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Big vs Niche - Tony and others please expand.

 
#1 Big vs Niche - Tony and others please expand.
28/11/2005 13:34

james

Hi Tony,

Just wanted to follow up on a point you just made; niche vs. big consultancies. I am currently working for the biggest multi service consultancy - and I work in their strategy arm. I was considering a move into niche, and would really appreciate any insight into the differences between the two genres of consultancies.

Thanks

J

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#2 Re: Big vs Niche - Tony and others please expand.
29/11/2005 21:13

Jeff

Hi James,

Have you downloaded the "top-consultant guide to consulting firms" PDF (above)? There's a very helpful section in there about the different kinds of consultancies - advantages, disadvantages and so on. Hope this helps! J.

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#3 Re: Big vs Niche - Tony and others please expand.
30/11/2005 08:04

Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com)

Jeff - thanks for pointing that out. The URL to get this free report is as follows:

<a href=http://www.top-consultant.com/candidates.asp>http://www.top-consultant.com/candidates.asp</a>

Best of luck, Tony

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#4 Here's My Answer...From a Former Big 5 Consultant
30/11/2005 13:54

David Frey

From a career standpoint, big consulting firms are good

for &quot;getting your feet wet&quot; and finding out what industries

and areas of expertise you're interested in.

But think long term.

Long term, you'll make the most money and probably

be more satisfied in a niche.

Especially if you decide to go out on your own.

With that in mind, once you've decided on what industry

interests you and what area of expertise captures your

interest, I would seek out a small boutique firm in that

specific niche.

From there you'll probably get more offers and opportunities

to enter into high level industry positions (if thats what

you want to do) in the industry and expertise you're interested

in.

Does that make sense?

Notice that I did not say anything about which firm (big or

small) would be more comfortable to work for. That entirely

depends on the people you work with.

In a big firm you might find great people to work with and in

a small firm you might find the same.

But think long term goals rather than short term happiness.

David Frey

Author, The Consultants Marketing Bootcamp

www.SuperstarConsultants.com

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#5 Re: Big vs Niche - Tony and others please expand.
01/12/2005 15:46

frog

There is a lot more hype over PA than reality. Having interviewed there I found them heavily focused on Government and they seemed to pay considerably less than other large firms. Heavy focus on chargeability statistics detracted from the generally very strong focus PA seemed to have on people. Not as much to offer in terms of brand strength, opportunity etc. as the likes of CG, Accenture, Deloitte in my view. Having worked for years at one of these (not CG or Deloitte!) I would urge caution. Just my personal view.

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#6 Re: Big vs Niche - Tony and others please expand.
01/12/2005 16:48

.ppt & me

Have to agree with frog. Was less than impressed than my encounter with them. Just not quite as with it as other outfits and their pay scales are explicitly tied to industry averages and so are consequently... average.

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