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Management Solutions Reviews

Updated September 9, 2017
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Management Solutions Presidente y CEO Alfonso Serrano-Suñer
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  • long hours but this is a must in the sector (in 30 reviews)

  • Work life balance is not sustainable (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good career starter for those with business background and strong ambition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Management Solutions full-time

    Pros

    -Client Exposure: Most projects give young employees high visibility to the client at an earlier stage as compared to other firms.
    -Clear promotion path: Most employees will advance through the ranks at a regular annual pace
    -Good salary increases: High rate of salary and bonus increase as compared to other consulting firms.
    -Quick advancement for those who demonstrate responsibility: In most cases, those employees who demonstrate competence, maturity, and focus will be given broader responsibilities at a rapid rate as compared to other firms.
    -Young teammates: Most analysts up to managers are young, making Management Solutions a great place to meet and work with young and motivated professionals.
    -Travel opportunities and benefits: Opportunities available to travel to Eastern/Southern US, Europe, and South America, though it is project-dependent. Travel benefits are typically better than the average consulting firm.
    -Multi-Cultural: The firm is diverse with a strong Spanish influence, offering exposure to other cultures and ways of doing business
    -Stepping Stone: The company offers a variety of financial services-focused management consulting projects which can help build resumes and experience for those beginning a career in business.
    -Smaller Firm in US: The firm has a relatively small presence in the US, but this can be used as a benefit for those with entrepreneurial ambition.
    -Projects with Impact: The firm focuses mainly on back-office functions for financial services firms, but the projects have clear outcomes and impacts on the way the client operates. There is reward in seeing your work make an actual difference rather than just being considered as advice.

    Cons

    -Training: Though the firm offers several courses, much of it is not well prepared and not relevant to the projects most employees are engaged in. The firm needs to offer more structured programs with clear and practical relevance to the consultants' projects.
    -Project-dependent experience: Depending on the composition of each project team, the positive or negative experience of each project can vary widely.
    -Narrow clientele: In the US, the firm has a very limited client base. Project subjects may vary, but they are typically limited to the same client.
    -Limited US Infrastructure: Though the firm is 1400+ globally, the local US office infrastructure and support groups (HR, Legal, etc) are very limited, and employees can feel this effect.
    -Low starting salary: though increases are high, the starting salary is lower than comparable consulting firms in the US.
    -Spanish focus: All of the senior leadership down to supervisor level is Spanish. The culture pervades the firm even in local US offices, which can be both a benefit and a con.

    Advice to Management

    -Invest in your employees: Develop a solid training program that is relevant to your employees' work. Manage careers in a pro-active way rather than a reactive way. Help to lead your employees to success.
    -Reward your employees: Stay competitive with comparable consulting firms in terms of base and bonus pay.
    -Build local infrastructure: The growth in the US requires more office, management, and support infrastructure.
    -Adapt to local market: In addition to the points above, adapt your ways of doing business and management methods (including work hours/style, communication methods, mentor programs, and local competencies) to the local US market.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overpromise, Underdeliver"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Management Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Young co-workers who like to go out together.
    Direct exposure with the client.

    Cons

    Disrespectful, Arrogant, and Unprofessional Partner that no employee trust.
    Culture of "warming the chair": You have to stay until 7pm minimum even if you do not have work to finish.
    Extremely uncompetitive and unfair salaries. Not based on merit nor previous experience. For example, workers in Birmingham, AL earn the same as workers in Boston,MA; but the difference in cost of living is 50%.
    Low-quality Trainings. Consist of the teacher reading out loud a powerpoint.
    Almost impossible to get hired by the client. Non-compete agreement between MS and the clients.
    Very small portfolio of clients in the US that keeps decreasing.
    Low-retention rate.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to employee feedback.
    Adapt to US corporate culture.
    Improve your HR structure in the US (recruiting, compensation, trainings, culture, etc.).
    See money spent on employees as an investment, not as a sunk cost.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Long Hours/Low Pay/Good Resume Builder"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Management Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some very good things about working at MS
    -You will be able to put very good topics on your resume. You may have no clue how to do them, but future employers will want to see that you were "exposed" to them and it will help.
    -The people you will work with will be diverse and some of them will be cool. You will have a lot of fun commiserating with them.
    - When you travel (this is very rare for most of the American employees) you will be making very good money.

    Cons

    -Very long hours (often for no reason)
    -Pay that is embarrassingly low
    -Overrated "career advancement" opportunities. 99% of employees will quit long before they can benefit from the built-in trajectory.
    -You will often find yourself working with colleagues that are essentially making 3x as much as you by virtue of their living in free fancy downtown apartments, free flights, and a very generous per-diem. This is all because they happen to be from Spain and not from the States.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to start paying more. 50k is not a respectful salary for people with degrees who work very long hours. You will get way better employees who will actually stay.


  4. "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent variety of projects and ability to work within many different banking departments. There are also abilities to travel to multiple states for multiple projects.

    Cons

    Horrible work like balance for Americans. You must stay until 7pm regardless of whether or not your project demands that you are needed in the office.


  5. "Good professional career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Travelling: I can definitely say that Management Solutions allows developing your career travelling around the various offices they have throughout Europe and North/South America, which is an amazing opportunity.
    - Teamwork: The Company is organized as any other consulting firm, and you can definitely distinguish between categories, but this is part of their success. as it isn't a huge company, you get to work with your managers very often (if not on a daily basis), which allows you to improve as a consultant faster than ever expected.
    - Trainings: another important aspect of the company is their training programs and sessions. Starting by a simple “Introduction to Consulting” and going through many different sessions, you end up learning working tips and topics you’ll always find useful.
    - Diversity: I think it’s hard to run into a company with so many employees from different countries, which is a great network.
    - Young! The average age is very low compared to other consulting firms.
    - Yearly merit increase.
    - Yearly meetings, which allows meeting co workers from other projects and clients.

    Cons

    - Their business in the US is small; they don’t have too many different clients.
    - Long working hours (very similar to other consulting firms).

    Advice to Management

    It looks like all the management team is international, it would be very useful to have an American manager to help expand the business throughout the US.


  6. "Potential for high client exposure quickly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Involvement and visibility in important projects and teams within the client from the beginning as an assistant consultant
    Young and energetic colleagues in client environments looking for enthusiasm
    Potential for travel
    Yearly merit raises

    Cons

    Relatively smaller business in the States provides less opportunities than other larger domestic advisory practices
    Non-diversified client portfolio
    Requirement of longer than typical work hours

    Advice to Management

    Commit to building a local management structure with incentives
    Provide at least short-term assignments, training and/or yearly meeting travel opportunities to all consultants to build company affiliation


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Offers a very good professional growth"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You learn a lot from the beginning.
    Double digit salary increase assured every year.
    In a short time you can earn a lot of responsabilities that you wouldn´t get somewere else.
    EVERYONE helps you when you need it, even though they may be in another project,
    Even if the workload can be high, you learn a lot while doing it and can be usefull even if you don´t want to be in consultancy in the long run.
    Working atmosphere is positive among te teams.
    Very high exposure to high position workers from the clients.
    Many resources spent on training.

    Cons

    Longer hours than many jobs.
    Low salary at the beginning.
    The companys commitment to meet the deadlines means you´re under pressure to finish in time.

    Advice to Management

    Entry level wage should be higher Birmingham to help to retain good employees.

  8. "Quick professional advancement"

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    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Management Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Quick professional growth
    - Young environment + talented people
    - Exposure
    - Training
    - Travel opportunities

    Cons

    - Workload may be heavy at times.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Depends on your luck, but make the most of it if you can"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Management Solutions full-time

    Pros

    -Exposure to different types of projects
    -Transferable soft-skills (leadership, teamwork, dealing with difficult people, communication, etc)
    -High learning curve when you start a new project. Get thrown into the "deep end" often, but it does help to learn things quickly
    -Independence and leadership opportunity if you are leading a project
    -Travel (if you are lucky to get it) can be to really "cool" locations both domestically & internationally with very good benefits
    -Young and international co-worker. Most of whom are willing to have fun outside of work and a few will become your good friends.
    -Occasionally good people in managing positions who care about the people working for them
    - Yearly, or almost yearly trip to Madrid paid by the company

    Cons

    - Inefficiency. Work can sometimes be done in half the time but given the 9-7 expectation, there is not much incentive to finish early.
    - Hours can be brutal due to inefficiency and poor management of resources.
    - Some people in management/leadership positions can be micro-managers who are too deep in the details. Others are only yes-man that never question their superiors, and they expect people working for them to obey without independent thinking. As a result ->unreasonable workload, unmotivated workers, and a lack of a clear direction from leadership
    - While you do learn overtime, most of the projects can be fairly boring and do not require much intelligence or thinking
    -Very big discrepancy in benefits between traveling and local based consultants.
    -A majority of things are done/announced at the last minute; including long-termed travels
    -Low base pay
    -Lack of formal training after the first two years

    Advice to Management

    Show that you are willing to develop and invest in people. Be considerate of their professional as well as personal needs


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Most DEPRESSING place that I have ever worked at! This office reminded me of a sweat shop! You see nobody smiling!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Management Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Previous employees of this place are taking the time out to tell other people applying for employment at this office the honest facts.

    Cons

    Too many to count! I was looking for another job the first week that I was there. Very angry, overworked employees equals negative atmosphere. No structure, guidelines or expectations given. Basically you just flounder!

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of what you're employees are doing while they're on the job! NEVER experienced such behavior! Try smiling on occasion😊


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