I, German national, am currently at the end of my two-year master's degree in finance (European target school), following an undergraduate degree in business in Switzerland. After several consulting internships over the course of the last three years, I would very much like to start working full-time in the industry following my graduation this summer/autumn. Problem is that, ideally, I would like to start in Switzerland, where me and my partner have been living for over fours years during my studies and a subsequent internship as part of my gap year (she herself is Swiss and has been working full-time at a Swiss bank in Zurich for little over a year now).
After having mostly been rejected for consulting internships in Zurich last summer (often reasoned in my non-Swiss nationality), to play it safe, I mostly applied to the German offices of all the big consultancies in course of my recent full-time applications. The interviews went really well so far, having already received two offers (McKinsey and OW) while several other interviews (among other BCG and some of the other T2s) are still pending. Though despite my personal situation, as expected, both McKinsey and OW have already clearly communicated that an “offer-transfer” to the Zurich office is not possible. Instead, HR indicated that there was the possibility of an office transfer, one having joined the firm. However, I have not yet been able to find out exactly how "easy" such transfer is, let alone what conditions need to be fulfilled in order to be allowed to switch offices towards Zurich. HR has been quite generic on that matter, even when specifically asking for more details during recent calls.
I would therefore like to ask if any of you have any experience with office transfers, in particular towards Switzerland as a German speaker? I assume that – no matter the firm – one has to show above-average performance for at least one year(?). Is that realistic? What else is to be fulfilled to be eligible for a Zurich-transfer (besides having a solid reason such as a partner living in the other country in the first place).
Would highly appreciate any insights on that matter &