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Updated 7 February, 2018
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Simon-Kucher & Partners CEO Dr. Georg Tacke
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  • Slightly lower comp than other top firms, balanced by much better work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Maybe the working hours, but that is still better if you compare it to other consulting firms (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great firm that's headed in the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. The responsibility that you get from day 1, and resulting opportunities, supercharge personal growth and expand business acumen very quickly.

    2. The work-life balance is leagues above that of other, larger consulting firms.

    3. Consultants take pride in their work, perform at the highest level, and because of this the company is growing fast and clients keep coming back.

    Cons

    No real downsides to working here.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support consultants that want to try new things, without a dedicated group for this we need to enable new idea generation and incremental improvement while we are actually working on projects.


  2. "Excellent Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance for the industry
    Incredible colleagues
    High responsibility & opportunities for growth at all levels

    Cons

    Slightly lower comp than other top firms, balanced by much better work life balance. For me, it is a good tradeoff to make.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Luck is needed: Interesting topics / Paternalistic management style and weak middle management layer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Very good knowledge base and know hows on marketing, sales and pricing topics
    - Smart and pleasant colleges
    - High share of analytical work (given interest in working analytically)
    - Overall, good training on marketing and pricing topics - opportunity to gain end-to-end understanding, from setting strategy, doing analytic, coordinating customer research, to implementation

    Cons

    - Weak middle management layer (due to strong attrition at Senior Consultant / Manager level) leading to coordination / delegation vacuum (lack of proper supervision, bad coordination, unnecessary stress)
    - High share of primadonnas at director / partner level (narcissistic PhDs, paternal management style, starting at the top)
    - Obsession with only one metric - growth, leading to short-termism, decreasing quality of projects
    - Majority of partners are to 95% involved in sales and execution, and only to 5% in people development
    - Projects are inconsistent, from "very cool" to "I would better cut my veins"; so lots of luck are required
    - Pay is not competitive

    Advice to Management

    Enforce the values
    Enhance people development
    Do not let the growth obsession to result in myopia


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great after university to shape consulting skills"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic after university to get very good consulting base and skills. Very dynamic and smart colleagues. Very fast growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Very pricing focused. Some projects can be repetitive.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worked there for 3 years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time

    Pros

    Great corporate culture and flexible hours

    Cons

    Support staff is underpaid and not really promoted


  7. "Great company and culture; be careful which office you choose"

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very strong culture, meritocracy and fact based, driven by the people who started the company and still work there
    Interesting topline topics: won't look at cost cutting at all. Ability to drive/specialize in specific areas
    People are great (with very few exceptions)

    Cons

    Big regional differences in terms of salary, responsibility and career path depending on office chosen: still very German- and US-focused
    Too slow progression and compensation below other firms
    Lack of proper knowledge management system or formal trainings


  8. "Internship experience at Simon-Kucher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time

    Pros

    Great team and very supportive! Everyone wants to help you succeed and it is an open-door policy with upper management

    Cons

    The hours can be long sometimes but this is common for all consulting firms

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible senior management - lack of vision and strategy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bonn (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bonn (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quick personal growth and responsibility from day 1

    Cons

    - No strategic vision for the growth of the company, which is quite ironic, once you think it is a "strategy & marketing" consulting firm
    - Focus only on internal revenue growth as an obsession
    - The only relevant KPI appears to be €/day of work, no matter the size of the project or the relevance of the client
    - Many partners, especially the older ones, have limited knowledge of the topics they sell
    - Excessive vertical-ism of decisions such as consulting offer / topics to cover
    - German-centric culture, everything has to be done as in Germany
    - German IT, slow and unable to support
    - Work/life balance is the same as other consulting companies, except in Germany, where they live a bit better. Don’t believe what is said on the company website
    - Lack of transparency: many internal issues are managed poorly / in an opaque way, when they are not altogether hidden, especially if they involve people (partners) bringing money to the company
    - Unknown brand outside the German-speaking market, leading to complex sales to new clients and hard marketability once you want out
    - Limited attention to relevant new trends (big data, AI, etc.)
    - Pricing pricing pricing, it seems that everything is pricing, while there are many more areas unexploited, but senior people are refusing to evolve and become really a strategy firm
    - Poor management of the employees, with small bonuses and a tendency to save as much money as possible instead of improving the quality of life of people actually delivering the projects
    - “Cult of the Partner”: many of them perceive themselves as gods. In fact, they are Mr. No One in the industry and among clients, but still, watch out for their ego when in the room with them
    - Strict divisional structure, with no exposure to different industries
    - Bias toward PhD candidates: as the founder was an academic, the company favors PhD with no work experience in the real world instead of MBA or people with more relevant work experience, which is good, if you are a university, less so if you are a consulting firm

    Advice to Management

    Get out there and take a look at what other consulting firms (the actual top ones) do, it is enough to improve the mess in your hands


  10. "One of the best places to learn and grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - C IV in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - C IV in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company, great people and culture. Have learnt and grown a lot here.

    Cons

    Cant think of any yet


  11. "Exceptional consulting experience in starting career out of university"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Fantastic cohort in a very motivating environment.
    - Terrific opportunity for those interested in Simon-Kucher's areas of expertise.
    - Stimulating work and projects, you'll certainly be given enough responsibility to challenge your abilities.
    - Well recognised for international opportunities.

    Cons

    - Would benefit from actively mentoring young consultants more often.


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