Deloitte S&O .. social impact consulting? and other newbie questions

I was wondering if anyone here has knowledge of impact consulting at Deloitte.

Is this something you apply for specifically or do you just ask to be put on these types of projects once you join S&O? Would working on social impact projects limit exit opportunities, and if so, in what way?

Also, I know a lot of people want strategy only and have negative things to say about operations and implementation. Operations and implementation actually sounds interesting to me. What is wrong with operations? How do the exit opportunities differ for someone who worked strategy projects at Deloitte vs. someone who worked only ops and implementation?


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Comments (7)

Jul 6, 2015 - 9:31am

You can't apply specifically, you have to work your way onto those projects internally. There aren't many of them, and it will limit your internal project opportunities and external exit opportunities.

In S&O, you shouldn't worry overly much about being on implementation projects. Most of your work will be operations, so if you want that you will be happy. If for some reason you want to AVOID strategy projects (why??), you could, but you aren't going to be as well rounded and it may negatively affect your promotion chances and exit opportunities.

Jul 17, 2015 - 2:56am

You can't apply specifically, you have to work your way onto those projects internally. There aren't many of them, and it will limit your internal project opportunities and external exit opportunities.

Thank you for your response. Can you elaborate how working on a social impact project would limit exit opportunities? I would be interested in projects like economic growth & development / impact investing and strategies for taking green tech to market.

Best Response
Jul 19, 2015 - 8:16pm

Social impact is one of ~7 service lines Deloitte has. As a senior consultant, you need to network your way in. At the manager level, you can become a manager in that service line specifically.

Things at Deloitte are network driven, which can be good and bad. A lot of people say they want to do strategy or do social impact...but very few actually work towards it. If you really want to do social impact, it'll be easier than other firms for this reason. For example, I have a friend who wanted to do strategy.He was unhappy with his internship, and through networking got to do a pure growth strategy project that reports into the board of directors of a company by his third week.

Likewise, I know this forum has a hard-on for MBB...but they really do the same crap, and same percentage of strategy work. MBB will get to do a pure strategy project at Walmart, whereas Deloitte/other tier-2's wont (Their pure c-suite strategy projects usually lean towards smaller companies)....but those are RARE and 70% of their projects end up being ops. My friend at McKinsey this summer is in Gary, Indiana at an old factory trying to not get shot every night.

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