Simon-Kucher Internship

3.7 of 5 stars Overall Intern Rating (7 Intern Reviews)

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3.7 of 5 stars
Date: 2013

Promising internship could have been exceptional more mentorship and fewer cliques


Uppers

Some of the people are phenomenal--a really talented group of consultants, who are actually very funny, nice, generally likable people.


Downers

Some of the other people seem to deliberately make sure you feel like you're an outsider and don't belong. There's an excessive amount of gossiping.


Advice to Potential Interns

You'll get experience and work streams although you'll have to go out of your way to ask how t fits into the grander scheme of he project. If you're one of the chosen, I bet it'd be a great place to work. If you don't feel like you're part of the crew, it's isolating. Evaluate your sense of fit in the company before accepting.


Advice to Management

More training would be better. Hours are great (if you're diligent) and comp is fine.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.2 of 5 stars
Date: 2012

Get a real full-time consultant experience with meaningful project responsibilities


Uppers

Many opportunities to take on responsibilities and new challenges. Interns are treated like full employees and given real responsibilities on a project team. This allows you to get an accurate view of consulting and what life as a consultant is really like. Not just assisting others with small tasks A lot of emphasis on growth and development, proactive mentorship and training offered Fun, inclusive, social and supportive work culture


Downers

The hours ocassionally were pretty long, pay not as competitive as similar internships. Internship program is not very structured, experience varies widely


Advice to Potential Interns

The internship provides a good overview of what consulting is like in all aspects - work tasks, culture etc. Even as an intern, there are plenty of opportunities to take on more responsibilities and ownership of work and to contribute meaningfully to project work as long as demonstrate that you want them and are capable of handling it. People are very willing to teach and to train you if you reach out with questions, as well as provide career/mentorship advice.


Advice to Management

Give the program more structure - maybe making the training and feedback process a little more formalized.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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3.9 of 5 stars
Date: 2012

Incredible opportunity to learn and develop skills


Uppers

- mentorship - opportunity to take on large amount of responsibility - corporate culture


Downers

- hours were really long leading up to deadlines


Advice to Potential Interns

- understand what makes SKP a niche consulting firm. . . be interested in PRICING


Advice to Management

better compensation


Would You Recommend

Yes


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3.7 of 5 stars
Date: 2012

Great feel for the company - Both in terms of workload and corporate culture.


Uppers

My colleagues. The SKP model is to work mostly from the office and rarely travel on site, this allows for some of the benefits of building a community in a consulting environment


Downers

Not a great industry fit


Advice to Potential Interns

Great preview for full time roles


Would You Recommend

Yes


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3.4 of 5 stars
Date: 2012

Learned a lot about the industry


Uppers

I was able to gain a lot of exposure to the business


Downers

Perks were not very good, didn't feel like I was being treated like a regular employee as they said I would be. I felt I had to do a lot of reaching out on my own to get to know people and get involved


Advice to Potential Interns

This was an educational internship experience


Would You Recommend

Yes


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3.7 of 5 stars
Date: 2012

Pricing Consulting 101


Uppers

The office culture and people with whom you work.


Downers

Interns did not always feel like real employees.


Advice to Potential Interns

SKP is a great place to work, especially if you are looking for an internship that will introduce you to consulting.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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3.1 of 5 stars
Date: 2012

Specialized firm with great people, but rigid and frugal policies


Uppers

Very open atmosphere, almost everyone was laidback and informal.


Downers

Company's spendthrift attitude regarding basic software licenses, holiday pay, and travel makes it seem like the company is out to cut corners and cheat you wherever possible.


Advice to Potential Interns

The company has a small and intimate feel - you will get to know your supervisors and partners very well. The vast majority of people are both smart and friendly. However, the ompany will frustrate you to no end on small things that should not be an issue, but nonetheless still persist in spite of universal recognition of a problem. Full-time employees widely acknowledge that the firm is "cheap" and explain this by calling the firm "German", due to its roots. Depending on which partner is involved on your project, you may get treated vastly differently.


Advice to Management

Spend just a little bit more to boost employee satisfaction and morale, which will help retain and recruit talent. Small things, such as frequent difficult access to SPSS, send the message that employees' basic needs are not important, or worse, their wasted time and efficiency are not as valuable as a software license. In addition, to really live up to the claim that interns are treated like full-time consultants, there should not be a reluctance to pay for an intern's trip with the team to NY and then subsequently refuse to provide housing. This not only gives that specific intern a bad experience, but also sends a message to the rest of the interns that employees are not really treated well. Travel is a consequence of consulting and should not be a perk that should be earned. The computers provided to interns were also a source of embarrassment during a client meeting. I was in charge of driving the presentation, but my supervisor's computer was running low on battery, and he wanted to borrow my powercord. My computer died immediately, because the laptop is so old that it does not have a second of battery power, and the entire presentation crashed. Moreover, it seems like the company is always looking for ways to cut corners. For example, in contrast with every other firm that I have heard of or that my classmates have worked at, SKP skips over federal holidays, including Memorial Day and Fourth of July when giving out intern salaries. This is despite the fact that the intern contracts specify a weekly salary, not a daily salary. The money itself ($160/day) is not a big deal, but the principle of the company not honoring common and stated policy is very important. These issues completely run counter to the company culture, which presents itself as young, open, friendly, and non-hierarchical. While each issue is a small one, collectively, they cast great doubt on prospects of returning as full-time employees.


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