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ZS Associates Reviews

Updated February 14, 2019
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  • "Work life balance is not there but management is working on this part" (in 657 reviews)

  • "Long working hours, No worklife balance" (in 303 reviews)

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  1. "Technology practice at Los angeles"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced tech consulting for LA area, new trends in data and analytics

    Cons

    Onshore offshore working model - longer days


  2. "Great culture and life style"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are nice, friendly culture

    Cons

    Not enough motivation from compensation

  3. "Technology Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    * Great working culture
    * Casual dress code

    Cons

    *Long hours of work
    *Less transparency


  4. "Good company to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative , good mix of clients

    Cons

    Low work life balance


  5. "Good company, if your boss likes you"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people and culture; focus on pharma

    Cons

    Lack of recognition for work


  6. "Great learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Decision Analytics Associate Consultant
    Former Employee - Decision Analytics Associate Consultant

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work was quite interesting

    Cons

    Hours could be long at times


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Incredibly varied experience depending on team"

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    Former Employee - Strategy Insights & Planning Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Strategy Insights & Planning Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will be challenged, whether it is figuring out how to manage your professional development, dealing with difficult clients, balancing multiple projects. ZS will throw many issues your way, and many times you will need to solve them, though there will be people available to support you. This makes for great storytelling if you decide to leave or go to business school. While ZS doesn't have a super strong brand outside of pharma, the problem solving you learn will be transferrable.

    Cons

    Not everyone has your interests in mind. If you don't actively have conversations about promotions and projects, you'll be stuck where you don't want to be. Project experience is still driven primarily by staffing need. Because of the offshore team, you also might not get the extensive technical skills you want, such as in Excel or analytics, because it's just easier to hand it over to them, especially when things get busy.

    Advice to Management

    Create more similar experiences for all associates. Everyone should be getting a diverse range of project experiences and have access to people who care about their development, not just the people lucky enough to get on a team where the manager actually cares.

  8. "Good place to start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great networking
    Lots of exposure

    Cons

    Long hours
    Variation on growth potential


  9. "Horrible hours, unhappy people, disproportionately low pay for work/time required"

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    Former Employee - Decision Analytics Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Decision Analytics Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office with free snacks

    Cons

    -Multiple projects at once (I was on 3, and I knew someone who was on 5)
    -Working 60 hour weeks but being guilted into recording 40 to 50
    -Regularly stuck doing work until midnight, sometimes later, with meetings scheduled at 7:30 am the next morning
    -After asking to take the evening off starting at 7pm for Halloween, my manager told me "you can switch to part-time if you only want to work 40 hours per week, like one of our consultants who is going through chemotherapy". This was literally the only time I ever asked if I could have the evening off.
    -I was allowed to leave "early" once a week to catch a 6pm yoga class, but it was hugely frowned upon, and I was expected to be back online minutes after the class ended
    -My bonus was affected by my low ratings that were clearly due to a personal issue my boss had with me or his unconscious bias against women (as the only woman on the team and the only one being treated badly by him, I couldn't tell which it was). When I brought it up with my "personal development coach", she told my boss what I said, and he told me he's been cold to me due to his mother dying. It's terrible that happened, but it's not an excuse to single out one person and treat them badly.
    -Parents don't have time for their children, young people don't have time to date or make friends, everyone is miserable and overworked
    -High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Work to reduce unconscious bias against women. Stop promoting people who don't work well with others. Allow employees to have a life outside of work.


  10. "okay for learning"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time

    Pros

    good atmosphere, lots of young people keep it lively

    Cons

    it has no work-life balance.