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Summer Internship at ADL London

5.0 of 5 stars

October 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Great experience! I joined the London office during my penultimate year of study for a summer internship. As an intern I gained immediate responsibilities, working full time on a very challenging and interesting project. Besides, thanks to the small size of the office, I worked side by side with the senior managers and clients, which allowed me to learn from their experience and develop both my professional and personal capabilities.

Downers

Sometimes office hours can be heavy, especially when projects are close to the deadline.

Comments

Take advantage of any feedback received from your managers, as this represents the most effective way to understand your areas of development and continuously improve.

Great people and broad range of projects

4.0 of 5 stars

October 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Its smaller size (10-30 people offices) combined with an international footprint, means that you get to work with and know people from across other offices

ADL also has good internal training programmes – typically bringing together people at the same level from across Europe, Asia and US, making it easy to build an international network

Work/life balance is fairly good. Good opportunity to work internationally if you want, but travel can for some also be quite extensive depending on project requirements

Huge range of projects. ADL is focused heavily on B2B and industrials, so you will get to work on projects that range from high-profile strategic transformation projects to small, unusual projects in niche industries

Colleagues – Definitely one of the main strengths of ADL. There a lot of very interesting characters (far from the bland business types in the big 4s) and you’ll actually want to stay in contact with a lot of them after you leave

Downers

Some functional practices suffer from ADL’s smaller size, making it difficult to specialise as you become more senior

Can be quite an inward and conservative company – mgmt. can be resistant to change, experimentation and moving the business forward

Comments

The range of projects means is great if you are curious and keen to try out a range of different industries - but ADL is probably not the right fit if you only want to work within one specialism

Spent 4 years at ADL before joining a leading MBA programme

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Fantastic firm! The London office is very much focused on growth these days with a number of new practices being rolled out. Very much a people-oriented culture: ADL's offices are quite small compared to competitors (around 30 people per office) which allows for better interactions, people development, exchanging ideas or simply socialising. A lot of opportunities to travel, to work on cross-office projects, or simply to work on cases outside the UK. Very good work-life balance compared to the MBBs (which I was able to discuss with my MBA peers). The smaller number of people makes it possible for juniors to get exposure and responsibilities very quickly. It is then up to you to show commitment and deliver! Very much content and solution-oriented. Strong tech expertise. Entrepreneurial philosophy. Smaller structure. Lighter processes.

Downers

ADL's strengths are sometimes seen as its shortcomings: applicants should be aware that ADL is a smaller firm than some its direct competitors. As such, there may be a smaller number of project out there at any given time, as well as fewer staff: as a result you may need to be flexible wrt to the projects you want to be staffed on as staffing may require you to work on projects similar to you have already done. The smaller scale as its downside: smaller offices, less people, leaner organisation. Processes might not be as well oiled as in bigger firms: in terms of development or HR, it may sometimes be frustrating for some. It is very much down to you to make things happen for yourself and seek out opportunities.

Comments

ADL usually seeks applicants with international exposure, with ideally 2+ languages, strong quantative skills, business and/or engineering degrees from leading institutions. You will be tested on your ability to think fast, to structure your thinking, on your problem solving skills, on your communication skills and on your understanding of business in general. You will also be tested on traditional case studies.

Because of the smaller size of the offices, people skills and fit are critical. Interviewers will be testing whether you would get along well with the team. You need to be pleasant to work with, even if working under pressure.

Given the small size of the offices, competition is tough and the process is very selective.

Spend 3 years with ADL and landed in great client-side position

4.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | FORMER EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Smart and engaging people. Wide range of projects and early exposure to client. If your managers trust you, you will get to present your work to senior clients early on.

Downers

Its consulting hours - but some offices are better than others about work life balance (London, Sweden).
It is hard to compete with some of our larger competitors on all fronts.
There can be lots of travel esp. in the TIME (Telco) and Energy Practices.

Comments

Look at the ADL frameworks. Structure your case work.

In some offices, for Consultant and Manager positions, you will be given a laptop to prepare your case analysis - if you say you are good with ppt and xls we will check can handle a spreadsheet and powerpoint in a hurry.

Arthur D. Little has a true entrepreneurial spirit, is a leader in innovation and succeeds in creating a positive transformation at our clients.

4.9 of 5 stars

Experienced in Strategy | Stockholm | 2015 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

The brilliant and friendly colleagues, the entrepreneurial spirit and the great possibilities of personal development from day one.

Partner in Energy & Utilities

4.9 of 5 stars

London | 2015 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Autonomy within a clear framework

Downers

Colleagues who don't recognise how lucky they are to work for a great firm

Tremendous

4.4 of 5 stars

Executive in Strategy | Paris | 2015 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Innovation, intellectual challenge, impact for clients

Comments

Our focus on strategy & innovation
Our position on industries where science & innovation have a huge impact
Peoples: open, smart, international

Working at the forefront of strategic innovation management issues at the world's leading consulting firm in the innovation area

4.7 of 5 stars

Experienced | Gothenburg | 2015 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

The people and the culture

Downers

The tendency to lean too much on the legacy

Midlevel in Strategy

4.3 of 5 stars

Stockholm | 2015 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Focus on innovation

An exciting and fun journey in a great team

4.4 of 5 stars

Entry-level in Business Operations | Stockholm | 2015 | VERIFIED EMPLOYEE

Uppers

Working environment is great

Downers

Long working hours

Comments

Great company culture, friendly working environment
Fair promotion system

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