Q: As a new Consultant or Associate, who would I report to?
A: All Alliance professionals are assigned to project teams for specific clients. Associates and Consultants report to the senior person on the project team, usually a Manager or Vice President.
Q: What role does a Consultant play on the case team?
A: Typically, the Consultant is responsible for part of the case, but often through client personnel. Primary responsibility is at an analytical/problem solving level, with additional shared responsibility for coaching of client staff. Often, the output of a case team will be a series of presentations to the client company's top officials. Presentations may be given either by Alliance Consultants or by company personnel who are coached by Alliance Consultants.
Q: What role does an Associate play on the case team?
A: Associates play a similar role to Consultants, the primary difference involving a heavier emphasis on research and analysis and a lower emphasis on coaching client staff.
Q: How many projects do Consultants/Associates work on simultaneously?
A: Generally, Consultants and Associates are staffed on one case at a time, sometimes two. Associates may also contribute to projects on an as-needed basis.
Q: How will my performance be evaluated?
A: Evaluations are conducted at the end of each case, with formal performance reviews every six months.
Q: Do Alliance Consultants specialize in functional areas or do they remain generalists?
A: We do not specialize, but each individual assignment tends to have a strong functional or industry focus. We try to balance these over time to provide a well-rounded experience.
Q: How long (how many hours) is a typical work week at Alliance?
A: Hours worked per week vary widely by individual and by stage of case work. Typically, we work 50 to 55 hours per week, starting each day between 8:30 and 9:00 am and ending between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. The work week can often be very intense and may involve some late nights and weekend work in crunch times, but we try to counter-balance during lighter times.
Q: How much will I travel?
A: You should expect, on average, 1 to 2 days per week out of the office, but you may be out longer on some cases, especially with out-of-town clients. We try to balance travel assignments among staff.
Q: What is unique about what Alliance has to offer?
A: Alliance offers a high degree of client contact, with early responsibility for case team and client management. Our size allows for rapid promotion potential and the corresponding financial rewards, as well as an individualized career path tailored to each of our staff members. All employees are given the ability to play a central role in the administrative life of the firm and business development.
Q: How would you describe Alliance's culture?
A: Alliance employees are team-oriented, non-hierarchical, and participatory. Compared to many firms, we are more egalitarian and non-competitive. We work hard and stress consummate professionalism, with an emphasis on balanced personal and professional growth.