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EY-Parthenon Overview

Boston, MA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Parthenon joined Ernst & Young LLP on 29 August 2014. EY-Parthenon is a strategy consultancy, committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with our clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in ... Read more

EY-Parthenon – Why Work For Us?

Parthenon joined Ernst & Young LLP on 29 August 2014. Parthenon-EY is a strategy consultancy, committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with our clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape. Innovation has become a necessary ingredient for sustained success. Critical to unlocking opportunities is Parthenon-EY’s ideal balance of strengths – specialized experience with broad executional capabilities – to help you optimize your portfolio of businesses, uncover industry insights to make investment decisions, find effective paths for strategic growth opportunities and make acquisitions more rewarding. Our proven methodologies along with a progressive spirit can deliver intelligent services for our clients, amplify the impact of our strategies and make us the global advisor of choice for business leaders.

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"It's About Our People"...

…you will hear that a lot here at Parthenon-EY. Our secret to being one of the top consulting organizations to work for is that our members meet three seemingly simple criteria:

Smart, Nice, and Driven.

  • Our highly analytical approach demands that we recruit and retain bright, intellectually curious individuals.
  • Our clients report that our friendly, arrogance-free style separates us from competitors.
  • Our professionals are motived to provide the highest level of service to our clients, and to seize the opportunities that our entrepreneurial culture affords.

Parthenon sustains a culture that is collaborative, supportive, and a formidable venue for creative and analytical thinkers to solve our clients’ greatest challenges. And the best by-product? Our members enjoy coming into work each day to work side-by-side with their peers, as Parthenon-EY is just a fun place to work. But don't take our word for it -- read what our members have to say in their member profiles.

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Focus on Strategy Consulting 

The work we do at Parthenon-EY is focused on addressing the undefined
critical strategic decisions the senior leadership in our client
organizations’ have to make. Our clients engage with us to
challenge the status quo in their organization, and generate
customized solutions to their complex business issues. Our
teams connect with the right people, ask the right questions,
and torture the fact base, with the outcome of actionable
solutions upon which our clients can reach their full potential.

Beginning as a Generalist

Although we are aligned by sector for our clients, a new
associate or consultant will typically be a generalist for the first several years of their career. We believe broad exposure to industries and project types benefits consultants and enhances their ability to serve as true strategic advisors to their clients. Over time, there is opportunity to narrow one’s focus and become an industry/functional expert.

Benefits of Parthenon's Two-Case Model

For associates and consultants, we employ a two-case model, which makes the experience at Parthenon truly unique. The benefits of this include: 

  • Variety of Case Work: Working on two cases, you have a greater exposure to all of the various types of strategic engagements performed here at Parthenon. 
  • Variety of Client Types: At Parthenon-EY, the variety in the client base is extensive. With the two cases, you will have a greater opportunity to work many different types of clients at various stages in the organizational life cycle.
  • Industry Exposure: We have deep experience across multiple industries, across which associates and consultants work as generalists, developing critical analytical skills and gaining important exposure to leading strategic issues.
  • Exposure to Senior Leadership:  The typical case team is organized around a work stream, which includes a managing director, a consultant, a vice president, and one or two associates. Your team will meet on a weekly, if not daily, basis to discuss the case findings and progress, and everyone’s input matters.

The key tenant of Parthenon-EY’s culture, which has been nurturedwith great passion since the day we were founded, is Mutual Respect. We are proud to foster an inclusive culture where members of all levels, from incoming associates to senior partners, are respected equally.

Other key pillars of our culture include:

  • Commitment to Diversity: Parthenon-EY seeks to recruit, retain and develop the highest caliber of talent from across the globe. Diversity of our workforce is a cornerstone of our commitment to excellence, to both our clients and our employees. Our inclusive culture values diversity of backgrounds, experiences and beliefs. 
  • Social Impact and Charitable Giving: Giving back to our communities is a consistent theme in each of our offices around the world. We feel fortunate to have such a tight-knit community within our Parthenon walls, and we strive to share our good fortune to enhance the communities we live in with our three-pronged attack to giving back which includes: charitable giving, pro-bono consulting and volunteering.
  • Supporting a Well-Rounded Life: We believe that career and professional fulfillment involves more than just exposure to great casework. We encourage our firm members to build lifelong relationships within the firm, we provide flexibility to balance work and life commitments as needed, we offer a generous and comprehensive benefits package, and we believe in engaging families and giving back to our communities.  

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To supplement the traditional casework experience, Parthenon-EY offers custom opportunities to associates and consultants who choose to pursue them.  You might find yourself on a rotation in another office, or leading internal initiatives such as undergraduate recruiting for your alma mater.

Global Experience

Parthenon-EY’s international footprint has provided select opportunities to rotate through other offices for a period of time.  When client needs arise, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Rotate through another office (four to six months, one-plus year)
  • Join a case team in an international location
  • Transfer to another office permanently

Private Equity Practice Rotation

You will start at Parthenon-EY as a generalist, and will be exposed to casework across our sectors and our capabilities. There is, however, an opportunity to do a four-to-six month rotation in our Private Equity Sector, where you would be staffed 100% to due diligence and portfolio strategy work within this world-class sector area.

Internal Initiatives

After six months at the firm Parthenon-EY offers new associates the opportunity to participate in additional activities and firm efforts.These can include involvement in:

  • Undergraduate recruiting
  • Summer/new associate training
  • Mentoring
  • Associate Fun Committee
  • Alumni Program

EY-Parthenon Reviews

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  • "Parthenon Consultant"

    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time (More than 3 years)


    Data Driven, Kind. Great place to work


    Many hours of work. If you don't like a busy work life this may not be the right fit.

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EY-Parthenon Photos

EY-Parthenon photo of: Associates and Consultants enjoy lunch in Parthenon Boston's cafeteria and break room.
EY-Parthenon photo of: Managing Director Terry Bradshaw meets with Mark, a summer consultant, to discuss his final partner presentation.
EY-Parthenon photo of: Summer Associates practice together for final presentations to the leadership team.
EY-Parthenon photo of: Summer Consultant Scott is all smiles after giving his final presentation to the leadership team!
EY-Parthenon photo of: Members of our Chicago office before they participate in the 2015 Chicago Polar Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics
EY-Parthenon photo of: Parthenon's London office at the 2013 company party
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EY-Parthenon Interviews



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Getting an Interview





    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview


    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at EY-Parthenon (San Francisco, CA).


    Parthenon came to my university for an info session. Were very open and transparent about their work, different from most strategy consulting firms. Highly touted their "smart, nice, driven" reputation and small firm feel, short projects, national firm development events. First rounds held in office, two interviews with two cases and some behavioral. Second round consisted of 5 interviews, 3 cases, typical resume-based, why consulting questions. Case questions were the most difficult part. Be approachable and friendly ("nice" reputation") but also polished and very professional. They may come across as laid-back in the interview but they are not looking for the same in their candidates.

    Interview Questions

    • Case question: expanding a small business run in the city (SF)   Answer Question
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