Oliver Wyman Vs. Strategy&

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Anonymous A asked on Jun 11, 2020

I have offers from both firms, my main focus to choose now is prestige and brand strength.

I am interested to transfer to MBB Later, which will make it easier for me?

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Clara
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replied on Jun 11, 2020
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Hello!

Congrats on your offers.

Some toughts:

  • Prestige-like Oliver Wyman is a stronger brand. It also depends on the sub-segment where you want to specialize (e.g., they are super strong in banking)
  • Pay-wise, OW is going for sure to offer quite some more
  • Regarding possibility to do an MBA after, chances are higher with OW -altough is not super common either-.
  • Alumni and carreer progression is similar

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Anonymous replied on Jun 13, 2020

Dear A,

It depends on the on the geography. If you have both pffers in the Middle Easr, then I would definitely recommend you to go for Strategy& as it has a way greater recognition, in terms of brand network and projects in the Middle East comparing to Oliver Wyman.

But, if you're applying in the other geography, I would rather go for Oliver Wyman, because in the rest of the world Oliver Wyman is percieved more positively than Startegy&. And in general, it has more healthy working culture.

Hope it helps,

If you have any further qiestions, feel free to reach out,

Wish you best of luck,

André

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Hi there,

congratulations on your offers!

They both offer opportunities to move to MBB later on. In general the perception of the OW brand is stronger (I think it is reflected in the previous comments as well), but there are regional differences (in the Middle East for example the Strategy& brand is pretty strong).

To have a proper reference, I would research the number of alumni moving to MBB in your geography for both, weighting it for the size of the local office – you should be able to easily do that using LinkedIn.

Best,

Francesco

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Hi Anonymous,

Both options work fine for transferring to MBB. Specifically for McKinsey I coached canidates from both Oliver Wyman and Strategy&, and both transferred successfully to McK.

From my observation and feedback received from those candidates, the specific company did not really matter, but a) their expertise and b) their performance during recruiting.

Hope this helps - if so, please be so kind and give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

Robert

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Hi, to make a better decision it is important to also consider the country. However, generally speaking, Oliver Whyman is better when we talk about strategic consulting. It is indeed always considered tier 2. S& instead in some countries is tier 3

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Antonello

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Anonymous on Jun 21, 2020

Not true at all. S& is top tier and better than OW in some regions like Middle-east, US and Australia.

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If it were me, I would pick OW over Strategy&. Not only for brand, but Strategy& has had a lot of issues since being acquired (changed) by PwC - it works for some, not for others.

That being said, you do need to also consider what you fit best with in terms of office, culture, people you've met, industry/function, etc.

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Anonymous B on Jun 21, 2020

This was true may be 3 years back when things were a mess. Now we are stronger than ever and doing better than OW in most of the regions

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Hello,

Generally speaking OW has a stronger brand, but it depends on the country. Both of them are quite fine to join MBB later, but bear in mind that OW is mainly focused on financial services and has usually higher salaries.

Try to get some information also on the MBA policy, that would be an interesting way to get an MBB offer.

Best,
Luca

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A
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Hi,

Both have strong history of becoming a stepping stone to MBB, however, OW is more well known as Financial Services specialist while Strategy& is more diverse in terms of Industry. So that might help in making your decision.

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Anonymous replied on Jun 11, 2020

Hello

I would add something to what has already been said, OW have a WW staffing policy, which could be awsome or a huge constraint depending on people ,...

You definitely need to think about that !

David

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Anonymous A on Jun 11, 2020

What do you mean when you say Staffing policy?

Anonymous replied on Jun 11, 2020

Hi there,

Congrats on the offers.

Both are similarly good options - each region has different rankings in terms of prestige.

However, both of them should give you the same chance for an MBB transfer later on.

Best of luck

Khaled

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Anonymous A on Jun 11, 2020

within MEO?

Anonymous on Jun 21, 2020

Hey Anonymous A, Strategy& is a tier up in the Middle east region when compared with OW and is equivalent to MBB (Bain is non-existant in MEO)

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Hi There,

I see both have quite strong prestige and well-known brand. If you want to transition to MBB later on, both actually help you to transition better. In some offices, either one could be more well-known in particular industries (e.g. in OW in SEA - banking). So, that can be one of your considerations in picking either one.

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