Essex Lake Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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  1. Junior Engagement Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Essex Lake full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Used to make profit enhancement staff travel a lot giving good exposure.

    Cons

    Incompetent Senior Management with weird ideas of how to run an organization. CEO loves people who are idiots enough to treat him like some demi god. Ofcourse all good people end up leaving the firm leaving idiots to run the show screwing up everyones life right till the junior most guy.

    Advice to Management

    Beta Tumse na ho paega, tum jaake cinema dekho :)


  2. Its a start up....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Essex Lake full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lot of hands on work - you can build you skill set very well. Intensive problem solving in some projects. Solid cost reduction practice and the best practice head in industry

    Cons

    Senior layer is retired from big corporates so are mostly checked out (with an exception of few leaders) Employee development is not part of the plan. Projects are mostly in areas - Cost reduction which have very little value within corporates. Exit options are primarily your own start-up. Leaders that have been grown in house have very little industry knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Get some good people in the company so that its a little less political.


  3. New company has some real potential to be a good consulting/profit enhancement firm.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Essex Lake

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some interesting project work Top tier clients, particularly in financial services Lots of responsibility for junior members, since very few managers in company Interesting combination of business leaders, consultants, and analytical staff members

    Cons

    Comp is not so great Unclear bonuses and allocation Unclear if team will ever share in Profit Enhancement payoffs that company receives Needs some middle management to help guide the junior team members Long hours sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Need to beef up training, coaching programs. Will we ever share in revenue gains?


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Small firm with big problems

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

    I have been working at Essex Lake full-time

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

    Pros

    -International staff who are down to earth and can make things much more enjoyable when the going gets tough(er). -No lack of moments you'll reminisce about years after the wounds heal -Pay is good, albeit without bonus -Insurance isn't too expensive

    Cons

    -The level of disorganization and mismanagement is too high -Time isn't managed well with regards to staffing and project work -Knowledge sharing is very low and plays off of the low level of organization -Communication of what we should wear takes precedent on firm level topics that actually matter (I.e. shiny shoes, high quality suits, the company bag, suits of mixed fabrics) -Work life balance? -Trips for 2 weeks double, triple, etc.

    Advice to Management

    -Organize and plan project work -Ensure everyone knows the project plan -Be realistic with people and how long they be required to travel


  6. Not one of the best places to work in.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Essex Lake (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The happy hours once a month. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Inspite of the fact that the company is no longer a startup, the processes are highly unstructured. Project deadlines throw work life balance out of the window. No annual bonuses .Very few actually experienced people in the company. Senior personnel love to drive you to the edge and not care if you go overboard. No efforts to enrich and maintain the existing human resources. Employee satisfaction is very low and management does nothing to rectify that. Job attrition is very high. The maximum span of time an employee has been in this firm is hardly 4 years.


  7. Small firm growing at a rapid pace

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I have been working at Essex Lake full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Top notch clients. Frequent foreign travel for projects. Bright middle management layer.

    Cons

    Management is very stingy with bonuses, in fact they haven't given any in the last 2 years in spite of the firm doing very well in the last year. At times it feels like a pure outsourcing firm since all the clients are abroad. Road map for the company is never clear. Churn among consulting staff is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Bonuses would be largely appreciated. Many people are leaving, or planning on leaving the firm because they feel that they are under appreciated for their work. Besides that, some more diversity in the kinds of projects would be great.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Politics and Favouritism

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Essex Lake

    Pros

    Can't say any except food and some good people who are trying to make a difference.

    Cons

    -The work is not properly defined which sometimes forces people here to start blaming each other for no reason and when things goes out of control..No ACCOUNTABILITY for anything which goes wrong in a process..everyone out there start defending themselves and looking for a scapegoat..fill this communication gap!! -Please stop favouring people based on your vested interests. -Reporting in the name of Analytics. -Work is worship..It is work that adds meaning to life..Get some good stuff for your employees!


  9. Only Politics..!!!

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

    I have been working at Essex Lake full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Happy hours,good food,rest nothing is good here

    Cons

    so called managers does not know any thing..people bring their relatives for own benefits..company is more like lala company as people prefer to call them with "ji" with surname..only dashboarding work is there...work life balance is crazy..you need to work atleast 12-14 hours in one day..no analytics work is there in the company

    Advice to Management

    don't hire people who promote politics in the company..


  10. good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Essex Lake

    Pros

    good learning , more responsibilities, and good company to start with.

    Cons

    different internal structure,growth opportunities are slow


  11. Helpful (3)

    Disappointed with quality of work, office leadership and assessment process, random results of assessment

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

    I have been working at Essex Lake full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with Good colleagues at lower level. Happy hours are scheduled every month. US travel is quite frequent for all the people in the company

    Cons

    Earlier it used to be good work, now it is only dashboard creation. Growth is stunted for people who work and fast for people who dont work - that is how it is here.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people based on closeness to certain people and politics. Bring projects which involve something other than making dashboards



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