FTI Consulting

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FTI Consulting Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
204 Reviews
3.3
204 Reviews
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FTI Consulting President & CEO Steven H. Gunby
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Better pay than the Big 4, good work-life balance, opportunities for career progression (in 14 reviews)

  • You learn a lot from an incredibly talented group of people (wish they did a better job of making them want to stay) (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Little professional development beyond informal day-to-day management; little work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • long hours and work load distribution among different teams is unacceptable to some (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Flexible work schedule, but corporate politics prevail.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FTI Consulting as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule; salary paid on time
    The employees who worked on other projects were very friendly.

    Cons

    My supervisor suffered from a Napoleon complex. He praised the subordinates who lacked the qualifications, prior work experience and motivation necessary to perform the job because they did not pose a threat to him, while attacking and degrading the subordinates who excelled and went above and beyond duty to get the job done. He also lacked professional experience in the relevant field and, consequently, was very insecure. However, since he was hired at the onset of the project, he was promoted to a supervisory position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the employees who consistently produce high-quality results. Do not promote employees solely on the basis of the number of years they have been working at FTI or their relationship with senior managers. Bottom line: Performance is more important than corporate politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Forensic and Litigation Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Forensic and Litigation Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at FTI Consulting as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The largest pro is the salary. Second is the training opportunities, if you take advantage of them.

    Cons

    The HR department is extremely unorganized. There are many days when you might not talk to any other member of your team because you are just doing a long list of busy-work tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    But more effort into nurturing interns during the process. Even if you don't think you will hire this person in the long run, they most likely come from a good school and will go on to have a good job and you don't want them telling everyone not to intern/work there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall a good place to work and grow, but underpaid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at FTI Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I work in Technology and 95% of the people are incredibly smart and driven. You learn a lot from an incredibly talented group of people (wish they did a better job of making them want to stay). There are only a very small handful of duds. You can work from home in this department which is fantastic as you can travel and not take PTO (this is a double edged sword because you're available to work pretty much anywhere). They have offices in almost every major city and there are opportunities to travel if you ask. If you prefer not to travel, there's no pressure to do so.
    Culture is pretty good, people are very nice and will go out of their way to help you learn. But there is not much camaraderie once you leave the office.
    There is an emphasis to take PTO and enjoy it while you're out. However, it can be hard to manage a "good" time to take it.
    Promotion structure is a pro and con. The pro is that there aren't limited amount of upper management positions. If you deserve to be promoted, you don't need to wait for a position to be vacated.

    Cons

    Promotion Cons: they emphasize 2 year minimum between promotions, but that leaves you with no incentive to work hard in a non-promotion year. Very few get promoted early, and usually FTI promotes 1 year later than it should. You have to do the work of a level higher for a year before they promote you to that level. Promotion cycles leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
    Pay is below average, especially for NYC. Raises are very small, pay bumps for promotions is very underwhelming, and annual bonus is very little compared to other companies - and I've received great reviews for my level. Depending on the project, work life balance can be very difficult. You never know what time work will end and working on weekends (for a handful of hours) is pretty standard. You will constantly be on your blackberry at all hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruitment is top notch, do a better job retaining that talent. Seen way too many incredibly smart and driven people leave because they are mismanaged and underpaid. Put together a better compensation package and raise structure to make people want to stay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Dynamic company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at FTI Consulting full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to diverse industries.

    Cons

    Similar to other consulting firms in which hours could be unpredictable at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing - management is doing great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Attorney in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Contract Attorney in Miami, FL

    I have been working at FTI Consulting full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very accommodating and respectful management. Reasonable performance expectations. Above average pay.

    Cons

    Projects can end at a moment's notice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very political organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FTI Consulting

    Pros

    There is really not much positive as a place to work and establish a long term employment

    Cons

    There are so many narcist with little to no respect for others. Management is so focused on internal politics rather than getting the work done. Their technology practice wants to make a product and turn the practice into a product company. They will never achieve that with the current leadership with too much lawyer mentality. They only know the legal business and how to charge more hours to the clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopeless

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Loved it, hated it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FTI Consulting full-time

    Pros

    good benefits; good colleagues; good pay.

    Cons

    HR truly looks out for company not employee. No opportunity to any kind of growth for the administrative staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how your senior manager directors are treating those that they are leading.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consulting experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SMD in New York, NY
    Former Employee - SMD in New York, NY

    I worked at FTI Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, and opportunity to work in different areas

    Cons

    Practice head very inconsistent. Inconsistent information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reassess performance of group leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart and interesting coworkers and assignments, but a little all-consuming.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at FTI Consulting full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart co-workers, good assignments, travel opportunities, good learning opportunities, and good senior management.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, compensation isn't great, and little communication across upper and mid-management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute 360 degree reviews otherwise it's difficult to evaluate how effectively mid-level management is managing consultants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Turn around...Not a good place for growth or development

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

    I have been working at FTI Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation if you are able to take it. Get to work on some interesting high profiled cases, but project experience is variable. Smart coworkers.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive with other firms. Work life balance is difficult to manage sometimes and despite the firm emphasizing that at times, it definitely does not hold true. Pressure to always be billable at the risk of one's professional development. Project experience definitely ranges. Only have had one decent project during my time at the firm. Culture needs to be improved - there are cliques that are favored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture needs improving - many people leave after being frustrated with project experience, work life balance, and overall unhappiness. Need to do 360 reviews - some managers are poor at communicating information and keeping junior folks involved. More emphasis on development and less on just billing hours. Very little mentorship here and lack of genuine involvement and guidance from senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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