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Sia Partners Reviews

Updated 29 November, 2017
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  1. "Innovative firm with significant growth and great career opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Financial Services in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Financial Services in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sia Partners (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy way to take responsibilities and built a career
    Now it is really an international firm, with opportunities to move between offices
    Strong growth which allows different types of assignments

    Cons

    High growth requires more structure and internal process

    Advice to Management

    Very close from consultants, open to new ideas, suggestions
    Good communication and with a real view of day to day work of each employee.


  2. "Best innovation environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Practice Leader in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Practice Leader in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sia Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Environment to grow AND explore New ideas

    Cons

    Growing Organisation facing small rapid growth challenges sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Don't let go of ou innovation culture. And keep Matthieu (CEO) as he is doing now, close to the team !


  3. "Great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Manager in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sia Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Huge professional opportunity and perspectives

    Cons

    Too short annual seminar !

    Advice to Management

    Being involved


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  5. "Extremely rewarding experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sia Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Fully entrepreneurial mindset (traversal view of the company, family spirit, etc.)
    - Quick access to responsibilities
    - Growing fast, therefore very good mood

    Cons

    N/A, I would recommend the company without a hesitation

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  6. "Good company. Good people."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Paris (France)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sia Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management
    Missions (if you get lucky)
    Clear career path

    Cons

    Missions (if you are not lucky)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The best advisory group I know"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sia Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Before working for Sia Partners, I worked for an other advisory group and together with consultants from other companies and I can confirm that Sia is for sure the best one. We work on real and interesting projects with a lot of responsibilities. Management is available and always trying to find the best solution for our clients and for us. We have a lot of interesting internal trainings.

    Cons

    Number of external trainings could be increased.

    Advice to Management

    Even if they are always available and giving good advises, they should be trained to spend more time in coaching us.


  8. "Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sia Partners (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life and culture are awesome

    Cons

    Assignment can be boring from time to time

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, awesome start!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head of Japan in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Head of Japan in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sia Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture, young and diverse smart and kind people, yearly club-med like seminars, was given a great opportunity to build and lead a company in a very tough mature competitive consulting market environment. Expanded my client network tremendously. Built excellent relationship with regional senior management.

    Cons

    No consulting capabilities and brand recongnition in Japan. Although the company apologized to me, extremely painful exit process due to a fundamental error made over employee benefits labor law. Mostly resource augmentation type consulting and very limited intellectual property knowledge base, mostly tactically regionally led with no long term strategic investment funneled into building consulting team for the new Japan office.

    Advice to Management

    Strenghen the governance and control. Be serious and long term thinking about investing into local consulting capabilities for new location development. Take care of your people when they exit as much as when they enter.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sia Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    young crowd and energetic culture

    Cons

    lots of staff augmentation in the US office, heavy compliance and IT pipeline

    Advice to Management

    broaden the pipeline by introducing more projects outside of compliance and IT, leverage what the Paris office is excelling with


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Brussels (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sia Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    • Work-life balance. Really. It’s still consulting and some days will be longer and more unpredictable than others, but you will be able to keep your private commitments during the week. Partners are good at focusing on real priorities. It is possible to spend time with your family on almost every day, or work on other initiatives of your liking. Those who claim that work-life balance is bad at Sia should try working for our competitors.

    • Close to zero travel, unless you really want to – then the company has a number of good exchange programs.

    • Strong matrix organization: Early specialization gives everyone a clear signature on a resume and, for those who already know what they like, the opportunity to focus on it.

    • Lots of cutting edge stuff and subject matter expertise, mostly in France. We are able to compete with the big players and win.

    • Compensation is somewhere between big 3 & big 4. Salary raises are a lot more generous than direct competitors, variable pay is enforced at all levels of the organization (but generally lower than competitors).

    • No up or out, no forced rankings. We tend to keep people in place longer than our competitors and end up having a lot of expertise at all levels within the firm (not only at partner level).

    • The organization is growing very quickly and structuring itself along the way. If you’re willing to take extra responsibilities, you might significantly influence the way your BU operates.

    • Some very interesting business projects, but a good mix of networking (& luck) is necessary to get them. Do not expect the organization to do anything for you.

    • Entrepreneurship is a core value of the firm: initiatives can easily get approved, failure is tolerated.

    • Trainings are prepared and given by senior consultants – they are interesting and relevant. Good offering.

    • All consulting firms have great team events, but this one really takes it to the next level.

    Cons

    • Early specialization is not good for those who want to be confronted with a lot of different topics. The breadth of your experience will be lower than at some competitors. Switching from one BU to another is very rare.

    • Growth in quantity at the expense of quality. Many assignments are still IT bodyshopping or PMO, and the advertised 12 months project rotation period is not always enforced. Some people stay several years at the same client in the same role.

    • Career progression and professional development is slower (more career ladders; less leadership opportunities). If your ambition is to make it to team lead/manager in 3-5 years and then move to industry, go work somewhere else.

    • Support staff not up to par with the competition. Our recruiting process is not working very well.

    • Staffing often feels like it is based on whoever is sitting the closest to the partner at the time of the request.

    • Interactions with other people within the organization depend on their good will (not a given, as it would be within other similar firms).

    • Leadership issues; not all country managers are actually managing their office.

    • Matrix organization at its core; close to no centralization – the organization of your BU will entirely depend on your partners’ good will.

    Advice to Management

    • Reassess your country managers & partners once in a while; not all offices & practices are developing at the same pace.
    • Keep your commitment on work life balance. It’s a key differentiator.
    • Follow other KPIs than growth. Do not take all available jobs; the quality of assignments matters a lot to retain top talent.


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