Colleagues are usually really cool people from all over the world. They pay is not too bad. Somehow, there is room for professional growth, albeit limited. The last bonus system I saw can get you high rewards.
The Analyst work is stupid. It’s 0 stimulating, and sometimes you feel like you're working in a call center. It’s hard to expect more from an entry-level job, but it's especially bad because they give you high expectations about what you'll be doing, only for you to get there and realize how dumb the work is. This is part of what causes an exceptionally rapid turnover rate of employees (60% last only 2-3 months). People are lied to during the phone interview about the work dynamic and when they realize it's not what they were promised, they leave quite upset. Perhaps the worst part about working at Atheneum is that they don't pay the experts, or if they do, it's not in a timely fashion. The experts get angry and lash out at the Analyst/Associate with their complaints, and there is really nothing the Analyst/Associate can do to accelerate the payment. It makes the employees feel like liars and like they are scamming esteemed professionals (because they unwillingly are). Lastly, when I was there the management was really terrible and demeaning to employees. The kind of people who let their personal stress affect how they treat others.