In the end, I chose Deloitte for several reasons:
- they looked more ‘professional’ and organised. I felt that there was no clear direction or strategy in EY regarding how to address new clients. Regarding the practice itself, they seem lack structure and methods (they openly told me they were sort of copying Accenture of Deloitte’s methods and tools).
- EY’s consulting arm relies heavily on public sector. Most of their contracts or clients are this area according to the partner I talked to. Given the latest annoucements in the Budget, I wouldn’t consider public sector as having a lot of growth potential. On the other hand, Deloitte are much more diversified in terms of clients and sectors.
According to I saw/discussed, there are also positive sides to EY:
- their open-mindness (they seem to be quite open to new ideas and entrepreneurial initiatives)
- their consulting practice is ramping up from very low, so it’s a good time to comme and grow within the organisation.
But may be what made the difference is that a partner in Deloitte called me several times to convince me to come. So if you feel that one of the two really wants you, it always helps.
By the way, I’m in the IT advisory arm, now starting end of August.