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Great Intern Experience at Kaufman Hall

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Intern - Financial Advisory Intern in Skokie, IL
Current Intern - Financial Advisory Intern in Skokie, IL

I have been working at Kaufman Hall as an intern (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

Senior Associate in charge of program valued interns' contribution to the Financial Advisory team and presented many opportunities to expand our knowledge on subject matter and positive feedback and on progress each week and constructive criticism on how we could improve. Associates who looked over our work were very nice and helped out tremendously. Great company environment.

Cons

Work can get repetitive after awhile so it is very important that one is proactive and initiate in terms of getting to know higher level members in the company (most of whom are friendly and approachable) to create opportunities for yourself.

Advice to Management

The internship program was great but there is always room for more improvement. Getting feedback from the interns really helped to make the experience a better one.

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  1. Great Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaufman Hall full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Laid Back but Intellectually stimulating culture.

    Cons

    Not a private company any more.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Unable to keep up with growth

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaufman Hall full-time

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

    Pros

    Some exceptionally talented and knowledgeable subject matter experts. Able to produce thought-provoking and industry-leading thought leadership. Competitive pay, excellent health plan.

    Cons

    Cannot keep up with growth with the infusion of venture capital. Bidding on jobs with the attitude that they will get the job and then decide how to resource it, and when the time comes, there are not enough resources and they are spread too thin. Employees all the way up to MDs have not mastered scope management, and thus projects swing wildly from original scope. Deliverables are rarely agreed upon in the beginning, leaving clients open to ask for more than the engagement should provide, and substandard work to go out.

    Work-life balance is not only not encouraged, but it is a badge of honor to have none. There are few or no personal connections between employees, as everyone works such long hours that they have no time to have anything else to talk about.

    Kaufman Hall fancies itself a shop of knowledgeable generalists, which leads to SMEs not being brought in at the right time, and many fire drills, where end deliverables are contrived and not necessarily the quality they claim to be (agree with hotdog making comment above). Some SVPs are blatantly abusive and allowed to get away with working subordinates 100 hours per week, verbal abuse, public humiliation, etc. There should be a check or balance in place, but currently, leaving Kaufman Hall is the only way to escape the more insidious senior leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Look very closely at the current SVP level. Give those below SVP a safe place to discuss concerns. Pay attention to themes and act on them, even if there will be some initial pain. Focus on hiring talented Associates that can move up organically and not VP and above levels that do not have analytical experience or any subject matter expertise. Don't sell what you cannot do the best for your clients on. Change the culture to encourage work-life balance. Vacations should not be spent on conference calls and email. Build enough redundancy to allow for this. Get AVPs and Senior Associates formally trained in Project Management. Expect robust communication and inclusiveness on project teams. You already have a zero tolerance policy for jerks. Have a zero tolerance policy for abuse. Consider hiring an employee advocate, as a recruiter is not an HR department and no escalation process is currently defined.

    Consider making more frequent 401K matches instead of annually. Purchase airline club memberships for employees who travel over 50K miles per year to allow for airport conference calls and work (this is fairly common in the industry).


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