On Thursday, November 19, Women in Business went to Boston in order to learn about consulting from four major firms: Cornerstone Research, Capital One, Parthenon EY, and Altman Vilandrie. Not only did we meet incredible people and sit in absolutely breathtaking offices, but we also had the privilege of learning about different types of consulting, what makes each of their offices unique, and tips each company had for college students interested in a career in consulting.
Who are they?
Cornerstone Research: This consulting firm specializes in commercial litigations, a concept that WIB was able to truly understand by being introduced to a mock case in which an insurance company was suing a pharmaceutical firm for off-label marketing (or as was explained to us, marketing for uses of the drug that are not FDA approved). Using supports from experiments in academia and industry, Cornerstone Research helps a variety of industries, from real estate and healthcare to energy and technology, going through lawsuits.
Capital One: Entering a coffee shop WIB was extremely confused – weren’t we going to a bank? Soon we realized that this was all part of Capital One’s marketing strategy to remove the negative feelings associated with going to banks by merging themselves with a coffee shop that brings people together. The company focuses on internal strategy, working passionately and unequivocally to help their customers.
Parthenon EY: Hearing presentations from associates covering cases in tech diligence, life sciences, and education, WIB was able to see how multi-dimensional this company is as they work to help other firms in a wide variety of fields. The company also puts a lot of emphasis on person to person interaction (as opposed to just person to spreadsheet) by looking to hire smart, driven, AND NICE people.
Altman Vilandrie: The company is a leading strategy firm focused on telecom, media, and the tech industries. They are extremely data driven and need people with an interest and excitement in tech to provide amazing strategy consultation to industries wanting to further understand the digital world.
What makes them unique?
Cornerstone Research: There is a true sense of collaboration, both among the 8 different offices (no main office means no competition) and within the firm (holiday parties, Red Sox games, an annual Halloween costume contest, and more). Also, 2/3 of their founders are women, and over half of the senior staff in the Boston office are female!
Capital One: They are one of few banks that get ahead of technology in order to make sure everything they are doing is in their customers best interest. They also make sure not to compromise any part of their lives (talent, intelligence, values, culture, etc.) while working at a company that is strategically positioned to have a big impact on the world.
Parthenon EY: They work hard to build their women in business program in which they advocate for women in senior roles, create strong mentorship with successful females within the company, and continue to encourage women to push out of their comfort zones.
Altman Vilandrie: They have a sister company Solon in London, Munich, and Warsaw in which there is a lot of collaboration for cases, but also an exchange program for workers. There is also a huge emphasis on their women in technology program that works to promote the conversation about gender equality in the workplace and partners with schools to promote STEM among females.
Tips for us?
Cornerstone Research: Be dedicated, and always strive to do precise, top quality work.
Capital One: Find a company in which you love the culture, because the people you work with determine a huge amount of your happiness.
Parthenon EY: It is good to have a plan, but it is also important to be flexible. The choices you make should not just sound right, but should also feel right.
Altman Vilandrie: It is important to find a company with a size that works for you. This company is a boutique firm, which means it is large enough to where there is a lot going on and tons of exposure to different areas of the tech industry, but small enough to where everyone knows everyone else and the firm as a whole is able to grow and learn faster.
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