Eurasia Group Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 14 Nov 2019

To filter reviews, or .
3.3
47%
Recommend to a Friend
28%
Approve of CEO
Eurasia Group Chief Executive Officer and Director, Energy and Natural Resources  Robert J. Johnston (no image)
Robert J. Johnston
37 Ratings
Pros
  • "You can learn how to research political risk and what private sector wants to know(in 11 reviews)

  • "intelligent people, good work-life balance, interesting work(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management lacks management skills; zero transparency and accountability for those on top(in 6 reviews)

  • "I did not feel that my direct supervisor was invested or interested in my professional development(in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
Pros & Cons are excerpts from user reviews. They are not authored by Glassdoor.

Reviews about "work life balance"

Return to all Reviews
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of strategy execution and poor management"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eurasia Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work Good work life balance depending on your seniority/ team

    Cons

    Poor management, with a lack of leadership or managerial acumen. Conflicting priorities from management impacting strategy and the ability to deliver for clients. Toxic atmosphere with internal politics, bullying and a blame culture destabilising teams, depleting confidence and destroying work ethic. Consistently changing strategy, with no implementation of change management or knowledge sharing - it seems that management operate in a vacuum. Lack of career progress All the above is leading to significant employee turnover.

    Continue reading
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Intern"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Eurasia Group part-time

    Pros

    intelligent people, good work-life balance, interesting work

    Cons

    unpaid internship, little supervision and


  3. Helpful (20)

    "Problematic Work Environment"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eurasia Group

    Pros

    Pretty good work life balance, if you're on the right team. Also, EG manages to hire smart, interesting, and fun young people who are great to work with. Due to quick turnover though, most young people don't stay more than 2-3 years.

    Cons

    The short version: No diversity, mostly a bad place to work for young women, very old school but pretending to be modern in a toxic and superficial way. Eurasia Group has attempted to project itself as a global, diverse, and modern (think start-up culture) consulting firm. However, it is none of the above. It just occurred to EG management in 2017 that country desks should not be dominated by white faces who are not from, have not lived in, and do not speak the language of the region that they cover. Until this breakthrough, there were many practice groups that had fewer than two analysts from the region itself. Not to mention, most analysts have graduated from the same three schools, meaning virtually no diversity of thought. It is very difficult to be globally-minded when most people are from the same place, went to the same school, and subscribe to the same ways of thinking. Racial and gender diversity at Eurasia Group is also pitiful. There is not much active recruitment of women of color outside of back-office positions. There are fewer than a dozen men of color employed in the company world-wide. On paper, management made a push in 2017 to include more women in management meetings (though not necessarily the management team itself), and hire more people of color. However in reality, none of those new ‘diverse’ hires are in positions of power; none of them are the decision makers. This results in the constant disenfranchisement of people who are not white, western, male, and/or SIPA grads. This is not to take away from anyone’s hard work, but rather to point out that some are set up for success disproportionately more than others at Eurasia Group. There is no real procedure for dealing with reports of harassment of any kind. Most complaints go unresolved and are met by HR with initial sympathy that quickly turns to apathy and inaction. Also, this place is not a meritocracy. Firings all seem to happen en masse and at whim, which is very disconcerting for a young person. As for the modern start-up culture, the office has a ping pong table and some young people who like to drink on Fridays. That’s about it.

    Continue reading
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Impressive analysts, unhealthy management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eurasia Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Analysts are extremely intelligent and eloquent. Most research staff get given substantial autonomy and responsibility from early on, and interactions with clients and colleagues are often intellectually stimulating/challenging. There is great rapport among many of the junior and mid-level employees, though the vibe varies from office to office and department to department. Pay is OK when compared to other risk/research consultancies (but not in line with what true financial services or consulting firms would offer). Work-life balance is a pro for some, though this very much depends on your team and manager.

    Cons

    Management is dysfunctional and lacks transparency. At the higher levels of the company, well-meaning but weak people are outnumbered by inflated egos. As a result, infighting is rife and bullying gets rewarded. There is no clarity on career trajectories and opportunities for growth are limited. Promotion and salary decisions are politicized and often leave employees feeling undervalued and frustrated. Frequent mysterious firings and demotions affect morale and create a siege mentality in many teams. The work can become monotonous and bookish. Though the company tries to innovate on its services and products, such efforts are often chaotic.

    Continue reading
  5. Helpful (15)

    "Avoid at all costs"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eurasia Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The first few months of work here is interesting: there is the ability to explore new sectors and clients and learn a lot. But it quickly becomes boring because of how repetitive the work and analysis is. Zero pros beyond this one.

    Cons

    This company is not a place for decent people. To survive in its horribly unprofessional environment, you have to enjoy House of Cards-style office politics. Your worth is not judged by your performance or your work as much as it is judged by who in management likes you. Management is horrible, as other reviews note. They do not care about individuals, especially junior staff. They're in it for themselves only. Decisions are made about junior employees without them being given even a courtesy say in what happens to their role/work load/career plans within the company. There is a huge and willful lack of clear communication about things the company and management are doing. Management will not take constructive criticism to heart and will penalize you for offering suggestions to improve how things are run. Other cons: *very poor work-life balance: hours are long and while the vacation package is good, you will definitely have to work at least a couple days when you're on vacation, personal/family time is not respected by selfish management. *wages are not competitive: for a place that calls itself a consulting firm, junior staff here are definitely not paid consulting firm wages despite putting in consulting firm hours. You are better off going to Booz Allen, PWC, or the like. *promotions don't always mean more responsibilities. Many times junior staff are promoted simply due to how long they have been there but keep doing the exact same work as their previous role. There is no tangible expansion of responsibilities with promotions and as such, talented junior staff start to feel disempowered and disconnected from the company. *transitioning out gets tougher as you stay here longer: if you can survive the Shark Tank-style environment, you will build skills here (despite, not because of, management) but if you stay more than four years here, you will find it very tough to move out of EG due to how niche its operations are. Essentially the longer you stay here, the less versatile you become. *hostile junior staff: senior management's myopic view of running the company trickles down to the junior folks here and lends to creating a very cliquey environment among junior staff. There is no real sense of camaraderie or organizational pride among younger employees; each employee is tied to his or her unit within the company and friendly affiliations or ties end there.

    Continue reading
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Junior research staff"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eurasia Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic access to top multinational company c-suite as well as portfolio managers, junior members given lots of responsibility and client time, working with top intellectuals in a highly stimulating and challenging environment, with flexibility to gain additional responsibilities and expand the role. Good work-life balance overall

    Cons

    Esoteric management at times, and decisions made at the top seem inconsistent. Compensation for junior staff is low compared to other consulting companies but higher than think tanks. overall a great company to start your career.

    Continue reading
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Lots of book smarts, little business sense."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eurasia Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance. Highly intelligent, thoughtful employees. Intellectually engaging environment.

    Cons

    Analytic resources stretched, with little to no official guidelines on how analysts are to moderate between the demands of the different kinds of work. No clear trajectory path for entry to mid-level employees. No mechanism for meaningful feedback. Managed by intellectuals, not businessmen. Management clearly navigating in their own best interest, most frequently in the very near to mid-term -- band-aids, not real solutions -- and have an extreme difficulty articulating both the long-term strategy, and when changes in said strategy are made. Plenty of lip service paid to the pursuit of company transparency without any meaningful progress made, ever. "Open" environment really only endorses certain opinions/points of view -- generally those that agree with management.

    Continue reading
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Everything written here is true. I wish I would have paid more attention to the negatives on here before I started."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eurasia Group full-time

    Pros

    Yes, people are very intelligent here, yes, it is great to be in a company that is so interesting and that we can believe makes a positive difference in the world, and yes, it is a decent place to build your career up for some time only to take those skills elsewhere.

    Cons

    All the negative comments written on this website are very true. The upper management here knows nothing about management. Unfortunately not enough is being done about it very fast. Anyone with any type of vision gets no where due to the inability of the senior management to make any kind of business decisions. Way too much emphasis is placed on socializing, enjoying the companionship of your colleagues and a good work-life balance. If you want your career to go anywhere, only come if you plan to build up your skills for a short period and then get out of here as soon as you can. The company is designed with no sense of upward mobility, no structure, and then they are surprised that people leave. Unfortunately having fun at work and contributing to making a difference is not turning out to be enough. People need structure, incentives, genuine leadership.

    Continue reading
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Challenging, fast-pace, intellectually rewarding environment."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eurasia Group

    Pros

    Best in field at analysis. Integrity around quality of work, client base. Real commitment to work-life balance. Incredible group of colleagues with wide diversity of views and talents. Entrepreneurial, strong growth trajectory for company. Proactivity is rewarded.

    Cons

    Senior management has little direct management experience, stretched with too many responsibilities. Difficult to manage tradeoffs between consulting and advisory work. No private office space--all cubes.

    Continue reading
  10. Helpful (2)

    "A good learning experience but hard to justify staying long term"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Analyst 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eurasia Group

    Pros

    - Mostly very smart people who truly love and believe in the value of what they are doing (you have to if you stay there long cuz you sure as hell are not staying there for the pay) - Great work/life balance and control over your time and how you want to use it - Intellectual honesty, rigor and debate so the best idea usually wins regardless of who comes up with it - Flat hierarchy and responsibility and trust often given to relatively junior analysts - Many opportunities to prove yourself - Work can be interesting and fulfilling if the type of work excites you - Hard to find many other places where you can find the combination of this kind of work and environment - Opportunities to travel for field work and to meet clients - You have to be pretty bad to get fired

    Cons

    - Salaries not particularly high, below market mostly (depending on how you define market ie if you compare to university professors, maybe it is slightly more). Bonuses suck. Pay increments suck. No real sharing of profit or fruits of labor. - Small company with few prospects for professional growth within the company in the long term (more than 2-3 years) or for promotion - Senior management has limited capacity and interest in growing the company or developing individuals. Everyone is more or less in it for themselves. - Management and HR views employees in some kind of adversarial relationship as if they are all out to scam the company. - No real leadership apart from the analysis. Badly in need of a CEO. - There is no policy or guideline on anything so everything is on a case by case basis and you have to fight for it yourself - Unless you're covering a priority area, it is hard (not impossible) to do very well or make an impression in a short space of time. - College-kid culture is somewhat bizarre

    Continue reading
Viewing 1 - 10 of 11 English Reviews