Dean & Company Reviews

Updated Oct 17, 2020

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11 Ratings
  1. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Deploys New Hardware and Sought Improved Software

    Nov 21, 2019 - Help Desk Technician in Vienna, VA
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    Pros

    Medium sized company comprised of intelligent and personable professionals Communicative culture with emphasis on achieving more Issue quality hardware and try to provide all requested items to promote productivity Benefits Diverse in business endeavors, ensuring profits

    Cons

    Sometimes legacy workflows were maintained to appease upper management Diverse in business endeavors, which requires internal silos making certain communications restrictive

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Dismal work culture and environment

    Mar 6, 2020 - Associate in Vienna, VA
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    Pros

    Small firm feel and visibility

    Cons

    Partners are not truly partners (firm owners). Run like a single owner firm

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  3. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Poor Management

    Mar 7, 2018 -  
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    Pros

    Great bagels and fresh fruit.

    Cons

    Management and Support are chasing outstanding employees away.

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Very Intelligent Analysts and Consultants + Experienced Management

    Nov 6, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Extremely intelligent, driven analysts coupled with articulate, well-connected, experienced management.

    Cons

    Company did an excellent job with retention of existing clients, but could focus more on growth.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Solid culture

    Aug 15, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Good culture, young office, great firm events

    Cons

    Minimal room for growth in support staff roles

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    The next era of Dean is looking up

    May 27, 2017 - Analyst in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    Project pipeline is strong Smart and energetic colleagues--- particularly the analysts Interesting work that makes an impact Management is better than in years past

    Cons

    Project mix not varied Location in suburbs not ideal Remote managers not always engaged Owners not visible and their long-term strategy is unclear

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Small Company doing too many things...

    Oct 27, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Alots of smart people... Lots of experience in Analytics and finance.

    Cons

    company need more cultural diversity... Too much micromanagement..

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Decent firm

    Oct 27, 2014 -  
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    Pros

    small company, lots of exposure to higher level, meaningful work right away, free fruit everyday, bagels once a week

    Cons

    hours can be stressful depending on the project, not too many clients at firm so limited scope on what you can work on, managers can often work remotely so lots of teleconferencing which can be annoying.

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  9. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Pluses and Minuses of a Small Firm

    Jul 11, 2014 - Analyst in Vienna, VA
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    Pros

    The work tends to be very analytical and interesting and the clients are top-tier. The recruiting process is very selective so you'll be awed by some of your classmates. Over the last couple years, the company has made a lot of changes and have promoted VP's to CMO and COO, which seems to have put more focus on growing the client base and improving the internal processes. The case managers on average tend to be pretty good. I think this is a great place for a quantitative type to begin learning about business.

    Cons

    Given that it's a small firm, the work tends to be concentrated in a few clients at any one time. The project flow can be uneven, especially on private equity, so you'll have some 75 hour weeks and other 45 hour weeks. Client contact and travel is uneven across projects. The training program is OK, but could use some upgrades

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  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Be wary

    Jul 9, 2014 - Analyst in Vienna, VA
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    Pros

    Analysts tend to be an interesting, smart and collegiate bunch. The work is quite analytical and of the quality and complexity you could expect at other top-shelf consulting shops

    Cons

    The CEO runs this company like his fiefdom, and top management are incompetent and spineless. Work and new clients tend to be difficult to come by as upper management tend not to be well-connected. Most are PHDs in Math/Science and tend not to be managerial types. Besides, this firm unlike other consulting firms does not have partners; the partners are called VP's and the firm is definitely not run like a partnership, with control concentrated at the CEO level. As others have noted, top management tend to focus on the energy business. The more forceful VPs negotiated transfers to the energy side, leaving the impression that the consulting business was very much a sinking ship. Staffing policies are extremely non-transparent and working hours and style are extremely variable depending on case and manager. During the recession, it was common for teams to be under-staffed, clients were given large discounts, and tremendous pressure was put on teams to deliver above what was promised. Unannounced staff-cuts were common, and these were managed poorly with very little communication from management about the future prospects/plans of the company. Poor mentoring and feedback except during formal bi-annual reviews. Training too is non-existent and analysts are often expected to learn whilst working very long hours. Representations of the company as a fun place to work and a pleasant environment during the recruiting process are outright deceitful Finally, the office is pretty dismal with faded green carpeting, plenty of windowless interior offices and jail cell-like lighting. Moreover, the building turns off the air-conditioning at 8pm, and unless you are very lucky you will often stay past 8pm.

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