Consultant John M. Shares his Insights into L.E.K.


 

I’m a Consultant (post-MBA position) in L.E.K. Consulting’s Boston office, but I actually started at L.E.K. in 2005 as an Associate coming from undergrad. Looking back, I decided to return to L.E.K. after getting my MBA at Tuck for many of the same reasons that I chose L.E.K. in the first place.

The single biggest reason was that I wanted to work on a variety of exciting projects across industries and functions. Consulting was a no-brainer and L.E.K., with its short average case length and generalist model, was an obvious choice. In four years here pre-B-school, I worked on more than 30 cases, from airlines to retail, pharma to telecom – broad experience that was a tremendous business education in and of itself. To contrast, a lot of my friends at other consultancies worked on about a dozen projects in a similar timeframe, often in just one or two practice areas.

Because I’m married and most of my close friends are in Boston, I appreciate the relatively light travel schedule too. I’ve gotten plenty of face-to-face client exposure (in Boston as well as on-site in New York, New Jersey, Indianapolis, and even Kansas) but the weekly flights thing is just not the norm. What I didn’t realize before joining L.E.K. is how being in the office, rather than on the road, helps foster a great company culture. The average age at L.E.K. is under 30 and it’s nice to get lunch, coffee or drinks after work with coworkers even if we’re not on the same team. The fact that we rotate through cases across practice areas relatively quickly, combined with our moderate size (nearly 200 consulting staff in Boston) means you get to know everyone pretty fast. And L.E.K. does a great job of hiring awesome people.

The other thing I didn’t fully appreciate before working here was L.E.K.’s philosophy of giving us exciting work – and a high level of responsibility – relatively early on. I found that was true both as an Associate (when I got to build sophisticated financial models a year or two out of school) and as a Consultant (where I was managing the Associates on my case right off the bat). Again, my peers at other companies often seem like they’re working on more junior-level tasks by comparison. The learning curve is steep, but the training and mentoring at L.E.K. is so strong that you climb it quickly.

Looking back on my breadth of project experience, reasonable travel schedule, and rapidly increasing responsibilities, I found that the decision to return to L.E.K. after Tuck wasn’t a tough one. And one side benefit of working here is that it gives you a lot of outside options – so in a sense, these reasons are why I continue to choose L.E.K., too.

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