Roland Berger Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Challenging but fun

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Junior Consultant in Jakarta (Indonesia)

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Strong support from more senior colleagues
    2. Strong focus on learning & development
    3. High international exposure from the very beginning
    4. Clear performance measures and performance review system

    Cons

    1. Long working hours
    2. High pressure from partners / project managers

    Advice to Management

    1. More focus on employees' work life balance


  2. A Double-Edged Sword: Good/valuable experience, but wouldn't want to work at RB full-time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Intern in Berlin (Germany)

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Very good learning oppportunities
    - Interesting clients and projects
    - Competitive compensation
    - I really liked my team, great colleagues!
    - Looks good on CV

    In sum, I don't regret having done the internship as I learned a lot and it really facilitates getting job-interviews now. But I would not want to work at Roland Berger full-time and I'm not returing to the company as a consultant.

    Cons

    - Work-life balance (often unnecessarily long working hours), in my case it was clearly due to understaffing
    - Corporate culture and values (a flat hierarchy is promoted, but actually one experiences a very strict hierarchy. Officially employees are told to avid working long hours were possible, but in reality a culture of presenteeism)
    - Sexist comments not uncommon (at office/ company events. Never in my team though)


  3. Helpful (2)

    Chinese Local Style Consultancy with Obscure Corporate Values

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Roland Berger full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the few foreign consulting firms in China that continues to bring in new businesses, despite the quality of the projects that are being brought in. Clients are inclined to choose Roland Berger for its ability to handle government relations, ability to understand local business culture, and the relatively low costs it offers.

    Looking good on resume to be a former employee of a large consultancy.

    Cons

    The majority of the projects were about bluffing rather than serious problem solving. As someone who believed in the values of strategy consulting services you may feel betrayed and frustrated by the lack of substance in the work that you do everyday.

    The firm is very hierarchical in its internal operations and do not really have a supportive or collaborative organisational culture. Peers at all levels are expected to engage in somewhat vicious competition. Neither cross-team collaborations nor cross-industry/function movements for employee professional/personal growths were encouraged. Pursuance of MBA/further schooling by junior professionals was not really supported.

    Heavy workload and many late-nights are expected, with poor time management by most of the project managers. Employees are expected to kiss the managers' a** so as to be fairly treated. Moreover, it almost seemed quality of work does not matter for most of the time and merits are earned by the quantity of work alone (number of bluffing slides you submit). Managers cannot discern good quality from poor quality more than clients can tell true advice from bluffs.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the quality of the projects, or the Roland Berger brand will be ruined sooner or later.

    Pay real attention to employee professional development and personal growth (at the very least, offer some real contents in the new employee training program).


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  5. Helpful (1)

    One of the best employers for ambitious and eager to learn people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Milan (Italy)

    I have been working at Roland Berger full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary (around 30% above the average for a fresh graduate), learning curve (dealing with different type of projects), exposure (learn by doing, extreme exposure also for new hires, sometimes even too much), benefits (lots of them)

    Cons

    working hours (varies greatly according to the project, but you can expect a minimum of 60h/week up to 100 h/week)

    Advice to Management

    A great framework for seminars and training is in place: use it. They should also try to strive towards a competence center based-organisation since specific knowledge has become more and more required and appreciated by clients


  6. RB

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Roland Berger full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are smart. Good reputation in Greater China Area.

    Cons

    Lack of systematic training; lack of international rotation; the firm doesn't care people too much.

    Advice to Management

    Should start from building up culture and training system.


  7. Good Choice for Junior/ Sophomore

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern, Branding Consultant in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Intern, Branding Consultant in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Roland Berger part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Part-time Position offers a good opportunity to gain insights of the consulting world. Also you can meet smart people. Flexible working location.

    Cons

    As it is a part-time job, you have limited access to understand the whole project.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  8. Helpful (2)

    Very good Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roland Berger

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture and ethics, and challenging environment, people are supportive and you always have room for growth

    Cons

    Not very diverse and work hours can be very long


  9. Good but not great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roland Berger full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strategy consulting is fine, is stimulating

    Cons

    Some German managers...are not that fine abroad

    Advice to Management

    Good luck


  10. Helpful (3)

    Good learning experience, sure path to burn out

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Bucharest (Romania)

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, young people, focus on training and career development, good exposure to senior/ middle client mgmt, salary increases visibly at more senior levels, starts being more international/ decentralized from the German HQ, values independence (not very likely to be acquired by one of the big auditors), valued by top MBAs across the world

    Cons

    Working hours, sometimes stuck with the same client/ in an industry because you have already become an expert after 1-2 projects

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on rotations - geographical, functional, etc. to keep the ambitious consultants happy


  11. Helpful (1)

    Amazing opportunity and diversity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Junior Consultant in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Roland Berger full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Truly diversified work environment and supportive team;
    China area CEO, Mr. Wuqi shows strong leadership and personal charisma;
    Good reputation in Greater China Area;

    Cons

    Lack of international rotation opportunity;
    Lack of systematic training program;
    May not stand for a great chance as its peers(MBB, Booz, ATK) in application for prestigious MBA programs in the States.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the personal differentiation rather than rush on increasing the global footprints.



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