Philippe, Manager

"At Estin & Co, your role and responsibilities evolve as quickly as you can take it. It is humbling and inspiring to see peers who managed successfully through those transitions. "

Profile

Manager

French

Ecole Polytechnique, “Ingénieur Polytechnicien program,” undergraduate studies and Master of Science in Quantitative Economics and Finance
Stanford University, Master of Science in Financial Mathematics
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategic Management and Finance

Previous experience:
  • Strategy and management consulting with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Paris
Life outside Estin & Co:
  • Running, swimming and skiing
  • Playing piano

Why I joined

When I started my MBA, I knew I would stay in consulting where I had already worked full time. I joined Estin & Co as an experienced intern over the summer, and I came back a year later because of the perfect fit it was on a few aspects which were key to me:
- The company. At the core, Estin & Co is a small and growing firm, making it well adapted to consultants with an entrepreneurial spirit. Hierarchy and processes are kept lean.
- The work. Strategy is a trade with a steep learning curve. It needs to be learnt and practiced over a range of industries. At Estin & Co, we dedicate all our time to it. Many clients come to us because of our expertise on growth.
- The development opportunities. We are all generalists and the typical time between promotions is below average, even for consulting.

Life at the firm

At the office, I enjoy seeing only familiar faces. This is another advantage of a small firm: we spend time together at drinks, dinners and seminars, usually in or around Provence. When I work in France, travel is limited, as our clients are in the board or top management of the companies we work for. Everyone has strong drive and ambition, but maintains a balanced and fulfilling life outside work. The environment is also markedly international. I can spend a full day at the office speaking and writing only in English, whether it be with clients, industry experts or colleagues, and it takes me a minute to realize I am still in Paris when I leave in the evening!

The daily job

Your role will evolve extremely quickly. You will need to be proficient at performing quantitative analyses. However, the job is just as much about synthesis and teamwork. It is also about understanding your client, adapting your communication and recommendations to their specific situation and organization. The required skillset changes frequently, and it is humbling and inspiring to see peers who managed successfully through those transitions.