hoping for a bit of general advice.
im currently a Manager with a big 4. been manager for a couple of years and hoping to go for SM in 2015. Im working on a good account, have good contact with the account Director and Partner. however having been here for a couple of years, theres a fair amount of politics involved in getting promoted, and a bit of 'queue' meaning I cant be promoted until others have, and there is a bit of a quota for the year...even if I get SM, its another 3-4 years min to director and much harder less likely promo..
weve moved to a market structure so im mainly government, but have experience of FS from my first career, in the good old days before the credit crunch. I work in operational strategy, org design, change, process improvement etc..
so, im considering my options.
primarily considering industry roles, id like to be based in London. have put my CV on a few sites, and made a few direct applications. not sure how else to approach this- any recruitment consultant that could be recommended?
ive also had a couple of conversation about moving to other consultancies..
the reality in my view is that all the big four pretty much do the same thing, and second tier firms do too, albeit maybe not as well as consistently (just my impression having worked at a couple!) so, and bearing in mind im looking for SM- I don't see a huge motivation moving.. however, I received a call from a recruiter about Cognizant.. theyre looking at aggressive growth and willing to pay well.
I made a mistake though in revealing my currently salary (74K). point ive tried to argue is, why would I go from tier 1 with SM on the horizon which should give me 85k at the very least, to a tier 2 if not for a much better package? I got the standard, itll probably be 15%... so my questions are
1. would cognizant be a decent move from big four to try and speed up progress to director?
2. based on a realistic salary increase to how much ? I had 90k base at least in mind
3. they sell them selves on great bonuses.. what is the bonus structure for SM?? when is it paid, how realistic is it at this point? aggressive growth is easier in the earlier years, maintaining that growth is harder, and so likely bonuses will taper...
appreciate some of the above will be pure opinion, but opinions welcomed :)