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Biggest learning experience

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Mateo, CA
Current Employee - Associate Consultant in San Mateo, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at ZS Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Amazing work culture, people and learning

Cons

Work life balance can be improved

Advice to Management

Transparency

Other Employee Reviews for ZS Associates

  1. Helpful (6)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time (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 Management

    - 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


  2. Analytic & Perfectionist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time

    Pros

    Very Analytic environment with real challenges solved using innovative and deep thought.

    Cons

    Can be very demanding with intelligent people being very picky and discussions around small matters given too much importance. Short staffed and beginnings of a siloed environment without the necessary resoures and training to manage such a structure. Work - life balance is a real challenge

    Advice to Management

    There are 'n' number of ways to do something. Concentrate on getting the work done with adequate resources. Cannot try to create a large firm with a small firm mindset


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