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"Great place to start or end a career -- in between, not so much"

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Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at ZS Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

-Excellent training and professional development
-Great culture, supportive and friendly people
-Prestigious, good (but not great) pay, good work/life balance (if you know how to push back)

Cons

-Compensation could be higher -- but the business is run extraordinarily efficiently so I see why it's not (ie: the market doesn't demand that a higher salary be given, so the partners are happy nickle and diming when they can)
-The firm is growing rapidly, and the culture IS changing -- a lot of experienced hires = a lot of people who don't understand ZS way. Specifically, the LA office has a HUGE deloitte influence and it has fundamentally changed the way the office is run, the culture of the people there, and what the job entails... These are strong negative influences and while they have not changed every aspect of what it is to be a ZSer, they necessarily will if this trend is not reversed

Advice to Management

Avoid at all costs the big firm feel and culture while you can -- ZS is a great place to be and I am very pleased I started my career there, but I felt the tides of change coming when I left and am happy I did. Less Deloitte / Accenture at all costs!

Other Employee Reviews for ZS Associates

  1. "Good spring board to building strong data analysis skills in first 2 years"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gives your solid quant and data analysis skills compared to other consulting firms

    Cons

    Formerly had good visa application program for international students, but that policy has since been cancelled.

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing data analysts overseas is fine for cost savings, but that displaces a large amount of talented internationals who would otherwise stay and contribute to the firm for a long time.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Poorly managed"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Evanston, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent people for a certainty - if you call "book smart" people intelligent

    Cons

    Poorly managed
    Not set up for success
    Insufficient tools to perform job
    Expectations of performance not based in reality
    The word " hypocritical" comes to mind - preach how much they care about the employee
    mentoring, training, coaching etc, etc and will fire you without ever applying one iota of their cool aid.

    Advice to Management

    Break up your " good ol boy" club.
    Theiri mgt is poorly trained. Serious lack of interpersonal skill sets
    But understandable once you realize these people have been staring at data points and slide decks for the last 20 years of their lives

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