Huron Consulting Group

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Huron Consulting Group Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
260 Reviews
3.6
260 Reviews
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Huron Consulting Group President, CEO and Director James H. (Jim) Roth
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Huron promotes a fair work/life balance and is respectful of vacation time (in 34 reviews)

  • Met some great people at the entry level (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance (challenge with many traveling consulting jobs I'm sure) (in 23 reviews)

  • Which I feel is a reflection of poor upper management (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Company from Hades

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    There are no pros. Maybe a certain degree of knowledge attainment. And, the travel points when you travel Monday - Thursday.

    Cons

    Everything, everything, everything. This is the worst job I ever had and the management was horrendous. Work life balance does not exist. Micromanagement and rear view mirror performance review is rampant in this organization. To call it a hostile work environment is a friendly description compared to what the company is really like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the Managing Directors and start fresh. This company is where unprofessional consultants go to die. Cronyism at its finest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst experience of my career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent money
    Some very bright, dedicated co-workers (but the best didn't stay long)

    Cons

    Leadership totally disengaged from entry and mid-level employees
    Constantly acquiring new practices and additional consultants without planning for integration and support
    Poor communication between departments
    HUGE workloads (80 hours a week or more are expected and vacations are rare)
    Managers expect 24/7 availability from their employees
    Outdated technology
    High turnover (over 40 percent in my group during the year that I was there)
    Very strong resistance to change and progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what has and hasn't worked with the practices you have already acquired before scooping up any more.
    Realize that much of your support staff left as soon as the job market started to improve

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Managing Director

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

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation; challenging work environment

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals; do not consider market conditions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good product, terrible tools

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant/Web Developer in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant/Web Developer in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The software I was building was for a great cause - I worked for the 'Click Commerce' branch of Huron, and I built applications for Research Facilities to procure funding and use it for scientific research.

    Cons

    The tools are SOOOOO outdated - think of the oldest version of Dreamweaver you have seen, and that is what you will be using here if you work in Professional Services. You will write Javascript and JScript (server side javascript) without a sufficient IDE, with no intellisense, and with terrible error handling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your toolset so your developers don't get left behind in the ever-changing technology workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Get ready to specialize

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time (more than an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but overall experience dependent on individual projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    - Strong emphasis on professional development
    - Great benefits and travel policy
    - Ability to make an impact early in career
    - Shorter hours than most consultancies

    Cons

    - No real feeling of company unity since most work at home on Fridays, making it difficult to meet coworkers outside of your project team
    - Rigid chain of command
    - Insistence on using Huron methodology does not allow for individual creativity
    - Compensation below industry standards

    Echoing a prior review, Huron stresses becoming a "specialist" over a "generalist" which is what many individuals look for in a consultancy. It drives benefits for the client, but leaves consultants pigeonholed at times. Extremely difficult to get a breadth of experience, particularly within the healthcare practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place a higher emphasis on the ideas your people have over the methodology, bottom line, and stock price.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    One Year In...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time (more than an 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
  9.  

    Love the Gig!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Products Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Products Specialist in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers who bring it everyday. Lots of flexibility to move around and experience different phases of software lifecycle. Love the vibe of the Portland Office. Management is very supportive of new ideas, let's you run with them, and gives you credit even if it didn't materialize into something tangible. Coworkers and management are committed to doing great work for our clients, but also keep an eye on having fun at work. Great place to launch and build your career

    Cons

    At times things can seem to operate a bit in silo's. Some items like knowledge management could be better and more accessible, but given the growth of the Healthcare segment it's understandable that this might be lagging some. Comp at times can be a little behind the market, but generally catches up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep it real!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Huron Consulting Legal Business Consulting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent salary, good benefits (health insurance, etc), rewards for heavy travel

    Cons

    Not great with work/life balance in spite of lip service unless you live in the city where you are consulting. Some evidence of gender discrimination against women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow consultants bear the burden for discounts given to clients. Allow training time and internal meetings to counted as billable hours.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Product Services

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity for undergrads fresh out of school and pays pretty well out of school. The benefits and perks are more than fair.

    Cons

    Promotions requirements can be a little unclear especially anything after the Associate level. The workload can greatly very from team to team and project to project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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