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ECG Management Consultants Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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  1. "Best place to be in the industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ECG Management Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Highly-visible, high-impact projects (you work with the C-Suite)
    - Well known and respected among clients
    - Professional development is a big part of culture
    - Decent work-life balance (for consulting)
    - Good snacks in the office!

    Cons

    Hours can be long and variable, but that's the nature of the industry

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in professional development and mentoring programs


  2. "Great Firm!"

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

    I have been working at ECG Management Consultants full-time

    Pros

    People and support are great.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a challenge to manage.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at ECG Management Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Every individual at the firm produces excellent work, from the smallest internal work product to massive client deliverables. There is strong focus on quality of deliverables for both content and design, with consultants expected to create diverse, visually appealing deliverables efficiently. Peers and managers often provide a reference to an expert within the firm for content areas where a consultant may not be comfortable working alone. Every individual is passionate about their work and engagements are typically interesting and innovative.

    Cons

    ECG was successful in increasing its size over the recent years, but the management did not anticipate and proactively grow administrative support in kind. The firm only brought on a CFO and CHRO at a point where the organization had almost 200 consultants, leading to policies that were confusing for both existing and new staff members. The firm boasts about its entrepreneurial spirit, but the focus on office-based consulting is dated and dis-incentivizes younger employees. Office-based consulting doesn't foster collegiality in small locations where there may only by 15 consultants and 75% of the office is traveling. Firm culture is confusing - legacy/lifelong ECG managers seem to have different expectations for social interactions and those expectations vary wildly between offices. Senior leadership does communicate the need to work over 40 hours, with a goal of 40 billable hours per week. However, work commitment expectations vary between senior managers, so setting personal boundaries to try and stabilize work-life balance is impossible for new employees. Consultants do not consistently work with the same project teams and are expected to adjust to new management styles without much support. Much lip service is paid to professional development but it is difficult to guarantee face-to-face time with administrative managers. It is hard to maintain motivation and remain engaged when backlog hours fluctuate and management is inaccessible.

    Advice to Management

    The new Consultant Development Lead will hopefully correct the quality and consistency of professional development support. Employee communications should be clearer - even the new meeting structure is confusing with regards to attendance expectations. Continued attention to appropriately addressing the company's expansion is necessary to retain and motivate the expert staff at ECG.


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  5. "People are great, communication is poor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ECG Management Consultants full-time

    Pros

    A great group of smart and driven people.

    Cons

    Poor communication and leadership is detached.

    ECG Management Consultants Response

    Feb 8, 2017 – Director of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on ECG. We’re pleased to hear you recognize our great group of smart and driven employees. We are proud of our collegial environment where employees recognize the ... More


  6. "Good company for young singles who can work very long hours"

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

    I worked at ECG Management Consultants full-time

    Pros

    The Consultants are mostly young professionals with MBA degrees. They are a joy to work with. Pay and benefits are excellent. Office is beautiful.

    Cons

    Very little work/life balance. It's sad to see Consultants start out with smiles and enthusiasm then become demoralized and stressed out after their first year due to work load, long hours and stress. If you want to work for EDG, it is best if you do not have a spouse or children because you won't have time (or patience) left over for them. That's why most of the Consultants are single and have no children yet.

    Advice to Management

    Top Executives, you have already made your fortunes, it is time to increase your human resources to match the work load. Your staff will be happier, they will stay longer, and your company's success and profits will increase.

    ECG Management Consultants Response

    Feb 8, 2017 – Director of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to share your comments on ECG. We are pleased you found your colleagues a joy to work with. It is true, we have bright, talented, and driven employees, most of whom have ... More


  7. "Old Boys Club"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ECG Management Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good support staff. Variety of locations across the country.

    Cons

    Very old school office-based consulting, without innovation in approach to client service.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the office, and in front of your clients. You are missing opportunities in the market with your antiquated focus on billable hours rather than delivering large-scale engagements.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ECG Management Consultants full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    * Progressive firm that is on the cutting edge of healthcare
    * Bright people at all levels of the organization
    * Elite client list
    * Willingness to invest in new capabilities
    * Market-competitive pay
    * True meritocracy
    * Strong leadership team that takes feedback to heart

    Cons

    * Rapid growth has eroded/negatively influenced the culture of the firm
    * Complicated bonus structure that doesn't necessarily incentivize desired behaviors and collaboration across practices

    Advice to Management

    * Remain true to core values upon which the firm was built
    * Stop dumping so many administrative responsibilities on Senior Managers - we're consultants first and foremost

    ECG Management Consultants Response

    Oct 20, 2016 – Director of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on working at ECG. I’m pleased to see that you list more ‘pros’ than ‘cons’ about working here though disappointed to hear you say our growth has ... More


  9. "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ECG Management Consultants (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great overall - plenty of opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    No current complaints about the organization.

    ECG Management Consultants Response

    Oct 20, 2016 – Director of Talent Acquisition

    Delighted that you are happy. Thanks for sharing.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Lonely Desk Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Extremely bright people. The firm has exceptional individuals that operate at the cutting edge of healthcare. These consultants have developed some of the most advanced solutions in health system strategy, and there is an immense wealth of experience in hospital/physician alignment and strategy. If you are committed to understanding the business dynamics of the healthcare industry, few places will provide such a focused and rich experience.

    Cons

    Management just seems determined to drive young people out of the firm.

    Its almost as if they are deliberately trying to discourage young talent from contributing to the firm's success. A few things that they just don't seem to get:
    - Most of the work can be done remotely, yet they insist on office presence for the sake of it. Everyone is expected to work nights and weekends, proving that the work can be done anywhere, yet people have to be in seats at certain times of the day in low energy office locations. Many of these are often in undesirable and difficult to access parts of the metropolitan area.
    - Virtually no transparency is given to the criteria for promotion.
    - Staff consultants have no quarterly or even annual financial incentives to perform above and beyond expectations. Management seems to be content with a docile workforce that slogs along trying to avoid negative feedback and that is the extend of their incentive structure.
    - Social interaction and energy levels within the office are lacking tremendously. Management has expected this to occur organically through affinity group development where groups organize around specific interest areas, but management invests little to actively cultivate this.
    - Adoption of technology is excruciatingly slow. Office instant messaging was adopted just as that technology became obsolete. Can you imagine if they implemented something like Slack? Don't bet on it.

    Advice to Management

    Put some serious effort into financially rewarding performance at all levels and not just the senior manager level.

    Invest in leading edge communication technologies even if there is some potential risk involved.

    Catch up with the times on remote working arrangements, and stop discouraging or shaming individuals who are more productive when they are not shackled to a desk.

    ECG Management Consultants Response

    Oct 20, 2016 – Director of Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about ECG. We agree with you that we have exceptional individuals providing the highest-quality service to our clients. You make a good point ... More


  11. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture - work hard, play hard attitude. Rewarding work and high-level engagements. Everyone is friendly and entrepreneurial. The firm is experiencing exponential growth and provides opportunities for advancement, for those who seek it.

    Cons

    Hours can be a bit long but this is nothing new to the management consulting industry/lifestyle.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you are doing.

    ECG Management Consultants Response

    Oct 20, 2016 – Director of Talent Acquisition

    So pleased to hear that you are happy at ECG. Thanks for sharing!



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