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Updated Jun 19, 2019

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117 Ratings
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  • "Benefits, work/life balance are good(in 40 reviews)

  • "High caliber of people that creates both a fun and stimulating work environment - people enjoy each other socially, but also work hard(in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Open environment with transparent leadership and growth opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GLG full-time for less than a year

    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.

    GLG2019-02-26
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Intern 2018 - New York"

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    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at GLG for less than a year

    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.

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    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.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creating more of a structured program so that you can better gain potential entry-level hires.

    GLG2019-03-05
  3. Helpful (26)

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

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    Former Employee - Research Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GLG full-time for more than 3 years

    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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    Advice to Management

    Change the culture, starting with the managers. People should not be managers just because they are good individual contributors. Hire managers who can effectively run a team. Cut back on the initiatives before even more people quit.

    GLG2017-03-10
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GLG

    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.

    GLG2016-12-05
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Moving in the Right Direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GLG full-time

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop GLG as a whole, but also take a more active role in the aspirations and development of your employees.

    GLG2015-11-10
  6. Helpful (9)

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Professional in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GLG full-time for more than 3 years

    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.

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    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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    Advice to Management

    Management here is defined as senior management (VP levels and above): make sure that the people who are leading teams know what they are doing. Too many of them don't know what they heck they are doing. Since they are leading teams, their influence is substantial. Why put them in a position of influence if they are terrible? How do you find out if they are good or bad? Go to lunch with each of them and ask... them about their teams. You can tell if they are good if they know every detail about the individuals on their team. If they are high level... they are BS'ing you and they are the stinkers I'm talking about.

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    GLG2015-10-08
  7. "For me personally, it's been abundance of opportunities, experiences."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GLG full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    fair amount of job opportunities

    Cons

    lack of senior management leadership

    GLG2013-12-27
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Rudderless Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GLG full-time for more than a year

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Find a strategy and stick with it

    GLG2013-07-31
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Has gone downhill...fast"

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    Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GLG

    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

    Advice to Management

    Take the company back to how it was a year ago. Get rid of the incompetent people - this means firing the new employees who don't understand the business and don't care to learn it. Senior management shoudl take more of an interest in keeping their employees happy.

    GLG2011-09-01
  10. Helpful (19)

    "Just don't take a job at this company."

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GLG full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will make friends, because everyone will be equally miserable...a recipe for bonding.

    Cons

    The job is boring and unchallenging. I don't know anyone that legitimately enjoys the work, which is why 40% of the company leaves immediately after bonuses are given each year. The org. culture is haemorrhaging and there is nothing that the company can do about it because the job is mindless. It's not HR, management or anyone's fault, as its simply impossible to make the day-to-day work interesting. The only... bearable part of the week is Friday at 17:00...free drinks. Having said that I think most of the managers have good intentions and are genuinely ok people. Career Opportunities = good if you don't want to be challenged and like spending all day doing admin-tasks termed "research" (now client solutions, which is more accurate) Compensation & Benefits = pay is fine Work/life balance = once you stop caring you can leave at 6pm everyday which will happen in a few months, although this may not be the case if you have a certain type of manager. Senior Management = meh. Culture & Values = ...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't hire smart people anymore.

    GLG2019-06-19
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