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Back Bay Strategies Reviews

Updated March 30, 2017
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  1. "Excellent work environment, strong mentoring"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Back Bay Strategies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Excellent work culture: intelligent, hard working, friendly, and team-oriented coworkers are great to work with
    -Strong mentoring: direct and indirect mentoring from co-workers dedicated to helping each other grow their careers; able to take on significant responsibility for projects
    -Diverse projects: opportunities for broad and deep projects provides exposure to many areas within the life sciences

    Cons

    -Demanding work schedule and high levels of responsibility can make work/life balance difficult


  2. "Intellectually stimulating work with a great team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Back Bay Strategies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly team environment with smart and dedicated team members
    Intellectually stimulating problem solving that keeps you abreast of current trends and events impacting the healthcare industry
    Enables development of translatable skills including technology/company diligence, financial modeling and engaging with thought leaders
    Provides opportunity to interact with all functions of the industry including busdev, new product planning, and marketing teams, as well as C-level management teams and boards

    Cons

    Consulting can require significant amounts of time preparing for unpredictable deadlines
    Client-facing industry means your happiness/quality of life can depend on the client, but for the most part Back Bay does a great job at shielding us from difficult clients


  3. "Great Place for Growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Back Bay Strategies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to take on lots of responsibility, opportunity to work with upper level management, engaging work, inclusion in all processes of the business, great work life balance, very competitive compensation

    Cons

    Conceptually demanding, high responsibility level and parallel demands can be stressful if not handled properly,


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  5. "Back Bay Manager Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Back Bay Strategies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. Great collaborative culture
    2. Interesting and diverse projects across biotech and pharma industries
    3. Small and flexible company structure with hands-on training from highly skilled and knowledgeable management

    Cons

    Consulting work can be cyclic so the job can be demanding at times

    Advice to Management

    Although the work can be time intensive and stressful, upper management keeps work/life balance top of mind which is great


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Back Bay Strategies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good first job experience. There was some diversity in the work assignments, so that was good. Small company. Senior management was always there for support and training. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover. Sometimes people only lasted a few weeks or months. That made it stressful at times because it wasn't clear why they were moving on so quickly. Maybe they just had other opportunities that came up.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you communicate a lot with the staff so they know what's going on. It can be stressful to see people leave and not know why that's happening, especially in a small office.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Must be willing to work long hours"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office, really intelligent people, interesting project work that really forces you to think outside of the box and come up with creative solutions

    Cons

    Management is really tough on jr team members, they're expected to be in the office very early and not to leave until very late, they are pushed incredibly hard and rewarded little


  8. "Back Bay Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Back Bay Strategies full-time

    Pros

    Consulting without the travel; banking without the notorious hours

    Diverse set of projects means you're constantly learning: different disease areas, speaking with key opinion leaders in the field, not pigeon-holed to a particular sub-specialty in healthcare (i.e. payer research, market access, medical devices) though you do have broad exposure

    Inter-play between the Consulting and Transaction teams means as a consultant you see how your work actually results in a deal (licensing / acquisition)- as the consulting team frequently sets up the groundwork for the deal team

    Close-knit team and open-office culture means it's easy to ask for help and learn from your peers, which is critical at the Analyst level. Culture is not buttoned-up or stiff, can (and should) knock on a VP's door to ask a question about how they want the deck to look. Not predicated around face time and everyone's responsible, so you stay in the office to do your work then go home

    Small engagement teams means you're making meaningful contributions as an Analyst and are given opportunity to chime in or answer questions even in client calls

    Smart, helpful, and down-to-earth colleagues

    Cons

    As with any client-centric shop, work can lump together around deadlines and the client can change vision or scope for the project

    Challenging learning curve. You'll have a call in a week with a leading clinician in the disease space. It can be tough getting up to speed, but the colleagues at Back Bay make it easy to ask questions and say, here's what I don't understand

    Advice to Management

    Senior level management is very understanding about work/life balance


  9. "Disorganized"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice offices, good benefits, okay culture

    Cons

    Disorganized, no real hr department, expected to work overtime.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "small company growing pains"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    small company, get to work on small projects with some variety

    Cons

    still learning how to be a company