Parthenon Group

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Parthenon Group Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Can't beat the culture

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

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

    Pros

    After having spent almost 3 years at Parthenon, and leaving for a much more corporate organization, I realize I should have appreciated the collaborative and friendly culture that pervades through the entirety at Parthenon much more than I did. This is an A+ employer - great atmosphere, extremely smart people, and amazing career opportunities. The leadership is committed to providing the best opportunities that they can for their employees, even if that mean significantly tailoring the associate experience to each individual. Can't reinforce the Parthenon motto enough... the company is truly full of "smart, nice, and driven" people.

    Cons

    Definitely long hours at times, but the work is always appreciated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The two case model can oftentimes get overwhelming in terms of hours and work load... considering shifting certain types of projects over to the one case model.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Repetitive, bad expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    Firm culture is great in terms of social engagement, joking around in the office, company events are fun. Coworkers are very smart and for the most part managers are very good. Coursework can be extremely interesting and engaging, and you can get experience in a wide range of industries very quickly. Education work is great, if you're specifically looking for that

    Cons

    Expectations on work life balance are completely unreasonable, and nobody seems to have any incentive to change it. 140+hr work weeks are not unheard of, and people will go months in summer at 100+. As an associate (entry level) you basically have no control over your workload and when you have to do work--expect getting 4+ hour assignments at 11pm that your manager needs the next day at 9am. You basically never have more than a day or two for an assignment, and frequently much shorter. Get used to telling your friends "I won't know until 15 minutes before" if they ask you if you can come to something--weekends included.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either pay us more or set up actual controls on what managers can ask. There has been a slow slide on expectations to where people think it's OK to do pretty absurd things to the people below them, and that is only going to get fixed if the top leadership changes how they do things.

    We get a lot of documents talking about how important work life balance is, and then things to the effect of 'please don't work all night on this. But I'm giving it to you at 8PM and need it by tomorrow morning'-

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Smart, nice folks who work hard.

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

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

    Pros

    The people are what make TPG worth the time and effort.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a challenge -- but it is anywhere, really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great career launch pad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Parthenon Group full-time

    Pros

    Great mentorship, amazing company culture, lots of responsibility and opportunities for growth, less travel than other consulting firms. Parthenon really cares about its people and wants them to succeed. Casework is truly strategy focused. Other employees are very intelligent but enjoyable to spend time with, which is key during the late nights.

    Cons

    Long hours, two-case model can be challenging, can be hard to predict busy periods.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent first job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    Great culture, good level of responsibility

    Cons

    Learning curve flatten after 1.5 to 2 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Quick experience on high impact strategy cases

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parthenon Group

    Pros

    Great culture, great people to work with, and meaningful results for clients

    Cons

    Tough hours, work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I have been working at Parthenon Group full-time

    Pros

    The culture stems from the associates, but is true for each and every employee. Can't imagine a better work environment.

    Cons

    Not many. Work hard due to two-case system

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great atmosphere to work in.

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

    I worked at Parthenon Group

    Pros

    It is a collegial environment with some bright thinkers. Fun to work with and be around. CEO has a great vision.

    Cons

    Not a lot of direction for administrative staff. They hire the best but don't necessarily hold onto them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Administrative staff could use some mentoring and better use of performance reviews.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Parthenon is a lot of fun, both in terms of the work and the culture, but expect to work a lot.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Parthenon Group

    Pros

    The people you work with are incredibly smart and fun to be around which is a rare and undervalued combination in my experience. Working on two cases at a time gives a great opportunity to develop experience expertise very quickly, and Parthenon is very well respected with other employers and business schools.

    Cons

    Because you have obligations to two case teams with the two-case model, hours can get pretty long(especially during busy periods).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, nurturing culture, very strong education and private equity practices

    Cons

    Long hours, two-case model can make for uncomfortable situations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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