Arthur D Little vs Deloitte

ADL Arthur D Little Big 4 Deloitte Digital MBB
New answer on Dec 22, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Dec 21, 2020

Hi All,

I currently work at Deloitte and have been contacted by a recruitment consultant for an opportunity with ADL. The pay is significantly higher at ADL (it would take me another 3-4 years at Deloitte to reach that salary).

How would you draw a comparison between ADL and Deloitte and would you opt for a specific one? The only thing I am aware of is that the work/life balance at MBB firms is worse than Big4, but I'm not sure if that relates to ADL too?

I currently work in a Digital role where I primarily work on IT External Audits, with a scope to work on Advisory engagements. The role at ADL is as a Digital Risk Consultant FYI.

Thanks in advance!


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Anonymous replied on Dec 21, 2020


Really recommend you not to make decision based on money as first criteria.

Think long term and imagine what you want to be in 3-4 years. Then assess which one will provide better platform ADL or Deloitte.

Worklife balance would be something elusive in consulting firms so I would not put too much emphasis on that.

Another suggestion is to talk with ex-employee of ADL in LinkedIn. Send as much as cold inmail as possible and connect with the ones that reply. They will be the best source of input

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Anonymous A on Dec 21, 2020

Thanks Iman. In 3-4 years, I see myself leaving Deloitte and working in the industry. To be completely honest, I didn't see myself earning around 40k until I left Deloitte and joined the industry so having that as an opportunity at 20 years of age has definitely interested me, I must say. From your knowledge and experience, would you say work-life balance is better at Big4 or at the consulting firms?

Anonymous on Dec 21, 2020

I would say work life balance is not depends on firm but more on the project. Having said that, I see work life balance in PwC Consulting in general is slightly better than Strategy&

Content Creator
replied on Dec 21, 2020
Accenture, Deloitte | Precision Case Prep | Experienced Interviewer & Career Coach | 15 years professional experience

Hey there,

So, am picking up $$ and work-life balance as the primary drivers of your thought process here. Nah! Work-life balance is something that you control & make happen for yourself. Its the same shit pretty much in all consulting firms. Please check out this thread-

Firstly, you need to be 100% comfortable with the choice you make. Go for that option which is a better fit with your values & aspirations. The one that will allow you to really do what you want to do. Money and everything else will come automatically if you make the right moves. Dont change just beacuse you feel stuck in the current place or want more money or because everyone else is going to a particular firm.

ADL Vs Deloitte- they are so different in terms of size, scale and industry mix. Sounds like your role profile will broadly remain the same but you might get a promotion in terms of salary if you join ADL. But is ADL really a better fit in terms of where you want to be in 2-5 years? If not, stick to Deloitte & keep looking. Otherwise, just take a risk as you wouldnt know until you try. Make sure the risk is calculated & research on impact of COVID on pipeline of work etc.

Good luck!

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replied on Dec 22, 2020
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Hi there,

It is difficult to answer without knowing your goals.

I would consider where do you see yourself in 5 years (considering money, prestige, role etc). Then consider which companies would help you to reach that goal more easily (LinkedIn should help you with that).

If you are not sure, I would go for the interview anyway, you can use it as a way to understand better ADL and have nothing to lose. Once you have an offer, you can then do more due diligence to make a decision.


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replied on Dec 21, 2020
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Hi there,

I'd like to simplify things a bit here.

1) Are you happy at Deloitte? Do you see yourself continuing to be happy at Deloitte?

a)If the answer is yes...just stay! Don't change a good thing uncessarily.

2) If the answer is no, then, identify what is wrong. Once you know that, ask yourself "Will those things be different at ADL?"

a) If yes, go.

b) If no, find another alternative!

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replied on Dec 21, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi there,

some food for thought:

  • What's your number one priority? Money / status / experience / work-life balance?
  • If taking a risk, be ready for new challenges.
  • If decided to reject the offer, don't regret and keep looking around.

Hope it was helpful,


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replied on Dec 21, 2020
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ADL is not what so ever MBB :)

In your shoes, I would make a table comparing the most important KPIs, both for now and in some years:

  • Projection and carreer plan
  • Salary
  • Exit opportunities
  • Work-life balance
  • etc.

Then fill, and compare!

Hope it helps! Best,


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