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Keystone Strategy Reviews

Updated May 4, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Halfway between a consulting firm and a tech startup"

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work for those passionate about technology. The projects are very interesting and on the cutting edge of technology. They cover a wide variety of fields, from virtual reality to machine learning. Fun atmosphere in the office. Some travel but not too much.

    Cons

    Variable workload can be a bit difficult to manage, some periods are relatively laid back while others require long hours.


  2. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keystone Strategy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people and the culture are the biggest pro - it was always a pleasure coming to work. Everyone is extremely talented and work is more rewarding as a result. The work is exciting relative to other strategy firms - involving cutting edge technologies and new problems facing global companies. They've done a good job diversifying their client base recently. There is a lot of trust in employees to manage their own time. Senior Leadership genuinely cares about individual development (e.g. business school preparation) and it shows.

    Cons

    Experiences are not uniform across the firm, and can be dependent on what partners / projects you get. Work-life can be problematic for some, though I was able to manage pretty well. The company still feels like a startup with regards to internal processes, and is in that phase right now where it needs to make that jump to put more polish on the whole experience. There is good evidence that this is happening, new trainings, website, etc., but it's still a little too slow for my taste.

    Advice to Management

    Become more consistent regarding messages to your employees. Make policies and stick to them - too much is left ambiguous or case-by-case when it doesn't need to be, and it can create anxiety. My belief in how to improve retention in the middle ranks, (EM level etc.), which is a challenge the firm acknowledges, is to facilitate employee opportunities to develop a connection beyond just the consulting work and to the firm itself. Thus, Keystone should encourage employees to get more involved in firm-building and incorporate that more officially into review periods.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Freedom to build your own career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keystone Strategy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Projects are all high profile with leaders in the tech industry
    - Lean teams result in more autonomy, even at the Associate level
    - The economic consulting side of the company provides greater hands-on experiences with clients than most larger firms do

    Cons

    - Few training programs/modules
    - Trial by fire (especially on understaffed projects)


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Associate - Highly Recommend"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to cutting-edge tech business problems for high-profile clients, great pay and a fun, young culture more comparable to a tech firm than a traditional consulting firm

    Cons

    Lots of responsibility can be stressful at first, but the upside is more freedom and ownership over your work

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up - great work


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Smartest people I've ever worked with"

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keystone Strategy full-time

    Pros

    incredibly smart team members, access to leaders and fascinating work on top tech companies

    Cons

    Offices are dispersed and client travel can be tough.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good work, great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keystone Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects, learning and career opportunities, fast moving, early adopters of technology and methods, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Brand recognition will take time.

    Advice to Management

    Hang in there .. some of the work, especially for tech companies will matter more as the industry matures.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Principle"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, interesting and challenging work

    Cons

    Travel, though it's less than McKinsey or other industry averages

    Advice to Management

    Grow associate ranks for more leverage

  8. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work culture and flexibility

    Cons

    Most of the work is repeat work for the same clients


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great, fast growing company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy full-time

    Pros

    - Great clients and high impact work: work with major companies and brands on their most pressing problems; regularly work on projects that make national news because of the impact

    - Positive Feedback and Training & Development driven culture: lots of opportunities to work with senior management on a 1:1 basis; feedback generally tends to be positive with actionable areas for development

    - Positive Environment: people are happy and highly satisfied at work and find the company very rewarding

    Cons

    - Still a young, growing company with some things to work out. On the bright side, there is a high ability for associates and consultants to provide feedback to partners and help provide input on the future of the firm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great work, great experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Keystone Strategy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -wonderful group of coworkers and mentorship
    -excellent resources (top schools, facilities, etc.)
    -interesting work
    -solid benefits
    -exciting locations, easy access, and travel opportunities (especially NYC and Boston)
    -small size and ability to work with many different departments

    Cons

    -work-life balance (have the option of less hours, but get caught up in the work and end up staying late)
    -communication (can be difficult to connect with others when schedules get busy)


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