Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Deloitte Consulting

Just went through an interesting experience with some of the folks at Deloitte Consulting. I actually hadn't considered looking at Deloitte before because of the strong association as a Big 4 accounting firm; however, a friend encouraged me to reach out to one of the recruiters there and see what they had to offer. As it turns out, they have a pretty good system in place for those of us with a strong background in the life sciences and healthcare.

Deloitte is a huge firm and self-admittedly this can make it a hard place to navigate and network. What they have done to combat this kind of feeling is to segregate their consulting teams into very specific groups. For example the life sciences group can be farther broken down into a life science strategy and operations group. Then within that group can be broken down into R&D teams, or operations teams, clinical teams, etc... By the end of the day you are working with a highly focused and much more manageable group of individuals, which by definition should make the networking process much more manageable. While this might not provide you the breadth of experience you are looking for, it makes it a great place for those of us who know exactly what we want to do.

I talked with a few managers at Deloitte only to find out that they really love my background, but are only hiring at the manager level and up (equivalent to an engagement manager or project leader level)and that kind of position requires some previous experience as a consultant. I have a feeling that once the economy turns around that hiring at the lower levels will have to pick up to support business, but that will probably be the same industry wide.

Just thought I'd throw another nugget of information out there for those of you who are interested and weighing the pros and cons of the different firms...just another taste of what kind of things you can consider...

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  1. it begs the question though, who would go from having been an engagement manager to working at Deloitte? :P

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  2. Just FYI, I interviewed with a partner at BCG who came over from Deloitte, and asked him why he came over. Besides compensation, he said that although people at the top of Deloitte are just as good as the top people at higher ranked firms, the people below have a much bigger range.

    Case in point: my friend worked at Deloitte for two years. On her first day, during training, a bunch of new hires go drunk and two of them got in a fight, and were fired. While I'm sure it's not a common occurrence, the fact that it occurred at all is telling.

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  3. Can anyone who has been recently hired by Deloitte Consulting, Life Science group share their experience? I have had initial phone screens with lengthy intervals in between them. Looks like they take their sweet time.

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