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Trinity Partners Reviews

Updated March 28, 2018
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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. "Awesome Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  2. Helpful (7)

    "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.

  3. "Fantastic Growth Opportunities and Passionate Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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)


  5. "Best Place I've Ever Worked"

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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 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.


  6. "Amazing place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 Trinity Partners full-time

    Pros

    Consistently strong growth, focus on personal development/leadership (both through internal and external training, mentorship, opportunities throughout your career no matter tenure), flat structure, work/life balance, diversity of projects, sustainable career paths, and the best part is the type of people - driven, intellectually curious, team players - they become some of your closest friends.

    Cons

    No EU office yet, but India office opened in 2017 (in addition to Boston, NYC, Princeton, and SF)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, collegial atmosphere. Will learn a lot very quickly. Work is pretty interesting and exit options seem strong.

    Cons

    Waltham location is annoying considering the bulk of employees are young and live in Boston/Cambridge. Long hours at times.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe diversify and move into industry sectors with more growth/disruptive potential.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Go to E&Y, Putnam or Industry where they invest heavily in their people and PAY"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trinity Partners full-time

    Pros

    The people and the parties

    Cons

    Lots of recent turnover of GREAT people! The company is not built to scale or change. Do not confide in HR members unless you want your confidential comments shared at the Partners meetings. The work is not strategic. Poor performance is rewarded with promotions and recognition. The company needs to invest in training and adopt competitive pay principles.

    Advice to Management

    Train EM's once they are promoted so they can learn to sell and not end the year with reduced income in the new EM comp model. Step up the maturity of the LT.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company with Positive Outlook"

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

    I have been working at Trinity Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Trinity is a great place to work, a community of extremely intelligent, well-rounded people with a shared passion for healthcare and fun. It's a fast-paced work environment - as you would expect given the type of project work, with exposure to senior-level client teams making big strategic decisions - but the company maintains a work-life balance that is far better than you'll find at other consulting firms. The leadership team is constantly focused on improving both the quality of work delivered to clients AND the quality of life for employees, a rare mix that pays dividends internally and externally. Trinity maintains steady growth each year and I'm confident in its outlook for the future.

    Cons

    Compensation for mid-level employees is middle-of-the pack for consulting.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting work, great people but work to be done"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Trinity Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work we do is interesting and impactful. The people at Trinity are smart, motivated and fun to work with. The business is strong and Trinity's reputation is growing within the industry.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be challenging at times, like in most consulting firms. Leadership needs to balance the emphasis they put on selling work / growing the business with making sure workloads internally are manageable and sustainable. Top talent often gets burnt out because they are worked too hard and don't feel like leadership understands the pressure they are put under and they feel under appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on retaining good people. It's not all about growth and external client development.


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