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Small Consultancy vs Big

 
#1 Small Consultancy vs Big
08/04/2005 17:09

Clare

I have an engineering, marketing and business strategy background (8 years post grad experience)and am now considering a move into consultancy (2/3 way through my Exec MBA). Everyone seems more interested in the Big 4 but I find the idea of a smaller consultancy more attractive (culture, involvement, opportunities, rapid development etc). Is my thinking flawed, am I damaging future opportunities in the industry and weakening my CV irreparably? I'd appreciate tips on assessing the calibre of a smaller consultancy.

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#2 Re: Small Consultancy vs Big
11/04/2005 13:54

RecruitGal

I think it's great that you are seriously thinking about cultural fit. Some people do prefer the smaller firms, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that (although choose carefully!). You should use your network to get recommendations on the smaller organisations. Just remember that a smaller firm does not equate to an easier option! They'll work you just as hard as the big guys!

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#3 Re: Small Consultancy vs Big
20/04/2005 22:20

2pence

Go big for the training, the money and the prestige. Then go small later

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#4 Re: Small Consultancy vs Big
22/04/2005 19:28

John

Unfortunately you haven't mentioned any names so I don't know what types of small consultancies you're looking at, but don't forget there are more than just size factors to look at. Every strategy consultancy has less than 5k employees, whereas implementation firms such as Accenture have nearer 100k, but do very different work! If you joined a strategy consultancy, e.g. BCG with only 2k ee's, you would still get a huge amount of prestige, if not more, than joining Deloitte or Accenture. But as I say, it depends on what work you want to do.

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