ZS Associates Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2021

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ZS Associates Managing Director Chris Wright
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Pros
  • "Great work culture, good people(in 314 reviews)

  • "Steep learning curve if you are a fresher(in 181 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work-life balance not very good(in 1191 reviews)

  • "Absolutely no work life balance(in 232 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year
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      Awesome company to learn and grow

      Mar 3, 2021 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Variety of work. ZS does strategy projects (MBB comparable) and execution type (Big 4 comparable). There's a number of deep products related to sales and marketing, but there's also a big emphasis on Digital & Tech, a growing PE practice, and ZS also makes and markets IT tools & systems. -Culture: One of the core values is "Treat People Right" and there's a big focus on building a good culture. I don't think it's possible to be a jerk and keep your job for very long. - Entrepreneurial Spirit: I'm essentially building my own business, within a business. I like that I learn how to scale and have autonomy, but also have a safety net and a regular paycheck

      Cons

      - Typical mgmt consulting cons- hours are not 9-5pm.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great place to start your career

      Nov 6, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      ample opportunities, fast paced, great culture and lots of interesting problem statements to solve

      Cons

      work life balance is a bit difficult to maintain

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Decent workplace

      May 5, 2020 - Head Inventor in Singapore
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      Pros

      Good to learn new stuff

      Cons

      hectic, can be crazy, but fun

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      It is a good job to begin with

      Jul 18, 2014 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      a good name, opportunity to learn, good work place environment, decent starting salary

      Cons

      lower salary, hectic working hours

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee

      project type

      Sep 13, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      good training on modelling skills

      Cons

      only focus on SFE, not a management consulting to offer strategy

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to join as a fresher, lot to learn but the work-life balance is quite bad

      Jul 31, 2021 - Operations Delivery Associate in Pune
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      Pros

      ZS is a great place to join as a fresher, the transition from a casual college life to a corporate world is seamless and easy at ZS. The kind of projects that ZS has is extremely diverse so there is a lot to learn and the standard of work is quite good. People are very helpful and always ready to teach so while the learning curve is steep, it is not very difficult if one is ready to put in the work. The compensation is quite good too, the salary is comfortable and the bonuses are pretty handsome. Great infrastructure and a lot of added benefits given to employees (travel to and from office, canteen services, etc.)

      Cons

      Work-life balance is quite bad. Working hours easily go to around 11 hours on a good day and can exceed to ~14 hours in times of high work pressure. This has become the norm of ZS so while Associate Principals and Principals suggest and encourage solutions to improve it, team leads don't really pay a lot of significance to it. Some teams do not make it easy to transition into other teams and areas.

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company, bad role

      Jul 16, 2021 - Analyst in Evanston, IL
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      Pros

      ZS as a company has very good values, benefits, and perks. The people there really make ZS - it is like a work family. Expect to be friends with your coworkers.

      Cons

      CIG (client integrated group) is a terrible role/area within ZS. I would not recommend this role to anyone. The job is the same as what other consultants in SIP, DA, and BO do but the pay is WAY lower, you do not get all of the same fun perks, and you cannot transfer roles for ~6 years after starting as an analyst. You are expected to be at the client 4-5 days per week, but unlike other roles you cannot expense travel or food. So not only do you make less, but you also have to pay more to get to work. Leadership doesn't even care about this role and will lead you on saying you can transfer probably as an "exception" but then will reject the transfer. Would not recommend. This role essentially came about for people transferring from the India offices, so they would pay less due to sponsorship as the perk. However, with more regulations they started hiring people locally in the USA and it is illegal to pay differently so that is the reasoning for salary difference is what I was told. Reviews are also very opaque - even if all year they say you are doing great they will not review you well because promotions have become to be more on tenure as opposed to performance.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Amazing Culture

      Jul 27, 2021 - Business Operations Associate in Pune
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      Pros

      1. Superb reputation in US Healthcare consulting(work) and US Universities (MS/MBA) 2. Great work culture- very employee centric 3. Amazing perks and good YoY monitory growth 4. Width of projects and opportunities 5. Superb place to start career (you'll learn to value time & quality way too early)

      Cons

      1. Restricted learning for initial years (unless multiple assignments) 2. Growth has slowed down lately and is luck/project dependent 3. Not a good, smooth procedure for EX-ZSer to come back on different level

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Blood sucking company

      Jul 30, 2021 - Associate Consultant 
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      Pros

      If you are too workaholic (agree to work for 12 hours a day) and don't have any personal life or family, want to do monotonous work then go for it. Stay in this company for years.

      Cons

      It is literally a blood-sucking company. They will make you work at least 12 hours a day. The staff you in a project 4 projects for 10 hours each and will make you work for 80 hours a week. That's why I said it is a blood-sucking company. You will never ever have a choice on which project you wish to work on. And the worst part is once you are assigned to a project and don't like it, no one will ever listen to you and help you to get out of it. Come on ZS! Have some sympathy for your employees. Don't treat them as robots for god sake.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Love the quality of work we do at ZS

      Jul 31, 2021 - Business Technology Solutions Associate in Pune
      Recommend
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      Pros

      ZS is an employee-centric firm with a decent salary and lots of experience. Some of the Traits that define us is Quality, ownership, leadership and hard work. Everyone works with total energy and dedication. I never heard or experienced any Office Politics. Managers are super friendly and easy to reach.

      Cons

      With great work comes great responsibility. Hence, one has to compromise Work-Life Balance. But if you love the work you do at ZS. Work won't seem tiresome.

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