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Current Employee - Associate Consultant  in  San Mateo, CA
Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Mateo, CA

I have been working at ZS Associates full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Amazing work culture, people and learning

Cons

Work life balance can be improved

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Transparency

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    High intensity work and focused in niche areas with poor exit options, also declining client reputation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - very smart and driven people

    - good place to build basic consulting skills (technical) and rigor

    Cons

    - reducing reputation of the firm in-front of the clients because the mid-management levels of organization are responsible for delivering as well as selling projects, which often leads to a conflict of interests. Managers sell work just to meet their quotas, regardless of whether the work is good for long term client interests or not

    - high cost pressures lead managers to undersell work, and then put pressures on employees to perform high workload with fewer hours billed towards the project budget

    - adhoc staffing processes: managers estimate man-hours required for a project by pure guesswork. resource staffing is headed across multiple offices by a single part time employee

    - work is focused in niche areas - leading to poor exit options, most of the times the employees struggle with situations that are only marginally relevant to a small set of people

    - multi-project staffing (usually 3-4, even at lower levels of the organization)

    - no transparency in the review process (they recently changed the process, making it more and more blackbox)

    - very limited mobility allowed between functional areas

    - the company seems to have lost sense of direction. it is getting more into IT to gain revenues (IT projects generally range in millions). it is high risk as margins are razor thin and the market is dominated by large outsourcing firms that have more experience, resources and war chest to win this game

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - return to consulting roots: many clients are complaining openly that ZS has turned into a data manipulation shop, with consulting billing rates. stop just slicing/dicing data and start including business insights in them, which is what the clients pay consultants for

    - fix staffing situation: 3-4 simultaneous projects stretch employees too thin, thereby reducing the quality of the work that clients estimates

    - improve employee work/life balance in practice and not just through words

    - dont try to be too many things at the same time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Demanding job but chances of growth

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    Former Employee - Business Information Specialist  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Information Specialist in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Growth scope,brand name,travel opportunity , networking, global presence

    Cons

    Bad working hours
    politics within colleagues
    repetitive work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better knowledge transfer and more effective (not just bookish) mentoring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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