GLG Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jan 22, 2021

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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, more than 1 year

      Great starting job

      Jan 11, 2021 - Associate in Austin, TX
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      Pros

      Great job to start at fresh out of college - position looks great on resume and builds useful work ethic and skills for professional career

      Cons

      Large company, unbalanced work-life balance.

      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Responsive and Flexible

      Oct 7, 2020 - Vice President in Austin, TX
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      Pros

      Over the past few years, GLG has experience significant changes in leadership which has led to a refreshingly new perspective. Leadership has focused on listening to the feedback of their employees, clients, and council members, and actioning on the feedback to drive satisfaction throughout the organization. The most recent example, was the intelligent responses and support through the challenging social times that have impacted our diverse workplace. GLG instituted new Diversity and Inclusion initiatives as part of an effort to provide multiple forums to surface how GLG can continue to improve in this area. Leadership in partnership with our IT teams has led a successful transition to a work from home environment, with patience and understanding for those of us in challenging work from home environments.

      Cons

      There is constant focus on Client and CM satisfaction, which can lead to challenges maintaining work/life balance. It can be a struggle trying to deliver to your max potential, while also trying to not be online all hours of the day.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good company that's supportive and inclusive

      Oct 5, 2020 - Vice President 
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      Pros

      GLG has continued to provide support and empathy to its employees since we've moved into a WFH environment. Leadership across the company have really stepped up to over-communicate ongoing updates to our workforce on the progress of many company initiatives -- both COVID and non-COVID related. Despite the difficulties of 2020, GLG has made tremendous strides to improve their Diversity & Inclusion programs. As someone who identifies as Hispanic/Latinx , it's extremely important that my workplace does all that it can to build a diverse workforce while ensuring everyone feels included regardless of their physical appearance. Our CEO (Paul Todd) has exemplified strong leadership during the last several months. His weekly Sunday updates have been a strong stable of consistency in 2020 and I've come to look forward to them each week. GLG has many things to be proud of in 2020 despite the current climate!

      Cons

      It can sometimes be difficult to find work/life balance given the fast paced and competitive environment at GLG. However, Leadership continues to be supportive and encourages employees to take breaks and time off consistently.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Has potential but can't figure out what it wants to be

      Jul 30, 2020 - Senior Manager in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great office space with all the nice perks (e.g., in-house barista, drinks, standing desks etc). Company is young and there is always an energy in the office. You can feel the impact that your work has for clients. Opportunity to work with great people in a fun culture.

      Cons

      No work-life balance. It varies from team to team, but for my team working late nights and weekends is common. Senior leadership only cares about profitability. Teams providing different types of services to clients will be reviewed with the same target ROI in mind even when it doesn't make sense and they are providing completely different services to clients. Constant change in the company with re-organizations and restructuring. Account alignments change every year, making everyone's jobs more difficult. Senior leadership doesn't get any feedback from the company in a systematic or organized way. At one point they announced that they would send quarterly surveys to the whole company to get feedback on an ongoing basis. They did it once and stopped. There is no systematic way to provide feedback as an employee unless you share your view with your manager and hope the message gets passed up the chain or you play the office politics game. The execs even tell you they ignore all the reviews on glassdoor cause they believe its just people complaining.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Ability to Learn and Grow

      May 6, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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      Pros

      I've had the privilege of working with a group of dynamic and smart colleagues who care about the work we do on a daily basis. I've also seen a positive transition with new leaders coming on board who are introducing new ideas and more efficient practices. There is a lot of goodwill at GLG and an appetite to create more structure for employees to understand the growth opportunities that exists, and find ways to align their career aspirations to their current roles. I've had the ability to grow tremendously, but that comes with hard work and stretch assignments.

      Cons

      As a result of working hard and getting pulled into new opportunities, it can sometimes be difficult to find work/life balance. I've had good managers that are willing to listen and help prioritize as needed, but it's important to make sure managers are helping their employees navigate through this. Also, the fact that we have so many smart people with great experiences and ideas can work against us...where we end up with too many "cooks in the kitchen."

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      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Membership Recruiter

      Jan 11, 2021 - Recruiter in Austin, TX
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      Pros

      - great benefits, PTO, good work-life balance - Management is open and listens to team - room for growth in the company

      Cons

      -not many cons but often have many changes to adapt to

      2 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good pay and benefits for soulless, taxing work

      Nov 23, 2020 - Client Service Associate in Austin, TX
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      Pros

      The types of pros that attract bright young people, like -Relatively good pay and benefits, such as ample flexible vacation -Youthful culture -Many people who work there, including in management, are genuinely nice -They incentivize staying with the company with their promotion (and raise) schedule -Free (generally good) food and drinks, meals out and business travel -GLG Social Impact program -Well organized, professional administration with good people in HR -Clean -The entry level role does teach some good professional communication skills. This job is all about learning persuasion and client service.

      Cons

      As a bright young person, expect your ample potential to be put to use for the financial benefit of the company. You will learn to be a good white collar worker. You'll be compared closely to your colleagues and gently guilted when your metrics aren't competitive. Unless you're a machine or a workaholic, you'll need to set boundaries before this job drives your stress levels off the charts. -GLG makes money by helping their clients make more money, essentially. Not the most inspiring work. Many employees are jaded. -Not a very creative or interesting job -Very demanding, makes work/life balance difficult. Expect to work minimum 50-60hrs per week, weekends. -High stress. You must be willing and able to manage this. Not one single colleague I knew was not perpetually stressed by work. -The above results in employee retention problems. HR sincerely wants to change that, most likely to continue to attract high performers. -Relentless focus on metrics, competitive -There isn't much diversity in the employee pool. -Many people who work there are there for the money, so they can be materialistic and very vanilla. They may care more about their bonuses than they care about you. Don't take it personally. The more colleagues you get to know the more likely you'll be to meet a good one. -Repetitive job tasks can be quite boring and unchallenging once you get the hang of them. -Eerie cog in the machine feel -Insufficient training/support around the metrics tools and anything learned past the initial job training -Self-congratulatory, corny vibes in initial training

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      12 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Cognitive Dissonance = Premium Love/Hate Relationship

      Oct 27, 2020 - Senior Client Solutions Associate in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People, exposure, business basics & understanding, networking

      Cons

      Politics, Favoritism, Monotonous work, Minimal work/life balance (Working lunch 99% of the time, 9-11 hour days) Well worded yet empty efforts for change

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

      Toxic

      Oct 12, 2020 - Senior Manager 
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      Pros

      There are some genuinely smart, kind, collaborative people who work at this company. The non-client facing roles are where most of these people are. There are a good number of employee resources and training opportunities. Mobility opportunities within the company have expanded recently, and communication from the c-suite has been exceptional of late.

      Cons

      Good people are hard to come by, especially if you are in a client facing role. Most of the client-facing teams are toxic environments. Colleagues that are supposed to be your teammates, particularly upper management (including Sr Managers, Directors, and VPs) will not hesitate for one minute to throw you under the bus and deny any responsibility, regardless of the situation. Doing things the correct way is less important than doing things quickly (speed is always the name of the game, at a cost to everything else). In many roles, there is no regard to work-life balance; 70 hour work weeks have been the norm for the last year for many. On the leadership side, many leaders surround themselves exclusively with yes-people, to the point where exceptional employees who have been in the field for decades are pushed out. A disproportionate amount of leadership are also former consultants, particularly from McKinsey. This results in a lack of diversity of thought and training, as well as creates an exclusive club of high-level leaders that is difficult for non-consultants to penetrate. It also brings into question whether or not there is a ceiling that non-consultants will hit.

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      12 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Not a great environment

      Oct 8, 2020 - Engagement Coordinator 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Everyone at glg is around the same age so it can be a fun atmosphere and easy place to make friends. Also the downtown Austin office with a coffee bar is a huge perk. The project support team is super fun!

      Cons

      There is no work life balance, there was not a lot of respect between internal teams and people burn out quickly. This work was monotonous and a bit degrading, but I suppose that’s client service.

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      6 people found this review helpful
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