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“Underpaid, overworked, unpleasant Montreal office at Roland Berger”

- Work on projects in various industries and functions

- Steep learning curve in a fast paced environment

- Work alongside senior clients


Benefits Package:

- No signing bonus, no profit sharing, low salary. Expect to be paid 1/2 of what someone at McKinsey, Bain or BCG makes (for same or longer working hours). Will be paid 10-15% more than at Deloitte, KPMG, PWC but you will work 1.5-2x more thus you are still making about 1/2 on an hourly basis.

- You HAVE to take your vacation during Christmas and in August. You cannot plan a vacation outside of those specified dates.

Office Life:

- The office has a large proportion of rude employees who do not know how to work in teams or support each other.

- Some employees won't lift their eyes from their computer screens when you say "Good morning" or "Good evening". Very few employees are willing to have a friendly conversation.

- Badly lit office, old carpets and chairs, Ikea furniture, no plants.

- Board room is are shared with several other companies

- It is expected that you will work 12 hour days everyday except Friday. While on project, you will work 12-16 hour days.

Project work:

- While engagements are suppose to have 2-3 consultants working, at the Montreal office there is generally 1 or MAX 2 consultants per project. This has the effect that consultants are overworked and are not as willing, or have the time, to help each other out. The office does not have a spirit of helping each other out for mutual enrichment and success.

- Entrepreneurship is one of the three guiding principles at RB. By entrepreneurship it is meant that you will have to teach yourself how to do the analyses, you will not be given adequate training, and from Day 1 on the job, you will be expected to perform at the level of someone who has been there for 1-2 years.

- With certain Project Leaders and Principals you will not stop for lunch, you will work while eating.

- Little mentorship and guidance provided between employees

Advice to Candidates

Interviewing at Roland Berger is good practice for interviews at McKinsey, BCG, Bain, KPMG, Deloitte - just don't accept any offers.

-Minimal integration of new employees; they are often completely left out and ignored, and are expected to find their own way in the organization

-Toxic individuals remain tolerated and promoted despite evidence of misbehaviour; extreme levels of arrogance and ego. They do not pass the airport test.

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