2024 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
"Pure strategy work, great culture, great socials, brilliant people.”
“Firm culture—it's a challenging, fun, and rewarding environment and colleagues quickly become true friends.”
“The culture and community.”
“Consulting has longer hours, some benefits you might get at a large firm are lacking (e.g. free canteen, free subway travel).”
“Growing so fast, we run hot, hours can be long, and we are under a lot of pressure to over deliver to establish ourselves in the market. However, this is improving, and seeing and contributing to our success has been very rewarding.”
“Limited name recognition in the US; few US offices means limited transferability within the US.”
About OC&C Strategy Consultants
Focusing on strategic analysis, OC&C Strategy Consultants breaks the concept of strategy consulting down into five organizational areas: group strategy, business unit/divisional strategy, product/market/channel strategy, transaction support, and strategy realization.
The firm focuses on answering strategic questions facing clients from first principles, based on market, customer, and competitor realities, rather than operational status quo and constraints. That's a strategy, the firm says, that ensures clients benefit from truly custom-built solutions, rather than off-the-shelf methodologies.
Although OC&C doesn't publicize its client list, it does claim to work not only with major corporations, but also with mid-sized companies that need strategic help in rapidly changing industries. Its industries include industrial products and services, consumer goods, infrastructure, leisure, luxury, media, private equity, retail, technology, and transportation.
While founded in Europe more than three decades ago—with early offices in the UK, Germany, and France—OC&C has expanded its footprint in core strategic markets and now serves clients on a global scale. In addition to maintaining its presence in these markets, OC&C has also leveraged its European market position in its core sectors to the US, Asia, and beyond—trading from offices in New York, Boston, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Melbourne. Most recently, OC&C has added to its European footprint with the incorporation of offices in Italy and the Netherlands.
One point of pride for OC&C is its expertise in consumer goods. Within this area, it offers insights and provides solutions in three key sections: growth stakes, profitability issues and category management. Retail has also long been an OC&C focus. The firm claims to have been one of the original advocates for the importance of emerging value offers, private label goods, and battling category killers.
The firm has made a significant effort to advise technology companies and media outlets since its founding. It offers strategy reviews, transformational performance improvement, profitable use of the digital arena, and go-to-market strategies for new services and products. OC&C also supports world-renowned private equity firms in such areas as potential investment scoping, vendor and buyer due diligence, and post-acquisition strategy.
OC&C has a comprehensive pro bono and volunteering program through its partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation, New York's largest poverty-fighting organization. Through this partnership, OC&C provides multiple pro bono consulting engagements per year, helping advise Robin Hood's Partner organizations on strategic and operational questions. In addition to pro bono projects, the firm supports the broader community in New York and Boston through fundraising, volunteering opportunities, and other engagements. That commitment to doing things the right way was fully realized in 2023, when the firm became a Certified B CorpTM—a reflection not just of its pro bono work, but the extent to which ESG principles are embedded within its client work. According to a press release issued by the firm at the time, that work accounts for some 1.5% of overall revenue.
The disruption wrought by Covid-19 has only reinforced the strength of our model, with clients more in need than ever of fundamental strategic thinking to help them navigate the dramatic changes and new opportunities this disruption has created.
250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
Employer Type: Private
Worldwide Managing Partner: Will Hayllar
New York, NY
- Business Unit/Divisional Strategy
- Group Strategy
- Organization & Change
- Product/Market/Channel Strategy
- Strategy Realization
- Transaction Support