ZS Associates Employee Reviews about "steep learning curve"

Updated Dec 23, 2020

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  1. "Great people, great learning curve"

    5.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great people, Great learning curve

    Cons

    Long working hours but people are supportive and with the right time management and expectation setting, one can do wonders

  2. "Good for Learning"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Decision Analytics Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Steep learning curve, Talented peers

    Cons

    Work life balance is skewed


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    "Decent place to start out, but exit for better opportunities"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1) People - my colleagues were generally down-to-earth, nice, and collaborative. ZS tends to hire the smart, friendly, and nerdy type. Not a cutthroat or internally competitive culture 2) Skillset - ZS definitely enhances your professional skills (e.g., communication, analytical thinking, etc.) in addition to mastering powerpoint and excel. Learning curve is steep in the first few years

    Cons

    1) Very narrow focus / pigeonholing - 90+% of ZS's work is Pharma sales/marketing. It is great if that is what you are passionate about. But this is not ideal for most new hires who are not sure what they want to do. To make matters worse, you are typically staffed with one client or one type of work for several months to 1 year. If you want to move around, partners often take offense and you are penalized in the form of slower promotions since the firm places a large emphasis on expertise 2) Fractional staffing - a great way for the firm to increase utilization ($$$) but it is terrible for employees. It is not uncommon to be staffed on more than 2 projects at once across partners. So not only do you have to keep up with the unrelenting demands, but also play politics so each team feels like they are your #1 priority. This leads to high burnout and poor work/life balance

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    "Overall an excellent place to start your consulting career."

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No matter what sort of project or space you're in, you'll be surrounded by extremely intelligent people who are more than happy to help you regardless of what issues you face. The learning curve for the pharma industry is steep, but ZS has such a broad breadth and depth within the industry that you'll always have an opportunity to gain great experience. Also, the environment and culture are very modern and managers truly try to encourage a work-life balance, albeit it's not always possible given the nature of consulting. The offices are also up-to-date and include free snacks/drinks that are a nice bonus.

    Cons

    The variety of work can definitely be limited to pharma depending on your role/location. While there's definitely a push at the executive level to broaden our horizons, it'd be encouraging to hear about diverse opportunities at all office locations.

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  5. "Project lead"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates

    Pros

    Good learning curve, challenging projects

    Cons

    Working hours can be too much

  6. "Best Job Ever"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Technology Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So many responsibilities, steep learning curve

    Cons

    Cant think of any !

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    "Associate Consultant"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Tremendous work opportunities Good learning curve Additional benefits over package: Cabs, food, gym, etc

    Cons

    Poor work life balance Preferential treatment by upper management during promotions

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    "Decision Associate Analyst"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evanston, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Friendly learning environment -A good learning curve for first 1 year

    Cons

    -Long working hours(12+) -Low salary than current market

  9. "Business Consultant"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Consultant in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZS Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Steep learning curve during initial days in the firm, Deep sales & marketing expertise in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry

    Cons

    Lack of consistency in policies & compensation across different offices, Quality of new hires is going down by the day

  10. "Good Company if you get in right team"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Business Technology Analyst in Pune

    I worked at ZS Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Learning Curve, Awesome Peers

    Cons

    Work-Life Balance, Internal Politics in some teams

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