Keystone Strategy Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Great people, great work, great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -wonderful group of coworkers and mentorship
    -excellent resources (top schools, facilities, etc.)
    -interesting work
    -solid benefits
    -exciting locations, easy access, and travel opportunities (especially NYC and Boston)
    -small size and ability to work with many different departments

    Cons

    -work-life balance (have the option of less hours, but get caught up in the work and end up staying late)
    -communication (can be difficult to connect with others when schedules get busy)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Mediocre Small Fry in the Land of Sharks

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Keystone Strategy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You'll learn some stuff. Mostly the inverse of to run a small business. Things like, how not to treat your staff, how not to diversify your client base, how not to build a world class team.

    Cons

    See above. The business is run like a gas station. The partners pull every penny out and refuse to invest in growth. The business is feeding off the decaying carcass of dying tech titans. If you want to know why the leading tech companies of the 90s are now also rans, join Keystone! They were instrumental in bringing about that decline/

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. Stop destroying good companies with your pseudo babble. Leave the consulting to the pros like BCG and McKinsey.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Keystone is a great place to grow and learn

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    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Extreme care given to your personal development

    Cons

    the location in San Francisco is not the ideal but it is near a beautiful marina

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Incredible group of smart and good people, working on fascinating projects...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Keystone Strategy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Managing Partners work tirelessly hard alongside everyone else, feels more like a family than a strategy consulting firm (while still having all of the strategy consulting firm perks!), projects are fascinating and with leading companies who care about pushing the envelope.

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours can be challenging when working to meet aggressive project deadlines--but this comes with the territory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work, really looking forward to seeing the company become one of the global leaders in strategy consulting.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Great accelerated experience for the driven types

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    People: These are some of the most talented and nice people I've met. Keystone hires mainly from top schools and while Keystone is not as well known as other consulting firms, I've worked with Fulbright scholars, ex-BCGers and ex-McKinsey guys so you know that there's something that attracts these people. The firm is made up of a mix of MBAs, PHDs and JDs because of the mix of strategy and economic consulting work.

    Work: While Keystone is a smaller player in the space, it's connections with Harvard Business School (it's founder is a technology professor there) really helps to land big clients. In my time at Keystone, I've worked for a Fortune 10 to Fortune 500 companies. In the past year, the partners at the firm have worked hard to diversify beyond technology and they have had some success. The firm recently had a huge case with a top consumer products company (one that 99% of the population knows) and I believe will keep diversifying over time. Keystone did start with one large client, but the work has definitely diversified over time.

    Culture: It's fun here. Keystone has a very entrepreneurial feel and it works best for people who are driven to do more, are independent and responsible for their learning goals and ambitions. Given that, there's a lot of room to rise above what a typical analyst at other firms do. Because the firm is small and less established, you will have the opportunity to take on as much as you are ready to do.

    Development: Keystone recently hired a director from McKinsey who used to train engagement managers there. The firm has been light on training but this is a significant step towards building a solid training program and personal development process.

    Cons

    To give a balanced view, here are some of the cons.

    Structure: The downside to Keystone not being as established is that (as another employee mentioned) experiences may vary more widely than at a larger firm. Sometimes you may need to work to get the experience you really expect. While it feels like Keystone is a top-heavy company with a good number of partners, they are often working intensely on multiple projects and don't always have time to give you active coaching UNLESS you ask for it. To be clear, almost every partner I've known are 100% open to giving you the time when you ask for it. They just are busy and don't really have wide spans of open time so you just need to ask for time. When time is set, they give you full attention and give you as much guidance as you need. With that said, I don't think senior partners at consulting firms ever have wide spans of open time either!

    Projects: Keystone does both economic consulting and strategy and these have a different pace. Anyone who looks to work here should be open to both areas. Keystone's approach to economic consulting is pretty close to strategy and not as much alike as other econ firms like Cornerstone or Analysis Group. The strategy cases usually have a much higher tempo and econ cases are lower tempo but longer - sometimes projects can run for a few months.

    On the whole, these issues can be mitigated as long as you take an active role in your own development. Know what you want and you'll most likely get it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to have more personal attention and a more structured mentoring process. Keep pushing on diversifying projects, it's getting somewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Boutique Strategy Consulting Firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Minimal travel compared to other consulting firms, flexible working style, informal atmosphere.

    Cons

    Lack of training process.
    Almost all projects focused on one client.
    Lack of leverage and contacts for senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get more diverse projects
    - Training and management process for senior and junior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    A great alternative to the big consulting firms

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A couple of things distinguish Keystone as a great place to work. Two key features are the entrepreneurial spirit and small firm size. Combined, these qualities allow for great visibility and access to the highest ranks of the company, high potential to have significant impact on projects and company culture, and a remarkably flat structure in both internal and client facing work

    Cons

    Because of the size and company culture, analyst experiences can vary widely depending on project and management.

    Recommends
  9. Interesting work with some growing pains

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Keystone Strategy

    Pros

    Very technology-focused firm that specializes in online strategy. Hits the sweet spot of big data and high tech. Good opportunity to learn business and analytics fundamentals.

    Cons

    Amount of work is up and down where some weeks you work 80 hours and others you work 45. Hiring and promotions are not well documented and feel somewhat arbitrary.

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Keystone strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy

    Pros

    Good array of talented individuals and a great work environment. They use a very different consulting model as compared to other firms.

    Cons

    Generally analysts dont travel as much as other firms. They believe in keeping their analyst where the projects are located.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great place to work lot of competitive challenges. Look towards more campus recruiting

    Recommends

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