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Updated April 14, 2017
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Arthur D. Little CEO Ignacio Garcia-Alves
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Pros
  • Better work life balance than average in consulting industry (in 7 reviews)

  • Super stimulating environment and interesting projects (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • You have to expect working long hours, and during weekends as well (in 7 reviews)

  • Hours are long (but probably better than in most top tier firms) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Professionally Enriching"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arthur D. Little full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Creative in approaching projects. Conservative in the numbers which these days is a blessing. Intense work which requires good planning and concentration. Fellow workers were wonderful and enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Personal initiative is very important in developing oneself. You can always ask for help but it is really you who needs to decide how to go about getting into projects, learning different skills, going out on the limb to get attention of senior staff, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Create some sort of template to keep track of progress of incoming, less experienced staff so that they can get up to speed and be part of the team from day one.
    Compensation, time-off policies are good, work-life balance - this is consulting so upfront you need to realize that it is time demanding but somehow able to work things out when needed for important events.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "former great"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great selection of projects, Fantastic alumni network

    Cons

    No longer commands the best consulting opportunities


  3. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Brazil, IN
    Former Employee - Manager in Brazil, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arthur D. Little full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Impressive Culture and very interesting people

    Cons

    Constant organizational changes. Projects not clearly defined


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  5. "Amazing staff."

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    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Cambridge, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arthur D. Little full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant people and exciting work.

    Cons

    At this time it is


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good leadership for US operations

    Cons

    Consulting is a tough business


  7. "Very Dissappointing operations in the US. Poor recuriting and retention practices. Highly political environement."

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand name from legacy era.

    Cons

    Weak executive management and senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    Return to legacy ADL standards


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Arthur D. Little Review"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life Balance. Average hours is not as crazy as other consulting firms.
    Friendly co-workers. Very open culture. Managers, Sr. Managers and Directors are accessible at all times.

    Cons

    Low salary. No salary revisions for the last two years. No bonus for 2009. Average salary lower than average in the industry.
    Low opportunity for career advancement. The firm is stuck with no growth potential

    Advice to Management

    Change of senior management is needed.


  9. "I am an employee in Europe; great company, competing with best in class"

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    Current Employee - Entry Level
    Current Employee - Entry Level
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Very smart and driven colleagues
    - Competes/is among the best (on almost all assignments competing with MBB)
    - Company is rapidly growing (a nice experience, which you cannot find with other consultants)
    - Not all areas and industry players are clients/covered, meaning there is an opportunity to explore new terrain (not the case at the bigger competitors, where the partners are already in touch with every player)
    - Down to earth people at most offices

    Cons

    - For consulting, narrow areas of expertise in certain offices (because of the smaller size of some offices, they generally have to focus on a handful of industries so your exposure to different industries might be less compared to at othre bigger strategy consultants)
    - Compensation marginally lower compared to MBB


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Technically excellent, innovative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Arthur D. Little full-time

    Pros

    Technical excellence and innovation are core to the people and business

    Cons

    Only just developing a global model, needs to move this forward


  11. "Arthur D Little Middle East Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Arthur D Little is a good company global with excellent Management from the CEO, Global Finance Director and COO.

    Cons

    Arthur D Little office in Dubai unfortunately is a disappointment. Some senior management do not care about staff, especially non direct staff. Bullying other staff and management actions are zero or sweeping it under the carpet.

    Advice to Management

    To see staff as assets and not just people you can just sack and replace. Have the courage to take a stand against staff who are bullies even if they are friends.


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