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Kaiser Associates Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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  1. "Great place to start a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Managing Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure at early stages in your career. Kaiser gives you opportunities to manage people and work directly with and for clients early on. There is a great career ladder and opportunities abound to tackle new challenges.

    Cons

    Primary research is a struggle at times


  2. "Senior Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything was great, love it!

    Cons

    Nothing that I would change.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great colleagues, poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great, smart colleagues; you get a lot of exposure to both senior leadership and clients.

    Cons

    Employees are overworked because all projects are understaffed. There is a lack of inspiring leadership

    Advice to Management

    Rethink your staffing model and pricing tool - employees are getting burnt out quickly. Invest in your employees, offer them training courses for example. Introduce more perks. Increase pension match.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Associates (More than a year)

    Pros

    Kaiser was an interesting firm to work at. They're small, highly selective (I think they had hired about 10-15 people out of ~1,300 applications last year), and are becoming much more well known in the industry. Most, if not all of my clients were Fortune 500 firms (a lot of them were top 100). People consider it as "the little engine that could" since many client meetings also involve other consulting firms, and bids are often against other MBB firms.

    It's highly fast-paced. Projects often last just from 6-10 weeks so you'll move on quite quickly. And you learn quite a lot - ex-Kaiserites either end up working for the client, or end up going to pursue their MBA, most of whom end up at Fuqua/Wharton.

    Company culture is fantastic. Plenty of happy hours, internal events, chances to get to know one another. There is definitely some internal 'inbreeding' since a lot of recruits are friends, but at the end of the day, people are warm, caring, and perhaps some of the most bright and friendly people I've met.

    Cons

    Because of their small size, there's a lot of politics that come into play - each of the 'practices' tends to operate in silos and if you're not 'aligned' to one, you can be pushed/pulled into different areas. And because of that, you never really will have one manager/higher-up to vouch for you.

    Pay, despite the often long hours (I've done numerous nights in the office past 10pm, every other weekend is spent doing work, etc.) the pay is a bit lower than market. However, because the travel is also much less, some may see this as a compromise.

    The beginning of projects is a bit redundant, and may seem demeaning of your skills, as you're often scouring LinkedIn to find people relevant in the industry to perform primary calls. You learn a lot from conducting these calls, but if you're not a talker, then I advise perhaps looking elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Consider paying employees a bit more, focus more on building their background (i.e. skills building classes)


  5. "great opps for client exposure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Associates full-time

    Pros

    Analysts and Consultants get great exposure to upper management at clients; great opps after Kaiser

    Cons

    small firm issues; training is mostly on the job

    Advice to Management

    invest in training resources


  6. "Overall good firm"

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    Current Employee - Consulting Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consulting Analyst in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really good work life balance, early exposure to clients/projects

    Cons

    Structure is a bit jumbled


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Associates (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility early
    Wide variety of clients

    Cons

    Cheap management
    Lack of strategic direction
    Focused on nitty gritty competitive intelligence

  8. "QA Lead"

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    Current Employee - QA Lead in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - QA Lead in Washington, DC
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaiser Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good working conditions, nice environment

    Cons

    The managers need to be flexible on the working times.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive


  9. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Kaiser Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a very supportive working environment and I found myself having easy access to more senior consultants.

    Cons

    The work can sometimes be repetitive or not particularly stimulating, as is true with any other entry level/research position.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunity to work in strategy consulting in the DC Metro Region"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kaiser Associates full-time

    Pros

    - Opportunities for junior staff
    - Office location and aesthetics
    - Limited travel requirements
    - Intellectual horsepower of coworkers
    - Direction of the firm

    Cons

    - The work experience varies significantly depending on what sector you're aligned to
    - Compensation has improved recently but is still lower than some of the private sector consulting firms

    Advice to Management

    Considering the small size of the firm I think that there should be more of a focus on demonstrating humility by leadership. Being able to acknowledge mistakes is really important, and something that most consulting firms leadership teams don't do. This move towards a more open dialog can also help middle management staff feel more valued.


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