ZS Associates Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2020

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ZS Associates Managing Director Chris Wright
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BT Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Highly competitive and good learning opportunities

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is not great

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Senior QA Analyst 

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work.highly collaborative.work-life balance.

    Cons

    None I can think of

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to start your career"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time

    Pros

    People are great, amazing talent, decent pay

    Cons

    Narrow pharma focus leads to limited growth opportunities

  4. COVID-19

    "Some good, some bad"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Strategy Insights & Planning Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally nice people Flexible with work from home Rock solid benefits Mentally-stimulating work Strong job security - no lay-offs from coronavirus and business is growing Good exit opportunities from consulting

    Cons

    Work-life balance is poor and has become worse during coronavirus - many teams expect you to be available 24/7 and work nights and weekends sometimes High pressure and nearly everyone is a perfectionist Most work is in pharma (could be viewed as a pro for some)

  5. "Company for Hardworking Smart Individuals"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Decision Analytics Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    ZS has a good culture and is full of very humble and hardworking individuals. Co-workers are curious and analytical by nature. My co-workers motivate me to do my best. The company has been supportive and flexible throughout my journey.

    Cons

    The workload is variable and can be very high at times. In general work-life balance can be hard to find. Consultants and managers are responsible for multiple workstreams, which can be hard to compartmentalize, with sometimes multiple items needing immediate attention.

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company - highly recommend to anyone seeking a consulting career"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people, collaborative culture, fun work, interesting clients, good compensation

    Cons

    Limited industry experience options outside of life sciences

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  7. "Good place to be an industry expert"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great reputation in healthcare industry

    Cons

    Low work life balance Repetitive project

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great firm and excellent environment!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Strategy Insights & Planning Associate in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment with a supportive community

    Cons

    Predominantly focussed in the healthcare industry, very limited opportunities in other industry projects

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good work experience, Bad office politics / gossipy culture, Poor management presence"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great company to start at with a decent salary and plenty of smart people. You will work for mainly big pharma and biotech clients. Starting salary is livable and okay, but, you will have to work at one of the CLIENT sites, not out of the ZS Evanston office. So, plan your commute and move accordingly.

    Cons

    As stated in the headline: bad office politics / gossipy culture. This is a small company and favoritism runs rampant. There is less of a focus on competency and more of a focus on tenure. The average promotion time between levels is ~2 years. People can be quite passive aggressive; know how to play political games, and most importantly: be a gray rock. ZSers are very competitive, don't let the company values fool you. When it comes to 'tenured' people (non-new hires who have been there for over a year): If you outperform somebody, tread carefully. If somebody messes up or throws you under the bus, you absolutely cannot flame them. Know how, when, and to whom to escalate project matters to This is a small culture that protects its cadre of favorites. If you are working with a favorite, take some hits to the chin and try to move off the project. Competence does not outweigh politics here to an extreme. At my previous place of employment, there were politics, but not this many 'implicit rules'. This is a lesson I've learned the hard way. Don't be me and you can succeed at ZS. Takeaway: given the toxic culture of favoritism and 2-year tenure, I recommend using your time at ZS for work experience gain to move onto a better place of employment with more unbiased reviews and more focus on results/competence.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Growing vompany with lots of learning"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Technology Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing Company with lots of learning

    Cons

    Can have better work life balance

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