Tim Barth, Accenture Strategy (MIM, 2018)

Tim Barth

Tim was part of the German winner team of the Accenture Strategy Global Case Challenge. He completed a 4 month internship at Accenture Strategy in summer 2017.

Tell us about your internship

Luckily, I had the opportunity to be staffed on two projects during my internship at Accenture Strategy: My first project dealt with the conception of a management reporting dashboard for clinical studies for a leading German Pharma company. At my second project, Accenture Strategy supported a DAX30 company in developing their digital strategy and accompanying their digital transformation process.

What was your role during the project?

During my two projects, I took over diverse tasks such as conducting research and defining solution approaches to solve complex issues, preparing and wrapping up of client workshops and interviews as well as general project management tasks. Moreover, I was responsible for the completion of my own work packages.

What did you like most during your internship at Accenture Strategy?

Right from the beginning I was a fully accepted team member and quickly overtook responsibilities. My internship helped me to understand, what it means to be a strategy consultant at Accenture Strategy. Moreover, I think it is fantastic that I had the opportunity to be part of two completely different projects.

What advice do you have for ESCP applicants?

Use the ESCP Linking Talents Recruiting Days and/ or the Accenture Strategy Global Case Challenge as a great opportunity to get to know Accenture Strategy

What did you learn most during your internship?

There are three major points I will take with me from my internship:

  1. Interesting insights into Pharma industry
  2. How to draw a clear storyline
  3. What’s important when steering complex coordination processes

Tell us a fun fact of your project

At the client site our project office was in the same building as the offices of the executive board – throughout the project we met 4 out of 6 board members in the elevator 🙂 I really liked the fact that the project team also spends time together after work – be it a joint dinner, a wine tasting or a gym visit.

Felicitas Weil von der Ahe, Siemens Management Consulting (MIM, 2015)

What is unique about working at SMC?

Our in-depth knowledge of Siemens’ industries enables us to thoroughly understand our clients’ needs and design effective and sustainable strategies. We, as an in-house consulting group, are in the unique position to witness the real-world impact of our thinking and advice. For us, a project is only a success when we see it having a lasting change.

What is unique about SMC culture?

The company culture is very cooperative and relationships between people are close-knit. Everyone knows everyone and helps one another, whether consultant or colleague in the back office. Many employees are friends and like to spend time together outside of work. What I appreciate in my colleagues is that they are tuned-in, helpful, and fun to be around, despite what is being achieved and the stress of day-to-day work.

What are the challenges in this role?

Working at SMC means an environment of constant challenges and opportunities to prove yourself. This was extremely helpful for my personal development.
On every project, you are exposed to new things, whether it is meeting new clients, experiencing a foreign culture, or addressing topics that you haven’t dealt with before. One thing that challenges me the most, which I did not expect when I started this job, is the interaction with clients. An example of this is understanding the client’s intention and acting as a link to bring the various intentions of the different stakeholders together.

What advice do you have for ESCP applicants?

It is important to have a true interest in Siemens and its values, strategy and products, as well as Siemens Management Consulting’s role in being an integral part of the company for 20 years. You have to have confidence in your motives for joining SMC and be committed to promoting the future of Siemens as a whole. You should always strive to be authentic during your interviews, otherwise your interviewer will notice. Consulting is a “peoples” business and SMC is about individual personalities and true authenticity.

Saskia de Tschaschell, Shell (MIM, 2016)

Saskia de Tschaschell

During my Bachelor studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, when working part-time at the Hilton hotel, I often got in touch with Shell employees, as the head quarter is located in The Hague.

I was impressed by their openness, attitude and enthusiasm to work for Shell. I never thought that I would apply to Shell one day, but during my studies at ESCP Europe I eventually saw it as a fantastic opportunity to apply for the Graduate Program at Shell. I conducted an extensive research on the company and figured out that I strived to work for a multinational company such as Shell, that is present in more than 70 countries.

After I successfully passed the online tests and an interview, I decided to carry out a three- month long Assessed Internship instead of the assessment center. The Assessed Internship provided me with the possibility to learn more about Shell, the work environment and to be responsible for a highly interesting project, namely a research study on the cosmetics industry. After a final presentation and assessment of my project, I was offered a position for the three-year Graduate Program, which includes two placements.

During my first role in Specialities (Bitumen) I worked in marketing and always felt challenged with a great variety of different projects. Since March 2017 I started my second role as a Business Analyst with responsibilities of an Account Manager in Lubricants and am taking care of different OEM customers such as BMW.

Shell is an inspiring company to work for and offers tailor-made job opportunities that allow me to shape my own career. With the Graduate Program, I am perfectly prepared for interesting managerial positions and can always rely on these extraordinary experiences I have made throughout my first years.

Christian Fink, E.ON (MEB, 2014)

Christian Fink

How did you get in touch with E.ON Inhouse Consulting (ECON)?

Having finished my thesis work, I wanted to get practical experience in consulting. My interest in the energy industry led me to apply for a three-month internship at ECON, after which I received an offer for a position as a Project Consultant. I happily accepted it, given the positive experience that I gathered throughout my internship, in particular the style of work and atmosphere at ECON.

What do you like most about ECON?

First of all I like the exciting projects at ECON. As an internal consultancy, ECON drives major strategic projects for the E.ON Group and at ECON you are a part of developing new strategies and turning them into reality. Even being staffed on a new project you can see how the strategy you have been working on evolves and what impact it creates. Additionally, I enjoy the working style at ECON: flat hierarchies and a strong feedback culture ensure a steep learning curve, supported by a broad training curriculum and a personal mentor satisfying individual development needs. However, most important to me is the friendly and collaborative atmosphere at ECON. It actually reminds me a little bit of my time at ESCP. We are a very international company with colleagues from 15 different nationalities, diverse backgrounds and we use English as the business language. Furthermore, I am not only spending time with my colleagues in the office. A lot of colleagues also became friends and we spend a lot of time together over the weekend.

Tell us about your projects

I worked on exciting projects in business development, driving efficiency or in digitalization. During my last project we founded a start-up company for Internet-of-Things-solutions in Berlin. It was really exciting to witness the whole process of strategy development and implementation, while navigating all operational challenges coming along with founding a new start-up. Currently, I am supporting E.ON’s Digital Transformation with a focus on Marketing and Sales for our solutions business.

What advice do you have for ESCP applicants?

The application process at ECON consists of three case-based interviews. Therefore, I highly recommend practicing this interview format. On the one hand, it is important to get used to the structured approach of problem solving. To exercise this approach I read books such as Case in Point by Mark Consentio and solved a lot of case studies. The website preplounge.com is also quite useful. On the other hand, I solved case studies and conducted mock interviews together with other students also applying for consulting jobs – the direct feedback was especially valuable for my preparation.

E.ON is a company in the energy industry; thus, some content of the case study will likely be related to the energy sector. Although you do not have to be an energy expert to apply at ECON, I would recommend getting a basic understanding of the industry and the current challenges in the market.

Anne Westphal, DHL Consulting (MIM, 2012)

Anne Westphal

What led you to join DHL Consulting?

Consulting had always interested me, but at the same time I wanted to really get to know a company with its business models, culture and build my network - so inhouse consulting seemed like a great option for me. During my interview day at DHL Consulting, I found the people and the discussions really interesting and engaging. I had a really good feeling right from the start.

What do you like most about DHL Consulting?

What I like most about DHL Consulting is the international spirit. It’s great to work and socialize with colleagues from all corners of the world that bring in their different personalities, opinions and experiences. Together we work on international business problems supporting DHL’s senior management to develop their business worldwide. For instance, I worked in projects across 4 continents, conducted interviews with CFOs in Africa and visited warehouses in the UK.

DHL Consulting also feels like a small family business where all colleagues are on a first-name basis.

What have you learned so far?

Starting as a consultant my learning curve was steep: consulting boot camps, logistic knowledge and DHL’s different business models. In more than 10 projects from operational process optimization for warehouses, over global reorganizations to the company’s strategy 2020 I took over various roles with more and more responsibility. Now as senior consultant, I am leading a small team of consultants in a market entry study, learning how to best engage my team to support our client.

Celine Müller (MIM, 2016), BearingPoint

Celine Müller

How did you become aware of BearingPoint?

One of my friends from ESCP interned at BearingPoint, after the summer I met her and she told me about the great experiences she made in her team and on her project. So, I was curious about BearingPoint’s work mentality and culture that I applied for a job. During the assessment center, I already realized the friendly atmosphere with open minded people and the great culture.

What attracted you to join BearingPoint?

In my opinion BearingPoint’s focus on projects is to drive innovation in our digital age. Besides optimizing client’s daily business processes, BearingPoint’s vision is to create business value by making use of the latest technology and business solutions on the market. This attracted me besides the great culture the most.

Why did you choose a career in consulting?

I have had chosen a career in consulting because I wanted to learn two things at once, working with different teams in an always changing business environment and at the same time constantly learning and using the newest tools and technology. In consulting one thing is sure, the daily routine is rare and that is why the job is so exciting for me.

What advice do you have for ESCP applicants?

My greatest experience at ESCP was to work in intercultural teams to prepare case studies. This experience helped me to develop skills to work with different people from different origin and characteristics. I have learned how important it is to be a team player and that a team needs to be unified in front of the class which is also important on consulting projects.  I really recommend students at ESCP to make the most of it when working in teams – it will help you in your later life in consulting.

What skills and qualities should one have to start a consulting career at BearingPoint?

In my opinion you should bring passion, commitment and team spirit. In addition, you should be interested in the latest technological trends and innovation of the digital age.

Carina Baumgärtner, EY (MIM, 2014)

Carina Baumgärtner

How did you become aware of EY?

I have friends who have worked at EY and told me about it. When EY presented its business and career opportunities at recruiting events on campus in Berlin and Paris, I had a chance to take a closer look.

 What attracted you to join EY?

The chance to get to know various companies and industries was very attractive to me, and so was the prospect of receiving first-class development and training. EY also offers a good life balance in comparison to strategic consultancies.

 Why did you choose a career in consulting?
I've always had an interest in HR. The People Advisory Services team at EY works on a broad spectrum of customer projects in HR, dealing with HR process optimisation, change management, training, coaching, leadership development and more. This diversity has enabled me to learn a lot in a very short space of time.

 What is your advice for ESCP students?

Participate in ESCP’s career events to get in touch with companies and make use of their services, for example solving case studies. This will best prepare you for an interview. An internship is excellent to see whether this is the path you want to follow. As an intern at EY, you will be treated as a full member of the team and work on the customer site from day one. That’s not only great for finding out whether this kind of work is for you, but also a great way to open doors to a permanent position.

What skills and qualities should one have to start a consulting career at EY?

This is the right job for people who bring flexibility, commitment, adaptability and team spirit with them.