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Huron Consulting Group Reviews

Updated July 6, 2017
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Huron Consulting Group President, CEO and Director James H. (Jim) Roth
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  • Work/life balance is not always prioritized (in 53 reviews)

  • Ever since the parent company bought a major competitor the work done here has taken a back seat in the views of upper management (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Benefit are great, low pay, and threat of RIF every quarter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Huron Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Superb insurance and 6% match of yearly salary. Very hard to beat in the industry. Also, unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    Lower base pay than competitors. Long time to promote, and an unwillingness to reward experience and achievement with higher pay.

    Advice to Management

    Reconfigure salary bands. Do away with silly "bring all promotions to the base, no matter what". Provide greater transparency in management decisions, and more notice to employees than just two weeks when there is a RIF. You expect your employees to be loyal to you, do them the same courtesy when ripping away employment.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Definition of insanity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO
    6% 401(k) match
    Free sparkling water/tea/coffee
    Early release before holidays
    Blue jeans every day
    Flexible work from home

    Cons

    While leadership attempts to fix the 800 pound gorilla, otherwise known as the Healthcare practice, morale continues to sink. The constant re-shuffling of the same "leaders" into different roles is truly the definition of insanity (i.e. doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results). The corporate services team I reported into had been restructured so many times that it became akin to throwing spaghetti at the wall--let's do it and see who/what sticks. There was no accountability whatsoever, making it very difficult to make any progress on projects if your work hinged on outputs from others.

    Advice to Management

    The HC practice, which no longer is relevant to the marketplace, is a drain to the company's bottom line, its resources and the other four practices that don't receive the time or attention they deserve from corporate services.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Wow they just rolled out a discriminatory paid leave policy."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues; visionary CEO - wish he was directing the healthcare division more. Interim healthcare leader doing a better job and more transparent.

    Cons

    Healthcare leaders are not equipped to turn the organization around. Need direction; healthcare division is conducting quarterly RIFs. Beware. Clean house at MD level!

    Advice to Management

    Clean up corporate services


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Really gone downhill"

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

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

    Pros

    The people generally are great!

    Cons

    Healthcare Leadership really has no direction. It's very sad to see the lack of vision and strategy. We are a step behind the industry.


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    "Great People, Horribly Managed"

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    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Project teams in healthcare were staffed with excellent, fun, and hard working individuals. I made some lifelong friends working here.
    -The company offered good opportunities for development and professional growth, even though trainings were limited and no actual certifications could be obtained.
    -Benefits were good (travel bonus, 401k match)
    -The people were the best part of working here; they made being on the road every week more than bearable.
    -Work life balance was decent, and PTO requests were generally never denied, which is solid.

    Cons

    -There was some room for innovation on projects, but not much, especially when proprietary tools were involved.
    -Compensation was average at best
    -Zero transparency from the highest levels. Consistent mismanagement over the years I worked there led to three rounds of layoffs over the course of less than 1.5 years. Just look at the stock price history. Employees were always told that the company was industry leading and client focused, even as business declined. Changes to corporate structure were too little too late, and only after hundreds of hard working, high performing people lost their jobs. There should have been changes to the healthcare practice leadership at least a year ago.
    -Decline in business led to more "lean staffing" on projects paired with overpromising to clients. As any consultant knows, this can jeopardize client relationships and project results.
    -It seems like the company leadership rode on their good reputation for too long, while competitors continued to evolve.

    Advice to Management

    -Make sure there is an actual commitment to improving service offerings and listening to what clients want, rather than pushing solutions they don't need.
    -Be transparent with employees. If business isn't going well, be realistic, rather than surprising people with layoffs. The morale of the field teams has been decimated over the last year.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Indifferent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Huron Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great, friendly people to work with

    Cons

    Bad C-level management decisions cost many people jobs

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest on company calls about overall direction of company. Too often management would give vague, non-informative answers after company layoffs. Things like "As of now, we aren't planning on this happening again..." (3 months later, it happens again). It makes you wonder if they are lying, or if they do not actually have control of the company's direction and are just hoping it won't happen again.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Ok consulting company"

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    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of projects all over the US and traveling is fun if that's your thing.

    Work hard, play hard.

    Cons

    Your talents are silo'd into one specific area.
    Your direct report literally make or break your project.
    Too much heavy emphasis on the company growth evaluation. This leaves no room for individuals to shine in their way. The company wants cookie cutter consultants.
    Pay is always lagging behind competitors by 2-3 years.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "IT professionals beware!"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Luck of the Draw"

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    • 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 (4)

    "The benefits no outweigh the downsides"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good support set up to help consultants plan and book their travel.
    Well developed program for training with Huron university that is a good opportunity to take advantage of.
    Some very bright and talented people to work with and learn from.
    Ability to live in many different locations.

    Cons

    A lot of talk about supporting work-life balance but the actions don't align with it.
    Lack of true support and caring of employees has been the belief by many and laying off employees right before the holidays in December only reinforces that image.
    Lack of real change in the organization has led to growing lack of confidence by clients.

    Advice to Management

    Having layoffs shortly after sending out financial results showing improved performance versus the prior year doesn't send a good message.
    There is always talk about "stay the course and keep up the good work", the message needs to change or the people giving it needs to. We have lost a lot of good people and are at risk of losing more if you don't reestablish trust that has been declining consistently over the last few years.


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