Please tell us a little bit about Oliver Wyman (when were you founded, how many staff, what geographic regions, key areas of focus)
Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 50+ cities across nearly 30 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm has more than 4,500 professionals around the world who help clients optimize their business, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC]. For more information, visit www.oliverwyman.com. Follow Oliver Wyman on Twitter @OliverWyman.
What makes Oliver Wyman such a special place to work?
It comes from people who believe that they are creating new possibilities for our clients, themselves, the communities they live in – and for each other.
Visit an Oliver Wyman office anywhere in the world and you will feel it: the buzz of people who are doing work that matters and choosing their path. There’s no corporate mold to fit and hierarchy doesn’t get in the way. Better ideas win and everybody contributes. Join us if you are excited by unfamiliar challenges and at ease working across cultures. You’ll find interesting people who laugh easily, speak their minds and measure success by what gets accomplished, not how many hours are worked.
Experienced professionals bring us the know-how to make lasting change for our clients and our company. We are not typical ‘management’ consultants. We provide industry- and discipline-specific knowledge and expertise, which amplifies our impact and helps us shape the future for our clients. Oliver Wyman is a diverse, entrepreneurial, non-competitive partnership of individuals who like to pursue new opportunities or build a unique franchise doing what they do best in a collegial, fun environment.
How do you embrace Diversity at Oliver Wyman?
At Oliver Wyman, our vision is to bring exceptional people together to create value by making lasting contributions to our clients, industries, and societies. Inclusion and diversity is central to this vision. We are committed to creating a strong, united and inclusive culture with a superior people proposition to attract, develop and retain the best people. If you are interested in joining a firm in which the smartest people come to work, where we tap into the full breadth of thinking to solve our client’s toughest problems and where we work together to deliver industry-changing results—come join us.
Do you have an internal women’s network at Oliver Wyman?
Our people networks play a leading role in promoting inclusion and diversity within the firm. These networks include GLOW, comprised of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) employees and their allies; EMPOWERED, comprised of our racially and ethnically diverse employees and their allies and Women at Oliver Wyman (WOW).
WOW is comprised of women and men who, together, work to improve our recruitment, development and retention of highly talented women. Our active, global WOW network creates opportunities for staff to share their experiences and learn from each other, build relationships, develop professionally, and influence the firm. For more information, please email [email protected]
What can a potential candidate expect during the interviewing process?
Our interview process is like our work environment. Challenging. Exciting. Fun.
Although our interview process is as diverse as the roles we offer, you should expect a mix of conversational and capability interviews. Our approach is designed not only to get to know you and to understand more about your strengths and interests, but also to enable you to learn more about our people and our business.
What do you look for in a potential candidate?
In our recruiting, we look for people who will make Oliver Wyman an even better place in the future. We look for people who are self-starters and free-thinkers. Most importantly, we look for passion and for the desire to help build and shape us.
What benefits or reward programmes do you provide for employees (eg Maternity, Bonus schemes)?
We offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits and programs including health and welfare, pension, employee assistance program, domestic partnership benefits, career mobility, employee network groups, volunteer opportunities, and other programs.
Do you provide training for your staff?
At Oliver Wyman, you’ll choose to develop your career in the manner you prefer. We hire predominantly from university. So it is essential we have truly industry-leading training & development, mentoring, and work-life sustainability. Unlike our competitors, we find and develop most of our Partners from within and we cannot afford to get the career development proposition wrong.
The pay-off for you is faster development: you will evolve into a leader here faster than anywhere else. You’ll be ahead of your peers through a combination of our deep expertise and focused talent programs. This also makes Oliver Wyman the single best springboard there is to a wide range of exciting future career options.
You’ll work in close collaboration with senior executives from some of the most successful businesses across the world. Whether it’s a major international airline merger, a transformational project for one of Europe’s largest supermarket chains, or a new branch strategy for a top North American bank, our projects have tangible, lasting impact. In addition to Global 1000 companies, our clients include governments, regulators, and some of the most prominent non-profit organizations.
Tell us a little about your values and how these are evidenced in working practice?
The core purpose of Oliver Wyman, the reason we exist, is to bring exceptional people together to create value by making lasting contributions to our clients, industries, and societies. Everything we do is based on our values.
First, we want to have an environment where exceptional people can thrive. To facilitate this, we make sure there are no artificial barriers to advancement and rely on culture rather than rules. We have an open, informal environment and encourage all of our colleagues to play an active role in shaping the future of our clients, our firm, and their own careers. We want our people to be passionate about their work, but also have the time and energy to have a remarkable life outside work. We bring together people with a wide range of skills, styles, personalities, interests, and backgrounds. All of these things taken together provide the best environment for people to develop.
Second, we want to find better ways to make lasting contributions. We believe in getting to the right answer, not just a “good enough” answer. We believe in doing the right thing. We have a hunger for going deeper into issues, challenging conventional wisdom and searching for a better way, pushing for ideas, insights, solutions and techniques that will create lasting impact for our clients. We believe that if we deliver the best answer, we will make a more substantial, lasting and positive impact on the world.
What is your approach to flexible working?
We never forget that your world is bigger than the office.
Oliver Wyman cares deeply about sustainable work-life quality. We can help you pursue your passion, provide you with time to learn something new, or change what’s possible at a non-profit organization anywhere in the world. Through our flexible working programs you can:
- Plan a month or two away from the firm – or arrange a sabbatical as long as six months.
- Bring your skills to a non-profit for up to six months – with a paycheck from Oliver Wyman
- Take a break from consulting and see what you learn in another kind of business through an Externship.
- Extend your business network by rotating to a new position here or at our corporate parent, MMC.
- Transfer to another office with our ‘Golden Passport’ program.
- Create more time by adjusting your work schedule on a temporary or long-term basis.
At Oliver Wyman we believe that flexibility and refreshment are essential for a sustainable career in a demanding field, and that what you contribute is more important than face-time at the office.
Are there any statistics that you are particularly proud off, eg number of women on your board, attrition rates, number of awards won?
You can learn a little of our successes to date here. And we aren’t done yet!