Why Oliver Wyman?
I joined Oliver Wyman’s Financial Services Quantitative Analytics (FSQA) team around a year after the team was initially formed, drawn by the opportunity to join a dynamic and fast-growing start-up business unit within a well-respected consulting firm, which I felt offered a great combination of both scale and agility.
I was particularly compelled by the prospect of taking a specialised consulting role that would offer the chance to tackle technically difficult business problems while being part of projects with genuine impact. I have always been motivated by the variety that a project-based role offers and the satisfaction to be found in cracking difficult quantitative problems.
Real work, Right away
After three days with the firm, I joined my first Oliver Wyman project and was immediately impressed by the supportiveness of the team that I was working with and their willingness to discuss ideas and offer guidance.
The supportive and collaborative culture is a key aspect unpinning the opportunities for development within the firm, and the speed at which this is possible, and is a theme which I have seen consistently throughout my time at Oliver Wyman.
Work Life Balance
The ethos around flexibility and work life balance in FSQA is genuinely among the best that I have come across. The phrase ‘work life balance’ is not just a collection of words, but is a core value driven from the top down. Of course, client work has to be done in a timely way and to a very high standard, however the teams are encouraged to work in a way that suits them, where possible.
In my case, I have two young children and a wife whose career I am keen to support. Being able to flex my schedule so that I can part of the family routine is of paramount importance to me and is an investment I feel strongly about making. FSQA marries this aim with the opportunity to build a rewarding career and for significant professional development.