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Updated May 16, 2017
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  • No work life balance espacially in small offices (in 11 reviews)

  • Lack of transparency from senior management (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant Operations Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Operations Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Operations Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Hay Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work provided on a daily basis with changed scope. As an intern, I did not expect much to be expected of me, but it was nice to see how the work that I do actually come into light.

    Cons

    Work environment was a little too crowded. Too many cliques and sometimes not sufficient training was provided to complete the works.


  2. "Senior Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very supportive and smart colleagues, willing to help each other, collegial atmosphere

    Cons

    pay is below market, lack of transparancy

    Advice to Management

    step up on communication plans, create more clarity and transparancy around important decisions


  3. "Lots of independence"

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    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Consultant in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Smart people.

    Cons

    Depending on your group, small projects caused billable hours to be scarce, sometimes not getting credit for work done.


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  5. "Hay Group legacy"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hay Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people were definitely the best and it felt like being with family. Flexible, easy going as long as you did your work

    Cons

    Hay Group was sold out by their former CEO Stephen Kaye and everything went down hill afterwards. KF acquired HG and nothing good has happened since that time. What was once an excellent company to work for is now past tense and a horrible place starting with the former CEO Stephen Kaye.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late for advice but if the former CEO ever becomes a CEO of another company, don't let greed bring you down to cut throat level.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Consultant - worked in multiple countries"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work in both Europe and US offices. Hay Group strongly supported my international transfer and sponsored a visa and moderate relocation package

    * As a consultant, you hold a key role in the company. Very straightforward and predictable career path, as long as you hit both delivery and sales metrics.

    * Surrounded by many bright people, industry veterans and people who love methodology. If you want to learn rigor, start your career here.

    * A lot of freedom and autonomy. In your first few weeks (even as a recent grad), you're joining and participating in client meetings. You're always challenged and your responsibilities increase as your grow.

    Cons

    * Clear 'gaps' in priorities. Data, technology and systems are never top of mind. This really hinders several things; a) cross-functional effectiveness b) customer experience; c) ability to offer more end-to-end solutions for customers.

    * Hay Group was/is too diversified. Too many products and initiatives and the organization is quite small. This leads to small, dispersed teams with too many priorities and clients. No real marketing or IT support, which means that decent initiatives never scale. This might change due to the acquisition by KF.

    * Probably no surprise in management consulting, but the organizational culture was very much focused on experience and number of years. Especially in all-hands, country-meetings or other staff-meetings, it was clear the partners thought they knew all and they knew best. Senior coworkers don't really listen to junior coworkers or people with fresh ideas. This hinders innovation, things are done 'the way they always have'.

    * While some people are industry veterans and experts in their narrow fields, this also creates people who can only think "inside-out". They think from the method, the framework, the model, rather than thinking from the customer's perspective. I worked on solutions that are methodically very sound and impressive, but if we can't clearly articulate the 'why', or help to create buy-in and a roadmap for implementation, the solution is doomed to fail.

    *Compensation isn't great, you can get a bigger paycheck at competitors. Benefits are quite good.

    Advice to Management

    Use the acquisition to prioritize key products and initiatives. Put more focus on aligning systems, processes and data. Think from your customer's perspective. Invest more in marketing and technology and hire key talent in these areas.


  7. "Team Lead: East Africa"

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good culture, knowledge share is very good

    Cons

    Slightly isolated from rest of company


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The Philadelphia HQ office is new and modern - great place to come to work each day
    - Good benefits (lots of vacation, tuition reimbursement -for now, at least)
    - The Products side of the business has a youthful, fun culture
    - It's easy to get involved in multiple areas of the business in this role, so you're able to build up your connections and skill set

    Cons

    - The compensation in the Products division is not very competitive
    - Currently going through acquisition with Korn Ferry, so lots of ambiguity/turnover
    - Not always enough resources to get the job done effectively
    - Issues with trust in the leadership team

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest and genuine with employees. Invest in the company culture - make it a great place to work. Use your own medicine (develop talent, pay competitively) - it's an HR consulting firm, so why not practice what we preach? Hire more resources to help your teams effectively serve it's clients.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been working for over two years. Great work atmosphere and flexible hours to work from home.

    Cons

    Moves a bit too slow due to its corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    Would be great if they would promote talented people faster.


  10. "Very enjoyable and rewarding - mentally and emotionally"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance - ability to work from home
    - Everyone is very respectful towards each other - just a group of good humans to work with
    - Numerous resources and a strong support system available
    - Pay, benefits and perks are phenomenal
    - Collaboration and teamwork, in its true form, are the building blocks of this organization
    - Very easy to develop employee loyalty, which is reflected in the tenure of people who work here (not unusual to hear that someone has been with the company for more than 20 years)

    Cons

    - None so far really...maybe the great geographic footprint sometimes make it far to stay connected with all the colleagues...but of course, there is a way around it

    Advice to Management

    - Keep up the good work, this is just a great place to work, excel, and grow


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Offered a great network of well qualified, like-minded colleagues. Interesting work to keep you engaged on projects.

    Cons

    Not a lot of development opportunities for non-consulting staff. If you are not connected to the right people, it can be an uphill battle to make a name for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Provide an opportunity for support staff to learn and develop into consulting roles.


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