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Updated January 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Junior Engagement Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Essex Lake full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Used to make profit enhancement staff travel a lot giving good exposure.

    Cons

    Incompetent Senior Management with weird ideas of how to run an organization. CEO loves people who are idiots enough to treat him like some demi god. Ofcourse all good people end up leaving the firm leaving idiots to run the show screwing up everyones life right till the junior most guy.

    Advice to Management

    Beta Tumse na ho paega, tum jaake cinema dekho :)


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Times change, but policies don't"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Essex Lake full-time

    Pros

    - There are still some good coworkers to be around and to learn from
    - You're able to gain some experience
    - The office is quieter, making it eerily relaxing
    - Paychecks are still coming

    Cons

    - Number 1 problem that has existed since I started (which is sadly much too long ago) is the complacency to the toxic work culture here. They expect too much of their employees and when you push back or complain, you're the problem. "This is our culture."/"This is consulting." Nobody is able to think for themselves and actually be critical of the treatment of PEOPLE. There is 0 regard for the wellbeing and happiness of the employees, it is simply that. Our clients, the few we even have, are treated as holier than thou. The sad part is even our clients wouldn't work like this, nor expect anyone too. We just can't manage anything to ensure we don't work like animals.
    - Poor project management (see above/below)
    - The handling of layoffs was done incredibly poorly; pretty much as bad as you can get. People working incredibly hard for the company, putting in long hours and working weekends were not given the respect they deserved in the handling of this.
    - Few projects in the pipeline aka little growth/learning potential
    - Decisions have been made to save money at the expense of employee safety, not in terms of the work environment, but the location of it (I.e. office locations)

    Advice to Management

    We need a entirely new upper management team. From the top down at least a few levels. From there, we can sort through the issues we have and either correct management problems or new find managers.


  3. "Its a start up...."

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Essex Lake full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot of hands on work - you can build you skill set very well.
    Intensive problem solving in some projects.
    Solid cost reduction practice and the best practice head in industry

    Cons

    Senior layer is retired from big corporates so are mostly checked out (with an exception of few leaders)
    Employee development is not part of the plan.
    Projects are mostly in areas - Cost reduction which have very little value within corporates.
    Exit options are primarily your own start-up.
    Leaders that have been grown in house have very little industry knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Get some good people in the company so that its a little less political.


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  5. "New company has some real potential to be a good consulting/profit enhancement firm."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Some interesting project work
    Top tier clients, particularly in financial services
    Lots of responsibility for junior members, since very few managers in company
    Interesting combination of business leaders, consultants, and analytical staff members

    Cons

    Comp is not so great
    Unclear bonuses and allocation
    Unclear if team will ever share in Profit Enhancement payoffs that company receives
    Needs some middle management to help guide the junior team members
    Long hours sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Need to beef up training, coaching programs. Will we ever share in revenue gains?


  6. "Great exposure, with the challenges of a small firm"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essex Lake full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team. Great perks and compensation.

    Cons

    Lack of visibility into projects.


  7. "Not a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice flying opportunities , flexible timings

    Cons

    be the part of politics and you can be on top!

    Advice to Management

    respect your employees and learn how to treat them


  8. "Bad Work Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Essex Lake full-time

    Pros

    1. Haven't seen any till yet

    Cons

    1. Discouraging environment
    2. No projects
    3. Sudden firing


  9. Helpful (1)

    "research engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essex Lake full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Extra perks and high salary

    Cons

    No real projects, a real waste of time.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up !!


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Essex Lake full-time

    Pros

    • Excellent foreign exposure and a lot of travel and learning.
    • Flexible timings. Management is supportive in terms of timing until there is a deliverable.
    • Happy hours

    Cons

    • Less number of employees so you tend to end up manage multiple things.

    Advice to Management

    • Organization should start working on employee welfare and engagement


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Some Great People To Work With! Needs Better Direction"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Essex Lake full-time

    Pros

    1) Opportunities to travel - operates across US, South Africa, China, India. Has also had projects in the UK, Singapore, Mainland Europe in the past

    2) Get to work with senior leadership very early in one's career - giving you great exposure to more mature lines of thinking about a problem

    3) As a small firm, really rewards those that take ownership of their work

    4) Work life balance is far better than a lot of other consulting firms, though can vary from project-to-project

    5) Friendly and relatively informal atmosphere.

    6) Promotes employees to pick up a large range of soft/hard skills - from public speaking, to machine learning on R

    Cons

    1) Does not have too many projects running at a given time - not too much choice, when it comes to staffing

    2) Massive work-culture difference between consulting (profit enhancement) and other groups. Other groups tend to be political, sometimes poorly aligned with the firm's revenue sources

    3) Firm's growth restricted by pricing, unclear positioning/ firm direction, inability to attract good "selling" partners

    Advice to Management

    1) Focus on "core" revenue-generating activities and cut-down on long-term, blue sky projects
    2) Keep pricing more modest, prioritise getting repeat business from clients over getting big projects



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