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Mu Sigma Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated Feb 21, 2014
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3.6 9 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Mu Sigma Founder, Chairman & CEO Dhiraj C Rajaram

Dhiraj C Rajaram

(6 ratings)

86% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You will definitely get to learn a lot as they let you do hands on deliverables from the start(in 33 reviews)

  • There is a lot of exposure, the learning curve is very good and there are a lot of opportunities(in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work-life balance - managers believe in work life integration and not(in 116 reviews)

  • Long working hours, but for a fresher learning matters first, not good for married guys(in 95 reviews)

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    Good experience bad pay

    Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsGood experience
    Opportunities
    Range of work
    F500 clients
    Exposure
    High Responsibility

    Cons0 work life balance
    Bad pay- atlease 20% less than market

    Advice to Senior ManagementA little more hike wouldn't hurt

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    High learning, best place to start your career

    Associate (Current Employee) Waukegan, IL

    ProsGood peer group
    High learning curve
    Opportunity to experience different clients

    ConsLower salary
    Not much work life balance

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    Terrible

    Associate Consultant (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsWork with senior management at times. Good experience in terms of project management

    ConsPay is terrible. Work-life balance is terrible. Several projects are always falling apart and everyone ends up blaming each other. You cannot trust anyone in the company. Almost no growth opportunities. No time off. Zero professional development or training

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with respect

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    lean mean young growing company

    Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Prosyoung and dynamic crowd to work with, variety of roles, opportunity corresponding to a growing company

    Consshoestring budgets, you can end up in roles that are 'needed' at the moment, but do not add value to your career

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place to work, Great Exposure

    Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    Pros- Very high level of client interaction
    - Managers always pushing you to do the best
    - Challenging work
    - Great peers

    Cons- Long work hours
    - Unattractive Pay
    - No respect for employees' personal life

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay as pure play analytics company, don't dilute the image by taking up low end work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard work, unconventional thinking

    Director (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsInteresting company, lot of heart and passion in terms of building a good organization and a good industry.. i like the entire eco-system of people in the company, the investors, the clients. This is a powerful combination... Happy that i get to learn a lot, and grow as a professional and as a person. The unconventional thinking is truly unique - all the way from understanding people's behaviors, what inspires people, going beyond the traditional "so called" best practices...

    ConsLot of hard work.. not easy for many people. Need to be strong if you want to grow in the company... there is a sense of urgency around getting things done ... pretty much in everything we do.

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep the momentum going, take extra care in hiring senior people into the company - ensure that the culture is maintained.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic learning , direct client relationship , long hours because people are competitive and company is growing

    Associate (Former Employee) North Chicago, IL

    ProsHigh learning opportunities, highly competent poeople to work with , opportunities to travel onsite

    Consbad pay , long hours, no work life balance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to learn and grow. Will expose you to opportunities that you can't dream of in other firms.

    Associate (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsA great place to learn and grow. I've seen really young employees take control of million dollar accounts. Mu Sigma has the courage and the confidence to expose each of its employees to the biggest of clients which presents a great learning opportunity to its employees.
    The hierarchy is genuinely flat , so much so that you can walk up to the CEO and tell him what you think about his policies/ management. I've done it myself and it gives you a great feeling that people at the top are open to criticism coming from even the least experienced of employees.
    Last but not the least a great peer group at work makes your work more fun than it's supposed to be.
    To cut the long story short, if you're young, eager to learn and work, ready to walk the extra mile for it and like confronting the CEO, dive in. :)

    ConsNot really a pay leader and not really a safe haven for the 9 to 5 types. Pay packages are well below the industry standard. Extremely demanding at times but very enjoyable at the same time, if one's up for it!

    Advice to Senior ManagementAa someone who's been around more than 3.5 years, I've been constantly giving feedback through proper internal channels but if I've put something in here: PAY US MORE!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging with lots of life lessons to offer

    Senior Business Analyst (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe best reasons to work at Mu Sigma are
    1) A young organization with a lot of opportunities - Gaining visibility in the organization is not as difficult as in the huge organizations. Hence growth opportunities are plentiful. The atmosphere is highly energetic, dyanmic and zesty.

    2) Feedback loop is effective with Senior management taking an active interest to understand the pulse of the organization - There are regular lunches with the Senior management as well as other interactions which help you voice your opinions and suggestions. Nowhere else will you be offered an opportunity to share your thoughts as in this company.

    3) Fertile ground to test new ideas and good practices of other organizations - We are dynamic and are always on the look out for implementing good practices and strategies for employee growth and stimulation, from the great companies. This is a great strength of Mu Sigma. Adapt and Evolve.

    4) Access to Senior management to present ideas - Very helpful and accessible senior management to present ideas and also implement if accepted.

    5)The Mu Sigma university is highly credible and focuses on nurturing minds - provide rigorous training in statistics and decision making sciences.

    6) The Open minded attitude - there are frequent meetings within the organization to draw up goals, discuss and announce important decisions etc which depict a high level of transparency.

    Cons1) Work life balance - As this is a young organization, its flexibility sometimes pushes employees to stretch and meet unbalanced timelines. This becomes a routine, and the first year at Mu Sigma feels very much like college, with many night outs and staying late at office most of the time.

    2) Opportunities can be unequal across verticals - The company is divided into various verticals like Retail, Life sciences, Technology and the like. The opportunities can be heavily tipped in favor of some over the others. In these kind of scenarios, it is difficult to grab opportunities if you are not in the right side. Some get stuck, while some grow rapidly.

    3)Compensation - This has been its core issue for a while now. The compensation and perks are far behind its peers. Especially given the fact that the percentage of hours invested at work, is much higher than its peers.

    4)Attrition - This is because of the compensation again. This sometimes gives instability within the team and cause unwanted stress to the team members, having to train someone right from the beginning.

    5) Lack of training - before presenting oneself to the client. Many a times, things are done at the spur of the moment, believing it will turn out fine, so there is a little bit of arrogance of having luck on the same side. A little bit of preparation and finesse would help it greatly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementApart from the great technical training, there should be more focus on the front-end conduct with clients.
    Sometimes an employee might be disgruntled and might not be getting enough support from their immediate management. It would be great if there was a method of anonymously pointing out issues to a different set of management, who could then assist in providing opportunities to employees. A forum to reach out to more people for ideas or help and hence to open more doors.

    As the company grows and stabilizes, it is difficult to offer fast track growth opportunities to all. At this point, employee satisfaction must definitely become a prime focus. Else the very foundation will start to deteriorate.

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