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Trinity Partners Reviews

Updated January 25, 2019
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Pros
  • "Work/life balance - if you know what consulting industry is like in general, you will find the work/life balance in this company is pretty good" (in 6 reviews)

  • "I can hands-down say that I never worked at a company where the Leadership team has such an emotional investment not only in the company but the people" (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be a challenge in a multi-project staffing model" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Lack of travel does not always equal work-life balance: long hours are not unusual (and are made much worse by decent commute due to suburban location)" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Consultant"

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

    I have been working at Trinity Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really interesting work, with a lot of responsibility early in your career. Upper management is really focused on growth and expanding capabilities. This is in turn provides a lot of opportunity for younger employees. This is an exciting time to be a part of Trinity.

    Cons

    Some of the work can feel low impact (i.e. forecast support or disease landscapes)

    Advice to Management

    Really focus on streamlining processes so managers have more time to be involved in project work. This will improve work quality significantly!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Smoke and mirrors"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Trinity Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, top-tier clients, ability to have impact on new drug products in development

    Cons

    Culture values $$ with very little emphasis on true industry expertise. Leadership Team undisciplined and immature; no actual leadership happens - just a contest for highest bookings. Many on leadership team engage in belittling and handicapping those below them on the food chain rather than helping employees develop and feel motivated. Employee feedback system used as a tool for tattling on rivals once projects are completed. Opportunity to do well if you know how to play the system and are not placed with a bad manager. Do not be fooled that being smart and doing good work gets you ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Start by googling "characteristics of leaders" and just pick 2-3 very basic ones to work on for the year. Baby steps.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Here's the thing..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trinity Partners full-time

    Pros

    Not sure if these are pros, but I hope this provides a good overview of the work on the generalist side.

    Trinity is a strategy consulting firm working with mostly biotech/biopharma companies with a growing presence at large pharma companies. The fact that most clients are smaller is great because you can actually see and track the impact that you are having. Trinity has become the backbone for many mid-cap biopharma companies with direct lines to their C-Suite and leadership. These companies are highly dependent on Trinity for strategic advisory, making for some pressure filled, but high impact projects.

    A lot of the work is fast paced licensing or acquisition due diligence and/or pipeline prioritization (which therapeutic areas to prioritize/where to invest). The research that feeds recommendations is gathered through primary market research (interviewing experts), secondary research (really high science focus), and industry experience (Trinity is top heavy = lots of experience).

    Cons

    If you are not a top performer you won't be staffed on the high impact/really interesting projects. Outside of the work we do there aren't many pros; everything else is just really mediocre.

    The people aren't mean, but its not like you would invite them over for Thanksgiving dinner. The pay is not low, but nothing to brag about while driving a Corolla in your late 20s/mid 30s. The benefits are not horrible, but nothing you would be afraid of losing if you went to another job. You are not working 80 hours a week, but definitely not 40. You'll likely leave from home at 8am and get back by 8pm almost every day.

    Everything is aggressively average from the 401K matching to the vacation policy to the office space. There is nothing that stands out to me that makes Trinity different from any other consulting firm, and after 3+ years here absolutely nothing that would make me go out of my way to recommend it to a friend.

    It took Trinity ~20 years to get on the Vault top 50 list. A lot of companies have made the list in less than 5-10 years, really speaking to how slow things evolve. With little outside experience within the leadership team there aren't a lot of fresh ideas or unbiased perspectives for bringing the company to the next level.

    Advice to Management

    I really don't know if there is anything management can do to set Trinity apart from the rest. With a lack of perspective and a PE firm watching budgets and expenditures really closely there isn't much room for experimentation with the existing model, keeping Trinity on a slowly upward trending company.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Trinity Partners Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trinity Partners full-time

    Pros

    Fun people.. Interesting work.. Lots of responsibility early on in your career

    Cons

    For people who love the life sciences


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Great people, uninspired work"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trinity Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great coworkers who are hard-working, talented, and easy-going
    - Good option if you're interested in market research
    - IT and HR staff are great

    Cons

    - Echoing previous reviews here when saying that Trinity is a market research firm, contrary to what they would like you to believe in interviews. Little to none of the work is "strategic" in nature ... even for strategy consultants who were hired for the role. A typical Trinity project involves interviewing physicians/payers or conducting a survey and summarizing findings to clients. If you're looking to get into healthcare-focused management consulting, look elsewhere. You'll spend most of your time drafting interview guides or putting together a large volume of low quality slides together
    - Recently partnered with Parthenon, a growth equity firm - many employees are blinded by the realities of partnering with growth equity shops. A simple google search will show the ugly path taken to get to an exit
    - Clients know that Trinity is a decidedly mid-tier consulting firm and treats project teams as such. If you're looking for real management consulting experience, go to ClearView, LEK, Putnam, or other firms that have a stronger presence in strategic advisory
    - Multi-staffing system: if you enjoy feeling that you're spread thing across multiple projects, this might work for you. Leads to poor quality, often recycled, work being delivered to clients. Burnout is common since you're forced to work on multiple project and are unable to commit 100% of your time and energy to the given task at hand
    - General structure: given that Trinity's primary value add is from its market research/analytics arms, the fact that >50% of its staff is in general consulting means that if you're hired as a strategy consultant, you'll spend around 75% of your time on tasks that should be handled by the understaffed research & analytics verticals. Firm is top heavy, with too many inexperienced managers and not enough junior staff to execute on the projects promised to clients
    - Benefits: comp and other benefits are below market. Healthcare plan is awful, with high employee contribution expected. Vacation time is often not respected and certain managers expect you to be available on email when you are out of office on vacation
    - Trinity is not willing to invest in the resources needed at a healthcare consulting firm, from access to standard academic literature, data sets, etc. Get comfortable with Google searching or finding workarounds to get access to even the most basic information
    - Most of the work is boilerplate with little customization for a given project. Repeat clients will soon realize that the work outside of the interviews and surveys is largely recycled and go elsewhere

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring generalists. The value add of this consultancy is primary market research and analytics. Trying to sell this company as a healthcare management consulting firm to potential hires is extremely misleading


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trinity Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Managers truly care about staff's personal interests and professional growth
    Hard work is often recognized
    Management and leadership teams value associate-level employees (often encouraging us to play an active role in internal and external meetings, attributing credit to the whole team, the list goes on)
    Trinity has a fun work environment - coworkers often become friends
    The people here are incredible and have a real team mentality
    We are encouraged by management and leadership to pursue innovative ideas
    Leadership team is transparent! We have company wide meetings every other week and larger company updates quarterly, we really are united

    Cons

    Hours fluctuate (meaning there are some late nights)
    Because we're growing, we don't always have the chance to work with everyone across the company

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing - the transparency and overall "flat-structure" mindset is greatly appreciated.
    Continue to ensure that we're hiring the best quality people that we can!


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Trinity Partners full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of excellent people at Trinity: sharp, easy to get along with, great to work with.
    You can always experiment and try something new. Innovative ideas are encouraged and welcomed.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I have also witnessed and been on the receiving end of a lot of very unprofessional and sometimes flat-out obscene conduct from Trinity colleagues.
    The company recruits a lot of recent grads from Ivy League schools. So you get a bunch of young kids, some of whom are understandably quite immature, you throw extravagant parties with overnight stays and unlimited amount of alcohol, and perhaps unsurprisingly what you get… is a certain kind of show. The worst part is management is actively encouraging bad behavior at these types of social events. Oftentimes, management is instigating and participating in drunken shenanigans.
    On top of your actual work performance, promotions and getting interesting project work are also quite dependent on how others perceive you and your “coolness” factor/popularity. Going out drinking and socializing with other Trinity employees is almost a requirement. Favoritism and elitism are well entrenched.

    If I were to sum up the company culture briefly, it would be with a tired expression of “Work hard, play hard.” Work hard is self-explanatory. People at Trinity work really hard. The “play hard” part is completely out of hand, in my opinion. Management probably knows this, HR definitely knows this (HR is completely powerless to do anything), but there is no interest or willingness to change.
    Self-congratulatory platitudes and bold assertions at Trinity’s value-add as a consulting firm are never ending. Obviously people should get credit, feel good about their accomplishments and genuinely pat each other on the back for the work well done and well received, but pretending we are somehow saving lives by creating a forecasting model for a drug launch is a bit much, no? The weird part is that it is not at all pretending. Trinity hardliners truly seem to believe in all that.

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to make Trinity a welcoming, stimulating, motivating and fun place to work for all employees. A lot of people’s impressive and useful skills and strengths go unused.
    I’ve been on some projects that were very poorly managed. The project team by their sheer perseverance and commitment to success would mostly end up coming out on the other side of that, but it’s stressful, not to mention risky for business to run projects in such a haphazard way, lacking a solid approach and meaningful guidance. Establishing some SOPs, processes and project workflows might help.

  8. "Fantastic Growth Opportunities and Passionate Culture"

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

    I have been working at Trinity Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Work in a great industry on meaningful/impactful project work
    -Work with great, smart, and trustworthy peers
    -Fast company growth means lots of opportunity for high achievers to be promoted into the next role. Also means tons of opportunity to work on the most fascinating questions facing our industry.
    -Limited travel responsibility

    Cons

    -Work life balance can be a challenge in a multi-project staffing model

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing and winning interesting and impactful work with amazing clients. Work life balance would be improved by encouraging/supporting better client management in the young project managers and by carefully scoping projects with clear boundaries prior to sale of work.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A promising life sciences boutique consulting firm with room to grow"

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    Former Employee - Strategy Consulting Role in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Strategy Consulting Role in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Trinity Partners full-time

    Pros

    People - very smart and highly motivated people. Majority are very friendly although a few might feel cold and not so friendly (every company has these types of people so it's normal)

    Culture - although being a mid-size and fast growing consulting company, the company has a startup culture that is supportive and cohesive. Management team is easy to access and generally opens their doors to everyone. As the company expands rapidly, especially globally, this culture might gradually diminish but the management tries hard to maintain it

    Training - this used to be a con, but as the company hired a new talent director and put together some robust training programs, this now becomes a pro of the company. There is still room for improvement, but it's going towards the right direction

    Social events - they are fun, relaxing and lavish sometimes. But depending on what type of person you are, some of the party behaviors might not make everyone happy.

    Work/life balance - if you know what consulting industry is like in general, you will find the work/life balance in this company is pretty good! If you want a 9-5 job, maybe consulting is not for you. Yes, you will for sure have long hours from time to time. But if you know where you limit is and say no to staffing requests when you feel overloaded, you won't be pushed to crazy as some other firms. Minimum travel is a big plus. In addition, you can always request to work from home when you're not feeling well or have other issues that prevent you from coming to work. People in the company are very understanding in general.

    Cons

    Compensation - it's definitely NOT bad! But it's a bit sub par compared to some competitors in the life sciences consulting industry, not to mention MBB levels.

    Boston office location - it's in Waltham which is quite inconvenient for a lot employees that are living within the city. Can't comment on other offices.

    People - well, people is a big pro as I said above. However, there are also shortcomings associate with it. The company has a tradition of hiring fresh college graduates, most of which lack a decent level of maturity and knowledge pertaining to business and biotech/biopharma industries. Actually, many of them have zero knowledge/background in these areas before they join the company. Biotech/biopharma is a highly specialized industry and a lot clients are senior biotech/biopharma gurus. I think hiring more mature, experienced life sciences consultants with a good level of understanding of the industry will make the company perform better and also look better in front of these sophisticated clients.

    Elitists atmosphere - to be fair, all consulting companies like hiring graduates with big brands on their foreheads such as Ivy schools. Trinity is the same. Without a famous brand on your resume, it might be hard for you to get interviews. I am from Ivy myself, but I think there are a LOT of high-caliber, maybe even more capable people who are not from Ivy leagues. I would say experience/capabilities should weigh much more than famous schools.

    Projects/clients - the company has tons of market research projects. There are strategy projects but not as that much as you would expect for a strategy consulting company. Also the clients tend to be more of manager/director levels, rather than C-suite. Maybe as the company grows and raises its reputation more in the field, this will change.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of focusing on Ivy fresh graduates, hire more mature and experienced people with a decent level of understanding, or even better, some heads-on experience of different stages/aspects within the biotech/biopharma industry (from preclinical to product sales)


  10. "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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

    I have been working at Trinity Partners full-time

    Pros

    People, Work, Lifestyle, Events (Golf outing and end of the year party), Growth (Asia and European offices), Their patient focused mission, so much more...

    Cons

    As with any growing company, they are still working out the kinks in some operations areas, but it is completely entrepreneurial and everyone is brought into the decision making.

    Advice to Management

    As you grow, remember to continue to keep true to your roots.