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Phil Stott

Phil Stott is a Vault Editor. Since joining Vault in 2007, he has covered a variety of industries including consulting, consumer products and technology. He is also well-versed in general career issues, having worked in a variety of fields including freelance journalism, consumer banking, English language teaching, soccer coaching and more. Originally from Scotland, he holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Modern History and a Masters in Research in Civil Engineering. 

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The Best Countries for Women Managers

by Phil Stott  |  March 30, 2015

One of the biggest barriers to workplace equality for women is so commonplace that there's a convenient lexical shorthand for it. Utter the phrase "the glass ceiling" and almost anyone will know that you're referring to the paucity of female talent in executive positions at companies. While there are a number of reasons for the continued existence of the ceiling-decisions/pressure related to child rearing, plus the continued prevalence of old boys' networks and good old-fashioned sexism... Read More >

Taking the Grad School Plunge Online

by Phil Stott  |  March 25, 2015

As decisions go, the one to go to grad school or not is up there with some of the most expensive life choices you're going to make. A degree from a reputable school in a field that is likely to enhance your career prospect will set you back anywhere from $40,000 to almost $170,000 (if you do your MBA at Columbia). Compare that range to the ticket price of other life-changing events that you might undergo before turning 40:   Cost of an average wedding: $30,000. Cost of an Read More >

Why Are Women in the US Less Likely to Work?

by Phil Stott  |  February 26, 2015

The issues of equal rights and pay for women in the workplace have been making headlines in recent weeks, along with the related issue of parental leave and benefits. In the next few days, I'm going to be focusing on those issues in a series of posts examining Vault's Consulting Survey data from a gendered perspective, as well as taking a look at the life of a female employee who has struggled with the demands of the industry that has been at the center of much of the diversity debate of... Read More >

Consultants LOVE Hooking Up With Colleagues

by Phil Stott  |  February 13, 2015

Maybe it's the office hopping lifestyle? When it comes to office romance, consultants are one of the most permissive groups of employees around. Just 1% of consultants who took our office romance survey indicated that they thought romances between coworkers were never acceptable, while 31% claim that any kind of office fling is acceptable-even those between bosses and subordinates. That's substantially more relaxed than the average respondent in our survey-overall, 5% believ Read More >

How a Top Firm Transitions Interns to Full-Time Roles

by Phil Stott  |  February 04, 2015

Over the past few months, we've featured a number of pieces focusing on the internship program at Northwestern Mutual-a program that consistently emerges as one of the top internships in the country in our annual ranking. To date, we've looked at everything from how the firm creates the internship experience to how they reward interns, and what it's like to actually be an intern there. For many, however, the true mark of a great internship isn't just the things you learn or the connections... Read More >

The State of the Union: Can Government Help America's Workers?

by Phil Stott  |  January 21, 2015

"We are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very hard times." The central theme of the domestic portion of President Obama's penultimate State of the Union speech last night was all about the progress the economy has made since the darkest days of the recession, coupled with a few ideas-most of which are unlikely to make it through Congress alive-about where to go from here. The speech made a strong pitch for "middle class economics"-the idea that crafting economic... Read More >

Can the Job Market Party Continue in 2015?

by Phil Stott  |  January 09, 2015

Can the Job Market Party Continue in 2015? The final employment report of 2014 is out, and it's official: last year was the best for US job growth since 1999. All told, the economy added some 252,000 jobs listing month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.6 percent-a 1.1 percent drop over the course of the past year. The gains rounded off a strong year for the job market, with the BLS reporting an average monthly gain of 246,000 positions in 2014. Those figures translated to some 1.7... Read More >

Are Unions Making a Comeback?

by Phil Stott  |  December 12, 2014

The past couple of days have brought a rash of headlines about union victories at the National Labor Relations Board-most of which are based on decisions that the NLRB has made that theoretically make it easier for workers to form unions. And most of those articles have been accompanied by quotes from individuals and lobbyists on either side of the debate, touting the rulings either as spelling certain doom for businesses or a jolt in the arm for workers' rights. (Nuanced discussion of the... Read More >

Pay Inequality is Real, and Other Lessons from the Sony Data Hack

by Phil Stott  |  December 04, 2014

If you've been paying attention to the news in the past few days, you'll likely have heard something about a data security breach at Sony Pictures-not least because the hack has resulted in several of Sony's current and upcoming movie titles being leaked onto the internet, potentially costing the company millions of dollars in lost revenue. As bad as that may seem, the full extent of the data involved in the hack is still not apparent, and the worst effects of it may not even be revenue... Read More >

Q&A With a Top Intern from a Top Internship Program

by Phil Stott  |  November 25, 2014

In recent weeks, I have focused on the internship program at Northwestern Mutual-a firm that has featured in our list of our Top 10 internship programs every year since its inception. We have seen what goes into making the program, and also found out what it's like to participate in the program. To complete this exclusive look inside the firm, this week and next, I will be sharing interviews I conducted with a current Northwestern Mutual intern, and a full-time advisor at the firm who made... Read More >

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