Pros: early dismissal fridays during the summer, casual dress, some very bright people
Cons: poor management, no career path, poor training, consultants are too involved
The management at GA needs a complete overhaul, from the top down. The Senior Managing Director has a lot of great ideas but the execution is lacking immensely. The MD/Head of Operations is an arrogant, pompous "IT" guy. After he got rid of anybody who might pose a threat to his existance and was now "essential" to the company, he proceeded to tell – more... everybody below him that they were replacable. Some of the consultants and MDs are incredibly bright people but they are not managers and should not be involved in running the company.
In order to fund their recent hiring of several high-level executives, who don't seem to be making much of a difference, they let go many mid-level employees, replacing them with inexperienced people at entry level salaries.
For those still working at the firm, there is absolutely no career path whatsoever. GA implemented a "Career Development Plan" for employees a couple of years ago, which, like most things implemented under the current SMD, was very poorly executed and was really just a facade. There was no direction given to employees on how to get to the next level in their career, primarily because (1) there is really nowhere to go within the company and (2) they have terrible managers in place who don't know how to develop talent. The CDP really just got employees to do more by holding a carrot in front of their noses, but without any reward every being obtained. The same 3 or 4 people always seem to be the ones getting rewarded with new positions and/or responsibilities. These 3 or 4 people also happen to be in the inner-circle of the aforementioned MD/Head of Operations.
Employee morale has been on a steady decline over the last 4 years or so. GA used to be driven by employee satisfaction. Even though there weren't a ton of opportunities and people worked really hard, you at least felt like you were part of something and that the company genuinely cared about you. Take that away (which they did) and you're left with a bunch of miserable employees. – less