Good stepping stone until you plateau
Lead Associate (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – June 11, 2017
The company has been good to me while also holding me back in certain ways. A bad manager can sidetrack your career for a couple years if he or she doesn't like you/ doesn't put you in a position to succeed. Luckily, I have had several managers over the years: some good, some bad. I made the most of the years under the good ones and earned myself some raises/promotions. I've seen some amazing work by smart, enthusiastic team members. I've seen some poor performers who skate by while earning 20-50% higher salary than their fellow team members. Overpriced mishires are the #1 killer of morale and retention. It's a mixed bag - and leadership doesn't always recognize or address problems. I guess that's any organization, though. I've ridden through multiple re-orgs since I joined in 2011, with nothing truly changing. Squeezing the most IL/DL out of staff and the stockholder dividend payments still rule corporate decision making. Even the VP level (except Corporate Core VPs) have little say in steering the ship. No burning desire to quit Booz... but constant wondering that I'm vastly underpaid has got me looking outside the firm (again). Last time I looked, I stayed at Booz. We'll see what happens this time. Not a lifer.
Depth and breadth of the client work
Mediocre salary, poor benefits, account group "fiefdoms"