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searching for smaller companies

 
#1 searching for smaller companies
22/10/2003 00:00

Erin

I am currently searching for an entry level job with a consulting firm. I have tried all the "bug guys," and am captured by their intense training programs and international success. I have a strong academic background and extensive international experiences, but am also aware of the competition for getting into these firms. I was wondering if anyone had advice on how to research smaller, boutique style consulting firms. I am particularly interested in Chicago and the UK. Thank you!

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#2 Re: searching for smaller companies
23/10/2003 00:00

Phantom

Hi

My request if of a similar nature. I too want to know which are the smaller botique Strategy/Mgmt consulting firms that will provide me a challanging enrtry level roel in this industry.. I am keen to know about firms operating in the Asia-Pacific sector, as well as firms in the US and UK/EU. Cheers

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#3 Re: searching for smaller companies
24/10/2003 00:00

John Turner

If you are not already an experienced consultant, forget the smaller firms, for two reasons:

1. If you want to be successful in consultancy you need to learn a lot, and only the bigger firms can give you that;

2. Most of the successful smaller firms are only interested in recruiting experienced people.

If, as is implied by your message, you are put off by competition, then you are moving into the wrong business.

Regards,

JT

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#4 Re: searching for smaller companies
24/10/2003 00:00

Erin

Thanks for your input John. I am not put off by competition in the least, I am just trying to look at my situation of needing a job in consulting from all angles, and saw smaller companies as one solution. I would much prefer the training of the bigger companies and think I am cut out to get into one of them. I just also like to have a Plan B. Your advice makes sense, thanks!

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#5 Re: searching for smaller companies
29/10/2003 00:00

dave speight

Erin .... depends where you are based .... use local expertise .... there are a number of specialist recruitment firms that will be able to help. They often have a regional/competency specialism. Good luck with your search

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#6 Re: searching for smaller companies
12/11/2003 00:00

Advice

John, I'm not as sure as you are about bigger companies. Some smaller ones, spin-offs from big names, offer you tremendous occasions to learn directly from experienced managers and partners (vs associates and consultants in bigger names) because hierarchies are leaner there. They are too interested in offering you valuable training sessions. I guess that the main difference between larger and smaller (strategy) consulting firms lies in how structured you will end up: in smaller firms, you will learn to swim by jumping in the water with a trained coach by your side; in larger firms, you will learn to swim step-by-step, ensuring that you will never keep out of track. If yo like Far West, go in a smaller firm (though you will always lack the lustre of a big name...). If you prefer established tracks, join a big name.

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