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Interesting business model but management remains very mediocre

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)

I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group

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

Pros

- interesting business model - good opportunities to work on various projects

Cons

- unhealthy competitve spirit amongst teams - lame senior management which remains mostly male - you only get promoted if your manager actually likes you - management doesn't reconise any of your efforts made - company which sucks your energy and doesn' have th slightest idea of work/life balance - very incompetent people get strangely promoted.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Ok for short-term employment right out of school if you desperately need a job

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    Former Employee - Research Manager
    Former Employee - Research Manager

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group

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

    Pros

    3 Weeks vacation Opportunities to work with some very high profile (buy-side) clients and industry executives - leads to a very valuable network You're given a significant amount of responsibility in a short amount of time A lot of flexibility to manage your accounts and projects the way you please - depending on your group/manager Some great people to work with at the individual contributor level - somewhat of a collegiate environment with people that are very intelligent, motivated and friendly

    Cons

    Work is very mundane and you're asked to perform menial tasks all the time by clients and senior colleagues No career or skills development - management expects people to do what they're asked for a year or two and then move on - attrition is alarmingly high and management consciously ignores it Poor work/life balance depending on your client base, workload is not distributed fairly among teammates Compensation is below market average - bonus is arbitrary and highly dependent on how well management likes you, overly political. Bonus is also significantly below what is initially communicated as a typical range Management is obsessed with short-term metrics that have no clear correlation to business growth, performance evaluation is a joke, promotions and raises almost completely depend on your relationship with some key individuals and how good you are at sucking up

    Advice to Management

    Create some more interesting businesses, products or services that makes the work exciting for your highly capable junior employees. Constant changes in org structure, messaging and direction is a clear indication that management has no clue what to do with the company. It seems like a series of experiments with a new flavor every couple months. Hire some qualified, experienced and accomplished people (rather than just looking at pedigree) at the mid-senior management level who can make something out of this company that seems to have stagnated Fire the CEO and hire someone that isn't so clueless. Alexander Saint-Amand has zero executive-level accomplishments both before and during his time at GLG. He fails to impress any of GLG's employees, it would be embarrassing to see how he performs with clients and partners.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not Satisfied

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Gerson Lehrman Group

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity of working for large institutional client firms across the globe. - Improving soft skills

    Cons

    - no growth - minimal learning


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