L.E.K vs. EY-P (SSG)

Hi all,

I'm currently a senior at a T10 school majoring in CS. I've been fortunate enough to receive offers from both L.E.K and EYP (Software Strategy Group), and I'm hoping to get some insight on a few things so I can make a more informed decision:

  1. Type of work / WLB: 

I know that both firms focus a lot on PE DD projects, with the SSG concentrated in the software economy. Since I come from a tech background, software-focused projects are appealing to me, but I'm wondering if this is over-glamorized and is in essence the same type of work done at L.E.K. Additionally, will the WLB be any different at either of these two firms?

  1. Exits into PE vs. Tech Strategy:

I'm considering moving into either PE or a strategy role within a tech company after a few years, and I'm wondering what the best choice is to keep my options open for both routes. I know that L.E.K can place well into MM PE - is the same true for EYP? I've heard that EYP's reputation has been declining due to internal restructuring, but I'm not sure if SSG is regarded separately from the rest of the organization. Moreover, I'm wondering if SSG will pigeonhole me into tech roles and limit my chances of PE exposure. 

Conversely, are the exits into tech far greater at SSG, or will L.E.K still position me well in that regard? 

  1. MBA placement

I hate to bring in the word "prestige," but I know reputation plays a role MBA placement and overall exits. Is one of these groups regarded more highly than the other or better for top MBA chances? 

  1. Pay

Starting TC is around the same for both, but I'm not sure if this changes over time. 

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SSG is a relatively new/small group, so if anyone has any insights into these areas or anything related to SSG/ L.E.K at all, that would be greatly appreciated. 

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  • Analyst 1 in Consulting
Oct 21, 2021 - 3:09pm

I'd pick based on your interest in Life Sciences or Software

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Nov 3, 2021 - 11:52pm

So not sure about their software strategy group but overall EYP is doing very well, according to a friend of mine. My friend just joined their life sciences group. She's a very thorough person that networked across the industry, interviewed with BCG as well, ultimately ended up at EYP. She said BCG had a good culture but EYP has been the best culture she's experienced thus far. Every group and city will be different but she's had nothing but positive things to say about everyone at EYP. She also said EYP is really breaking away from the traditional "Big 4" strategy arms in terms of the nature of the projects and the volume of business coming in.

  • Associate 1 in Consulting
Nov 2, 2021 - 7:09pm

Both have similarly strong PE exits and MBA placement. EYP SSG falls under EYP Strategy, so your work will largely be CDD's in the tech industry as well as tech and product diligences. The group has built a really strong reputation in the market, and you'll have opportunities for both Tech and PE since you'll gain plenty of experience in both. LEK will also provide plenty of CDD experience, and if you choose to stay in consulting for more than 4-5 years, LEK will start to pay bigger bucks later in your career. Both are going to have tough WLB due to the heavy focus on diligences, but at EYP you'll have more access to non-CDD work.

  • Associate 1 in Consulting
Nov 4, 2021 - 2:41pm

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