Huron Consulting Group

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Huron Consulting Group Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
248 Reviews
3.5
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Huron Consulting Group President, CEO and Director James H. (Jim) Roth
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance is definitely one of the top in the nation (in 30 reviews)

  • Met some great people at the entry level (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance (challenge with many traveling consulting jobs I'm sure) (in 20 reviews)

  • Which I feel is a reflection of poor upper management (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Strong leadership and very cohesive, positive company culture

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking and innovative company with very strong leadership. If you want to move up, join this growing firm. If you want a company that cares about its employees, then consider Huron. But don't plan on being bored... pace is extremely fast and change is inevitable in consulting.

    Cons

    The intense travel is something that comes with the territory of consulting, but it takes a toll on folks who are unprepared for the commitment it requires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue your focus on client excellence and maintaining the strong culture... it's working.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Get ready to specialize

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance for higher education practice was very good. I experienced few late nights and typical work hours were 8:30 - 6:00. Healthcare benefits, 401k match, stock purchase program, and performance bonuses were all good perks. Managing Directors were all bright and dedicated to developing junior talent. Strong "Friday Office" culture for some groups.

    Cons

    The higher education practice mimics the industry it serves. Consultants (Analysts, Associates, Managers) are tied to 1-2 Managing Directors that specialize in a specific service (performance improvement, research administration, tech implementation, etc.). Project staffing becomes very dependent on "your MD" having a good year. This system forces even junior consultants to specialize early on in their careers. This can be good or bad, but can definitely limit "exit options" after Huron. The role of Managers in the Higher Ed group is more of a senior consultant/specialist rather than a traditional project manager (unlike the Healthcare practice).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore options for cross-training Analysts and Associates in smaller practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Extremely Mismanaged, poor direction

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Rarely have to work weekends
    Some good staff

    Cons

    100% travel
    Below market pay
    Hires people based on select experience, not intelligence, creating situations where employees are only staffable on unique projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are creating a commodity with your current strategy
    Charging extremely low rates to clients, resulting in not giving bonuses or raises to staff creates high turnover thus this is not truly a consulting firm, more of a canned solution that anybody can deliver

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    One Year In...

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Managers are flexible about working days.

    Cons

    The work/life balance can be difficult (as with any other consulting job).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    None

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Huron is a great place to work. Especially the talent in my coworkers and the dedication of my leadership encourages me to stay.

    Cons

    The compensation and rate of pay could be better and i would be happier if they matched industry standards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run Away!

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Travel was nice, working in hospitals was interesting, you learn a lot, can take your work product to the next level.

    Cons

    Everything. You name it and it is mostly a con. Horrible management. Cronyism. Typical kiss up, kick down management style. Felt like prison.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of 10 or so Managing Directors that are acting like a sea anchor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Healthcare Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Healthcare Analyst in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    People are awesome, and leadership is approachable

    Cons

    Worklife balance, heavy feedback culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    White boys club

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life benefits ,compensation and perks.

    Cons

    Take a look at the board of directors (All white). Take a look at the schools they hire from(Southern Christian schools). This is a white boys club and no amount of pink ribbon, blue ribbon helps. As a POC there have been numerous instances when I have felt racism under the radar. Its not prominent enough to ring alarm bells but the whole attitude would make you understand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Mitt Romney and a few more old Arthur Andersen white boys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a real consulting firn

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    there was a lot of work and life balance. leadership also solicited feedback from staff to make project better.

    Cons

    Very petty culture. No autonomy at any level. Just as inefficient as the clients we served. Management does not understand how to be real leaders. Client results were never really measured and there was no client accountability for implemented projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work at a real company and learn how to lead and manage staff…most importantly, understand there is a difference. Understand that most experienced hires have more consulting experience than leadership in place as leadership and management are not real consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting place to work, supportive upper management and very flexible

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexible, internal opportunities are many

    Cons

    traveling to the client weekly sometimes take a toll

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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