Strategy roles outside of Consulting

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I would love the work of a strategy consultant but I'm not willing to travel extensively at this point in my life. Are there any options out there? I've found some corporate strategy jobs but most are looking for people w/ 2-3 years consulting experience. Is there another option I haven't considered? Thanks!

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Oct 31, 2010

Some strategy firms, like LEK, don't travel much.

There are also corporate strategy divisions in places like Target, Liberty Mutual, and Sears Holdings that recruit straight out of undergrad.

Nov 1, 2010

Noway is right - there are also a bunch of boutiques, including some in NYC, that essentially don't travel (though they don't offer the opportunities that come from a top place). Even the MBB offices in NYC travel much less than MBB offices elsewhere, as a lot of their core clients are in NYC so the "travel" entails taking the subway somewhere else each day.

You're also right that most corporate strategy jobs want consulting experience. Normally I would suggest that you just suck it up for 2-3 years so you can get the job you want, but if you really don't think that travel fits in your life right now, look for noway's corp strategy places or really look hard for boutiques whose business model involves doing work at their own office and traveling only when there's something big to present (i.e. onceish a month).

Nov 1, 2010

Other firms with strategy groups that hire out of undergrad include Disney + American Express.

Nov 2, 2010

Thanks for the responses. I will check out the corp strategy leads. Does anyone know if there is another set of corporations that hire new MBA's? Also, with the MBB or Boutique route, does the same thing apply to San Fran as with NYC in terms of less travel outside of the metro area?

Thanks!

Nov 2, 2010
ntostenr:

Also, with the MBB or Boutique route, does the same thing apply to San Fran as with NYC in terms of less travel outside of the metro area?

Thanks!

This really depends on the firm. Places like Deloitte will have no problem shipping you out to Atlanta from SF even though they have an Atlanta office. Other places like Bain will try their best to keep you local. It really depends on the firm.

Nov 2, 2010

Are you coming out of undergrad or bschool? If it's the latter, why don't you ask your school's career services about who recruits on campus?

Nov 3, 2010
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