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EY Parthenon (software strategy group) or Strategy& (PE/VC product technology group)? Any insights into pay, work culture, types of projects, etc?

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I got offers at both. SSG is an acquisition (formerly Bulger Partners). They definitely have their own micro culture even within Parthenon (they have their own office + they don’t travel) so it felt a lot more collegiate when compared to S&. That being said, not sure how much of that EY has changed. The work is pretty much all CDDs in the software space for PE firms and strategic acquirers. S& is just a bigger company. There’s more travel involved and the work in the PEVC group seems to be more of a functionally generalist role working for only PE clients. The culture seems less cohesive but it sure it depends on the office. Hours seem pretty bad at both - maybe more variable at S&. Pay is better at S&.

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Which one did you pick?

EY Parthenon Software Strategy Group is legit- I know some partners in the group that are top notch

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Doing my first project with our Deals team - the work they do is great if you are aspiring to work in PE/VC as it’s all CDDs (market analysis, competition, business model review etc), they are super analytical and do more modelling than we do on the Consulting side. Projects are very short, very intense, but they rotate industries a lot. Base salary is same as Consulting, but due to their alignment to deals their bonuses have been higher last 3 years. SAs and As I know are never on the bench.

How do I get into this? Sounds super interesting

SSG at EY is 80-90% the Bulger Partners acquisition. Interesting work but PE only with focus on CDD and Tech/Product DD. Hours vary but are usually long. You can expect 80-90 a week with weekend work comfortably. Culture is it’s own also from what I hear very different then overall EY.

I’m in SSG. No one in our group works 80-90 hours per week. Average is probably 55-65. Hours have actually come down slightly since the acquisition (and weekend work has become less frequent).

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