1. Helpful (2)

    "Perfect time to join"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Company has been enjoying above-market success and growth for decades, with recent years being particularly strong. This means it is on a strong growth trajectory with a bright future, creating a real optimistic buzz in the office given the constant wins - Work is fascinating and niche providing a unique opportunity to excel beyond other areas in consulting - Despite pricing focus, all the typical consulting toolkit skills are picked up along with a strong development plan - Strategy, marketing and sales are ever-present and growing products - People are great, with a fairly flat culture and positive atmosphere - Perks are great (healthcare including dental, 6-month rotations to other offices, generous expense allowances, international training, etc)

    Cons

    - The pay is good but could be better. It is more along the lines of Big4 than top consultancy firms - Bonuses are quite low but this should be changing in the future as the company continues its success

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  1. "fantastic learning opportunities"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant IV in New York, NY

    I have been working at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    fantastic client exposure all the time

    Cons

    compensation relative to hours worked

  2. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "You’re better off unemployed for a while to find another opportunity"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Steep career trajectory - Flat organizational structure - Partners are accessible when necessary - Lots of US and international offices with rotational opportunities - Schedule is lighter than true management consulting firms - Young employees are given a lot of responsibility immediately - Unique methodologies to answer specific pricing and packaging questions

    Cons

    - Business severely impacted due to COVID-19, requiring 25% pay cuts across all employees in the US and even more drastic cuts/firing/layoffs abroad - Salaries consistently below market - Essentially no C-level exposure, meaning most projects are solely market research analysis with very little strategy work - Poor brand exposure within the US, so exit strategies take time and require more effort than other firms - I never heard of a single employee being “poached” after a project - The company claims to be a “start up” within the US, and will try and sell new employees on the culture - however it has been in the US for over 10 years and only has ~$50M in revenue in the largest consulting economy in the world - Extremely opaque meritocracy, timing for consultant promotions is usually set - while promotions for higher levels appears political - There is basically no middle management, pushing inexperienced consultants to run projects under senior directors, who are generally on 3-4 projects and highly disorganized/directionless - People will be fired if a partner dislikes them - Partners generally have no experience in consulting, nor in the areas they have a “specialty” - they’re salesmen good at talking around questions - Extremely variable project team dynamics - specifically, if you have an issue with a superior, there is little means to fix it without fear of retribution, and chances are you will work with that person many more times over due to the small company size. Subsequently your reviews will suffer along with your career. - Essentially no HR oversight to streamline issues, onboarding, develop culture, or define any processes - Staffing process is undefined - if you request a topic of interest, there is little guarantee you’ll ever work on that topic - Any moderately good employee will leave for a better job as soon as they can, causing extremely high turn over, brain drain, and consistent reinvention of the wheel - You will not work with any big clients in all probability - You will not work on anything other than pricing or packaging projects - Partners will do literally anything to sell a project (including undercut competitors by double digit % - contradicting advice we would give clients), so scope creep is almost always enormous leading to unnecessary work - Repeat business from clients is negligible, which is a strong indicator of the lack of strategic insight partners are capable of driving - Partners are usually too disorganized to provide feedback in a timely manner, leading to unnecessary late nights prior to deliverable due dates - Just had a huge round of layoffs and firings - Company preaches diversity, but consultant base is ~95% white and almost entirely male - Company employees telemarketing schemes to drive BD - Partners who have worked at other consulting firms will claim many of the points above are “normal” - they absolutely are NOT

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