and investing in the culture.


  3. Fantastic firm to launch a career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Decision Resources Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company is on excellent growth trajectory and helping to solve some of the biggest problems in healthcare. Exciting team to be a part of with excellent managers/mentors and leadership. New leadership team (~2014/2015 starts) have been incredible and really have the broader company's interests at heart.

    Cons

    HQ Office is in Burlington, MA which is a bit of a jaunt from the city.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to engage with all DRG product teams, even the legacy products. Lots of great talent that has shown loyalty to DRG.


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  5. Growing company that is focused on investing in people, ideas, and the future.

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

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, great leadership, flexible, meritocracy; The organization is shifting its focus from more of a holding company to an integrated unit, which is positioning the firm for growth in the long term.

    Cons

    This is an organization for someone that has to be willing to embrace change and accept that there may not always be set policies and procedures in place given the shifting dynamics and re-positioning. If you are looking for an established company with existing structures in place, DRG is probably not for you. If you are looking to build those structures, than DRG would be a great fit

    Advice to Management

    Think holistically about finding ways to accommodate different lifestyles and individuals as they face different phases of their career.


  6. Great experience, great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Previous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Previous Employee in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Decision Resources Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great office culture, friendly co-workers, nice compensation.

    Cons

    Stress...worked a lot of nights and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Training should be improved.


  7. High growth company with big-time ambitions

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Burlington, MA

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of investment in future growth. Many opportunities to be part of new products, services, and customer solutions. High growth industry with lots of future prospects

    Cons

    Lots of change - the "old way" doesn't cut it anymore, so you have to be used to consistently changing how you do your job to react to changing customer preferences

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your best people and encouraging ongoing change management


  8. Helpful (4)

    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 a 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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (5)

    Great job to start a career in pharmaceuticals

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

    I worked at Decision Resources Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (6)

    Not as good as it thinks.

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

    I have been working at Decision Resources Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (5)

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

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

    I worked at Decision Resources Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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