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"A firm that lost its direction"

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Current Employee - BT Consultant in Princeton, NJ
Current Employee - BT Consultant in Princeton, NJ
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at ZS Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

became good at communication and soft skills esp slide making and crafting emails
learnt office politics and importance of it for career growth
collaborative culture is passed on by Kellogg professors is awesome

Cons

1. In an effort to grow faster new managers/consultants are hired from the industry but often they bring their own baggage (kissing up and crapping down) from previous jobs. Even hiring one wrong fit at senior level screws many junior team members who may actually have stayed at ZS

2. Billing rates are insanely high compared to normal IT companies. People get over this by working 80 hrs but billing only 40hrs.

3. Partners have become lazy and usually keep high performing managers under them who work like slaves in hopes of becoming partner. Bar for making partner keeps increasing every year. Managers are too hard on teams since they think they put through this and its normal

4. I miss the ZS where transparency was encouraged . It has now become a political place

Advice to Management

If you want to retain strong people please coach and mentor them. Also set a clear vision on whats important at various level - at times being too analytical hurts because its too complex to communicate to someone..

Other Employee Reviews for ZS Associates

  1. "Learned a lot, overstaffing is frequent"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analytics Associate Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analytics Associate Consultant in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - There is a lot to learn and I gained a lot from the job very quickly
    - Everyone is really nice and the San Mateo (no its not San Francisco despite what they claim) office is really cool.
    - Not constantly travelling
    - Very quickly get to talk with and present to clients

    Cons

    - Regularly overstaffed (although hours still aren't as bad as other consulting firms)
    - Consider your future interests and ensure that this job will get you there

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire more people as people are far too overstaffed.


  2. "Good place to kick-start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are very smart, motivated and friendly people in the company. You will learn skills that will be valued immensely in the industry. The company has a good brand name in the industry so getting a job becomes easy

    Cons

    Work/life balance is not good. Lately, company is focusing more on expanding off-shore offices resulting in many operations projects

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