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Huron Consulting Group Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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Pros
  • There is a respect for work life balance (in 86 reviews)

  • Huron has great people and a positive, fun working environment (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is not always prioritized (in 50 reviews)

  • Transparency by upper management is not there (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Analyst in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k, benefits, work life balance . I had some great mentors when I started out from whom I learnt a lot.

    Cons

    My manager was an abusive bully who has a history of it with previous employees who reported to him . I was alienated , not given any new projects and siloed. When I asked for a transfer he retaliated and ensured that I was laid off .I went to HR who did not do anything . Stay away from the Portland office if you notice that you look and feel different from the majority of people in the office . All the talk on integrity and diversity is plain lip service here.

    Advice to Management

    How do abusive bullies stay and keep their jobs ? How does a manager get promoted when people reporting to him and doing all the heavy lifting get laid off ? I now understand why this company is going down.


  2. "Stay away from Workday practice! No room for growth."

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, Travel benefits, 401K match (6%), Company events

    Cons

    Not enough training and advancement opportunities. They pretty much throw you under the bus and expect you to survive. Bad C-level management decisions cost many people jobs. The Workday practice is a mess from top down. The MDs dont know what they're doing to win a project and are pretty much useless. Workday practice has no room for growth and its a dead end for anyone who joins the WD practice because you will sit on bench forever since they dont have any projects to put you on.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to you employees and dont keep lying to them about getting Workday projects. I thought corporate HR is supposed to help the employees but it clearly isn't. Reevaluate your HR department and fire people who are not following company values and guidelines. The coaching system is useless, get rid of it.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Decent projects

    Cons

    Poor leadership and management
    Poor financial outlook


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Asking for reviews"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, some good people, good way to learn how to be a consultant (at a cost)

    Cons

    This is just a word to the wise. Huron is asking their newer employees who have little to no context to go in and rate them on this site. Because of the lack of experience, this is leading to a ton of 5 star reviews and a high approval rating for the CEO. The reality is they have a dry sales pipeline and have got through three rounds of layoffs in the last year with a potential fourth in the Spring. Don't buy into these high reviews, specifically within the healthcare practice.

    Advice to Management

    Quit telling your people to lie and stop lying about how the company is doing. You act like things are going well and then turn around and layoff hundreds. Your always say "our people are our most valuable asset" but clearly your shareholders rank higher on the totem pole by some margin.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Challenging"

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    Former Employee - Information Technology Professional in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Information Technology Professional in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits with unlimited PTO and nice 401 match

    Cons

    The Healthcare practice is in decline largely because of increased competition and the failure of there latest revenue cycle software Aeos. Aeos was over architect-ed and built on the wrong technology stack (Silverlight, Biztalk and Entity Framework). Aeos was also built with capabilities/features that the client did not want or need. Consulting culture often trades off short term gains at the expense long term health of the product. As a result technical debt was ignored in favor of more features. Consulting culture also favors "friends/buddies" and promotes those individuals rather than people who might have dissenting views on what they feel is right.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a strong Vice President of Engineering who has a track record of leading successful projects.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to start your career...not the place for experienced hires."

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Specialist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Product Specialist in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to start after college to gain technical and professional skills. Young and fun start-up environment that emphasizes good team culture. Competitive salary, benefits, and generous PTO policy

    Cons

    This is a consulting company first and technology company second. Terrible work/life balance with consultants calling analysts at all hours of the morning and night. No technical career advancement after Associate with no career paths other than corporate management. Too many managers and directors that do not act with integrity (good employees from all types of positions were fired for not toeing the line). Constant fear of being blamed for even the smallest of problems if a consultant or client reported issues. Roles weren't clearly defined and so you may do multiple things from a traditional BSA role to a developer/QA and client relationship owner all at the same time. Legacy software is incredibly outdated (1990s) and utilizes old code that has never been updated consistently across all clients. No effort made to standardize anything from a technical standpoint. Knowledge management is severely lacking (internal wiki is a joke). Software development processes lacking as a whole without proper development team or industry development best practices. Consultants drive all work and don't care about following proper development protocol. Company bends over for clients by incurring technical debt which is never repaid and leads to massive problems for clients in the long run resulting in extreme overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Follow proper industry software development and provide clear career paths for individuals who do not want to go into management. Improve work/life balance by putting in standard business processes.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid Analytics Division"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, hours are flexible, salaries are good

    Cons

    Perhaps this is unique to the group I worked with, but the concept of leadership is completely foreign to that unit. They also have no understanding of opportunity, and have locked themselves to an ancient form of Business Intelligence, and they refused all forms of help. Practice Leadership never connect people to opportunities, and offer no support whatsoever. You are practically on your own, expected to do it all. Or perhaps the support only goes to a select group.

    Advice to Management

    Huron Leadership should really consider changing all top management in that practice. The opportunities that were missed on a daily basis because of that management are uncountable.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awful People at Huron Legal DC"

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    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Contract Attorney in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They have soda available for 25 cents.

    Cons

    I have worked for many different companies specializing in e-Discovery and document review and Huron is, by far, the worst. The "project managers'" interpersonal skills are atrocious. They are purely command and control and place no emphasis on team building or really treating people like human beings at all. Their market rates are below market (paying attorneys often as low as $26 per hour). While I have not seen what Huron bills law firms per hour, I have seen law firm documents showing contract attorneys being billed out to clients as high as $175 per hour.

    Huron Legal also has a "Diamond program", which gives "reviewers" bonuses for the number of documents reviewed. The way it works is that the team has to average a certain number of docs per hour, and if the reviewer reviews a certain amount they receive a bonus of one to three cents for each doc review. The diamond program is not offered on each project, so if they want to "crack the whip", they tell the team that Diamond will be offered, the team then works as hard as possible to review enough docs to get the bonus, and then Huron pulls the carpet out from under them sending a "report" purporting to be an accurate measurement of the number of documents reviewed which says the team fell below the threshold. Then they deny the bonus based on those numbers.

    They also have a "diversity and inclusion" program, meanwhile almost all of the project managers and "QCers" are white, compared to more than half of the review team.

    Huron really is a horrific place to work for contract attorneys and I am surprised people still work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the sharecropping model


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Experienced Hire Pain Points"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation policy.
    Pay is acceptable for position.
    Culture is good only if you are in Chicago

    Cons

    Company is growing and shows a lot of potential growth however, need to start focusing on the virtual world of associates. This changes communication, development, training and business processes. Company is behind the times here.
    Better management and communication with experienced hires. These hires many times are grouped with analyst and associates rather than higher level roles.
    High Turnover rate. Most stay about 1-2 years and leave.
    Hiring too many "out of college" analyst, balance this with mid to more senior in Project Management and industry and consulting experience. Because those who have been in the field for very long time are doing analyst type work or being directed by analyst who is maybe 2-5 years in field with no management experience or large scale project experience. Very degrading. I am not doing what I thought I was hired for.
    Absolutely no work/life balance. Historically (prior jobs) I have traveled when needed (project kick off, analysis phase, testing, go-live) and everything in between is virtual or as needed. However, it seems travel is every week Mon-Thur. Many times no client facing. Better use of time and money can be spent elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Organization is moving to larger contracts, need to replace a few of the current directors with those who come in with large scale project experience and management experience.
    Better communication and direction with project, expectations, and responsibilities. With no real "direct" manager with direct reports, as a newer associate not sure who to go to, when, where etc. Need better reporting/staffing model such as "resource manager" with straight reporting line and dotted line to director on project.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Not what it appears to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A paycheck, a desk, a laptop and a phone.

    Cons

    They like to tout their "integrity" -- don't believe it.

    Advice to Management

    Find an honest job.


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