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Vault’s Verdict

YCP Solidiance stands out for its entrepreneurial environment, offering autonomy and early responsibility, appealing to those eager for a steep learning curve and significant client interaction. The firm's culture emphasizes teamwork, flexibility, and growth, with management supportive of individual success paths. However, challenges include the absence of formal senior-level training and a demanding workload that may affect work-life balance.

According to insiders, the firm is positioning itself for expansion, introducing new divisions such as Digital Transformation (DX), Interactive Solutions (ISD), and Supply Chain (SCD)—changes that should create opportunities for consultants willing to play a role in building their firm, as well as helping to improve the recognition of the brand throughout the region.

For ambitious individuals looking to impact the consulting industry within the APAC region, YCP Solidiance is a unique proposition that is well worth investigating further.

 

Employee Reviews

Firm Culture

  • “A great option for young, curious professionals looking to develop their industry expertise.”
  • "Chance to be actually involved in real business problem-solving with voices being heard."
  • "Early responsibility for even junior consultants! YCPS is the choice if you don’t want to be just a PPT machine."
  • “Our ability to go into the details and drive actionable insights for clients and those that most framework-driven firms would miss. We are very execution-oriented as well.”
  • “The firm is for candidates who aim to be business leaders, not professional consultants or investment bankers. The firm offers training and on-the-job project experiences that build up employees' all-round management skills.”
  • “YCP is the fastest growing consulting firm in APAC with wide range of practices and functions that could fit any potential candidate’s needs in term of scope of work, career path and ambition.”

Quality of Life

  • "As a partner, I have allocated fund and resources to improve the quality and the work-life balance of the professionals through strict working allocation not more than 80% per individual. Also, I have scheduled lots of offsite meetings to spur healthy balanced work through sports, as well as spurring collaborations among professionals.”
  • “Best aspect on the firm's quality of life is the ability to work from home 4 days a week and the ease with which one can take time off.”
  • "Firm is very focused on value add and not on irrelevant factors like time spent in office or self-promotion."
  • "The company allows each professional to work from anywhere and respects the individual's personal life as well as preference with high flexibility."
  • "We have a culture where people feel in control of their work-life balance."

Career Development

  • "Best aspects include clear promotion criteria which leadership notifies you of and helps you to achieve."
  • "Not much mentorship as there is an absence of middle to upper leadership in my office."
  • "Promotion is considered twice a year by considering the score from 360-degree review. Good support from colleagues to help each other to grow."
  • "The firm is committed to individual skillset growth through various and extensive training programs and offers challenges to each staff to become future leaders."
  • "We have a very high-transparency culture where reviews and progression plans are widely available & comfortably discussed."

Compensation

  • "Best aspect—pay equality among colleagues of the same rank."
  • "Compensation is actively linked to performance, with fast track growth for high performers."
  • "Our firm provides transparent compensation packages. The performance bonus will be provided by each professional's performance evaluated by all the colleagues who worked together."
  • "Salary and bonus are good, but benefits and salary progression are bare minimum."
  • "YCP compensation scheme might vary per country but in a nutshell, we are usually above Big 4 Compensation but below MBB."

Community Engagement

  • "All consultants have equal access to interesting/high-quality work and promotion opportunities."
  • "Everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation is having the same opportunity for career progression."
  • "The firm is highly merit-based and there is absolutely no discrimination shown on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and LGBTQ+ preferences."
  • “We do not see any gender gap for the any of the aspect (promotion, compensation, etc.). I personally feel that the firm provide equal access to interesting/high-quality work and promotion opportunities.”
  • "We have strong diversity with respect to race & ethnicity, individuals with disabilities, and gender."

Business Outlook

  • "Best aspect of business outlook would be a potential P&L uplift due to fixing of management structure."
  • "Business outlook seems strong and promising, especially in non-consulting business segments."
  • "In terms of business outlook, the local firm in Jakarta is confident to reach the target, after strong network provided by the firm."
  • "The firm has excellent leadership style even in negative business environment."
  • "YCP's CEO and founder, Yuki Ishida, has been consistently engaged in diversifying YCP's holdings to enhance our overall group performance."

Hiring Process

  • "Candidates go through 3-4 rounds of interviews. We are seeking the brightest minds in the country from top-tier institutions with a passion for problem-solving and adding value to our clients."
  • "Candidates that are open for the steep learning curve. Have ownership and willing to strive for growth of their career.”
  • "The firm is typically looking for ambitious, driven, and smart candidates who want to make an impact in the business world."
  • “The process is able to filter the candidates effectively, and it's proven that those who passed the interview case will excel in the project execution.”
  • "We hire from leading local universities and from MBB & Big 4."

Interview Questions

  • "Business cases requiring structuring the problem statement and qualitative evaluation."
  • "Case studies will be different from each office. In the past, YCP Solidiance used to have the same 10 case studies."
  • “Decision analysis cases to understand the candidates' ability work analytically with uncertain situations or business cases based on actual client situations such as industry outlook.”
  • "The interview consists of PowerPoint slide development, presentation, critical thinking, and problem-solving questions/cases."
  • "Typical business cases as usual, expecting candidates to be well versed with consulting frameworks, market sizing questions, and case questions."
YCP Solidiance

3 Fraser Street
DUO Tower, #05‑21
Singapore 189352
Phone: +65 6910 2604

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Private
Managing Partner, Executive Director, and Group CEO: Yuki Ishida
Managing Partner, NA & EMEA Regional Manager, and Management Services Division CEO: Pilar Dieter
Managing Partner, Japan Regional Management, and Management Services Division co-CEO: Nobuiku Nyudo
2024 Employees (All Locations): 700

Major Office Locations

National
San Diego, CA
New York City, NY
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nova Scotia, Canada

Major Departments & Practices

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Digital Transformation
  • Operations
  • Global Research
  • Marketing
  • Automotive & Mobility
  • Chemicals & Energy
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Consumer & Retail
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare 
  • Manufacturing
  • Private Equity & Investment
  • Technology, Media, & Telecommunications