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EY-Parthenon Reviews

Updated 5 February 2018
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EY-Parthenon Parthenon Founder, Senior Managing Director Bill Achtmeyer
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Pros
  • Great culture - always someone you can ask (in 12 reviews)

  • Great people and great company culture (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance, narrow sector focus (in 22 reviews)

  • Because you have obligations to two case teams with the two-case model, hours can get pretty long(especially during busy periods) (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    Culture, project variety, international exposure, flat hierarchy

    Cons

    Work-life balance, narrow sector focus


  2. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    Family culture, collaborative, smart, nice, driven

    Cons

    No timely upward feedback, same long hours as other consulting firms


  3. "Fab culture. Great company."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager
    Former Employee - Office Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY-Parthenon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People
    Recruitment
    Culture
    Environment
    Interesting work
    Dedicated to employee development and wellbeing

    Cons

    I dont really have much to say in terms of cons as they are a great company and staff.


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  5. "Great culture, good opporunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    Strong culture, accessible senior leadership, opportunities to move up fast into roles with more responsibility, credibility in three sectors: business services, education and consumer

    Cons

    Lack of wider sector focus in London


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Distinct Culture, Great Professional Development, Fun Office"

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    Current Employee - Experienced Principal in London, England
    Current Employee - Experienced Principal in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people who are very much invested in your career; Tight-knit office culture; Great variety of projects; Scope to really impact future growth of office

    Cons

    Double staffing model can be intense at times; More gender parity at senior leadership positions


  7. "Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    Office location, benefits, career development

    Cons

    work-life balance, low-level tasks such as transcribing interviews

    Advice to Management

    Leverage resources to give associates better learning opportunities.


  8. "Really talented people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Super cool people from around the world

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of travel


  9. "Private equity consulting firm with wonderful people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Generally, EY-Parthenon people are great (especially those recruited through Parthenon, pre-merger). Nice, fun to work with. I genuinely like my colleagues, particularly at the Senior Consultant, Consultant and Associate level.
    - The salary is very good
    - We do have interesting PE projects - if you weren't working at breakneck pace on two at a time, they could even be enjoyable

    Cons

    - We are almost entirely a private equity consulting firm. While there are a select handful of people who get to work on longer-term strategy projects (typically in the education practice), nearly all of our project work is PE diligence. ~95% of my projects have been 1-4 weeks long buy-side or sell-side diligence.
    - These diligence projects involve almost no client interaction, particularly in the Associate or Consultant role. Most of the client interaction is listening in on conference calls at the beginning and end of a case.
    - You have very little choice of what sector to specialize in. There isn't enough work in enough sectors to choose what you would like to focus on. We're too small to develop expertise early, unlike other firms.
    - Double staffing (two projects at one time) is terrible. There are some "pros," but the cons far, far outweigh them. RUN, don't walk, away from double staffing.
    - Many of the case team leaders are weak managers, meaning staffing is like Russian roulette. (Pray for the good managers, but usually wind up with mediocre - or in some cases terrible - managers.)

    Advice to Management

    - Allow people to opt out of double staffing, if you can't get rid of it overall (management says there are people who like it, so those folks could continue)
    - Be more transparent about the amount and type of strategy work we do, and make it clear that most people will not have access to that type of work (in recruiting)
    - Hire more people so that there can be more flex in the system to allow people to work on the types of projects / sectors they are interested in - otherwise, people will leave
    - Provide more training for case team leaders, place more emphasis on the importance of upward feedback, don't promote people who are ineffective managers


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and great culture

    Cons

    Long working hours, EY management


  11. "Phenomenal Growth Opportunity for those with an analytical mind"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - great coworkers
    - interesting clients (I am in the private equity group)
    - fun office atmosphere
    - challenging and rewarding work
    - pay commensurate with other top consulting firms

    Cons

    - hire more (PEG groups are consistently overstaffed)
    - a bit too much bureaucracy from the EY side of the business

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and keep hiring and investing in great employees. The work is challenging but super rewarding. There is no firm or career that I would recommend over this one.


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