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FSG Reviews

Updated January 2, 2019
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fulfilling work"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Dedicated, hardworking, passionate, kind, smart, and fun colleagues
    - Really fulfilling and personally meaningful work in the social sector
    - Wide variety of projects
    - Strong company culture around improvement and providing feedback
    - Less travel (for junior employees) relative to for-profit consulting

    Cons

    - Lower compensation given the hours
    - Workload can fluctuate a lot from week to week and month to month, depending on the projects and project stage

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stay true to your values and mission, while increasing diversity and equity among employees. Try to build a more consistent pipeline of projects, so that staff aren't experiencing dramatic workload swings. Keep dancing!


  2. "review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FSG full-time

    Pros

    inspiring colleagues, learn a lot

    Cons

    quality work takes time, rushing relationships doesn't work

  3. "Focus on the Problem Solving"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FSG full-time

    Pros

    Innovative work, smart colleagues, strong leadership

    Cons

    Level of process and time associated with introspection, versus time and creativity that should be put towards solving the world's problems.

    Advice to Management

    Shift emphasis to the external - its enough time spent naval gazing!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Really great people, interesting projects"

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    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FSG full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great if you want exposure to a broad set of social issues and actors. Interesting travel opportunities, and a strong emphasis on professional development. Really supporting work culture.
    Benefits are generous.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low end of average for this type of work. Associates starting salary is 50K (if it looks higher on Glassdoor, it's because FSG shuffled roles / salaries). Hours 50-60 per week.


  5. "Greatest Social Sector Firm in Progress"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful dedication to the social sector and solidly grounded in approach areas. Well respected brand, rigorous approach to engagements, thorough knowledge of the sector, strong dedication to work-life balance and people.

    Cons

    Diversity is lacking across the firm and client base but a strong focus for continuous improvement internally and externally. Fee structure makes it difficult to serve non-elite client base.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the strong standard of work and continue prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion.


  6. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FSG full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good benefits. Pays for the skills.

    Cons

    It's hard work which is anyway normal for the sector.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) The people - I love being surrounded by wonderful, smart, funny, and caring colleagues
    2) Culture / environment - generally colleagial, supportive, non-competitive
    3) Focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion - this is central to many discussions (both internally and externally) and seems to be top of mind across the firm
    4) Mission-driven - it is inspiring to work with so many people who are passionate about social change and creating social impact
    5) Very generous health benefits

    Cons

    1) Work/life balance: while FSG does try to help people find work/life balance, the amount of work assigned can be difficult to complete without working overtime. That said, FSG has been quite open to alternative working arrangements and flexible schedules.

    Other: This is not a "con" but more of a personal preference. Many colleagues enjoy discussing sensitive / difficult (though very important) topics at length. This can be daunting for someone who is shy or introverted. I was uncomfortable with this initially, however I've grown to really enjoy this aspect as it has made me feel much closer to my colleagues than I have at other organizations. It has also helped me feel more comfortable in my own skin, and more at ease with opening up to others.

  8. "FSG"

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at FSG are incredibly genuine, kind, and thoughtful. The impact of our work is very clear.

    Cons

    In my opinion, compensation is definitely the biggest con at FSG. They pay a little less than competitors, such as Bridgespan, but a lot less than the private sector

    Advice to Management

    I would consider compensation equity not just within job ranges but also across levels of the firm. Even a 10K increase in pay for junior staff would make a tremendous difference.


  9. "Wonderful exposure to the social sector"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, kind, and passionate people. Clients who are positioned to make major change in the social sector.

    Cons

    Tough work/life balance to sustain if you want to advance or have a family.

    Advice to Management

    You have built a terrific organization. It's worth the extra expense to make people feel well-compensated and valued, even in an environment of competing financial needs. Otherwise culture will suffer.


  10. "Not the organization it used to be!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FSG full-time

    Pros

    The people are nice and kind.

    Cons

    The leadership has lost the ability to keep up with the growth of the company and its the employees that suffer for it.