Mars & Co Reviews in San Francisco, CA

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    Outstanding clients and interesting work. Firm culture is hard to stomach for long.

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

    I worked at Mars & Co full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Clients are typically top 3 in a given industry. Consultants do not specialize, but rather gain exposure to multiple industry sectors. The engagements are important and interesting, and individual performance is recognized based on merit. Pay is competitive, and post-Mars opportunities are bright. Travel requirements are minimal compared to most consulting firms.

    Cons

    Authoritarian, hierarchical culture of fear that permeates from the top. Anyone who can stomach this environment and for more than a few years tends to be somewhat twisted (there are exceptions). Face time and long hours in the office are the norm, which does not encourage being productive and getting your work done quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where do I start. Probably #1 is to invite the leadership into a true partnership. Eventually the culture would heal once people feel they are part of something, rather than a pawn to be manipulated.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely analytical, long hours, lots of Excel, no concept of EQ

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

    I worked at Mars & Co full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a small company so you end up having exposure to clients at much lowear levels than other companies. You travel when necessary, not every week. Great office location.

    Cons

    Long hours with very little recognition or appreciation, bonuses or lack there of will confirm that. Completely analytical, no concept of a holistic human centric approach. Quite robotic personalities with lack or social skills and connection. No concept of work - life balance. Moral boundries are questionable when evaluating companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone knows that CEO Dominique Mars is known for saying that anyone below Project Manager is completely expendable. That attitude is conveyed through senior management and shows the lack of support and caring for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hit and Miss

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

    I have been working at Mars & Co

    Pros

    In the SF office there is a laid-back atmosphere and everyone pretty much sticks together and willing to offer a helping hand or teach you something new when needed. It isn't overly competitive and cutthroat.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of competitive intelligence work which often is more akin to telemarketing than management consulting. This completely depends which client and/or type of project you are staffed on. Some are luckier than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute 360 degree feedback. Ability to manage subordinates is a key task for mid-level and senior management yet the firm does not value that skill at all. You are promoted based upon your ability to do the work, with no thought given to your ability to manage others.

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