Oliver Wyman

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Oliver Wyman Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
225 Reviews
4.2
225 Reviews
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Oliver Wyman CEO Scott McDonald
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Pros
  • Teams are really supportive and work/life balance is achievable (in 13 reviews)

  • Great flexible working conditions, great people - my colleagues have turned into friends (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance does not exist (in 36 reviews)

  • Potential long hours, working under tight deadlines (in 19 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oliver Wyman full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly bright people who take their work seriously but not themselves. Challenging and varied business problems that you always tackle in teams.

    Cons

    Like all consulting jobs, can involve substantial travel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Oliver Wyman full-time

    Pros

    great people anda lot of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    haven't notice one yet. will keep looking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I have been working at Oliver Wyman

    Pros

    1. The people - your co-workers are really the best part about OW. Everyone is interesting and talented, and that makes the long hours worthwhile.
    2. You learn a lot. Whether you want to jump around between industries or dive into one area of interest, you are fully immersed and you work on a lot of skills.
    3. Ability to progress in the company - OW is a meritocratic environment. You can progress to whatever level you are performing at. Additionally, OW does not have an MBA hiring track, and thus invests more time and effort on their undergraduate hires.

    Cons

    1. Lifestyle - you travel a lot, and you work late hours. This isn't really different among top management consulting companies, but be aware of it going in.
    2. Element of chance in staffing - a lot of your experience depends on what cases you get onto. And while you can express preferences for staffing, your cases can depend a lot on the chance of timing (when you become free, when other cases are starting). Also, one bad case with a manager that you really don't get along with can be both a miserable experience and set you back significantly in career progression.

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  5.  

    A great place to start your career!

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Oliver Wyman full-time

    Pros

    -Commitment of middle to upper management to consultant development
    -Rapid growth, only non Big 3 firm poised to enter the fold
    -Rich network of firm development activities, including GLOW (the LGBT group) and campus recruiting

    Cons

    -Not as flat as claimed during the recruitment process
    -Weaker Health and Life Sciences practice as well as Manufacturing, Technology and Energy compared to financial services

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make things flatter and unique like before, while still pursuing the goal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful and welcoming place to work

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Support Staff in New York, NY

    I have been working at Oliver Wyman full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Proactive with social and ethical matters

    Cons

    It may be hard to get quick feedback due to the amount of travel done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    worked in the finance department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oliver Wyman full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, friendly environment, nice perks

    Cons

    difficult for any upward mobility

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great company to develop your career at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Oliver Wyman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to work on interesting projects that impact the client. Great culture of nurturing junior consultants. Great people who make the long hours enjoyable.

    Cons

    Like most top management consulting companies, Oliver Wyman requires consultants to travel to clients every week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Seek a premier management consulting firm, not a wannabe

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Oliver Wyman full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Interesting work, exposure to multiple industries and potential for international assignments (as US has been lagging Asia in terms of work)

    Cons

    - Toxic environment, localised talent pools means outsiders are prone to get blame for anything (and something will) goes wrong
    - Partners are straying from core finance and risk areas into uncharted territories. Results in ambiguous outcomes and poor staffing / execution
     - Lack of cohesion in senior ranks makes for difficult practice building. Attempts to offset through aggressive client management, which in turn means lack of follow through on most engagements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either cultivate leadership (more than just sending people to b-schools) or recruit outside partner blood (and cull non-performing partners)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant

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    Former Employee - Summer Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Oliver Wyman as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, great culture, the more upward mobility than many other consulting firms.

    Cons

    A higher proportion of less interesting data analysis/ implementation work; fewer 'sexy' strategy products. Can be pigeon holed into financial services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great office culture, interesting work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Oliver Wyman full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to earn responsibility early in career
    Great office culture - Friday happy hours, sports teams, community service events etc.

    Cons

    The usually consulting challenges: Hours, lots of travel

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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