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  • Tough work life balance, significant travel sometimes required (in 16 reviews)

  • Long hours as with many consulting firms (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "An Excellent Place to Get Started and Grow..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Monitor Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, passionate people with a bit less ego than other top tier strategy firms. Monitor has unique hiring standards which place intellect in the context of other substantive qualitative factors--such as the willingness to listen and learn from your mistakes. Those who have the 'smartest guy in the room' attitude generally do not make the cut, and if they slip through, they don't do well.

    This lends itself to a positive culture which is competitive, but not cutthroat.

    Monitor has all the trappings of a global consulting organization full of influential thought leaders. New ideas are constantly in the air, and everyone loves a good wonky intellectual discussion.

    Cons

    As with any strategy firm, a lot of learning is in the ether. You will get a strong dose of strategy exposure, which may not always translate into the nuts and bolts business execution skills that budding entrepreneurs might desire. It can be overly theoretical at times, while at other times somewhat regimented and dictated by use of existing 'house favorite' strategy frameworks.

    You will learn to think about business, you won't learn how to run one exactly.

    The salaries are good, but probably a notch below McKinsey, et al. You will probably make more than most of your friends, however, so don't fret. Bonuses can be quite large too.

    They have done better at developing the Alumni network more recently, but they could do more to create the kind of network that other large firms enjoy.

    Advice to Management

    I think Monitor is well-run and continues to grow and diversify. It has been some time since my departure, so I cannot speak to current issues with the business.


  2. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project ManagOr in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Project ManagOr in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office is a nice spec

    Cons

    Hours are long plus travel

    Advice to Management

    Budget mgt


  3. "Work life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Network Security Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Network Security Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work life balance, Nice Salary, Senior Management visionary

    Cons

    Should have more Internal travel.


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  5. "Smart people, tough firm"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Undergrad Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Undergrad Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Monitor Group as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really smart people
    Generally interesting work
    Global staffing + presence

    Cons

    Deloitte
    Limited commercial success
    Smaller = more difficult to go abroad (sometimes)


  6. "Interesting..to say the least"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Monitor Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    informal work environment so young professionals get the opportunity to take the lead on a number of initiatives

    Cons

    support staff are second class citizens


  7. "The smartest people I have worked with and the most I have ever learned"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    you will work hard but learn so much. this is a group of very smart, humble and interesting people focused on making a difference for their clients. it is a unique place with a great culture.

    Cons

    some times too smart for their own good and have a tendency to over complicate. the organization is at times too consensus driven. the pay is average.

    Advice to Management

    Management should make hard decisions and be ok with the fact that people will be mad. It is too consensus driven.


  8. "Not your typical consulting firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    treated like an adult, feedback culture, amazing, smart, fun people

    Cons

    incredibly high expectations of employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, pay and benefits lacking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, which is amazing. As long as the job gets done, managers don't care if you do it from home or the office. Very autonomous, and employees are respected.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than similar jobs in the area, benefits are very scanty. No 401K matching at all.

    Advice to Management

    Stop having so many parties and give the money to people in the form of bonuses instead.


  10. "Great work with great people"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Rigorous feedback and very strong personal development
    - Collaborative, supportive culture
    - High expectations but great support from peers

    Cons

    - Too collaborative at times
    - Upward reviews lack power


  11. "Great work / life balance - no opportunities for growth not tied to politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work/life balance - great PTO policies

    Cons

    Lots of turf wars. Company could run more efficiently.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to other opinions



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