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Accenture Strategy vs Simon-Kucher & Partners

Anonymous A

Hi everyone,

Which firm is the better career choice in terms of exit options: Accenture Strategy vs Simon-Kucher & Partners?
Furthermore, how dou you view working in the strategy departements of the big 4 vs MBB?
By exit options I mean a transition to MBB or a change to industry.
Side note: The relevant geograpy is Germany/Switzerland/Austria.

Thank you.


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replied on 01/30/2017
McKinsey Senior Associate and IESE MBA

Simon-Kucher is a boutique firm, focused in Revenue and market growth whereas Accenture is a general strategy firm. If you want to focus on marketing, sales, etc choose Simon-kucher.

In general I would say Accenture is better to move to MBB, however in Germany Simon-kucher is strong, so not sure about it...

MBB is the ivey league of consulting: better clients, better colleagues, more demanding, prestige...

Anonymous B replied on 01/31/2017

I would say Accenture gives you better exit options in general, because it is more global and tech focused which is becoming more and more important also in consulting.

Answering your question on working in strategy departments of big 4 vs. MBB: If you are lucky to have the choice, definitely MBB. Higher pay, top people to work with, more prestige, better projects, and also better exit options.

Alv7777 replied on 06/18/2018

Simon Kutcher will be more focused on marketing and sales, while Accenture Strategy deals more with proper strategy work. I am not sure about the salary differences.

If you are thinking of exit options to MBB, Accenture Strategy is your go.

Anonymous C replied on 04/02/2018

Thanks for your answer. And vs Tier 2 like OW, RB, ATK? Is there a difference in prestige/exit opps?

I know big 4 strategy depts mainly focus on strategy projects so I guess their consultants are able to get numerous relevant experience in short period of time compared with these Tier2 that do a lot of implementation

Anonymous C replied on 03/29/2018

What about Big 4 strategy departments (Strategy&, Monitor Deloitte) vs Tier 2 consulting firms (OW, RB, ATK)? Are exit opps and prestige similar in Europe?

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