Universal Consulting Reviews

Updated 7 Feb 2020

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Universal Consulting Founder and Managing Director Jay P Desai (no image)
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21 Ratings
  1. "The job is worth ut"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Challenging and analytical work on a regular basis Promotions and increments are directly linked to your performance

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult

  2. "Consultant"

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

    I worked at Universal Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work exposure is very good

    Cons

    Senior Management is very bad

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unethical and unprofessional firm"

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

    I worked at Universal Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent clientele and some projects are interesting

    Cons

    1) Ill managed projects with almost guaranteed overruns. 2) Politically charged environment with strong biases affecting staffing and appraisals. 3) Reimbursements for expenses made out of pocket of consultants are never done on time. They are delayed by months and consultants have to keep following up at the detriment of their own time. 4) Inefficiency of management forces consultants to work odd hours including weekends and public holidays. 5) Favouritism is too high and only select people get good opportunities that affect their career.

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good and challenging projects however marred by zero interest in employee well being"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Mumbai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging projects Ability to do atleast 3 projects in an year Great peers

    Cons

    Zero interest from top management in ensuring employees sell being No reimbursements for travel for projects in mumbai (mumbai is a huge city with sometimes upto two hours of travel from project site to home) Randomly called to work on Sundays and public holidays in the name of reviews with no respect for employee private time even in case of non emergency situations Co Working space has set of its limitations and difficult for a consulting firm to operate within this Appraisal system is marred with inefficiencies with most appraisals not happening on time Favoritism sometimes plays spoil sport

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Blood Sucking organization"

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

    I worked at Universal Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fresh graduates can learn some MS office skills and some communication and nothing beyond that.

    Cons

    blood sucking company. Shrinking in size everyday. On the verge of collapse. Even L.E.K has not disassociated itself from this dud organization. Most of the founders have vacated. Proprietorship work style of Management. Totally a waste of time and dud organization.

  6. Helpful (5)

    "Extremely unethical and a depressing place to work"

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

    I worked at Universal Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. Decent clientele 2. Accepts people from very diverse background, people returning to corporate world after long breaks are welcome

    Cons

    1. Terrible project management and scope- 90% of their projects overrun, poor planning leads to rework and delay. Firm has decent clientele however; projects are sub-par and offer limited scope of learning. 2. Pathetic and Negative work culture- Employees keep cribbing about the firm, no respect for employees and no attempts made by senior leadership to foster positive work atmosphere and friendliness in the firm. 3. Delayed and Biased Appraisals- Appraisals are delayed by several months (4-6 months). Employees need to run behind directors to get their evaluations/ appraisals done. There’s no HR in the organization to look into employee related issues. 4. Extremely poor work life balance- People are made to work 16-18 hrs a day due to over-commitment by directors and lack of clarity, which leads to health issues. Employees are made to work on weekends/public holidays and senior management has no respect for employee’s personal lives. They claim on the website that they monitor long working hours which is a blatant lie and highly misleading. 5. Extremely high attrition of ~70%, most of the people leave this firm in a year's time. 6. Unstable career growth- Despite being a 25-year-old firm, there have been instances where firm had no projects and people sat idle for extended period. Career aspirations and competencies are not taken care of, while staffing. 7. Unfair and unclear policies- Leave policy is a hoax, earned leaves aren't accrued during probation; No bonuses, no local travel reimbursements, out of pocket expenses are delayed by several months. All these are not clarified to the candidate during the interview process. 8. Trainings- Topics are not well thought of and are mostly random, leading to wastage of time.

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  7. "Consultant"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Immense learning across industries. You must join only if you have the eagerness to learn. No hierarchy. Everyone puts in equal effort, to do what needs to be done for the execution of the project.

    Cons

    As a Consultant in any Management Consulting industry, work life balance is not maintained. But thats the price you pay for the immense experience you receive.

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  8. "Good for freshers"

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

    I worked at Universal Consulting full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    1. Good exposure 2. Get exposure on many sectors

    Cons

    1. It's not for someone with streamlined career approach. 2. Top management is hesitant to take advice most of the times. 3. Growth process is slow. There should be clarity in the growth discussions.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Consultant"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Universal Consulting full-time

    Pros

    1. Can always sell it as "consulting" experience once you exit 2. Learning curve is steep on how to recover from bad decisions in life 3. Works with good clients - although projects may be sub par

    Cons

    1. Lack of training and mentoring 2. Project and team management are not concepts that are put to use - Everyone executes (poorly - refer 5) and nobody manages 3. No respect for employees - their time, well-being and the fact that they might have a life outside of work 4. Quality of work is barely on-par

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  10. "Associate consultant"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Universal Consulting full-time

    Pros

    Transparent culture and highly professional firm

    Cons

    1. Poor work life balance should improve

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