Arthur D. Little

Hey guys, just wanted to ask what are your insights regarding ADL in terms of type of work, prestige, exit ops, etc. compared to other shops. I know their footprint in the US is pretty small but they seem to be quite present in other geographies (europe, asia, middle east, etc.), which is where I am based.

I know that the partners have recently re-bought the firm through an MBO in 2012, making it a global partnership once again (belonged to Altran before that since their woes in 2001) and they seem keen on rebuilding some of their lost geographies.

Any extra insights are more than welcome, cheers!

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Jan 7, 2014 - 3:04pm

Have a friend who works in the Boston office, seems to really like it. Always posting fb albums of him partying and vacationing all over the country, so i'm guessing never any work on weekends and very reasonable work/life balance.

That said, I know he didn't get into HBS when he applied this fall, so their prestige may not be up to snuff, if you care about that stuff. He is african and went to a top 5 undergrad university too. No idea how pay or exit opps compare to MBB.

Jan 7, 2014 - 6:35pm

hawainpalmtree:

Have a friend who works in the Boston office, seems to really like it. Always posting fb albums of him partying and vacationing all over the country, so i'm guessing never any work on weekends and very reasonable work/life balance.

That said, I know he didn't get into HBS when he applied this fall, so their prestige may not be up to snuff, if you care about that stuff. He is african and went to a top 5 undergrad university too. No idea how pay or exit opps compare to MBB.

Cheers man! They seem to have a pretty decent culture going on. Anyone else with more insights?

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Jan 8, 2014 - 2:38pm

Montymont:

Have a friend working in one of the nordic offices. He seems to enjoy it and have been doing projects outside the Nordics in Dubai (ADL seem to have strong presence there) and Italy. He's always wished to work in Germany and managed to transfer to ADL Frankfurt office, where he is now based, without too much hassle.

Yeah, they seem to be doing well in MEA region. They also seem to be good with international staffing and transfers, good to know!

Dec 7, 2016 - 2:20am

A friend of mine interned there in Paris and had a good time. His projects seemed quite interesting and he had a much better W/L balance than his peers at competitors.

In my view they're a solid boutique/tier 2 in relevant markets.

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Feb 1, 2017 - 5:05pm

ADL are pretty strong in Europe, at least. Couldn't really tell you too much about all these firms in the US (other than RB not being that big and LEK having a stronger presence there than in Europe). I've heard rather good things about LEK but they would still be at a level comparable to the Big 4. Can't recall specifically what ADL is good at, but I think their Energy and CPG/Retail departments were quite alright. They also have a decent international rotation at post-MBA levels.

What do you mean about Accenture S&O? "Accenture Strategy" deals with strategy work and would be more comparable to S&, LEK, ATK, etc., while "Accenture Consulting" does more implementation work (and feeds into Accenture Digital, Technology, and Operations).

Overall, a major part of your experience would depend on the project you're on. Especially as these firms do both strategy and implementation/operational work.

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