Weak Management and unclear strategy/advancement
consultant (Current Employee) – New York – January 3, 2015
As a result of numerous acquisitions, the consulting culture is diffuse and without the strength of leadership needed to set and push the vision forward.
While scheduling is flexible and there are opportunities to work independently, the culture is better suited to those who are neither seeking career advancement or development (may favor older consultants focused on execution).
On occasion, there are some interesting "outside of the box" projects that are representative of what you might see at large scale consulting firms like Deloitte, but the vast majority of it is focused on assessment only. Within assessment services, the pacing seems reminiscent of a factory - where consultants are scheduled for back-to-back delivery without even a moment or two budgeted for a bio break or to grab a glass of water.
If you're an early career consultant looking for growth, development, and strong leadership - steer clear! You'll find yourself frustrated and displeased with the lack of opportunity. You'd be better served applying to McKinsey or BCG, which both offer "boot camps" that fully train consultants in methodology and expose them to a variety of work with a clearly defined promotions path.
For a small organization, the consulting practice is inelegant and just plain clunky in its operations.