ZS Associates

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Amazing people, great first job

Former Employee - Business Associate in San Mateo, CA
Former Employee - Business Associate in San Mateo, CA

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

Pros

After reading the recent negative reviews regarding what it's like to work at ZS at an Associate level, I thought it would only be fair if I gave my two cents. I left the company recently, after a year and a half. I decided that pharma/biotech, which is what you will be working in 99.9% of the time, just wasn't the right industry for me.

I completely disagree with some of the negative reviews about market research tracking projects that most Business Associates are staffed on in San Mateo. I felt that they were great first projects that allowed you take ownership of your work, gain a high level of visibility with senior managers and principles, and build a strong solid foundation of skills. It's perfectly reasonable that you are expected to first graduate from these more structured projects before you can tackle more complex ones...you can't be expected to be a seasoned rockstar from the first day out.

I enjoyed the mentorship and apprenticeship model at ZS. Many people contributed to my growth and success during my tenure here, and the most rewarding thing is when you become a mentor to someone else and witness their growth and empowerment. I experienced that firsthand on these so-called "monotonous" tracking projects, and I would never replace that experience even if I could.

After all is said and done, it was the perfect first job and it opens doors to many other opportunities. I met amazing people, made great friends, and enjoyed the wonderful culture this place had to offer. It was really a second home to me.

Cons

The major downside with ZS in my opinion is its puzzling devotion to the multi-project staffing model. It creates horrible work life balance and really emphasizes quantity over quality. As far as I know, this is the only consulting company that employs such a model. You can't help but feel like a chess piece sometimes. Also, there is this inaccurate portrayal of this company as a strategy consulting firm during recruiting events and PR. Are there pure "sexy" strategy projects where you get exposed to C-level management at Fortune 100 companies? While I'm sure there are, those are few and far between.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your employees and strive to create better work-life balance for them. Embrace that you are not a strategy consulting firm and focus on your strengths: sales and marketing operations!

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    ZS Associates - Best Company To Work For!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Employee and Customer Focused Company

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say aboutthye company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Growing Pains

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing reputation within the Pharma industry
    Good training on how to execute and manage projects
    ZS is very good at answering the questions clients have
    ZS delivers very high-quality work

    Cons

    Culture is becoming diluted as company grows
    Compensation is ok...not great
    Promotion/advancement is very formulaic and inflexible (not as merit-based as they claim)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more flexibility for high-performers to advance, take on new roles, and be recognized

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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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