At Simon-Kucher & Partners, employees are given lots of project responsibility—and quickly! We like to let our employees hit the ground running and we love when new hires take proactive roles on their projects. Sure, the learning curve is quick, but we’re eager to help you adjust. At many firms, it takes several years before consultants are given managerial responsibilities on projects. Increased responsibility from the get-go is just one of the benefits to working at a growing firm like Simon-Kucher & Partners.
If we were kids, we wouldn’t ask you over to play and then tell you that all of the good toys were off limits. And as adults, we don’t believe in that approach either. We want you to feel invested in your work here, and diving right in helps you quickly acclimate to your clients and your projects. Since we’re a growing firm, you’ll be an integral part of small project teams, providing you with direct access to partners and knowledge of all parts of a project; you’ll learn all project components, methods, and tools, instead of performing the same set of tasks from project to project.
At Simon-Kucher & Partners, we’re committed to hiring talented, well-rounded individuals from all different walks of life. Collectively, we bring a diverse and inspiring set of backgrounds and experiences to the table.
A diverse workplace is a key to our success. Our successful solutions result from a multitude of perspectives, opinions and ideas. Working in teams comprised of associates from different backgrounds is an invaluable (and fun!) part of the experience at Simon-Kucher & Partners. Our consultants come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds: we count physicians, engineers, psychologists, mathematicians, physicists, pharmacists, computer scientists, biotechnologists and economists among our associates. Employees at Simon-Kucher hail from over 30 different countries and speak over 40 languages.
Many who are interested in pursuing a career in consulting are attracted by the potential opportunity to work internationally. Given our global presence with 36 offices in 24 countries on three continents and clients in over 80 countries, we’ve got you covered. When we can (and if you’re up for it), we’ll give you the chance to experience different cultures.
Over half of our projects are international and the majority of our project teams consists of colleagues from around the world. So, even when sitting at their desk our associates may find themselves in a phone conference with clients and Simon-Kucher colleagues from several countries. Or they might meet up with an international client team at a workshop jointly held with other Simon-Kucher team members.
Based on staffing needs and required expertise, our offices exchange consultants on a by-project basis, often allowing consultants to work on assignments in other countries.
Given our commitment to globalization, we welcome and support consultants who wish to experience working in a Simon-Kucher office abroad for a longer period of time. With our international rotation program, associates may have the opportunity to rotate to another office for a period of three to six months. Longer-term transfers are also possible and we currently have several dozen expatriates who have moved to another country for a year or longer.
Consultants have a well-deserved reputation for being hard workers. In their work, they often face intellectual challenges, long hours and time away from friends and family. As an associate, we know that you need time away from the office to relax and recharge. You’re more likely be satisfied in your job when you enjoy your work – and when you lead a happy, fulfilling life outside of the office.
At Simon-Kucher & Partners, we ask our partners to try to avoid excessive weekend and late night work where possible. Beyond that, we support our associates’ efforts in finding and maintaining a balance between work and home life in several ways:
- An approved leave of absence may give you the time and space to fulfill a personal wish, such as an extended journey, a non-work-related educational program or simply spending time with friends and family.
- If personal commitments such as caring for a child or an elderly family member require your attendance more permanently, together we will attempt to work out flexible or part-time arrangements that fit both your personal needs and our business needs.
- If your personal situation requires that you move to a different location, we will do our utmost to identify opportunities for you to transfer to a different office. The same is true if you want to work from home or from a different Simon-Kucher office for a short period of time.
- As a final point, unlike at many other consulting firms, our consultants' career advancement is not measured in terms of hours worked/billability. Rather, we value substantive contributions and review advancement decisions on the basis of contributions.
Personal growth is also fueled by the entrepreneurial spirit at Simon-Kucher & Partners. Whether it’s the development of a new industry, market, or topic, you’ll find company-wide support for your pursuits. “Most of the offices we recently opened were opened by young Directors, not Partners. We are eager to let our employees take on challenges to grow themselves and the company. In nine years with the company, senior director Annette’s role has evolved from helping on projects to being more or less responsible for Simon-Kucher & Partners media business in German-speaking regions: “Aside from project work, I can define where I spend my efforts on my own, which is very rewarding,” says Annette.
Education is important to us, and we try to ensure that our consultants can grow intellectually and professionally in their work at Simon-Kucher & Partners. Our employees around the world have published numerous books and articles on pricing. Jon, the previously mentioned life sciences consultant, is currently working on a peer reviewed Journal article: “I hadn’t expected that I’d be able to continue publishing in academic journals while working in the business world”.
Employees starting with Simon-Kucher & Partners attend a week-long training session, called STEPS. At STEPS, you’ll learn more about our various divisions, vision and values, pricing basics, and project tools. The training also focuses heavily on a case study of a real project and you’ll devote time to one ‘project phase’ each day. And continuous education is not limited to learning on the job. The Simon-Kucher & Partners Academy is a comprehensive training program designed to help us do our jobs better and teach consultants core soft skills (presentation, facilitation, leadership, project management, media, etc.) as well as more ‘hard’ tools and skills like price management, value selling, finance, Simon-Kucher & Partners methods, etc.).
Unlike many consulting firms, we don’t have an “up-or-out” principle. Instead, our promotion system is based on a holistic 360-degree evaluation that we conduct twice a year. That means your individual career advancement depends on your performance and your evaluations from peers, supervisors and team members. If your performance is outstanding, you may be able to move up and take over responsibilities faster than you could at other consultancies.
Our Partners evaluate and provide feedback to each associate twice a year. These sessions are important for your growth and ours. Colleagues will evaluate you, and you will also assess your own performance and evaluate your colleagues. Together with your Partner, you will conduct a development talk to define the next steps that will help you grow faster, use your potential and move up in the ranks.
In addition to the feedback sessions, and along with learning by doing, our continuous education program – the Simon-Kucher Academy – will help you develop and expand your skills over time.
Our training sessions are designed specifically for us. And the information that you learn is always relevant. Our broad training program is constantly growing, as we continuously add new seminars, training material and webinars.
The Simon-Kucher Academy covers a full range of topics – analytical and methodical abilities, soft skills such as leadership or project management, and seminars on our own consulting areas such as sales excellence or negotiation excellence.