- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Orion ConsultantsPros
Orion is a great place to learn about the fixed income and FX markets. If you're a more qualitatively-oriented person (strong writing and communicating) that is interested in finance, this is a really good place to start. Your coworkers are nice people who all have graduated from the top schools across the nation and the world, and the environment (especially at the beginning) is really open to your learning. Resources to help you along the way are endless--mentors, books, etc. And alumni generally go on to go to the top business schools (e.g. Columbia, Wharton, etc.)
Even further, the Management Team has made great strides to be open and progressive. They are open to criticism, encourage personal initiative, and reward hard work. Further, they don't micromanage; they generally give you the space to get your work done on your own terms and only intervene when they need to.
As mentioned previously, the hours are great (9am-6 pm, which is a luxury in both finance and management consulting), the work can be interesting (communicating with top executives, writing reports for senior management at leading investment banks, etc.), and the work environment is friendly. Also, your time is yours. While the work hours are pretty stable from day to day, what you do with them is pretty much up to you. It's not like in investment banking, where you're waiting a lot of the time for assignments. You make your own schedule every day and decide how much you're going to get done (which hopefully corresponds with your deadlines and expected outputs). You'll stay later when you need to meet deadlines, etc.
Really, Orion is a place that gives what you put into it. The harder you work, the more you'll get in terms of advancement and recognition.Cons
That said, Orion is not a place to come if you're looking for an extroverted work environment, an active after work lifestyle, or endless benefits. Orion values hard work, and they ascribe to an older, perhaps more humble Wall Street mindset. Frugality is generally encouraged, and while you get a good paycheck, the company has been recovering (relatively successfully) from a recent recession (which hit the fixed income market pretty hard). There's a lot to do every day, and the work place is a generally quiet one (as people are pretty busy). There's not a lot of organized meetings; rather, you make your own meetings (informal or formal) and ask questions to the appropriate people. This can be a be somewhat jarring for people who don't work well in this environment.
So, while you get what you put in, the environment is not for everyone, especially not for those who aren't self-motivated. Orion prizes self-motivated people who can communicate well, and as such, you've got to be able to take your own initiative. Orion will not spoonfeed you to greatness. What they give you are the tools to make that happen and deadlines to meet. Further, the work is somewhat repetitive, which can be both a good and a bad thing (generally fixed formats, which make it easier to adjust to what's expected eventually). To succeed though, you need to be able to go above and beyond the call of duty. The good thing is that Orion gives you the space to do that. The bad thing is that people don't often understand that coming in.Advice to ManagementAdvice
It might be worthwhile to explore creating a more solid sense of togetherness. The workplace can feel a bit lonely at times, and encouraging people's growth beyond the immediate needs of the work (e.g. self-awareness, managerial capabilities, team building, etc.) could be helpful. The company is small, and imbuing people's work with a higher sense of worth could help with productivity and generally feelings of self-worth.RecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Orion Consultants.Interview Details
Quick, easy Skype interview and then got invited down. Mostly fit questions. Many of your typical "What was your favorite class in college?" "Tell me about a time you made a mistake" "What part of school did you find most rewarding/challenging?" etc.Interview Questions
Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
- There was one chart that needed to be "analyzed", but I put that word in quotes because it was essentially looking at a bar graph and explaining what it says. Very basic. There was a difficult interview with the owner, as he asked bizarre questions. He asked "Okay, tell me about yourself". Once I answered he said "what else" and after I responded to three more of those, he asked what my parents do for a living. Answer Question
Let us know if we're missing any workplace or industry recognition –