There are four main entry levels to a career at OC&C:
The best Bachelor and Master’s graduates from leading universities and colleges generally join us as Associate Consultants.
Graduate students usually join as Associate Consultants. Our genuine meritocracy combined with the benefits of your PhD will enable you to progress more quickly: most of our PhDs reach promotion ahead of their peer group.
Top MBAs from top schools as a rule join at Consultant level. You will take responsibility for a significant portion of the project as well as being given sufficient support to make a successful transition into consultancy.
Recruits with appropriate high performing track records from the world of business join us at Associate Consultant, Consultant or Manager level, or, given consulting experience, as Associate Partners or even full Partners. OC&C also offers internship placements to outstanding and action-driven candidates each summer. Undergraduates, graduates and MBA students are all welcome. You will join the team full-time, conducting analysis, serving clients on projects and gaining firsthand experience in consulting.
Can you have a life outside of OC&C?
The main priority is always to ensure that OC&C exceeds our clients’ expectations, which can occasionally require long hours. That said, there are two reasons why OC&C consultants are more effective at maintaining a life outside of work. First, our travel model enables much more time to be spent in your home city than is the norm in most consulting firms. Second, our culture emphasizes results more than face time. Consultants have the flexibility to work around commitments outside of work. As consultants refine their skills, they become more effective at getting more done in less time, leaving more availability to sustain interests – hobbies, family, or community service – outside of the office. OC&C is committed to cultivating a sustainable lifestyle and building a team of consultants that are well-rounded.
What opportunities besides project work are available to Consultants?
Consultants are expected to serve a myriad of leadership roles beyond just project work. They quickly have to assume lead roles in training, recruiting, and social activities to reinforce the backbone of the firm. As Consultants develop and become more comfortable with the capabilities of the firm, they will also become increasingly involved in business development, conducting background research, developing work plans, and presenting proposals to prospective clients.
What is expected of Consultants in terms of hours and travel?
Consultants are expected to ensure that OC&C is delivering the highest quality work product. Typical work weeks generally require roughly 50 hours. However, hours can vary considerably depending on the nature of the project work and the effectiveness of the consultant.
As for travel, OC&C’s model is not based on being on the client site for more than periodic trips. The majority of our engagements are strategic in nature, which generally require less time on-site than consulting work that is operationally focused. On many projects, travel is limited to key meetings – kickoff, interim updates, and final report outs. Some projects do occasionally require more intensive on-site time, but OC&C makes an effort to limit the number of these projects on which a Consultant is staffed in a given period of time.
What does a typical project entail for an Associate Consultant?
Associate Consultants are masters of detail. They’re responsible for obtaining and manipulating any raw data into something useful for the team they are working with. On an acquisition due diligence project, this might entail designing a web survey, administering it, and analyzing the results. When scoping the market for a particular product, the Associate might spearhead the research, scouring the web for relevant articles, product reviews, or studies. If we’re working on sales strategy, the Associate might be the point person for analyzing the client’s database of customers. We take great pride in our Associates’ ability to do things with data that the client never expected.
That being said, Associate Consultants are not simply relegated to the analysis behind the scenes. They work side by side with Consultants to translate our findings into words, graphs, and diagrams. As they gain more experience, Associate Consultants are quickly given the opportunity to interact directly with clients, coordinating data requests, communicating findings, and presenting final work projects.