ZS Associates

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ZS Associates Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014
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3.5 439 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

ZS Associates Managing Director Chris Wright

Chris Wright

(143 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good (but not great) pay, good work/life balance (if you know how to push back)(in 20 reviews)

  • Great work culture with lots of upfront responsibility(in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • Despite what they advertise, they don't care too much about work/life balance(in 116 reviews)

  • Tedious work culture because of long working hours(in 63 reviews)

439 Employee Reviews
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    BTAC (Former Employee) Pune (India)

    ProsGood culture , peer , and pay

    ConsWork life balance , though improved significantly

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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

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    was a good experience for me to get to know what consulting industry looks like

    Part Time Assistant (Former Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    Prospeople were nice here and willing to help you out.

    Conswork was quite intense compared to my other internships

     

    It is a good job to begin with

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosa good name, opportunity to learn, good work place environment, decent starting salary

    Conslower salary, hectic working hours

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    Intellectually stimulating internship with a lot of freedom to explore ideas and projects.

    Business Operations Associate (Former Employee) Princeton, NJ

    ProsPeople are amazingly friendly and nice. Most of the principals have their doors open and you can walk in and talk to them at any time.
    Project work varies and project leaders will usually give you a lot of freedom to take on the project.

    ConsThe work may become mundane and repeat in some cases
    Focused on Pharmaceuticals in some of the major offices but this varies depending on the location of the office

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

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    Excellent place for growth and learning

    Business Operations Associate (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsResponsibility given at the very beginning. Multiple areas to work, various kinds of projects are there. Professionalism valued. Brand value across the globe. Top universities are well aware of the company existence and the level of difficulty set by the company during the interview.

    ConsPoor work life balance, 75th%ile payment (but that really does't matter when you are at the beginning of 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 people. Work hard

    Consultant (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsStimulating work environment
    Most projects are fun to work on
    Great training
    Many fun company events
    Most people and managers are great to work with

    ConsLate work hours
    Some managers are hell to work with - would make you look for new jobs
    Can really get pigeon-holed into specific types of projects / clients
    Transparency is not as much as they claim / advertise

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

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    Do not apply!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are no pros to this place.

    ConsDo not work here if you value your self esteem.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    You get to learn a lot in the first-two years, however after that you may feel stagnated.

    Business Analytics Associate Consultant (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsVery good people, the office cares about you, provides a good learning experience in the first 2 years, India office growing at an amazing pace.

    ConsLow pay and no work-life balance. After the first 2 years learning gets stagnated. Work is mostly operational in nature. India office is not really "consulting" but a back-end analytics office.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing first year at ZS

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHighly intellectual peers/colleagues who have been with ZS for >3 years.
    If you demonstrate your loyalty, you wil be rewarded in the long run.

    ConsThrow your MBA degree in a can of trash when you come here - it is not valued, also throw away your prior workex. You will notice that your batchmates have made it to the next level a couple of years ago, while you will require another couple of years to be at that level, needless to say, with an MBA degree.
    Don't get too excited if you get a high salary when you join ZS, it will be 'corrected' in the coming cycles where you will get a less than 1/3rd of the hike as compared to the home-grown ZSers, no matter how well you performed.
    In the pretext of calling you an expert, you are required to do the same kind of work, every now and then which becomes boring.
    Unless you are in a client team, you are pretty much on your own, in the sense that you are just treated as a 'resource' who can execute certain tasks for them, just like buying a pet bottle of coke when you are thirsty.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want lateral hires to be loyal to the company, please start treating them like they are valued.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Best of breed in software development practices and mentor ship.

    Associate Consultant (Former Employee) Evanston, IL

    ProsMentor ship model works excellent for the small, tight-knit development team. Great tools and development practices followed by all teams. Development practices match up to companies like Google or LinkedIn.

    ConsDepending on the software project, support or unplanned features can overwhelm. Poor planning or over promising from the consultant teams often required super-human development efforts to fix.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure the different groups focus on their core competencies and also introduce measures to ensure cross-department coordination is rewarded and that over-promising is punished.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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