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ZS Associates Evanston Reviews

Updated April 29, 2017
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Evanston, IL

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ZS Associates Managing Director Chris Wright
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Pros
  • Salary and Benefits, Steep learning curve and good responsibilities early in the firm (in 52 reviews)

  • Good work culture and work life balance (in 142 reviews)

Cons
  • Not good Work-life balance; stagnant growth/learning after a point (in 474 reviews)

  • Little long working hours but otherwise if you enjoy your work it won't seem so long :) (in 208 reviews)

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  1. "A great company with potential for growth."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great employee engagement with fun events and company wide activities. The benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    The expectations are high for low income. The opportunities exists however management doesn't encourage it.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Some good, some bas"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Senior IT Specialist in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Evanston office is easy to get to by train, stocked fridge and time off from Christmas Eve to day after New Year's.

    Cons

    ZS is very culture obsessed, can't be an individual. To management things are always great, they drink the Kool aid and expect others to do the same. Bi-annual reviews must always have negative remarks, some colleagues can be passive aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in some new people with new ideas and don't look down on them if they don't completely align with your culture, change is good.

  3. "Work Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pune Business Operations Consultant in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Pune Business Operations Consultant in Evanston, IL

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn analytics based consulting

    Cons

    Need to avoid forced collaboration

    Advice to Management

    Need to give employees some breathing space


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Low Salary , No Work Life Balance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gurgaon Associate Consultant in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Gurgaon Associate Consultant in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at ZS Associates (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure is low
    Co workesrs are good

    Cons

    Low Salary
    Work Life Balance


  5. "Data Science Intern"

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    Former Intern - Data Science Associate in Evanston, IL
    Former Intern - Data Science Associate in Evanston, IL

    I worked at ZS Associates as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free cab, free food, work life balance

    Cons

    less learning, much show off

    Advice to Management

    Try to identify real talent not the one who shows off


  6. "Great company, good culture"

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    Current Employee - Finance Specialist in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Finance Specialist in Evanston, IL

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, smart, open environment, comfortable atmosphere

    Cons

    Kind of boring, slow paced (non-client facing side)


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Lacking management strategy"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Evanston, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Evanston, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, ability to work from home, casual office environment, young colleagues

    Cons

    No direction from management, lack of client work led to undisclosed layoffs, competitive environment, limited on-boarding process, repetitive project work, high turnover, lack of exit options outside of pharma, frequent work with offshore colleagues requires 24/7 on-call culture, employees joining after undergrad strongly favored for promotions versus external hires

    Advice to Management

    Do better job of on-boarding and integrating new hires, especially MBAs. Acknowledge turnover issues. Create exit plan and opportunities like other major consulting firms.

  8. "Friendly and Learning work Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Delivery Associate in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Delivery Associate in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates (More than a year)

    Pros

    - People culture at ZS is one of the best things
    - Management and seniors are engaging and help you learn and grow a lot within the project

    Cons

    - Long Working hours
    - Lesser work life Balance


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Technical Support Associate"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Associate in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Associate in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment. Strong team dynamic. stays up with modem technology. Good work/life balance. Very competitive compensation.Strong leadership.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities for enterprise group.


  10. "Experience with ZS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Analyst in Evanston, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Solutions Analyst in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time

    Pros

    Vast opportunities
    Flexibility in work conditions
    Above average compensation
    Work with really talented people

    Cons

    Need to diversify to more industries

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring good talent


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