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Berkeley Research Group Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Smart people, interesting projects, flexible atmosphere, and good benefits (with a few exceptions) (in 7 reviews)

  • Learn a lot from different cases (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance varies with season and how busy the office is (in 9 reviews)

  • Must be flexible and willing to work long hours and travel to meet project demands (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Berkeley Research Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    BRG is a good place to get hands-on data experience and exposure to multiple fields (healthcare is particularly strong in the DC office). Working hours can be unpredictable (including the weekends) but the junior and senior staffers are all pleasant. I would say that this is one of the few jobs where an entry level consultant will get to experience true data-analytics (summarization and viz mostly, but some teams do modeling). For economics minded folks this could certainly be a great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Junior staff may find it hard to get assigned to cases with good managers and work they find interesting. If you are a solid worker and able to advocate for yourself you'll have no problems getting to work with great management but otherwise you'll be assigned as work comes. As with all consulting, the quality of experience comes from your particular case and its managers/experts. Luckily cases come and go quick enough a bad case won't drag you down for too long.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the needs of junior staff.


  2. "Managing Director"

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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Managing Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Berkeley Research Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    BRG's talent includes some of the most brilliant minds in business, academia, government and business in the world. Also, its network enables BRG to identify subject matter experts as needed. The words Glassdoor and BRG deserve to be used in the same sentence.

    Cons

    BRG is a relatively young firm. BRG's attention to training and other administrative matters important to its professional staff is developing and evolving over time. BRG should continue to dedicate appropriate attention to the professional staff and their development.

    Advice to Management

    BRG should continue to invest its professional staff to ensure professional development and the quality of their work product.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic Healthcare Managment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and 401K. Many good people leave and the bad ones stay

    Cons

    Typical toxic culture that values revenue generation over integrity and providing value to clients. First priority is to sign the deal. Over-promise, under delivery and move onto the next opportunity while managing directors do control damage and blame staff. Majority of MD level are business developers with no healthcare industry experience who do not have a clue about the industry. High school mean-girl environment with MDs stabbing each other in the back to take credit for the sale. Comical environment watching character assassination of others for personal gain with executive management doing nothing. Negative professional behaviors are rewarded here and integrity and ethics are not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of old school turf dictators and set a standard to promote ethical professional behaviors. Other reputable firms would terminate management positions, especially at the MD level for some of the behaviors that are exhibited. Reward collaboration and not collusion.


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  5. "Good company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berkeley Research Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flat structure and relaxed environment, even in the New York office. Friendly, smart, motivated, focused colleagues. Beautiful offices. Fair managers and good compensation.

    Cons

    I work in the healthcare consulting practice but do not do expert testimony work. Because the company has roots in expert testimony, it's a bit of an adjustment when working across teams. There should also be more communication about what different parts of the company are doing

    Advice to Management

    BRG, esp as it grows bigger, could use some more facilitated opportunities for people working in different areas and in different fields to interact and learn what others are up to.


  6. "Operations Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berkeley Research Group full-time

    Pros

    Incredible room for professional growth. Great group of people. Accessible Chairman and founding team. Meritocracy is BRG's guiding principle. If you a a self-starter and looking for a place to be recognized for your hard work, this is the place.

    Cons

    Long hours. If you are not a self-starter, you need not apply. BRG is a six year old start-up; but a start-up none the less. Start-ups are not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring the best talent in the industry.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Berkeley Research Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small working teams and interesting exposure to a variety of case-driven work in complex industries. The analytical work was fairly creative and served as an effective means for furthering skills. Pursuit of professional credentials were encouraged and reimbursed up to a decent amount.

    Cons

    Unattractive overall compensation and excessive hurdles to advancement. Despite demonstrating capacity for projects at senior levels there was no willingness to fast-track any kind of advancement.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of bureaucracy came into play, despite the relatively small size. Workflow was also generally inefficient with a vast majority of analysis being repeated time and again on an ad-hoc basis with little desire to invest time and resources to process improvement and technological leverage.


  8. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berkeley Research Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Office is gorgeous, non-financial benefits paid to employees are excellent (Healthcare, office amenities, company outings). It's an office that has an excellent balance between the benefits of a large corporation and a small office.

    Cons

    The work culture is vert friendly, can be toxic in that associates are obsessed with utilization, or the percent of time they are billable.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunity in Many Practice Areas"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berkeley Research Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, ability to freely move between practice areas and gain experience in healthcare, intellectual property, financial services and other industries

    Cons

    Projects can have unpredictable hours, and deadlines frequently move making planning vacations and other personal appointments difficult

    Advice to Management

    clearly communicate deadlines and respect plans that staff have made if those deadlines change, clearly communicate bonus, compensation and promotion expectations


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not for Lateral Hires"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Berkeley Research Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are competitive, particularly if you’re a lateral hire and can negotiate. On the whole, junior staff are smart, hardworking, cooperative and motivated.

    Cons

    My experience is as a lateral hire into a specific practice (more junior staff generally have a different experience for a variety of reasons):

    As is the norm is consulting, these roles require a significant and unpredictable time commitment. So I wouldn’t join with BRG with any expectations of leaving the office at 6PM or consistent carefree, offline vacations.

    While some of the work can be interesting, a lot of it can be very repetitive (e.g. data loading, cleaning, validating) which does little to improve learning or skills in the long term. Additionally, within data focused practices, I have seen consultants spend a lot of time learning the datasets and its capabilities, but never step back to understand the “why” or the real world applicability of the work, which is a missed opportunity and not something BRG values.

    A lot of work goes into structuring hiring and promotion, but when it comes to pulling the trigger, the loudest voice in the room usually gets their way which leads to the same mistakes and biases time after time. BRG is seriously lacking in a diverse base of consulting professionals and as you move up the ladder, there is a considerable drop off in women in leadership positions (although there is work to change this).

    When you do join BRG, the onboarding program is pretty minimal and haphazard. External hires from other, similar organizations have a leg up on long-term internal BRGers jut because of the investments their prior firms made in training and education. This has led to turnover and missed opportunities to properly leverage new (and existing) talent.

    BRG is most concerned with growth at this stage both from a people and economic perspective. Success at BRG means that you bill hours (without an appropriately incentivizing bonus structure) and play aggressive politics to get to move upward. There is an “old boys club” feel but that is slowly changing. However, new ideas, creativity, and suggestions for best practices are seen as inefficient and generally aren’t endorsed by management. This kind of hyper focus on billing hours pays off in the short term but I worry about the long term.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your current employees from a training and education perspective and build leaders internally rather that solely relying on bringing new “ranimakers” into the organization. Apply measures of success consistently across employees and give employees at all levels the tools to be successful. Appropriately manage skills and allocation of staff so that project loads are more balanced and people can leverage their existing skills to be successful.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Berkeley Research Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the people and the work. There was a great culture and a lot of camaraderie and made coming to work not all that dreadful. I enjoy BRG and would definitely recommend it to a friend.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be a little monotonous and time consuming and you can wonder why you get all those fancy degrees to do ______. Despite this drawback, there is a lot of variety and engagements usually aren't too long so no matter how bad a task may seem, it will soon be over.

    Advice to Management

    There could be more interaction between offices, more opportunities more feedback, and better training programs to get new hires up to speed. The compensation structure for directors is also a black box to staff and it would be nice to understand how it works.


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