Growthink Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. The place that thought me the most

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - very interesting work across all client industries and company life-stages - high freedom in both business development and work execution - free vacation policy - very little traveling (you judge if pros or cons) - opportunity to learn how to work in professional services across all roles and company areas

    Cons

    - small company with little brand and name (from career standpoint) - base salaries are overall lower than most management consulting firms - very little traveling (you judge if pros or cons) - relatively high consultants turnover


  2. Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Engagement in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engagement in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Interesting work in theory - Nice vacation policy - A good introduction to management consulting

    Cons

    - All the best people have left the Company - Sales are being done by talented consultants and work is done by Jr. employees - Young PM's are given too much freedom with no training or oversight - Work quality being delivered is very sub-par

    Advice to Management

    - Pay market rate for real experienced consultants with 20+ years experience instead of college graduates


  3. A Very Interesting Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A place where you will learn a lot. The type of consulting and banking work the firm does, and the kinds of clients it has, really gives you a lot of exposure to a lot of industries and types of analytical work in a short period of time. - Fun and supportive company culture. Managers and leaders very committed to the success of the company and to that of the employees.

    Cons

    Everyone is very busy! Sometimes hard to slow down to focus on fewer things as there is so much going on.

    Advice to Management

    - Take more vacations. You all work too hard! - Be careful sometimes with all of the responsibility you give young people in the company.


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  5. The Best Company I Have Ever Worked At

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Very interesting and a wide variety of clients. 2. Fun and collegial work environment - really, really great team spirit 3. Extremely committed and hard-working leadership and management

    Cons

    1. Be prepared to work hard and be asked to wear a lot of hats! 2. Very entrepreneurial environment so not a lot of administrative resources

    Advice to Management

    1. Lot of opportunities to expand internationally - find time to really focus on them. 2. Continue to think and dream big!


  6. Ideal Platform for Entrepreneurial Senior Advisor, Management Consultant, Etc.

    Former Employee - Managing Director, Then Engagement Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Managing Director, Then Engagement Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Pros: Growthink / GT Securities is the ideal place to work for senior bankers, consultants, early-stage investors, etc., who want to provide corporate advisory services, but don't want to work as sole practitioners. The firm is one the only places where one can provide integrated investment banking and hands-on strategic consulting services. The compensation potential, for those who can bring in clients, is unlimited (no cap). There is an enormous need for these services in the current market environment and the experience was invaluable. I enjoyed my time there and still work on projects with the firm.

    Cons

    Cons: Providing professional services to early-stage clients is inherently a challenge in the current economic environment, despite the great need for them.

    Advice to Management

    In terms of hiring senior professionals: hire advisors with experience and an existing book of business and client relationships, then support their business development efforts.


  7. Great place to learn and build your career.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of variety in the job! We worked with clients in a wide spectrum of industries. Several interesting projects. Flexible management style allows people to take on responsibility early and direct certain areas of the company. Management is friendly and approachable. Was a great place to learn a lot and be exposed to various industries, clients, and project types.

    Cons

    Some lower level projects and clients are frustrating to work with. No growth in salary and long term career development plan.

    Advice to Management

    Seems to be no consistency in how sales team is hired. The mentality of sell a project first then figure out how to get it done later is not effective for the company or clients.


  8. former manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some of the best exposure to entrepreneurial activity you can find Very quick education on the key levers to growth company success, and how to sell and service the SMB/SME Some very talented co-workers - analysts have moved on to top-tier law/b-schools, more senior folks have become CFOs/COOs of small to midsize companies Fast-paced, forces discipline, the epitome of entrepreneurial

    Cons

    The epitome of entrepreneurial Career opportunities are based on company growth, which in turn follows macroeconomic conditions. Since the recession, opportunities for advancement have been infrequent. Ongoing training is on the job - a "earn as you learn" mantra. Because it is busy, the right skills are often not developed Very few people can both sell and deliver this type of service, although compensation is often tied to both

    Advice to Management

    Commit to skill development and putting the right people in the right positions. Evolve product/market fit to improve efficiency of sales process, and by doing so reduce the requirement that people need to be able to both sell and deliver this type of work, which is difficult.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Very entrepreneurial work environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Mount Kisco, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in Mount Kisco, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Growthink full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun, exciting, fast-paced work environment. Direct access to management. Tons of learning and growth opportunities (but don't expect to be spoonfed). As long as you produce results, you'll have autonomy and the ability to choose your path.

    Cons

    The company does not provide very much handholding to new employees (you must be a self-starter to thrive here). Results-oriented workplace can be stressful if you're not used to it. Client work (especially with startups) can be demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more structured and on-going training/education for employees.


  10. Poor management and lack redundant workloads

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Growthink full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The vision of the work is interesting. You get exposed to many areas of business development but on the surface level only.

    Cons

    Everything is rushed and there is rarely a chance to dive deeply into the work because of it. There is virtually no career development opportunities. Management structure is strange and in many cases filled by people who should not be at the management level.

    Advice to Management

    Actually consider the managers that you are hiring to lead the consultants and analysts.


  11. Growthink Overpromises and Underdelivers

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    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Growthink full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. There is plenty of autonomy for both project managers and business development consultants 2. Company offers decent, though not comprehensive, training

    Cons

    1. Quality of deliverables to clients is average to below average 2. Management suffers from a lack of focus, always enticed by the next 'big thing'. 3. Pay is average to below average. 4. Poor hiring practices

    Advice to Management

    1. Specifically target and market to larger clients instead of just hoping to find them by luck or 'numbers' 2. Dramatically improve training. 3. The company can grow through sales. Hire better sales people and do not allow project managers to sell.



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