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Updated September 20, 2018
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EY-Parthenon Parthenon Founder, Senior Managing Director Bill Achtmeyer
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Pros
  • "Great culture - always someone you can ask" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Great people and great company culture" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unpredictable work / life balance sometimes" (in 26 reviews)

  • "Because you have obligations to two case teams with the two-case model, hours can get pretty long(especially during busy periods)" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome culture and experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    Truly unique group of smart, nice, and driven people - couldn't ask for a better place to start my career coming out of college

    Cons

    At its peak, the workload can be a lot, but comes with the territory. Well worth it.


  2. "Fine First Job"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY-Parthenon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting puzzles, fast pace, reputation

    Cons

    Little opportunity for creativity and facetime becoming increasingly important

  3. "Senior Executive Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Assistant
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, Great Values, Career Growth Opportuities

    Cons

    None so far, good stuff

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  4. "Parthenon was AWESOME!"

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    Former Employee - IT Support in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Support in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY-Parthenon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved working for Parthenon in SF

    Cons

    Parthenon-EY, not so awesome.....micromanagers at EY like to say no to customers whenever possible.


  5. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, good training, great colleagues. lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    work-life balance can be a challenge


  6. Helpful (1)

    "associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    salary, good culture, work hard play hard. at times interesting and relevant business problems

    Cons

    cookie cutter workstreams, capped on learning pretty early on, hours are really bad

    Advice to Management

    make career progression less a function of years exp and if you have MBA


  7. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    I wish I had never left! Wonderful perks, benefits, culture, work.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not the best.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    Pay, fantastic office, great case leadership

    Cons

    Unpredictable work / life balance sometimes


  9. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time

    Pros

    Office location, benefits, career development

    Cons

    work-life balance, low-level tasks such as transcribing interviews

    Advice to Management

    Leverage resources to give associates better learning opportunities.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Private equity consulting firm with wonderful people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at EY-Parthenon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Generally, EY-Parthenon people are great (especially those recruited through Parthenon, pre-merger). Nice, fun to work with. I genuinely like my colleagues, particularly at the Senior Consultant, Consultant and Associate level.
    - The salary is very good
    - We do have interesting PE projects - if you weren't working at breakneck pace on two at a time, they could even be enjoyable

    Cons

    - We are almost entirely a private equity consulting firm. While there are a select handful of people who get to work on longer-term strategy projects (typically in the education practice), nearly all of our project work is PE diligence. ~95% of my projects have been 1-4 weeks long buy-side or sell-side diligence.
    - These diligence projects involve almost no client interaction, particularly in the Associate or Consultant role. Most of the client interaction is listening in on conference calls at the beginning and end of a case.
    - You have very little choice of what sector to specialize in. There isn't enough work in enough sectors to choose what you would like to focus on. We're too small to develop expertise early, unlike other firms.
    - Double staffing (two projects at one time) is terrible. There are some "pros," but the cons far, far outweigh them. RUN, don't walk, away from double staffing.
    - Many of the case team leaders are weak managers, meaning staffing is like Russian roulette. (Pray for the good managers, but usually wind up with mediocre - or in some cases terrible - managers.)

    Advice to Management

    - Allow people to opt out of double staffing, if you can't get rid of it overall (management says there are people who like it, so those folks could continue)
    - Be more transparent about the amount and type of strategy work we do, and make it clear that most people will not have access to that type of work (in recruiting)
    - Hire more people so that there can be more flex in the system to allow people to work on the types of projects / sectors they are interested in - otherwise, people will leave
    - Provide more training for case team leaders, place more emphasis on the importance of upward feedback, don't promote people who are ineffective managers


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