Simonkucher : Working with Us
We often say that we work on the sunny side of consulting, because we focus on revenue, profit and growth rather than on cost-cutting or downsizing. All of our projects focus on things from the market perspective, and they all address TopLine Power® in some way or another.
Our work covers all kinds of growth topics, from market-entry strategies to omni-channel sales force optimisation. We might cover “hardcore pricing projects,” such as defining price strategies for new products or increasing prices for existing ones, changing price models or fine-tuning discount structures. But we don’t stop at that.
Our projects also include creating and assessing innovative digital business models or supporting a client’s company throughout the entire implementation and transformation process. Our project teams tend to accompany our clients from beginning to end, until the work is done.
So, working at Simon-Kucher is much more than “putting a price tag on a product.” The variety of issues we address is astounding even for seasoned consultants. Read more about our work here.
We are organised into global practices, each of which focuses on a specific industry. While experienced associates are generally assigned to a global practice, we usually give new hires the chance to work in various industries and gain a broad set of experiences first. Read more about our industries here.
Our project teams are always staffed to meet clients’ needs, with no predefined project setup. However, a project team generally includes several consultants from different levels and with different skills. An experienced project leader manages the day-to-day work and client relations, and every project team is led by a Simon-Kucher Partner who actively contributes to the team’s work.
This structure allows open communication among all team members and with senior management. We encourage every team member to voice opinions and share ideas right from the start. Our goal is to create the best possible solution for our clients, learn from one another, and evolve and improve – not to stick to a strict pecking order. In other words, our culture is more collaborative than competitive. We have great team spirit on our projects. That not only makes work more fun, it fosters creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.
Your role in the team changes over time, not only as you gain more expertise, but also considering your specific skills and past experiences. We strive to vary your work throughout your first projects so you get to know the full range of tasks before you specialise in a particular field. If you perform well and are up for the task, your responsibilities may grow faster here than at other consulting firms. We call this meritocracy, another one of our core values.
As a global company, we are happy that our employees are a diverse team of extraordinary individuals. We speak over 60 languages and come from over 40 different nationalities, so most of your colleagues will have very different backgrounds. Thus, they each add to the diverse mix that makes up our staff. We are also proud to have been recognised by The Vault Guide as leaders in diversity hiring. Read more about this here.
Most of our associates have some kind of economics or business administration background, but we are definitely not limited to that. We welcome other educational backgrounds and draw from this diversity. Our employees include pharmacists, physicians, engineers, psychologists and specialists from many other fields.
But education is not everything; it is the full personality that counts, including your personal interests and hobbies. In their spare time, our consultants are known to be everything from Ironman runners to running their own non-profit organisation. Tell us about your interests!
Given the nature of consulting work, it is extremely important to get along well with your colleagues. You will spend a lot of time with them! At Simon-Kucher, we often hear that “the colleagues” are great people who also spend time together outside the office. And since consultants from all levels are actively involved in the recruiting process, we ensure that new hires fit well into our culture. Read more about our values and culture here.
Any consulting firm can promise that you will work on challenging projects day in and day out. But at Simon-Kucher, you have more chances than anywhere else to work in a real international context. This goes way beyond international project teams or conference calls with people from all around the globe. Because we work out of more than 30 offices for clients in over 80 countries, you will likely travel the world to get things done as part of a multinational project team, or you will be assigned to an overseas project.
We not only put consultants on projects that cross borders, we also give them the chance to work temporarily in our other offices. For example, an associate based in Boston or Barcelona can choose to work in Munich or Sydney for three to six months as part of our office rotation program. We also give our associates the opportunity to move to another office for longer periods and encourage them to broaden their personal horizons this way. Read more about office rotations and transfers here.
As a growing company, we have been opening new offices in “new” countries almost every year. If you are interested in participating in a start-up experience and have some work experience with us, we are happy to place you on the founding team of our latest office.