Dean & Company
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I worked at Dean & Company full-time (more than an year)Pros
Analysts tend to be an interesting, smart and collegiate bunch. The work is quite analytical and of the quality and complexity you could expect at other top-shelf consulting shopsCons
The CEO runs this company like his fiefdom, and top management are incompetent and spineless. Work and new clients tend to be difficult to come by as upper management tend not to be well-connected. Most are PHDs in Math/Science and tend not to be managerial types. Besides, this firm unlike other consulting firms does not have partners; the partners are called VP's and the firm is definitely not run like a partnership, with control concentrated at the CEO level. As others have noted, top management tend to focus on the energy business. The more forceful VPs negotiated transfers to the energy side, leaving the impression that the consulting business was very much a sinking ship.
Staffing policies are extremely non-transparent and working hours and style are extremely variable depending on case and manager. During the recession, it was common for teams to be under-staffed, clients were given large discounts, and tremendous pressure was put on teams to deliver above what was promised. Unannounced staff-cuts were common, and these were managed poorly with very little communication from management about the future prospects/plans of the company.
Poor mentoring and feedback except during formal bi-annual reviews. Training too is non-existent and analysts are often expected to learn whilst working very long hours. Representations of the company as a fun place to work and a pleasant environment during the recruiting process are outright deceitful
Finally, the office is pretty dismal with faded green carpeting, plenty of windowless interior offices and jail cell-like lighting. Moreover, the building turns off the air-conditioning at 8pm, and unless you are very lucky you will often stay past 8pm.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Treat the firms assets better - more emphasis on training, mentoring, management. Address the communication gaps and negative culture.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO