Kline & Company

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Kline & Company Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
13 Reviews
2.9
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    I have been working with the company for the past few years and the going has been smooth and steady

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kline & Company full-time

    Pros

    It has been good working with Kline over the past few years - at times it's been challenging, at times relaxing

    Cons

    At times, you feel you are in the midst of nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    2 years experience with Kline

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kline & Company

    Pros

    challenging work everyday, good for future career

    Cons

    too much dependent on cold calls to collect info, too much pressure on consultant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No

  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Kline’s website leads everyone down the garden path!

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Kline & Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home option for US based employees.

    Cons

    INDUSTRIES:
    Industrial Goods and Services: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Medical Equipment & Devices: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Building & Construction Materials: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Chemicals: High attrition rate at senior level here in the US. Few loyal clients. No capability to grow business in emerging economies.
    Automotive: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Pharmaceuticals: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Consumer Products: Capability limited to hair care and skin care products.
    Private Equity: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Energy: Capability limited to industrial lubricants. No expertise on fuels/energy, energy storage, and emerging technologies.
    Metals & Minerals: Does only few projects on minerals now. Has potential to grow.
    Retail: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Food & Nutrition: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Healthcare: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.

    BUSINESS ISSUES:
    Business Growth: Capability limited to desk research and calling/generating some numbers on market and growth rate.
    China Diagnostic: Limited capability! Kline couldn't retain the best talent in the industry.
    M&A Advisory: Capability limited to preliminary screening of target companies.
    Manufacturing Competitiveness: Unethical work! Capability limited to calling employees of manufacturing companies and tricking them into revealing confidential information.
    Market Entry: Limited Capability! Needs outside resources to complete big studies.
    Innovation: Kline doesn't have a dedicated team. No project execution capability.
    Pricing & Margin Management: Limited capability! Kline doesn't track prices/has no database.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Salary at par with industry, work environment not conducive.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kline & Company full-time

    Pros

    The salary is at par with the industry standards

    Cons

    Although, the salary is at par with the industry standards, the work culture is not conducive , specifically for, joining at consultant/senior consultant level. No formally defined reporting structure, and hierarchy makes it extremely difficult for employees working at junior levels to get their issues sorted out.
    There is an evident communication gap between Kline India employees and Kline employees across other locations. Specifically, the US and European divisions of Kline have a preconceived notion about Kline India employees, which is not very positive. While working with Kline India, one might even feel discrimination based on nationality/ethnicity.
    The mid-management level employees of Kline India have no team handling/management experience. Most of the mid-level managers are graduates from Tier 4 B-schools, and lack managerial and technical aspects.
    Kline India is a one man show, essentially run by the managing director, India. Each and every decision, action, and reaction revolve around the managing director. The relationship between the MD and most of the employees can be compared to a traditional feudal set-up, wherein the communication is one-sided and is only in the form of orders.
    The learning opportunities are limited as syndicated report structures are rigid and traditional. New ideas are not encouraged by the managers who are redundant resources of Kline India.
    For custom projects limited to no support is provided by mid level managers who are the interface between the client and consultants. Attributing to the mid level managements limited knowledge and experience, they often fail to understand and convey the actual requirements of the clients to the consultants who are responsible for end to end research related to the assignment.
    For custom projects the appreciation if received by the client belongs to the managers and all shortcomings/issues are channeled directly towards the consultant.
    Join at project manager or above levels if compensation is your only concern. Also be ready to please the Managing Director with frequent ego massages and transcend similar feudal mentality driven management to people down the hierarchy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reality check on the calibre of Mid-management is required.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid career path with opportunities to work with leaders and innovators in key industries like Energy and Chemicals.

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    Current Employee - Director/Manager
    Current Employee - Director/Manager

    I have been working at Kline & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Provides opportunities to work with C-Level clients on interesting and challenging projects in an international / multi-cultural environment. A "small family" atmosphere where everyone cares about the job that they do and helping each other succeed. Great training programs and continued education, long-term career path.

    Cons

    Not a huge company so lots of multi-tasking, deadlines can be high pressure and sometimes there is a lack of internal resources. Business can be unpredictable, extreme highs and lows. Many home and virtual offices in different countries make communication a challenge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    The place does not encourage learning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kline & Company full-time

    Pros

    Maximum part of an employee's salary comes as take-home

    Cons

    Firstly there is no respect for experienced professionals. The people recruited freshly are taught how to butter people rather than how to work. The project leads and project managers are a bunch of worthless people sitting there to earn money instead of leading the team. People promoted to senior levels know nothing about work and are always after saving up their positions instead of managing the projects. The whole work pressure and responsibility comes up to the consultant ultimately at any phase of the work and there is no accountability on the manager's part. Some managers even give their project reviews without even caring to discuss the review with the respective consultants. The superlative degree of superiority among the project leads and managers makes them uniquely made for Kline, because the ultimate degree of domination is existent only in firms such as Kline. There is an ultimate lack of communication between managers and consultants, and to aggravate situations the project leads and project managers are based out of Gurgaon office while the consultants are in the Hyderabad office. That even toughens situation because a manager is supposed to be based out of the same office as that of his team members, unless he/she is managing himself. Promotion does not depend on the quality of service but the length of service. Hence people performing at a below average level get promoted in 2 years with limited contribution to the company's assets.

    Additionally, the managing director for India office is not really owned by a deserving candidate and the disadvantage lies in the fact he has total control over employee benefits and employees' recruitment and finance matters. While technical soundness is the prerequisite for his position, the source of sound is actually his excruciating words. Hence, one could imagine what could an employee expect if a company has such people at the top levels of management.

    It is disappointing to see the company does not encourage learning of important tools such as MS Office Excel and MS Office Powerpoint, which are crucial for market research jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit people worthy of the positions at the top levels of management. Promote the ones who actually deserve it because of the hard work, and not just because of sweet words and buttering policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, stimulating career with a team of dedicated, talented individuals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kline & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Kline offers friendly and collaborative professional atmosphere. Working at Kline offers the chance to build relationships with global business leaders in the industries served and assist them with key strategy for business improvement. Very exciting opportunities; each individual has the platform to shine!

    Cons

    challenge sometimes leads to long hours to get the job done right, working in virtual offices around the world, we have to make a conscientious effort to keep the flow of communication and organization at its best. This can be challenging at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance and interesting work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kline & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are several perks that I have seen with Kline, noted below:
    Access to Kline Senior Leadership – Kline is a non-hierarchical organization, all levels of leadership are approachable and available at any time for a discussion, and your ideas are heard
    Flexibility - management understands the need for work/life balance and believes that there is give and take, as long as the work gets accomplished
    Client Access – Firm cultural belief that whoever does the work/research earns the right to present it to and interact with the client
    Upward Movement – Promotions are merit-based, not need-based or time at level
    Rapid Knowledge Base Development – Work across industry and functional practices - good variety of projects, clients, and teams within the Kline organization (typical projects are around 3 months)

    Cons

    Has the typical challenges of a small company
    - low purchasing leverage for healthcare and other benefits
    - smaller external budget for IT, training, etc. than larger firms (but good support and internal initiatives)
    - less policies and formal processes established an in place than competing firms (less structured)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Out of date and questionable research methods.

    Former Employee - Freelance
    Former Employee - Freelance

    I worked at Kline & Company as a contractor

    Pros

    Research work was relatively easy. Work schedule was flexible. Client was friendly.

    Cons

    My client was consistently late (as in weeks/month) in reviewing/verifying my work, often instructing me to move forward despite the fact that I relied on her input (ok data) in order to write my report. This led to numerous errors and revisions. Report updates were tailored to satisfy paying clients rather than represent the facts. Revisions to historical reports, even if necessary, were frowned upon, leading to compounded errors. Plus, additional work was requested without additional pay. No history of previous calculations; I've never seen this before. How do they know how previous analysts arrived at their numbers?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should really review/revamp entire report process.

    Kline & Company Response

    Aug 12, 2013Recruiter

    We are disappointed to hear you had such a negative experience cooperating as a freelance associate with Kline. We strongly disagree with some of your statements and specifically your assertation ... More

  11.  

    Kline is clearly an employer of choice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kline & Company as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Kline is a well respected industry leader in both market research and management consulting. It is unique in that all levels of employees gain incredible exposure and experience to both clients and Kline management while working in a collegial and supportive environment. At Kline, you are not judged by face time in the office, rather, results. They respect and model work/life balance - which is very difficult to find in any company, especially in this industry!

    Cons

    I have not experienced any negatives working for Kline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change a thing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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