Frontier Strategy Group
3.8 of 5 25 reviews
www.frontierstrategygroup.com Washington, DC 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Apr 21, 2014

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Richard Leggett

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    ProsGood working environment, nice co-workers

    ConsThe job I did is pretty tedious

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    Good place for your first job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-Opportunities for growth within the company
    -Young and intelligent workforce
    -Involved upper management
    -Offsite retreats

    Cons-While FSG is a young company and the office was recently redone to have an open floor plan, the office is very quiet and there isn't much socialization
    -Pay isn't great

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Highly engaged employees deliver innovative solutions to the F500, while building a world-class company for themselves.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNew management is wonderful, the troubles have passed. FSG is no longer a highly volatile start-up searching for its identity, though FSG remains a young firm full of engaged employees passionate about emerging markets. Across all departments, employees are an amazing combination: equal parts entrepreneur and international relations geek. Across all projects, FSG retains a unique mix of private sector dynamism and grounded in academic sector rigor.

    ConsThis is not a place for wall flowers. Employees need to lobby for themselves, their projects, and their teams to ensure management fully understands the extent of their accomplishments. This is driven, in part, by the fact that the firm retains some of its start-up qualities. Job descriptions are sometimes vague, and often over-allocate responsibility. This allows hires who are comfortable with ambiguity to define their own parameters for success.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A young, entrepreneurial environment with opportunities to get involved in across business activities

    Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsThe office culture at Frontier Strategy Group provides a enjoyable environment for young professionals to build a career in the consulting/research sector. There are always new special projects needing staff and management is receptive to requests to be included.

    ConsAs with any smaller firm, the opportunities for upward movement are limited and the pay is not competitive with other DC firms.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe new management has really helped reshape the office environment and focus the direction of the company, but I think giving employees a more competitive pay scale would only benefit the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Multi-dimensional, challenging workplace that wants you to love your job

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee)

    Pros- analytic autonomy and the ability to network and research in a way that suits your own style and purpose
     - support from team members from a variety of backgrounds for brainstorming, editing, data, and graphics ideas
     - highly-driven and interesting co-workers who contribute to the intellectually stimulating environment and work content
     - access to senior executives
     - opportunities to expand skills aside from research or client management - podcasts and interviews, data analytics, blog writing, etc
     - work life balance: the most important thing is getting your job done, not when or where
     - iterative editing process that allows you to gain consistent feedback
     - opportunities to travel abroad for work

    Cons- small company means limited resources (particularly as they become more expensive)
     - training is specific to your post and does not have a general skill-building program (although this is also a plus for some)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The ship is righted, the seas are calm. Sailing is slower, but steadier. Climb aboard.

    Associate Vice President (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe current management is thoughtful, experienced, and wise. The company provides excellent career advancement and hands on experience opportunities. There is little in the way of formal training, but you will learn by doing. Those who seek out opportunities will find them. With the right personality and demonstrated skills, relatively junior employees can take on ownership of major issues and areas of business and find themselves across the table from top-tier executives in places such as Dubai, Shanghai, Bogota, or Cape Town quite quickly in certain roles.
    I started as a consultant, grew to run a global product line, then built and ran my own regional research team, all within a few years. This kind of trajectory is not inconceivable even now that the company is more mature.

    ConsFSG lost about 2 years trying to solve "the founders dilemma" that impacts many fast growing start-ups: what to do with charismatic founder-entrepreneurs who have pushed a vision well past their own levels of managerial competence and experience? This led to strategic disarray, infighting, and absurd resource allocation. The current management has largely erased this toxic legacy, but there is some lingering questions about what the company wants to be and how long it will take to get there.
    Like any company that has restructured and refocused, significant rebuilding needed to be done. This meant less upward mobility and less growth for a time. That time may be ending and FSG may be again poised for another period of growth that will open many more opportunities for junior people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focusing on the basics. Scale and efficiency are key to freeing up resources and obtaining long term profitability. Upper management may be getting a little bored after so much blocking and tackling, so balance the need for scale and standardization with new initiatives and exposure to new areas and ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    FSG is a great place if you aren't afraid of taking a lot of responsibility and ownership.

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsFSG is a small company, so you have a lot of freedom in designing where you focus your time and energy. You also inevitably have multiple roles, which is great if you like to multi-task and gain exposure to multiple facets of the company. Most of its employees are experts in their field, so it's a fantastic learning environment in which people often share and learn from each other.

    ConsAgain, FSG is a small company, so resources are often limited. There is sometimes a lot of pressure to achieve goals which might be unrealistic.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    FSG has the right people, the right focus, and now it has the business model

    Commercial (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    Pros-Very intelligent and international staff with global interests and experiences.
    -Ability to work across business units within the company i.e. commercial and research understand and work with each other unlike in larger firms
    -New upper management has successfully focused the company and spearheaded necessary organizational changes.
    -New open floor plan/office and focus on non-hierarchical/flexible organization. The CEO sits on the floor with everyone else--this is hard to find in DC
    -Amazing access to impressive clients (Fortune 500) and experts even at entry level
    -In the final steps of "professionalizing" all research and commercial activities leaving behind the start up model and moving into the next generation of FSG, this makes me optimistic about the future of the company

    Cons-No HR/on boarding support
    -lower pay than larger firms
    -No clear path for upward movement, often times must make the case for yourself to move up (not strictly a con, this can be good or bad)

    Advice to Senior Management-Focus on standardizing the on boarding process to ensure full understanding of each position's role in the new organization of the company--how is was done before just isn't how it is happening now so HR must evolve with this change
    -Offer more competitive salaries

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Exciting Challenge

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsCommitment to excellence and to customers
    Opportunities to work abroad
    Intelligent, go-getter, entrepreneurial, positive culture
    Exposure to MNCs, Senior Leaders, High level Network
    Excellent company to develop soft skills from marketing through communications to negotiations skills
    Work/Life Balance
    Fast pace environment
    MBA-like training

    Consbusiness systems can be improved

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to client needs, become closer to clients

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's fun to love your job

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsA perfect happy medium, unique among the standard DC jobs. The emerging markets focus is intellectually stimulating, while the size of the company allows you to make an impact right away. You get all the benefits of a big corporation (401k match, late stay meals etc.) without all of the limiting bureaucracy. Fun travel, great clients, and a culture that encourages everyone to be creative. Location and new office space is a big plus, the ability to telecommute and no dress code just fosters the congenial atmosphere.

    ConsErratic work hours, a competitive work environment which could be a negative for some people

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe new back space bar area should be...a bar.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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