Switching from Parthenon to another T2 firm?

So basically I got a return offer from Parthenon but the problem's that Parthenon's adopting a generalist model, which means you're not aligned with any group (growth strategy, etc.) upon joining.
Although I did growth strategy work this summer, there's no guarantee that I can continue doing strategy work at Parthenon after joint full time. I'm considering interviewing for other T2 firms but also wondering if it's worth it to go through the recruiting process again. I'd love to hear ppl's thoughts on this.

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  • Associate 3 in Consulting
Sep 8, 2021 - 1:07pm

The work you do is based on who you work for. If you did growth strategy this summer, make sure you have a good relationship with the people you worked for and make it clear you want to be staffed by them again. Reorgs don't always or even usually affect people who are already plugged in

Where would you want to go instead? OW applications are closed according to this site, LEK doesn't treat their employees great (some of the worst hours in the industry & handled COVID really poorly), ATK is the leader in a lot of logistics / SC / ops (i.e. you probably wouldn't get more strategy mix vs EY-P), which pretty much just leaves S& (which probably does more strategy work than the blended entirety of EY-P, but again you can use your network to not have to deal with the blended entirety of EY-P)

If I were you, I'd either happily accept the return offer and network, or try to recruit for MBB

  • Associate 1 in Consulting
Sep 9, 2021 - 10:11pm

Just to add on to this, even MBB won't necessarily guarantee you with the 100% pure strategy work you're looking for. McKinsey and BCG notably have a solid amount of PMO/implementation work that you're likely to eventually run into under their generalist model.

Also - is the generalist model even a bad thing? Seems like with your prior experience at EYP and how often people in the strategy practice talk about how sold out it is, you'll have ample opportunities to work on those projects especially if you leverage your prior connections. And now you can take breaks from EYP's notoriously high-burn CDD work by getting on long-term implementation projects that are a lot less stressful. Sure, the work's probably mind-numbing but 40-50 hour weeks seem like dream.

  • Analyst 1 in Consulting
Sep 10, 2021 - 9:17am

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