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Huron Consulting Group Chicago Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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Pros
  • There is a respect for work life balance (in 83 reviews)

  • Huron has great people and a positive, fun working environment (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance not as expected (in 45 reviews)

  • Transparency by upper management is not there (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, friendly coworkers, welcoming atmosphere

    Cons

    100% travel, some consultants are more interested in accruing flight miles and hotel points than the client work


  2. Helpful (4)

    "IT professionals beware!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office environment. Good benefits. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Consulting practice leaders treat Corporate functions as personal servants and IT is at the bottom of the pile. Consultants travel around the country telling people to implement new software, have a real IT strategy while the company systems are an antiquated concoction from the 1990s. IT turnover is continuous with the best people leaving (or being let go), with other people getting promoted into roles they don't have the skills or aptitude for. IT leadership skills are not valued as much as technical skills - even at high levels of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    You need to take IT seriously as a strategic advantage. Value technical employees as well as you do the people in consulting practices. Invest in a solid IT leadership team that has the experience to right the ship.


  3. "A Company with a Bright Future!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Higher Education & Life Sciences Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Higher Education & Life Sciences Operations in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of people with a culture that cultivates collaboration, diversity, and the well beings of others. On top of that, this is a great consulting firm that provides employees with various opportunities to work with upper management. Huron's iMatter teams are an incredible way to become more involved with the community and I had such an amazing time interning for the organization.

    Cons

    It is relatively new, when compared to other consulting firms like Deloitte and Accenture, and as a result, there are still many processes being created internally.


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  5. "Great Company and people!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have enjoyed my experience at Huron. Huron has a great culture and for those who are wiling to work hard, will find an environmental where they can grow and develop their career.

    Cons

    Given the cyclical nature of our business there are times when business will ebb and flow. But I don't know any industry where this is not the case.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The PEOPLE! I've never had a project team I didn't love (after 4 projects) and
    - Development opportunities - if you're looking to own a high-level client relationship, supervise others internally, lead a project work plan, etc. this place will give you the chance, and quickly. I've learned SO much and am able to apply these skills anywhere (even in my personal life)
    - Flexibility - if you request PTO in advance and it's not putting project timelines at risk, you can take it and be sure that no one will be calling you or expecting email response. We greatly value work life balance (as much as a consulting firm can) so though we may plug a lot of hours, your PTO is sacred. We are also looking to allow more work at home time and usually you can sort this out with project leadership depending on the situation.
    - Benefits are great (health insurance, 401k, wellness)

    Cons

    - Very, very limited say in where you are staffed. This can be nice since staffing is out of your control so you aren't the sole owner of getting yourself onto a project, however, the downside of that is you could be staffed anywhere even if it is misaligned with the preferences you've expressed to leadership
    - Strict development tracks for the most part--there's a very standard pyramid structure that may not always play to folk's strengths while also granting upward mobility - but this seems to be changing and our various practices are shifting to be less silo'd

    Advice to Management

    Do not lose sight of your people. The recent layoffs, the random staffing assignments (which sort of feel like an effort to prevent folks from being laid off rather than staffing to their preferences and strengths), and the sometimes strict travel policies--all of this has created some negative vibes over the last year and I think we are losing some of our best people because of it.


  7. "Packs survive"

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    Former Employee - Legal Technology Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Technology Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Individual consultant contribution recognized as long as you are part of a pack/group/cliche which is performing and generating revenue

    Cons

    Packs always looking to succeed at the expense of another

    Advice to Management

    Huron Legal is now Consilio. I hope you cut the unnecessary travel


  8. "Good company but be careful."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of infrastructure for data and other.
    Travel benefits & 401k.
    Great intro to consulting.
    Strives for efficiency.

    Cons

    Siloed.
    Infrastructure can collide with efficiency.
    Layoffs and downsizing dependent on practice.
    Expiration dates on roles.
    .

    Advice to Management

    Pros need to always outweigh cons.
    Forecasting & management should also be cut for estimates that lead to layoffs.
    Job protection vs metrics.
    As taught in org skills -Good HR always gets written final statements from employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Luck of the Draw"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smart and talented people (for the most part); take the time to pick your clan wisely. It matters.
    - Access to high level leaders at client site
    - General support for trying new things (as long as you still bill your 40 hours)
    - Decent training and professional development opportunities

    Cons

    - Terrible interview experience
    - Luck of the draw staffing and poorly scoped projects results in uneven experiences
    - Coaching model is fundamentally broken; you are always serving too many masters
    - Development is hodgepodge; without a strong advocate, you'll be pulled into ridiculous amounts of busywork that are not rewarded come review time

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment in which people management is as valued as project management.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Healthcare Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Healthcare Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Healthcare Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people who are driven, smart, and collaborative
    - Travel bonus each quarter if you travel 25+ days
    - Good healthcare plan + 401K
    - Flexible work at home Fridays

    Cons

    - After the first year with the company work/life balance becomes nonexistent. Projects do not have well defined scopes which causes the management team to over promise. Project teams end up struggling to fulfill those promises and stretching themselves thin.
    - Three layoffs in a single year: Instead of calling out issues with underperformance by the sales team, solution leadership dismissed the subject to calm the employees and failed to answer key questions
    - Politics: Getting staffed is about who you know and while it's great to be on the "beach" for a while, without a project you can end up on a RIF

    Advice to Management

    - While layoffs might be necessary to keep the company afloat, leadership should focus on ensuring their sales team is performing and getting contracts signed
    - Set clear project scopes and don't over promise to the client, because when your project team can't deliver future sales will suffer


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Solid people, Poor corporate structure, Poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Healthcare Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Healthcare Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Certain groups have really bright people
    Work life balance can be good, completely dependent on group
    Opportunity to take on a lot of responsbility for a self starter
    Opportunity to do the bare minimum if you're a slacker (something for everyone)

    Ted Schwab was pretty much the coolest person you'd ever meet

    Cons

    Corporate overhead is high - far too many people doing nothing in corporate, but layoffs occur with consultants
    Partners (MDs across groups) were not selling, pipeline was low, massive yearly layoffs
    Narrow outlook outside of healthcare in terms of career opportunities afterward

    Advice to Management

    Hire management who can sell
    Fire management not generating revenue before you focus on laying off people making 5 figures per year



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