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Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the US

#1 Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the US
27/07/2008 18:50



I am interested in joining Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the US. However, I have now heard that they are not really as prestigious there as they are in Europe. On the other hand, they apprently have just opened a new office in Chicago where I will move soon.

Does anyone have any info regarding their work and reputation in the US? Are they growing and hiring? How about the NY office? Is it functional and how many consultants are working there?

Thank you so much for your help!



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#2 RE: Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the US
29/07/2008 08:39

anon to corinne78 (#1)

Obviously RBSC in the USA is far less prestigious than in Europe – you will find them on No. 20 of the 2008 Vault prestige rankings, behind companies like Parthenon, Gartner, Katzenbach or Marakon. The majority of the US staff is based on Detroit – not sure if the NY office is functional at all.

The largest share of the "domestic work" is for the automotive industry and they are also responsible for the delivery of the "US-part" of international projects (which are usually quite interesting projects).

I assume they are hiring as RBSC is willing to further grow in the states.

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#3 RE: Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the US
30/07/2008 21:03

corinne78 to anon (#2)

anon, thank you very much for this information.

do you know anything about the new Chicago office? Will this be just a representative office space or are they actually hiring for Chicago?

Thank you so much for any comment.



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#4 RE: Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the US
31/07/2008 14:33

anon to corinne78 (#3)

as far as I know they already hired people last year, promising that they could move to Chicago as soon as this is operational – not sure what the current status is

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#5 RE: Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the US
31/07/2008 15:11

Tony Restell ( to corinne78 (#3)

Corinne - I joined Roland Berger's London office in the 1990s in very similar circumstances. They were extremely prestigious in mainland Europe - and neck and neck with McKinsey in their native Germany - but far less well known and less established in the UK.

What I would say is that it is really only in the "dinner party stakes" that this has any relevance. You'll get a little tired of explaining to people at social events and college reunions that you work for a firm that competes with McKinsey for strategy assignments, rather than them actually knowing who RB are by reputation. But that's just an ego thing...

... when it comes to getting into business school you'll find they are very well known by the business schools around the world. Equally if you've got recruiters who are looking to hire ex-strategy consultants then they will all know who RB are and how high the calibre of their staff is. So your options whenever you decide to move on are unlikely to be compromised. And the types of projects you'll be working on and the top-tier clients you'll be able to reference having worked with will be pretty much the same as if you'd joined any other firm.

Provided you feel the top people you meet are talented and you're going to learn from them - plus you like the people who they've taken on board there in the US offices already - then I wouldn't have any hesitation about joining them (or indeed any other top firm whose brand in your country is not as prominent as it is in other global markets). My experience is that offices like this are far more entrepreneurial and the scope for rapid career progression/ responsibility is much greater as a result of the "start-up" nature of the operations.

Hope this helps

Tony Restell

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