Fuld & Company Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Great place to work, full of intelligent and hard-working consultants and analysts

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Fuld & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of big clients and interesting projects, but the firm stops at "living with the client." They don't send consultants to spend several months with clients, like a traditional consulting firm might. It's a fairly small office, so you are able to work on a lot of different projects in a variety of industries. If you enjoy learning about different businesses and helping organizations analyze their external business factors and solving problems, this is the place for you. There's tons of exposure to upper management and everyone is very approachable. Opportunities to travel if you seek them out and they are relevant to a project (e.g. conferences/trade shows, occasional client visits, etc.). Collaboration between the Boston office and the UK office is improving. Ancillary benefits of bagel Fridays, free lunch on Fridays, and office commuting reimbursements are nice perks. And lastly, some of the negative reviews on this site from years ago are from what is referred to internally as "Old Fuld." The company has gone through many, positive changes over the last couple years, and it's become much less stuffy. Also, the new office in the financial district is fantastic.

    Cons

    It's a very come-and-go environment, which is certainly a "pro" some of the time, since no one is really keeping tabs on you, especially if you are getting your work done. But sometimes if can feel very deserted in the office if many folks are working from home on a particular day or people come in late/leave early. Sometimes, projects can feel more transactional and less strategic or innovative, however over the last year or two, these cases have decreased.

    Advice to Management

    A primary goal should be to continue to encourage a lot of collaboration between the project managers and consultants, as sometimes PMs can create a siloed atmosphere with themselves and the client. Also, keep thinking of ways to attract and retain high-quality talent.

  2. Great place for people interested in growth, who enjoy team work & an independent spirit.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Fuld & Company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Offers room for growth, autonomy and diverse work.
    The company has worked hard to develop core values that reflect the culture, took time to ask everyone to participate.
    Great people, smart and hard working.
    Team focused.
    Pay and benefits are very good.
    Biggest pro is working with some of the brightest people in the business, thought leaders in the world of CI.
    Ability to work with our colleagues in the UK and Manila.

    Cons

    Smaller company anyone who works here needs to be independent. Fuld needs more internal training programs, its hard for the senior management to find the time. Consulting training offered in 2014 was excellent, we need more training like that.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more future leaders!

  3. Helpful (2)

    Established and long running company, but poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at Fuld & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand name, opportunity to do your own thing and grow if you perform

    Cons

    Lack of company wide strategy, weak management, especially in the US, no streamlined approach to work and stuck in the middle without a clear vision of what to be and how. Very poor international experience as well

    Advice to Management

    Do a course on emotional intelligence and invest on growing people skills, very few peoples people around

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  5. Helpful (4)

    A place for self directed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Fuld & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Decent place to work if you don't need a lot of oversight. It's a tough business and being flexible and creative is a big help. Once you prove yourself you are left alone to do the work. At the same time, if you get into a jam, you are supported by practice leads.

    Cons

    If you need direction this is not the place or business for you. In this business you need to be creative and go out and get information. There are not a lot of people who have the time to help unless there is a serious issue (like a pissed client not willing to pay.)

    Advice to Management

    Don't increase the layers of management, keep it lean. Remain focused on core business.

  6. Helpful (4)

    Still has a strong reputation but managment is lacking. Now foreign owned.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Fuld & Company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Strong reputation, Fortune 500 clients

    Cons

    Entrenched management, financially unreliable, revenue/earnings opaque

    Advice to Management

    Clean out incompetence, keep your financial promises, don't rest on reputation

  7. Helpful (2)

    Rather humdrum

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Fuld & Company

    Pros

    Smart people, considered a leader in its field,

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of mobility

  8. Amazing place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I worked at Fuld & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Fuld is a very dynamic company where one can learn the entire research process - from business development to actual research production to client presentation. Employees have the liberty to learn everything they want to learn about different industries and different types of research. You also have the opportunity to work with the top companies from different industries (Fortune 500 companies) from around the world. The company is for achievers and competitive people. It does not accept mediocrity. Work never gets boring given that every project is another thing that you must learn. It is clearly for intelligent people only.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. If you're a performer, most of the projects will be thrown at you. Employees' on-call nature results to work during holidays and late night hours. Also, poor leadership skills at the top management and for a small company, politics is bad. Poor hiring process too. Some people on top of the organization do not have the "basic" skills expectations, which lead to incompetency and poor quality of deliverables.

    Advice to Management

    From my experience, hiring top people from the outside does not really work well. Fuld has a more challenging type of research work that cannot be found from other companies. So I think it is best to just promote from within. At least then you know that the leaders have a good grasp of the business.

  9. Positive Working Arrangements; Needs Improvement on Local Branding and BD Efforts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I have been working at Fuld & Company full-time

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

    Pros

    - Pleased on how the compensation and the benefits package have improved in the past years
    - HR has launched various activities to support and empower employees
    - Flexible work arrangements are allowed as long as they are communicated properly
    - Opinions and suggestions are being heard and addressed, particularly when chanelled to the right people

    Cons

    - Unlike the previous years, technical trainings have been minimal and less engaging. Due to limited exposure on other types of projects we have been promised to, employees have not really practiced the things learned from training sessions.

    Advice to Management

    - Give employees opportunities to think outside the box and take risks in order to grow further, and support them along they way, not just giving them lots of projects
    - Company should also provide more avenues to keep employees engaged
    - Increase business development efforts, particularly in the region, to minimize prolonged downtime

  10. Helpful (6)

    For intelligent and mature people only

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I have been working at Fuld & Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + the company will expose you to several industries and types of projects
    + involvement in business development until execution
    + seamless integration of verticals; people work across teams
    + communication among offices good and healthy
    + competitive environment; those who compete will thrive

    Cons

    - influx of immature employees; should have more stringent recruitment process but this has changed since a lot of immature employees have left the company; should have a more thorough background check
    - no OT pay and lacks flexibility
    - gossiping and backstabbing from new employees who have thankfully left

    Advice to Management

    + recruitment process should be handled by people with experience determining behavioral aspects because some employees such as those who have reviewed here are not competent at all so they attack people to make them look good
    + eliminate unproductive behavior in the workplace such as immaturity and lack of professionalism; categorize between competent and incompetent people

  11. Helpful (4)

    Best in class

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I worked at Fuld & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was a part of Fuld for two years prior to my resignation last year. The company I know takes risks on people who have potential and are capable of doing great work. I was directed to this site out of curiosity and seeing some reviews made me a bit sad about the current pool of employees like new Analysts who disregard the fact that since 2011, there has been no incident of unprofessional behavior until they arrived.

    I think this company invests in people and it took risks by allowing the Manila office to exist. The people I met are devoted to the work and in my two years, I have seen a strong pool of learners and performers who are focused on doing the work and are interested in working with other people. There are difficult projects that have been made easy because people were supportive of each other.

    The Cambridge and London offices have been empowering and they give performers in Manila a lot of chances to prove themselves as future consultants. For the pool that I encountered, tasks are done regardless of complexity or difficulty. The important factor is doing and accomplishing the task in front of them.

    From experience, only the best survive. Regardless of what is written here, the best continue to perform well while the worst are often driven out by their own faults.

    Cons

    The company should strongly evaluate the recruitment process in the Manila office. Speaking from experience, we have hired several employees since 2011 and they have not exhibited whiny and bratty attitude in the workplace so it surprises me that a noisy minority of bitter former employees are dominating the discussion.

    Management should strongly consider hiring a more experienced pool of future Analysts and reward performing employees because this has been lacking. Employees who are willing to learn and grow are just out there waiting to be tapped and they deserve the slots obviously more than some of the recent employees who go to a public site to attack a company that has a proven legacy of good and professional work. Separate the wheat from the chaff.

    Advice to Management

    Identify the reason why employees from both verticals have been there for a long time. I felt the need to go because I see my career elsewhere but the experienced employees have a lot to offer and they have withstood the challenges of the acquisition.

    Ignore petty and immature behavior because this is counterproductive and disruptive. The people in the Boston and London offices are perfectly capable of identifying who performs well over those who constantly whine and rant about the little things because they cannot talk about their work.

    Invest in people and provide more venues for them to be exposed to business development and client management. These are the keys to success.

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