Marakon Reviews | Glassdoor

Marakon Reviews

Updated May 6, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

Found 47 reviews

4.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
84%
Recommend to a Friend
90%
Approve of CEO
Mason Kissell
34 Ratings
  1. "Great First Role in Consulting"

    StarStarStarStarStar
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Marakon full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Great firm, impressive intellectual horsepower, and punching above its weight in terms of clients.

      Cons

      Weak firm leadership, particularly in terms of building and maintaining client relationships.

      Marakon2019-05-06
    • Helpful (2)

      "A true strategy consulting firm"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Marakon full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Immediate exposure to partners due to boutique size Analytically and strategically challenging work Plenty of opportunities to get involved in internal business development to advance the brand and business model of the firm Smart, fun and welcoming colleagues

      Cons

      Due to boutique size some outside of the industry might not be familiar with the name

      Marakon2018-10-19
    • Helpful (2)

      "A great place to start one's career"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Marakon full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Great client exposure and ability to make an impact from day 1. Quick learning curve that prepares you really well for any future career path. Great exit opportunities for its size, especially in finance and to top 10 business schools.

      Cons

      Small size makes it seem resources are limited at times. The impact of small changes is amplified given the smaller size.

      Advice to Management

      Balance project expertise and breadth of industries covered.

      Marakon2018-10-08
    • Helpful (2)

      "Overall a great firm doing impactful strategy work"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Associate 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Marakon full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Focus on pure strategy work: you are guaranteed to be staffed on strategy work as strategy projects are Marakon’s focus. Coming in as an undergrad, it is a humbling and exciting experience to be sitting in the same room as senior clients of Fortune 50 or 100 companies. Professional development: early exposure to clients and senior leadership as well as a strong, dedicated team of junior staff to coach and guide make...

      Show More

      Cons

      Hours / work-life balance: depending on what partner / project / industry you are staffed on this might be rough but nothing unexpected if you know you want to go into consulting.

      Advice to Management

      Work hard to keep the good people around

      Marakon2018-04-26
    • Helpful (1)

      "Amazing place to start your career"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Marakon full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      My two years with Marakon have been an overwhelmingly positive experience. I've worked alongside a diverse class of talented colleagues, learned from brilliant partners, and work on transformational work for amazing clients. Working for a boutique Strategy firm has a different set of tradeoff's than a larger firm, but the upside is undeniable. It starts with the work, Marakon is one of the few firms where you are guaranteed...

      Show More

      Cons

      Stepping into bigger roles early in your career can be challenging and requires hard work and long hours. Smaller office means you end up being close with your colleagues but doesn't necessarily have the social scene of a larger firm.

      Advice to Management

      Keep doing what you are doing. Maybe rely a bit less heavily on the star performers

      Marakon2018-04-28
    • Helpful (2)

      "Senior Manager"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Marakon full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Client exposure from Day 1 on the job, smart people passionate about what they do, Tier 1 clients, great place to learn a core problem solving and analytical tool kit that can be applied in many different sectors and roles in business, smaller firm/family culture, leadership really cares about consultant development and happiness, provides long-term career paths

      Cons

      Smaller firm translates into less diversity on types of clients one would work on

      Advice to Management

      Continue to maintain strong culture re consultant development, continue to focus on building business development skills with junior managers to set them up for success as they proceed to senior managers/principals/partners

      Marakon2018-04-19
    • "Great place to start your career!"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Marakon full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Early responsibilities, steep learning curve yet equally rewarding

      Cons

      Smaller firm leading to longer hours at times

      Marakon2018-04-25
    • "Consulting commodity"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Marakon full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Client exposure as a result of small (sometimes understaffed) teams. Experience, work/life balance, amount learned can be great or can be non-existent, totally dependent on partner with some being exceptional and some terrible. Good training as just out of college.

      Cons

      Typical consulting work, nothing unique about the work or the firm. Culture is uneven and work/future/finances of the firm is very boom/bust dependent on projects.

      Advice to Management

      Need to find a stable financial model/future.

      Marakon2018-04-25
    • Helpful (14)

      "A dying star - slowly and painfully"

      StarStarStarStarStar
      • Work/Life Balance
      • Culture & Values
      • Career Opportunities
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Marakon full-time

      Pros

      -Compensation - competitive with top-tier management consulting firms, if bonuses were paid out in full -Focus on strategy means clients will usually be very senior - generally C-suite - although typically only partners are permitted to interact with these clients -Intellectually stimulating work - generally, the work is great for intellectually curious people who enjoy highly theoretical subject matter -The UK office...

      Show More

      Cons

      -Toxic culture - leadership team members are a mix of apathetic and outright hostile. There are NO upward feedback measures in place to create accountability and leadership has flat out refused to implement them when asked by junior team. As a result, partners routinely overwork or otherwise mistreat associates including incidents of name-calling, frequent bouts of yelling, etc. all unaddressed by leadership. -Analytical...

      Show More

      Advice to Management

      -Right-size the partner base - so partners can focus on selling and more junior people get a chance to prove they can be Principals -Align on a focus - Stop chasing down every single lead that is available and decide what functions or industries you want to concentrate on. -Add upward feedback mechanisms to hold partner team accountable for behavior that is unacceptable in today's workplace

      Marakon2017-04-10
    • Helpful (2)

      "Amazing culture, interesting work"

      StarStarStarStarStar
        Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
        Recommends
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Marakon full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Strong IP and career development

        Cons

        Small firm and brand recognition

        Marakon2017-01-27
      Found 47 reviews