GLG Employee Reviews about "senior management"

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  • "great benefits, PTO, good work-life balance(in 46 reviews)

  • "Everything starts from the top and it is very refreshing to see senior leadership actually care about making this company a great place to work(in 42 reviews)

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  • "Large company, unbalanced work-life balance(in 81 reviews)

  • "Long hours and heavy work loads(in 30 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Open environment with transparent leadership and growth opportunity

      Feb 26, 2019 - Senior Associate in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Open work environment makes all employees, at any level, accessible and willing to engage. Company has a new CEO which brings a renewed energy to the organization. Lots of opportunities to grow and develop your career. Lots of room to test new processes and develop new initiatives. Lots of internal learning and development opportunities.

      Cons

      Less diversity company-wide and across senior management, but new CEO is expanding leadership and making diversity a priority.

      5 people found this review helpful
    2. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Summer Intern 2018 - New York

      Mar 5, 2019 - Intern in New York, NY
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      Pros

      I was never left feeling bored. I helped my team with real-life work tasks, not tasks just made for the interns to keep busy. Multiple projects throughout the summer, some structured, some not. Very thorough learning process in the beginning, which they are very kind about introducing you to the finance industry and how they operate within such an industry. Good to major in finance, economics, or political science, but definitely not necessary. Must have a hard work ethic and be able to work independently as many tasks are given and left up to you to proceed on the project, but all questions are welcomed. My final interview consisted of three 30min interviews back-to-back at their office.

      Cons

      While the autonomy was nice, a more structured program may be what most interns are expecting. There was no senior-management project at the end, and no offer for future opportunities. Projects will probably change per internship based on what the team needs. This is great experience, but may not result in a "product" you can show your next internship or job.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Moving in the Right Direction

      Nov 10, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      GLG sits at the intersection of every industry as well as the world's top banks, consulting firms and corporations. As a result, it's a great place to learn and grow professionally. Moreover, the company is filled with smart people that have contributed very meaningfully to my overall growth. GLG has been consistently improving it's branding, professional development resources and physical workspaces.

      Cons

      A strong sense of leadership from senior management was somewhat lacking during my time there. There are roles at GLG that are not well-defined and can be tedious, so any applicants should be sure that they have a clear sense of the work they'll be doing and that they are excited about it. Compensation could also be better and is likely below-market for most roles.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Solid Company to Launch a Career; Mixed at the More Senior Level

      Oct 8, 2015 - Senior Research Professional in Kansas City, KS
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      Pros

      GLG is a fantastic place for you to start your career. You will learn and hone many soft skills (communication, prioritization, project/account management, dealing with pressure, teamwork/collaboration, client servicing excellence, etc.) that are critical for any young professional. People: you won't find a better bunch of humans. Smart, determined, competitive... very talented. Jr Managers are very strong, Mid Managers are average, Senior Managers are average. Culture: in Austin, it would be hard for me to think of a better place to work (energetic, smart, future leaders, friendly people... very awesome environment). NY, highly political, inconsistent (former Austin employees who transferred into NY are carrying the office), tough personalities... definitely my least favorite office. SF, it's similar to Austin but a more mature group... plus how can you hate being in SF?? Pay: much better at the lower levels than at the higher levels. For established or seasoned professionals, they certainly don't pay market rates; the level of impact for a strong leader is quite significant. Also, it depends on who you work for. If you work for a good division and a good manager, the pay is good and fair. If you work for a bad manager, better luck next time.

      Cons

      Three cons: 1) Senior Managers/Leaders: defined as anyone at the VP level and up... some of them are super duper awesome. Some of them are complete duds. Unfortunately, it's 50/50 in my opinion. GLG hires really smart, young talent but you don't get to pick your managers. If you end up with a bad manager, your experience at GLG will be way different than if you lucked out with a great one. Funny thing is... everyone knows who the bad managers are except for senior management... how is that possible unless... Anyway, for the fortunate ones who lucked out, they will pick up 10 years worth of experience in four years. It's just that... there are so few of them and everyone pretty much wants to work for them. 2) For seasoned employees: see above. If you are stuck with a bad leader, you're screwed. Your career will stall. My advice is for you to do something about it... do whatever it takes to transfer out to a different team. GLG does not do a good job of managing out more seasoned employees who are terrible leaders / performers. 3) Comp: I mentioned this earlier... comp at the lower levels are very competitive. Comp at the higher levels are extremely inconsistent. So... new hires who are young: decent, competitive pay. New hires at the management level: very inconsistent (really depends on how well you negotiate). The people who really get shafted are the middle-upper managers who have been at GLG for more than 2-3 years (the good, productive ones of course). Every year they get a pat on the back and a 3-5% raise. Not bad I guess but it's all relative. Unfortunately, if GLG hires someone today at the same level, they will end up making more than that proven, reliable, productive person. There is a 75% chance that the person GLG just hired with the same title as you is making substantially more money than you. Senior leaders/HR will not adjust your comp to market rate... ever. Somewhat demoralizing to say the least... As a bonus, I'll throw in a 4th point: if you want to find an organization that has the worst HR/people department... look no further. For an organization with over 1000 employees, there is only one competent person on the HR team. The rest are and have been a running joke at GLG for a very long time. That's not my opinion, that's a fact.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place to start a career, but getting worse by the day

      Mar 10, 2017 - Research Manager in Austin, TX
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      Pros

      GLG recruits bright individuals from top schools, so you'll enjoy working with your peers. A few of the managers are also very good at their jobs. If you can work with them, you can have a positive experience. The top thing you'll learn from this job is client communication skills. If you're coming from college and have no idea how to write an email or call a client you'll learn a lot of helpful skills.

      Cons

      On a day to day basis, most people are unhappy with their jobs. Everyone you like will eventually quit. I'll start with the management. While they might be starting to train managers, most are young and have no idea what they are doing. They have no idea how to manage people and very little sense of what is appropriate to say to people below you. People get promoted to manager solely because they have stuck around long enough. Over time I heard a number of manager horror stories, and occasionally heard managers full out yelling at people reporting to them. Senior management is awful at messaging changes and most people feel out of the loop. Efforts at transparency and productivity have morphed into absurd standards of measurement and the number of initiatives on this front is staggering. You'll have to sit through so many useless meetings you will lose your mind. These standards of measurement also mean that you won't be judged on how well you do your job, but how many arbitrary goals you can hit. What used to be a decent culture has descended into a weird "big brother" type scenario. since you can't be trusted to do your job, you'll be watched at every point in time. Working from home is highly discouraged, and some managers even quietly discourage vacation and sick days.

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      26 people found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Has gone downhill...fast

      Sep 1, 2011 - Senior Manager in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - smart people - innovative product/service offering

      Cons

      - poor benefits plan - new, incompetent senior management who brought in a team of incompetent people - no concern about unhappy longtime employees - new hires do not understand the business but are pushing out those who do

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      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Director

      Dec 5, 2016 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company with dominant position in industry

      Cons

      Top leadership not as savvy as they think. Early mover status cemented their success not brilliance of senior management.

      1 person found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Rudderless Company

      Jul 31, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good salaries, generally nice people, good work/life balance

      Cons

      Senior Management has no vision or strategy and the company just floats along is a rudderless way, resulting in stagnant revenue. The benefits are very poor, no 401k matching and 2nd rate health insurance.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      For me personally, it's been abundance of opportunities, experiences.

      Dec 26, 2013 - Senior Research Manager in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      fair amount of job opportunities

      Cons

      lack of senior management leadership

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Luck of the draw

      Jul 20, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great learning opportunity if you get placed in the right BU and have the right people/Manager exposure.

      Cons

      Corporate governance and organizational politics can be frustrating at times. The senior management know what they are doing and are A+ but can't scale their middle management layer sufficiently to operationalize.

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