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I interviewed with a number of consultancies during my senior year. FMCG sold me on the level of analyst/officer interaction and the implications that relationship would have for my professional development. On my first day, I met with an officer and immediately began working on a client project. After a month of working collaboratively with the officer to analyze and benchmark the bank's performance, I sat in on the final presentation, where the officer and the heads of my practice presented my analyses to the client. In less than two years at FMCG I have contributed to 6+ client engagements, client proposals, articles, client marketing, model development, recruiting (including on-campus interviews), and analyst training. The experience at FMCG has been truly unique.Jonathan
I was drawn to FMCG by its small size, its emphasis on innovation, and its passion for the work. These factors have enabled me to gain expertise in fields I'd never explored before and to feel like part of a strong and valuable community. One of my first projects was to redesign a crucial piece of code that we use to place customers and businesses at latitude/longitude coordinates. I was surprised when my supervisors tasked me with updating the software, but I quickly mastered the language and produced huge improvements under their guidance. It was a great way to learn a lot about our processes while making a valuable contribution to the team. I'm honored to be part of such a culture.Sam
Georgetown, Finance and International Business
FMCG's entrepreneurial culture and relatively small size were exactly what I was looking for at the time of my job search. First year analysts become valuable team players from day one and can take on considerable responsibility. During my first few months, I was given the opportunity to closely interact and brainstorm ideas with senior level management and quickly moved into the role of a client's day-to-day contact. I was able to contribute from day one at FMCG and gained a clear understanding of the why our firm succeeds: the continuously challenging, aspirational culture fuels a work ethic that delivers great results for current engagements and innovative ideas for the future.Jordan
Cornell, Applied Economics and Management
When I interviewed for various consulting positions, it seemed like every firm stressed the three things I most sought: direct interaction with senior managers, immediate engagement in high-level work, and the opportunity to rise within the firm. From my first interview (which was with the firm's CEO), it was clear that to First Manhattan Consulting Group, these were more than just talking points. As a first-year analyst I work directly with officers to prepare analytics-based marketing campaigns, in a group in which half of my co-workers have spent their entire professional careers with the firm.Michelle
One of the things that drew me most to FMCG was the organization structure—the fact that analysts have a high level of responsibility and get to interact with the most senior level employees on a daily basis. This is something that not many people get to experience right out of college, and the things that can be learned from others who have had so many years of experience is invaluable, both intellectually and for your professional development. The expertise that FMCG has in the financial services industry makes for a very steep learning curve and teaches employees to become true experts in the field.Dave
UPenn, Psychology and Economics
FMCG gave us formal training (in Finance, Accounting, etc.), but what sets this place apart from other firms is the on-the-job training.
For my first analysis, an officer in my group took a half hour to give me a crash course on the high-level methodology of the project. I learned more in that half hour than I could have in months of training. The people at FMCG are all experts in their fields, and they take the time to make you an expert as well.
Georgetown, English and Mathematics
My first day at FMCG, I was assigned to a large strategy project with our president and a senior officer.
I met with one or both on a daily basis—reviewing my analyses, brainstorming hypotheses, and debating finding. Within my first month, I helped facilitate a workshop where I was one of six people, including four C-level executives. During the project, I dealt with senior clients on a regular basis, often with them calling me directly.
I came to FMCG for the opportunity to learn from senior officers and clients—my first year provided more than I even expected.
Immediately after training, I joined our team at the client's site in Chicago. We were helping the client understand which market segments they should target. My responsibility was to analyze the client's data to support our recommendations for change.
The most satisfying part was that, in almost every meeting with the client, my latest analysis was presented and debated.
I was excited about working for FMCG because I knew it was a small firm that would give me an opportunity to work with experienced employees on a daily basis.
I interviewed at a lot of firms in a few different industries but I enjoyed the small, intimate feel of FMCG the most. I knew that the work that I would be doing would be important for the firm and I wouldn't just be doing insignificant tasks.
This is exactly what it turned out to be. I have been given a ton of responsibility at such an early stage and have regularly worked with officers who have been in the industry for over 20 years. I didn't know a lot about the banking industry when I started working here because I was a psychology major in college but I have learned so much very quickly. It is easy to learn when everybody here is so knowledgeable and helpful.
I have been working on segmentation for a brand new product for the Marketing practice. I have been involved in every step of the process and will see the project from start to finish. I will do all of the data analysis and documentation throughout the entire process. It's great to feel like you are doing work that is important and to produce documents and research that will have a positive effect on the firm for years to come. I have also worked on other documents that have been important for client meetings and officer conferences. I have only been here a few months but I feel like I am adding value at a fast rate. It's a nice feeling.
One of my first projects at FMCG involved building a two-dimensional risk-grading system for commercial loans. Less than six months on the job, I was working with an officer at the firm on a presentation to be delivered to the client's steering committee—high level officers at a top commercial bank!Katy
Georgetown, Business Administration
Two of the most appealing attributes of FMCG were the company's size and specific industry focus. FMCG's size offers the opportunity to work directly with officers and top executives and hold greater responsibility. The firm's focus on the financial industry allowed me to build on my knowledge after each project, instead of starting from scratch each time-in turn, allowing me to make a more meaningful contribution to projects from the get-go.
The best aspects of life at FMCG are the people I work with. My co-workers are some of the most intelligent and motivated people I have ever met.
More than that, they are people with whom I get along with and feel comfortable around. Those above me serve as mentors and are always willing to spend time explaining in detail both the immediate task at hand, as well as how things play into the big picture. The other first-year analysts serve as a support network to one another and make the office a fun, relaxed environment in which to work. Working in the Financial Personality practice has given me hands-on marketing experience and allowed me to follow the creative process from start to finish. Within my first week, I was asked to provide edits to creative pieces, and not only were my edits taken seriously, but many of them were included directly in the piece.
Tufts, Quantitative Economics
FMCG is a people-oriented firm; after all, our major asset is our people. We have a formal mentoring program in place and every new recruit is assigned a buddy to help them through the first few months.
In my opinion, FMCG's biggest strength is the mentoring you receive from your project managers—on what you are doing right and what needs to be improved, with pointers and advice.
Hamilton College, World Politics
I currently work as an Independent Contractor for FMCG. I chose FMCG because of the opportunity to develop business background and analytical skills while diving right into important projects and immediately impacting our clients' organizations.
Since 2006, I have worked with one of FMCG's senior officers on engagements in Mexico. I have had the opportunity to work closely with senior clients and play an integral role in the development of the projects.
FMCG offers an unparalleled opportunity to work with high caliber people both in the firm and in our clients' organizations. I have developed personally and professionally as a result of the work and have seen the positive effects on our clients.