Strategy& Dubai reviews

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New answer on Feb 06, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Jan 21, 2020

Hi,

I have received an offer from Strategy& Dubai office. I want to know if anyone has worked there?

Could you tell me if it is a good firm to start your career at? And also what kind of work culture is there?

Thank you!

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Clara
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Hello!

Congrats for the offer. What do you mean with "good firm to start your career at"? In which terms (e.g., money, pretige, working hours, variety of engagement topics, etc.)

I advise you to check Glassdoor, it can give you much of this info that I just mentioned.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Anonymous A on Jan 21, 2020

Hey Clara, I was talking about the prestige and variety of engagements.

Anonymous updated the answer on Jan 22, 2020

Congrats on the offer !!

Strategy& has a pretty good reputation in the MiddleEast. However, it would be good to know at what level you are joining the firm.

At an entry level with Strategy& you can expect to scale and speed up to be a polished consultant pretty soon. Good performance is rewarded with fast track progressions and you would also get options outside the firm.

At an expereinced level it rests cross two things (1) your expectations to augment your experience and (2) the competency which you would joining.

I have friends working with the firm and as per them the firm bolsters a healthy work enviornment. Rest assured, after few years of experience you would be much better placed to explore exit options (if requried).

Please let me know if you need any more info. Will help you connect across.

Cheers

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Anonymous A on Jan 22, 2020

Hey, I want to connect with you. Would it be possible to have your account name or email? (You are appearing anonymous here)

Anonymous on Jan 22, 2020

Please drop me a message, will be happy to help. Cheers

Francesco
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Hi Anonymous,

I didn't work at Strategy& but helped several people in their preparation for interviews there. Strategy& is a solid second-tier company and has a strong reputation in the Middle East. In general, exit options are not as good as MBB but you may be able to do a transition in MBB in the future if you want. To assess whether it is the best option at this stage, it would be useful to know which are the alternatives and your future goals.

Best,

Francesco

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Luca
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Hello,

I have not worked there but I heard absolutely positive feedback on Strategy&. I myself did the interviews for Strategy& for the Italian office.

Feel free to write me if you want any information that I could have,
Luca

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Anonymous replied on Feb 06, 2020

Hey A,

First of all, my congratulations to your offer!

Now it’s the best time for you to relax a bit, since you are in the unique position, when you are sure about the future and this future has not come yet.

I already helped several mentees of mine to get into Strategy &. Actually One of them has also got an offer for Dubai office just on Monday.

I know the Managing Director of the region pretty well.

Well, if you are Lebanese, or at least Arabic-speaking it’s a perfect fit! If not, there might be some cultural issues.

Stategy& was previously known as Booz before it was acquired by PWC in mid 2010th. Previously MBB was actually MBBB – it was McK, BCG, Bain and Booz.

Therefore, historically seen it’s a top-tier firm, especially in the Middle East, where BCG is currently the strongest one, followed by Strategy &, but McKinsey and especially Bain are weaker than some of the tier2 companies (Kearney, Oliver Wymann and Roland Berger).

All-in it’s a great choice to start your career. You will quickly learn the variety of industries and topics. The company is also able to sponsor your MBA (i.e. INSEAD, LBS, etc.).

Your exit options in the region would be great, however not internationally, because the company has lost most of its former prestige worldwide.

The cultural issue I mentioned is due to the “inshallah culture” – you will get a better understanding of it, when you start there. Since most of the partners are Lebanese, Arabic language is very common on the projects as a working language, which might create a barrier, if you are European for example. People are also “too flexible = very unreliable”.

Anyway, it a great start for you!

If you want, I can connect you to my mentees in the firm / in Dubai.

Best,

André

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Saqib on Sep 19, 2020

Hi, I wanted to ask if strategy& accept other degrees other than economics for their middle east offices? Thanks

Vlad
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Hi,

That's a very good option to start the career. You'll learn a lot and the quality of engagements will be high. The location is really good (no taxes). Later you will be able to make a transition to MBB

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