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Gallup Senior Consultant Reviews

Updated July 28, 2017
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Pros
  • flexible work schedule and competitve pay (in 32 reviews)

  • work life balance, respect from leaders of organization (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Zero work life balance (so much for their book: 'Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements') (in 15 reviews)

  • Employee engagement activities went from being a paid and frequent staple that employees looked forward to, to infrequent and unpaid requirements (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great environment"

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

    I have been working at Gallup full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brand, impact, and exposure to client executives.

    Cons

    Sink or swim based on manager, team, and clients.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gallup full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    OUTSTANDING People. Smart and personable. Team oriented. Great subject matter. Real world impact!

    Cons

    Poor management. As always, your experience will depend upon your manager. The Western Region Managing Partner is outstanding!!! Other leadership in Nebraska and Washington DC are not so great

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and go with it. Value your employees and don't twist their careers like they're blocks in a Rubic's Cube. Watch some of your middle managers in Nebraska. Are they helping or hurting your cause?

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Associate partner"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant/Associate Partner in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant/Associate Partner in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product and investment on research. Used to have lots of insightful scientist dedicated into solve difficult business problem.

    Cons

    too "people" managing, management effectiveness varies along different managers. lots of bad managers especially in China

    Advice to Management

    while trusting and empowering people, monitor the true competency of them especially the ones holds manager position. evaluate their competency via actual delivery of work, the insight the have, and make sure they don't just steal insights from their subordinates


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Be careful of Burnout"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Lincoln, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, opportunity for travel, great people and company philosophy. Truly a different company to work for. Good compensation. Minimal supervision if you work hard and get the job done.

    Cons

    Many people are prone to burnout their despite the fact you are selected to fit your job. The no vacation policy, just take time off if you want does not really work. Most people in the US offices work very long hours and do not like to take time off. Productivity is all you hear about and work can become a real grind. It is a real numbers game.

    Advice to Management

    Hard as it is a family run business. The family are smart people but they tend to do what they want. Offering advice is frowned upon. If you are perceived as negative, that becomes a career breaker. You can become labeled and find yourself with political problems. They need to practice what they preach and adhere more to philosophy espoused in books etc.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Perfect firm for me, though not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Senior Client Development Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Client Development Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gallup full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Valuable member of the team very quickly
    * Leadership responsibility of your own portfolio
    * Autonomy to set your own schedule, work style and run a team your way
    * Access to leaders internally but more importantly externally in your clients
    * Great office culture (few cubes and frequently socializing with co-workers)
    * Quality of projects on par with other firms without the requirement to travel Monday-Thursday

    Cons

    * Minimal structured training programs
    * Can get stuck in a rut with your portfolio without a clear picture out
    * Operational procedures have not advanced quickly enough
    * Management structure is lacking


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Treading water for last 10 years"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gallup full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, smart consultants, high energy co-workers

    Cons

    Poor management, changes made without full implementation plan, long-term employees are leaving. Company has been stagnant in terms of growth for last 10 to 15 years. Clients leave and can barely be replaced with new ones.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother, they won't listen.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing place to work! The work ethic here is incredible!"

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

    I have been working at Gallup full-time

    Pros

    Highly respected company
    Great opportunities for professional growth
    Results oriented, career advancement is based on proven exceptional performance
    Exposure to client business issues and given the opportunity to help drive solutions to these issues
    Ability to gain work experience across a wide range of industries
    Able to contribute immediately
    Teamwork is expected and encouraged
    Intellectually challenging work
    Gallup hires talented and driven people
    Gallup encourages friendships among employees
    Management listens to employees opinions and treats each person with respect

    Cons

    The work can be extremely demanding, which can make it easy for an employee to take on more than they should

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating to employees

  8. Helpful (21)

    "Don't do it to yourself!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues
    Great books written about how the firm is SUPPOSED to be run give offer a great guiding mission

    Cons

    HEMORRAHAGING their BEST talent
    Little to NO transferrable skills - especially now that best and most experienced talent is gone
    Stingy and predatory compensation schemes
    Poor execution of projects
    Lack of accountability
    Intolerance for constructive criticism
    Brain, experience and talent drain
    Preaching and practicing out of alignment
    Inexperienced and incompetent management at multiple levels
    Nepotism
    "Fluffy" and often whimsical assertions touted as facts

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves immediately. You are hemorrhaging talent due to your own mistakes, mismanagement and missteps!!!


  9. Helpful (17)

    "Gallup Is a Study in Contradiction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brand reputation
    Inspiring CEO
    Excellent work-life balance for some roles
    Solid compensation plans for some roles
    Hands-off management style using "go-tos" rather than line managers
    Excellent research and analysis resources if you have the initiative

    Cons

    Broken (and under construction) organizational culture
    Insular, opaque senior management/ownership
    Work-life balance varies greatly based on role ("churn and burn" client development personnel approach vs. over-tenured operations and principal personnel)
    Too much tenure, too little intellectual curiosity
    "Go-tos" have little influence or ability to help you attain your goals
    Extreme deficiency in knowledge sharing and communications channels

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen anyway, so none offered.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great at first, very disengaging at the end"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Intelllectually challenging environment. The in-house training, global client opportunities, talented and brilliant co-workers provide a fertile environment for becoming a premier consultant.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain an executive level income without sacrificing family time. My last years at Gallup I averaged 200 days of travel per year...while struggling to maintain the same salary year to year.

    Advice to Management

    Gallup needs to sell now, otherwise they will likely implode. Their books and intellectual property is par excellence...their leadership (due to neptutism) is inbred and incompetent.