Gerson Lehrman Group

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Gerson Lehrman Group Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
131 Reviews
3.5
131 Reviews
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Gerson Lehrman Group President and CEO Alexander Saint-Amand
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83 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is overall very good for being involved with Wall St (in 12 reviews)

  • Plenty of smart people from impressive backgrounds (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • HR and Senior Management are not emplyee friendly, high internal politics (in 8 reviews)

  • No clear career path, weak link between colleagues (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Such a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Austin, TX

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You will get to work alongside some of the most intelligent colleagues you will ever work with, the work culture is great, and everyone is supportive of each other which is completely opposite to the typical corporate environment. GLG does a great job of taking care of, training, developing, and motivating their employees. This is a great place to start your career as well as build a robust professional network and there is a lot of room for growth if you find the company to be a good fit.

    Cons

    The work-life balance can be a bit tough at times, but I believe the company is working to address this issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, that is, maintaining an open door policy and meeting with and mentoring associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, terrible leadership/management.

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

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    GLG has an incredibly valuable product and owns its marketplace. The work-life balance is enviable.

    Cons

    GLG is having an identity crisis at the moment. It's made a name for itself in its ability to connect some of the largest money managers on the planet with the greatest minds in their respective fields. However, the company is currently re-vamping/re-branding/re-organizing and losing touch with itself. The newly completed NY headquarters looks more like an evolving tech start-up than a finance-focused company so if you're looking to stay in the finance space, stay away. They are beautifying themselves to be bought out by a LinkedIn or Google or the like.

    However, there is incredible disconnect with those servicing finance firms (Hedge Funds, PE Funds, Banks, etc) and the current endeavors of management. In short, it's turning overwhelmingly unprofessional. To add, those in senior leadership roles have terrible ego issues and do little to help the development of individuals, particularly in the hedge fund sales division.

    Lastly, they preach being "Partners" with their clients and working to take market share from the likes of Bain, BCG and McKinsey yet the CEO constantly refers to GLG's "clients" as "customers. He's probably the most glaring concern and hindrance if GLG wants to continue to grow and defend its market share against the up and coming competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Research Manager

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    Former Employee - Research Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you have the right manger, anything can happen at GLG. They are very flexible with moving you around, if you prove yourself and again, if you have the right manager. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    The salary for research professionals, which is a GLG term for account managers is not competitive. Senior leadership is a bit delusional and in need of some changes. The CEO is one of the founders, but like Steve Balmer at Microsoft, he might need to step aside and join the board and let some fresh blood run the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the CEO - follow Steve Balmer and let some fresh blood run the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group for more than a year

    Pros

    Has a nice amount of offices around the country and world. This is very important to mission of the company in regards to research and cutting edge ideas.

    Cons

    A slight disconnect between departments, which I will contribute to the office layout. Not a lot of employee benefits like lunches and company happy hours. Work/Life Balance was lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice for some departments to be a little more relaxed on some of the ways they liked things done. Sometimes, this was just the desire of the management and not company policy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Glad I Worked for GLG

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

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart, fun colleagues; fast-paced working environment; constant interaction with senior industry experts and clients; decent starting place for young professionals. Constant focus on optics (which could be a pro or a con depending on your personality).

    Cons

    Expectations to constantly be "on call"; high turnover of employees; frequent changes in internal strategy and expectations. Constant focus on optics (which could be a pro or a con depending on your personality).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for research needs to be more variable/responsive to performance, or at least research professionals need to think that it is.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good money

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    Current Employee - RTO Consultant
    Current Employee - RTO Consultant

    I have been working at Gerson Lehrman Group as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    All work done for you - just answer the phone and talk

    Cons

    Some confusion on being offered consults on areas i had no experience in

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues, most of whom are recent college grads, are incredibly intelligent and generally pretty friendly. There are some happy hours and free lunches. The Austin office is located in the heart of downtown, which is cool. However, parking can be pricey.

    Cons

    The work life balance was seriously lacking. Hours are long, almost everyone eats at their desk because they don't have time to take a lunch break, and you're essentially expected to be on call 24/7. Probably because of this, employees tend to burn out quickly, which leads very high turnover. Also, the work can become very tedious after a while (too much of the same).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better and maybe they will stay longer than just a year or two.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Impressive Employees and Solid Opportunities for Professional Growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Despite being mostly-young graduates of top tier schools, GLG's employees are also humble and easy to work with. The management structure is fairly flat, so even if you're a 22-year-old new college grad, you're still made to feel that you have a voice in the company and your ideas matter.

    Cons

    Relatively high employee turnover, which can make project completion challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having lots of employees who have been at the company long enough to contribute "institutional memory" to strategy discussions could be beneficial.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Every conversation I had, whether it was with a client, a council member or a colleague, was interesting.

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    Former Employee - Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fascinating work, super smart people.

    Cons

    Can be tough to develop one's own expertise when in the business of connecting other experts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investing in staff development would likely be well received.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good first job to understand your long-term career interests

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    Former Employee - Research Manager
    Former Employee - Research Manager

    I worked at Gerson Lehrman Group full-time

    Pros

    You work along very talented and capable people recruited from top tier institutions, and you will have a broad exposure to industries and institutional investors. It's a great first job, particularly if you don't have a finance degree but wish to understand the financial markets.

    Cons

    The glass ceiling becomes apparent very quickly, since seniority often trumps talent. Managers aren't doing anything notably different from what the entry-level folks are doing, and the competitive compensation doesn't negate the monotony of the role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From what I've heard, management is starting to transition the office culture to create more of a tech startup environment, which is a good thing. Senior leadership should be more approachable and less concerned with "leading from the corner office"; some senior leadership frequently engages with the troops, others prefer to create an air of aristocracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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