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Sia Partners Reviews

Updated 14 October, 2017
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Matthieu Courtecuisse
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  • Contenu des missions peu stimulant intellectuellement et (in 13 reviews)

  • prendre toutes les missions dont les autres cabinets ne veulent pas pour atteindre les chiffres (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Innovative firm with significant growth and great career opportunities"

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    • 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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    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. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Review"

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant"

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    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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Consultant"

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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sia Partners Hong Kong is a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Central District (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Central District (Hong Kong)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Correct Work Life Balance / Social Life with Frequent Team gathering event
    Real opportunities for career development with Entrepreneur mindset starting Junior level
    Cultural diversity is considered Wealth within this company

    Cons

    As any management consulting firm, this kind of job is not for everyone as you are commited to reach your client expectations even in a context of low budget. That could be very demanding and affect work-life balance for those who do not master stakeholders management techniques. But it is such a beautiful challenge!

    Advice to Management

    Develop our HQ practices into HK to open new industries


  8. "Great place to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Young, motivated and ambitious team.

    Cons

    Tools at employees' disposal could be improved.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong consultant profiles focused on quality and developing SME/Consulting expertise. Opportunities to grow in a positive, challenging and entrepreneurial environment. Client among top tier 1/2 banks. Support from top management. Good work life balance, team spirit and ambiance.

    Cons

    Although the brand is very strong in Europe, Asia is brand new.


  10. "Positive experience"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sia Partners full-time

    Pros

    Great People, dynamic company, fun crew if you have a young spirit!

    Cons

    As in all consulting, tight deadlines and hard work


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, growth, autonomy and minimal constraints. The local management team is pretty good and the people are pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    CEO is disaster. He has serious issues regarding treatment of women, is not very tolerant regarding cultural diversity and doesn't entertain outside ideas. If it's not his concept then it's not worth considering.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CEO - he's going to bring you down.


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