Hay Group
3.5 of 5 72 reviews
www.haygroup.com Philadelphia, PA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 16, 2014

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Stephen Kaye

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Company also has very fair work-life balance, with time off in lieu regularly provided for periods of intense work"
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  • "flexible working environment, friendly co-workers"
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Cons:
  • "low salary too much working hours"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Lack of career opportunities within the company"
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Great company for consultant entrepreneurs

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
Kansas City, MO

I worked at Hay Group full-time for more than 5 years

ProsTons of personal freedom to find your niche and develop it. Support for outside the box thinking if it obtains results.

ConsDo not expect official direction or guidance. For those starting out, an effective mentor is critical. Do not expect to go far unless you make your numbers.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed help at the top. Time for new and effective leadership.

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

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Good boss, relaxed environment, but low pay

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Hay Group

ProsSome solid people to learn from, not too much pressure or long hours

ConsPretty low comp, and not a good place for entry level because they look down upon you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting work, but with barriers

Consultant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Hay Group full-time

ProsAutonomy, chance to work with a variety of clients, lots of flexibility

ConsConvoluted structure, and often a lot of red tape/barriers to getting the job done efficiently. Business units are very siloed.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Free to fail, free to succeed

Associate Consultant (Current Employee)
Jersey City, NJ

I have been working at Hay Group full-time for more than a year

ProsWork at home whenever. Experience largely contingent based on project manager/principal you are working with.

ConsYou are very replaceable. This is most likely typical of all consulting firms, though.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on on-boarding, training, mentoring.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Company trapped in the 1970s

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Hay Group full-time

ProsGlobal presence, great global colleagues, great reputation outside the US. Potentially great intellectual property that could blossom if freed from the current cultish management

ConsTotally out of touch senior management, people who have worked there far too long clogging up the organization, chaotic US operations, evil culture, abusive shareholders,

Advice to Senior ManagementMove on. 35 years at the same company, particularly if it's the only place you've ever worked, isn't good for anyone.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A good place to learn consulting.

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Hay Group full-time for more than 10 years

ProsSmart people, freedom to act, variety, learning.

ConsLacks innovation, short-term focus, poor collaboration across silos, senior partners not adding enough value.

Advice to Senior ManagementBeing a billion dollar firm is a weak, self-centered and uninspired vision to client-focused and solution-oriented people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A learning experience

Information Associate (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I worked at Hay Group

ProsGood People who work well with one another

ConsTerrible HR department who are not very employee friendly. I always believed that a good effective HR department worked with their employees and not against them.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a kinder friendlier HR department

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It was a good place to work, not so much a career

Analyst (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I worked at Hay Group

ProsWork life balance was great.

ConsLack of communication from management. Never really got a performance review. No follow through in helping advance career.

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Although flexible with workers needs the organization does not value its key asset - people.

Consultant (Former Employee)
Kansas City, MO

I worked at Hay Group

ProsLike many consulting organizations, Hay Group provides flexibility in schedules and an entrepreneurial environment. The company allows its consultants the freedom to make their own consulting practice.

ConsThere is absolutely no support from management. Consulting assignments are not given to the best consultants, but those that the boss likes the best. This company has a habit of hiring experienced consultants with a strong book of business, taking the book, then firing them. Some of their consulting practices are hard to support. For example, their executive compensation practice is extremely weak therefore hard to cross sell.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide support to new hires and make them part of a team. Accept responsibility for the success of your employees. Provide a robust on-boarding program and make success the accountability of all.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Wonderful place for a career for the right type of person

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Jersey City, NJ

I have been working at Hay Group

ProsHay Group leaves much of your career to you. If you want to flourish, become a name in an industry, and show the drive and capability to succeed, then this is one of the best consulting firms out there for make a career. While in the past it hasn't been a culture that, ironically enough, is big on formal training and development, it is a very supportive culture, with senior consultants who want to see junior consultants succeed. If you show capability - that is, drive, work ethic, strong communication (spoken and written) skils, and willingness to have your own "take" on the issues being presented to Hay Group's clients, you can move up in Hay Group, and you can move fast. Ultimately, you'll progress faster if your senior colleagues see an eventual ability in you to develop business - not by knocking on doors or manning the phones, but by a willingness to develop relationships, an ability to communicate easily with clients, and the courage to give presentations to senior executives in client firms. There's also very little looking over your shoulder - there is no "face time", you can make your own hours, work from wherever you need to - as long as you're getting your work done and in a quality fashion. The people are truly, truly friendly and lovely. It really is by and large a warm and supportive environment.

ConsHay Group's greatest strength is its greatest weakness - the open-ended and "hands off" work culture means there's little in the way of formalized development. (The irony, of course, is that this is what Hay Group consults others on.) That said, the last few years (late in 2008 through now) the firm has made significant investments in the people development and people support aspects of the firm. Hay Group now has a strong internal communication system and intranet, is doing more credentialing and training, and the like. It does feel different than a few years ago. Another annoyance is that Hay Group - like any consulting firm - is focused on the annual numbers, your billings, your sales. There's very little longer-term orientation to performance measurement, and that's frustrating. Finally, some managers are great - others, not so much. Your success may be in part dependent on the quality, abilities and willingness to "go to bat" of your manager, and some of that is luck of the draw. The good news on that front is that it's such an open culture that if you see a mentor out there you want, you just go get them, and they'll be happy to help invest in you. Really, it's that open of an environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementPut more focus on ensuring that those who have direct reports are actually capable managers. Great billers and sellers do not necessarily make great managers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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