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"We Made Some Mistakes": The Monitor Group in Libya

Ever since it came to light that Cambridge, MA-based consultancy the Monitor Group had once represented Colonel Muammar Qaddafi's Libya, the questions have been swirling. What did the firm do there? How much were they paid? Should they have been there at all? What does this mean for the firm's reputation-and for the individuals involved? Was CEO Mark Fuller's decision to step down earlier this month just a coincidence? Read More >

Booz Allen ships transportation consulting unit

Booz Allen Hamilton announced yesterday that it would sell its state and local government transportation consulting business to CH2M HILL, a Denver-based consulting and engineering outfit. Booz Allen, itself based in McLean, Virginia, explained that "this transaction enables the firm to better focus on its core federal government work."CH2M HILL is forking over $28. Read More >

Controversial Charles River Associates study sparks NYC deba

Boston-based consultancy Charles River Associates found itself the subject of a tense political debate this week in the nation's largest city. On Monday, the firm published an executive summary of a study entitled "The Economic Impacts on New York City of Proposed Living Wage Mandate", warning of the economic consequences such a mandate might have on jobs and private investment in Manhattan and the other boroughs. Read More >

Free Stuff: The 3 Questions New Consultants Need Answered

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComWhen you're trying to break into consulting, there's a lot of prep that goes into getting past the interview alone. But it's once you land the job that the real fun begins!Have you ever considered the things you need to do-right now-to start building valuable experience, perform well on your projects, and maintain sanity in your schedule and personal life? Read More >

Two threats facing the consulting industry

As the consulting industry gradually emerges from the dark days of the Great Recession, the numbers are creeping back up to pre-recessionary levels: utilization and billing rates are up, pipelines are bulging and recruiters are busy. But even now, with all signs pointing skyward, new trends are emerging that might threaten the industry's return to lucrative prominence.In a concise, well-argued piece, Fiona Czerniawska, founder of sourceforconsulting. Read More >

11 Ways to Maximize Your Time 'On the Beach'

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComNew consultants: What can you do to make your transition to consulting easy? On Wednesday, May 11, Kristine Schoonmaker will host a free tele-seminar, in which the former Accenture exec dishes on how new consultants can differentiate themselves from the pack. Read More >

4 Observations of Consultants Who Excel at Work/Life Balance

By Kristine Schoonmaker, MyConsultingLife.ComWork/life balance for consultants is a subject that absolutely fascinates me. It's a big topic of concern for many and often one of the major contributors to waning job satisfaction. Yet, it's also something that many simply accept as an elusive and impractical goal for this profession. While many opt to just suck it up and consider it unreasonable to expect any type of balance, I fiercely disagree. Read More >

Capgemini is growing fast, hiring faster

French IT consultancy Capgemini hired nearly 9,000 new consultants in the first quarter of 2011, the firm noted today in its Q1 financial report. Yes, folks, that's roughly 100 a day. That impressive stretch caps a year in which the company grew its employee ranks by 20 percent. Indeed, much of that hiring has occurred offshore in India, where the firm now has nearly 34,000 employees, but these Paris-based tech strategists have also been highly active in North America and Europe. Read More >

Sony taps Protiviti to hunt for Playstation hackers

The 77 million gamers who subscribe to the Playstation Network are pissed. Not only has their online gaming network been down for weeks-depriving countless nerds and shut-ins of their Call of Duty fix (myself included)-their credit card information is also currently making the rounds on the Malaysian black market. Read More >

Earnings season: How public firms have fared in 2011

The past week has seen a number of publically-traded consultancies publish their Q1 2011 financial results, presenting to shareholders the promising (for some) and the ominous (for others) details of each company's performance in the new year. Though less than halfway through fiscal 2011, each of these major players will look to their Q1 performances as indicative of what the rest of the year might hold. Read More >


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