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Simon-Kucher & Partners Reviews

Updated 12 December, 2017
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  • Work-Life-Balance leidet ab und an doch sehr (in 17 reviews)

  • Long hours at times but expected given industry (in 10 reviews)

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  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.


  2. "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


  3. "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


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  5. "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!


  6. "A great place to start your career!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People here are AWESOME! They are extremely smart, and at the same time very hardworking.

    - There are SO MANY great international opportunities here. Its international exposure is unparallel even when you compare SKP to all the big name consulting firms.

    - Great snack and drink selection in the SF office!

    Cons

    - Depending on which partner/manager you work with, your life can be either heaven or hell. Some partner/managers highly respect team members' life, and would try their best to make sure their work-life balance, while some can be ver demanding and are expecting you to constantly work over time.

    - Sometimes the firm can be a bit "cheap" especially compared to most other top-tier consulting firms, as you can see in the reimbursement policy, training and travelling policy, and some other cost cutting measures.

    Advice to Management

    Even though cost containment is important to the business, maybe the firm can be more generous to its employees when it comes to training, travelling, compensation & benefits, etc.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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


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

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    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


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Once a great company...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Simon-Kucher & Partners full-time

    Pros

    Simon-Kucher is well known for pricing and especially in the life sciences industry. During my tenure, there was a great culture among the staff who often hung out together and were collaborative.

    Cons

    Over time there cracks in the organization began to form. One of my biggest concerns is that the partners are now completely removed from the organization. They rarely attend events and, if you would like to speak with them, it is very hard to get time with them. Partners own the company and each of them thinks they are the king which creates a lot of conflict and tension. This also means that much of what the partners say is not true any more. For example, they say it is a flat organization which is supportive of individual growth but the partners are not accessible and they have been running as "up or out" for the last three years. These two trends show a clear disconnect between speaking points and the actual practice. Given how far down they are on revenue, they will probably have another round of dismissals at the end of the year (2017).

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your most important asset, if you treat them poorly you're giving up on your future.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Fine Summer, Not Interested in Full Time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -The people are really nice and welcoming, and the culture is young
    -Much less travel/better hours than most consulting firms
    -Not a competitive atmosphere

    Cons

    -Nowhere near enough women in certain divisions, and the few women on the "Diversity Committee" were very defensive about it
    -Salary is eh compared to other consulting firms
    -Inadequate training for interns
    -laptops, powerpoint templates, methodology is all a little outdated

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees! Give them the tools and training to help them meet your expectations, and hire more women


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