Top 100 Alumni Communities

"Great Places To Have Worked" in New York, London, and Paris, based on unbiased perspectives from thousands of alumni.


Foreword


What makes some alumni events vibrant, some others awkward, and many plain painful?

Why do most companies seem to do too much, or too little (and, in both cases, nearly always too boring)?

The answer is in the eye of the beholder : it's the sense of community, stupid. But how does one create that?

We've aggregated thousands of interviews and survey responses over the past few years to identify the drivers for the sense of community among alumni. And through that process, we've identified a number of companies that are finding great levers to drive engagement from their alumni. We want to showcase these companies, and the input we heard from alumni, by sharing this list.

None of the companies highlighted in this list have paid to be included, and companies that offered a quid proquo have been excluded. 3 companies have opted out of this list because they perceived our description to be too negative.

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McKinsey Consulting - New York

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This alumni community has a strong core, and is heavily supported by the firm. The culture of "paying it forward" really lives on with alumni, who leverage a stellar community of leaders for personal and professional development, and give back to the firm by mentoring others.

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The top law firm cultivates a collegial culture, which reflects positively on its alumni community. The many leaders that came out of the firm consistently make themselves available to more junior members and take time to help them.

Google Tech & Media - London

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The Xoogler community is strong, tight-knit, and supportive, despite the lack of formal investment from Google. The strong engagement reflects the emergence of the xoogler.co entrepreneurial community, whose signature yearly event Xoogler Demo Days is a springboard for entrepreneurs and investors alike.

Procter & Gamble Other - London

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Hiring only fresh grads creates a strong esprit de corps at the consumer goods leader - and the London alumni chapter, while not the strongest or the most active, benefits from the strong global involvement and the support of many volunteers.

EBRD Financial Services - London

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This independent association manages to garner volunteer involvement from multiple senior alumni and manage to keep together a group of highly-mobile alumni around the world.

Procter & Gamble Other - New York

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The CPG giant has managed to create the strongest self-sustaining alumni community in the world, partly by generating heavy involvement of volunteers, and partly by partnering with interesting services for alumni like GBC, a virtual accelerator

A.T. Kearney Consulting - London

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The leadership engages thoughtfully with alumni through regular informal meetups, as well as its involvement in the yearly International Womens Day Forum.

Accenture Consulting - London

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Despite a full-fledged alumni offering and its impressive size, this group hasn't inspired many alumni to contribute so far - the Strategy Alumni Reception event, held annually, is its biggest event.

Allen & Overy Law Firm - London

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A pretty broad range of activities for alumni, spanning global networking, sports, charity, and mentorship. The question remains: how many people are taking advantage of all of these?

Bird & Bird Law Firm - London

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With great intentions but without significant senior sponsorship, this alumni community is lacking vitality according to its members.

Bristows LLP Law Firm - London

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While alumni at this boutique firm are known to be supportive to each other, they are complaining about the weakness of digital platforms.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Law Firm - London

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The collegial culture at this firm lives on with its alumni, and many manage to maintain relationships despite limited support from the firm beyond a standard alumni marketing platform.

citi Financial Services - London

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This large and relatively recent community benefits from a high investment and strong CEO support, but many alumni aren't feeling the connection in the day to day.

Clifford Chance Law Firm - London

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This firm's alumni benefit from an exciting sabbatical program open to alumni, Clifford Chance Choice

Morgan Stanley Financial Services - London

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Occasional cocktail parties and bigger events like the 40th UK anniversary have gathered many alumni, who have nevertheless complained about the lack of sustained involvement from company leadership.

A.T. Kearney Consulting - New York

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A resourceful team runs a good marketing communications program despite a limited budget, benefiting from the broad community in the New York area and strong support from the CEO.

Bain and Company Consulting - New York

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With a strong concentration of alumni and a culture strong enough to bring people back, this community drives decent engagement with its members.

Boston Consulting Group Consulting - New York

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A strong roster of well-connected alumni is not sufficient to keep members engaged. The Worldwide Alumni Day creates a global connection between alumni from different offices, and many alumni look forward to it, but regret the lack of connectedness outside of these events.

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Law Firm - New York

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The boutique law firm manages to generate strong goodwill within its alumni by maintaining a personal connection with them, which reflects in the value they generate for the firm.

Ernst Young Financial Services - New York

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Beyond a well-distributed and well produced newsletter, alumni report less activity in NYC than one would expect for a firm of this stature and with an alumni community this large.

Google Tech & Media - New York

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One of the largest non-financial employers in NYC, Google has managed to build a vibrant alumni community around entrepreneurship and tech investment. The NYC community is not quite as active as others in the Xoogler community, but is starting to permeate the whole NYC tech ecosystems.

Huron Consulting Group Consulting - New York

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A creative program run by supportive leadership goes a long way to create a spirit of community by developing personal connections between alumni. Relatively small investment is really appreciated by alumni and drives referrals of talent and projects.

Morgan Stanley Financial Services - New York

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NYC is by far the strongest alumni community for the massive bank, and the place that drives most of its activity.

Oliver Wyman Consulting - New York

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The largest global Oliver Wyman office globally makes an effort to reach out to its members and build community, and a good proportion of alumni are excited about the support they’re getting.

SAP Tech & Media - New York

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The NYC community at SAP shares a strong culture and the sense of pride is apparent in alumni reports. While they stay attached to the company leadership and are generally helpful to each other, alumni feel that their efforts to reunite could be better supported.

CapGemini Consulting - Paris

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Alumni have come together after leaving the consulting and technology giant and are often active, but this volunteer-driven initiative suffers from being a side project for many of its organizers.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Law Firm - Paris

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This office is still small enough to be directly involved with many of its alumni's careers, who leverage a large international community to stay abreast of opportunities.

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While the office counts among the larger ones, the level of alumni engagement in Paris is very limited. Alumni feel a connection to the firm but haven't seen much activity or significant outreach for a while.

Grant Thornton Financial Services - Paris

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The alumni-led initiative manages to bring connectedness to the community, as the large financial services network supports it and helps manage the complexity in coordinating a largely diffuse geographic group of people.

J.P. Morgan Financial Services - Paris

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The Paris office's alumni tend to keep to themselves - which is a missed opportunity given the huge value in this group, according to the alumni themselves.

Nestle Other - Paris

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This large group shares a strong set of values and attachment to the mothership, but regrets the lack of opportunity for getting together.

OCC Consulting - Paris

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This small boutique barely made the list, as many alumni report receiving little support or news, and having much organized contact with their former colleagues. But it did make the list because many alumni keep fond memories of their time at the firm, and get together informally.

PwC Financial Services - Paris

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Lots of events and sustained leadership for alumni relationships has created a strong community in Paris, despite the mixed reports on employee exit experience that several alumni have shared.

Bain and Company Consulting - London

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The strength and prestige of the network drive many alumni to stay in touch, but despite its strong culture the company struggles to maintain high engagement. Many former consultants stay in touch informally but regret the lack of opportunity or a more structured approach.

Barclays Financial Services - London

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A large and long-standing alumni community, with many benefits (eg store, magazine) but with minimal activity beyond a standard platform.

BBC Tech & Media - London

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The recently-launched portal shows a lot of good intentions, but alumni participation isn't there yet despite some good early efforts.

BearingPoint Alumni Group Consulting - London

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While it counts many alumni in the City, the company struggles to maintain activity despite its investment. Several alumni report that the engagement feels opportunistic.

Boston Consulting Group Consulting - London

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The firm's signature alumni event, the Worldwide Alumni Day, is now being copied by other firms. While the community is generally helpful and supportive, several alumni wonder whether the company doing enough to consistently add value for them.

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While the London community barely compares in size to its NYC and DC affiliates, Cleary alumni report decent level of connectedness and mentorship despite the limited investment by the company.

Covington & Burling LLP Law Firm - London

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Alumni from this large law firm don't feel much love from the firm, but thanks to their relatively small numbers they manage to maintain some informal activity.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Law Firm - London

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This smaller satellite office of the leading firm doesn't have the critical mass of alumni to have sustained activity, but its people-centric culture and its ties to larger US-based communities creates enough momentum to make its members feel connected.

Deloitte Consulting - London

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This community benefits from strong executive sponsorship, but alumni report that execution doesn't always match the vision. They have enjoyed personal and career development events as well as networking opportunities, but the referral program seems to be less active as of late.

Ernst Young Financial Services - London

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Bigger isn't always better, but EY claims the largest global alumni community, with 200k active members. They are active and supportive with their alumni.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Law Firm - London

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This large law firm is creative with resources, encouraging and supporting its alumni in organizing local events. That partly makes up for the lack of dedicated support.

Goldman Sachs Financial Services - London

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The sense of pride and ownership is apparent with many alumni, who remember fondly the intense battles they've fought together. Many alumni have moved on to do great things and naturally help each other out.

HSBC Financial Services - London

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This community ticks a lot of boxes, but many alumni report feeling disconnected and uninvolved due to the limited investment in developing alumni's careers

KPMG Financial Services - London

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Events have been led a number of KPMG alumni to feel appreciated, but many are still somewhat puzzled by the lack of offboarding support they've received

L.E.K. Consulting - London

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Despite being one of the larger globally for this boutique firm, the London community is relatively quiet as alumni don't feel a strong connection to the company culture, and regret an underwhelming exit experience in many cases.

Linklaters Law Firm - London

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Prestigious high-brow events are just the visible part of a community hailed by many alumni, who recognize the level of investment by Linklaters to support its large alumni community.

Marakon Consulting - London

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Alumni deplore the lack of investment in alumni beyond quasi-annual events and infrequent newsletters.

Nestle Other - London

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This satellite office for the food giant is smaller than several others, but has a very lively alumni community which gathers frequently in different contexts.

OCC Consulting - London

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This relatively small community benefits from a strong culture of helpful support, despite limited investment in programmes and technology

Oliver Wyman Consulting - London

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The culture at this office and the firm as a whole is one of entrepreneurship - which creates a deeply ingrained environment of helpfulness. Alumni feel connected at the events and wish there were more of them.

PwC Financial Services - London

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While PwC invests a lot in platforms across offices, the UK community is smaller and led independently. That's a refreshing change!

SAP Tech & Media - London

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Even though the ERP giant has invested in a decent platform, many alumni are perceiving its alumni efforts as mainly a marketing and employer branding effort. Fortunately, they mostly had a good employee experience and appreciate getting together, so they support the effort.

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The (relatively) weak program at Strategy& is a reflection on its strategy shifts over the past few years

Accenture Consulting - New York

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While massive in size and value, this community doesn't enjoy enough reunions and informal gatherings to actually leverage the advantages it could offer.

Barclays Financial Services - New York

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The differentiating feature of this program is its connection to the Techstars-powered startup accelerator. It's otherwise the stepchild of the stronger London program which leverages its strong history to connect senior alumni.

citi Financial Services - New York

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The sheer size of the alumni base in NYC means that this large effort hasn’t yet been able to engage all members yet despite broad communication efforts. Those who have found the opportunity, have enjoyed cultural events alumni-targeted discounted offers.

Clarkston Consulting - New York

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A smaller firm with a differentiated culture manages to bring its community together around the theme of stewardship

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This large law firm is creative with resources, encouraging and supporting its alumni in organizing local events. That partly makes up for the lack of digital connectivity between members.

Covington & Burling LLP Law Firm - New York

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This leading law firm is mostly engaging with alumni on an opportunistic basis, targeting high-value alumni for prestigious events - alumni mention how few direct relationships they've maintained after a few years

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Law Firm - New York

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Beyond a well-designed program to keep in touch with "bankable" alumni, Davis Polk is maintaining a somewhat active alumni platform and Linkedin group

Debevoise & Plimpton Law Firm - New York

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Many alumni are disappointed at the lack of leadership support for alumni, which stays in touch with a few of them but does not do enough beyond a few cocktail events

Deloitte Financial Services - New York

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This is one of the largest group of any company and city. However, alumni report that the level of ambition stated by this program is not backed up by much beyond marketing content.

Deloitte Consulting - New York

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The large office manages to generate some activity for its alumni, but the lack of a strong "pay-it-forward" culture hampers the development of a strong community despite many alumni enjoying their years at Deloitte.

Deutsche Bank Financial Services - New York

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The volunteer-led group organizes regular events and has managed to build a spirit of helpful and supportive collaboration at the embattled bank, helping its management at a difficult time. It seems to be getting limited support from the mothership which many alumni regret.

Goldman Sachs Financial Services - New York

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The banking behemoth was built on the power of networks. The secretive, cult-like culture lives on in this discrete and not highly active, but influential group

Hogan Lovells Law Firm - New York

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NYC is a smaller office for Hogan Lovells, but alumni are not neglected. While they would like to see more events organized, they find them valuable and enjoy reconnecting with the culture.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP Law Firm - New York

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The culture at HAK is more relaxed than other law firms, and its alumni enjoy reconnecting once in a while but the lack of investment program is showing in the limited support they receive beyond annual events

KPMG Financial Services - New York

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This program is strong on content and marketing, but its members regret the lack of investment in creating a strong connection between them.

Nestle Other - New York

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While smaller than its Paris counterpart, this community manages to stay close due to the strong corporate culture and the level of mutual respect between employees.

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The effort to reinvigorate the community was much-needed, as alumni aren't accustomed to socializing outside of official company events and haven't been engaging heavily with the job opportunity sharing program.

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Events at this prestigious firm bring together alumni and employees, which is appreciated by both communities and makes up for an intense work culture.

Proskauer Law Firm - New York

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Teamwork and team spirit are paramount at this sports powerhouse, and that carries to the alumni community. Events are well attended and alumni like getting together, but would welcome more frequent opportunities to gather and support each other.

PwC Financial Services - New York

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The firms invests mostly into platforms and marketing content target to alumni, with annual events. But NYC is not top of the list among all US locations in terms of the closeness of alumni relationships

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Law Firm - New York

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There is a shared feeling of pride and respect among alumni, which reflects into their willingness to mentor and sponsor each other despite limited active support from the firm.

Sodexo Other - New York

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The foods giant manages a remarkable recruitment performance through its alumni groups, by focusing on employee experience and getting in touch with its alumni individually regularly.

UBS Financial Services - New York

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Despite a strong and longstanding presence, there's limited opportunity for the community to get together, and alumni report a lack of platforms for coordinating and sharing.

Bain and Company Consulting - Paris

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The level of investment in the alumni community doesn't match the prestige of the firm, or the value its ambitious alumni place on each other. The culture of camaraderie lives on but alumni would like to see more outreach from the firm.

Accenture Consulting - Paris

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The size of this community should give it a strong advantage and immense value, but its alumni aren't seeing the level of involvement by senior leadership and the level of investment they expect.

Allen & Overy Law Firm - Paris

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This important office manages to keep a somewhat personal touch with quite a few of its alumni, but they are mostly not taking advantage of the community beyond a yearly networking event despite a culture of helpfulness and support, and multiple communications initiatives by the firm.

Barclays Financial Services - Paris

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A small and diffuse group of people has managed to stay connected through informal and uncoordinated reunions, without a lot of support from their former employer.

Bearing Point Consulting - Paris

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Born from a series of mergers, the consultancy has grown its disparate alumni community to a good size, but engagement is limited as this program is mostly perceived as a marketing effort.

Boston Consulting Group Consulting - Paris

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Beyond the annual Worldwide Alumni Day, most alumni have few opportunities to get together. While the sense of pride for this top firm, and the generally collegial pay-it-forward culture act as strong ties, many alumni report that these ties are loosening.

citi Financial Services - Paris

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This alumni-led organization has taken a life of its own, beyond the marketing-centric initiatives coming from the head office, and alumni appreciate the informal relationships they form.

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Alumni report that they're not receiving a considerable level of attention and support from the firm, and several deplore a less than perfect employee experience which taints their perception of the firm.

Clifford Chance Law Firm - Paris

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The Paris office is far behind other locations in terms of alumni relationships, and alumni regret the lack of opportunity despite access to the same Clifford Chance Choice program and the strong culture.

Colgate Palmolive Other - Paris

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This volunteer-led organization manages to create a lot of value for alumni through frequent events, coaching, and a strong spirit of togetherness. Its slightly smaller size still reflects positively on the company and helps in its visibility.

Deloitte Consulting - Paris

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Though less active than other offices, alumni report that occasional events bring together nice groups of like-minded people, and create a general spirit of helpfulness despite the lack of focus put on helping people connect to each other.

Ernst Young Financial Services - Paris

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The massive size of this community is making alumni feel somewhat disconnected from what they perceive as mostly an external communication effort.

Ernst Young Financial Services - Paris

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By several alumni's admission, there is limited activity and connectedness in this group, and they attribute this to the somewhat bland corporate culture that prevails at the financial services giant. However, many alumni have had impressive careers since leaving and they constitute a strong nucleus to grow the community.

Eurogroup Consulting - Paris

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The level of alumni activity at this growing boutique is surprising for its size, and many alumni have been happy with the events they've been involved with. The personal touch and the involvement of top leadership hit the mark.

Google Tech & Media - Paris

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The nascent community started coming together recently, but it is already building a strong identity and culture thanks to its frequent meetups, conversation platforms, and its flagship Xoogler Demo Day event.

L.E.K. Consulting - Paris

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This smaller office doesn't really shine bright when it comes to alumni activity, but it does have a strong group of alumni to pull from. The main challenge according to alumni is the fact that the work culture was pretty challenging and sometimes cold.

Linklaters Law Firm - Paris

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One of the leading law offices in Paris, this firm is leveraging some of the law giant's global capabilities but struggling to get alumni to engage in its initiatives despite the recognized quality of the people involved.

McKinsey Consulting - Paris

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This global consulting leader realizes the value of its stellar alumni community, and invests in leveraging it. Many alumni feel strongly connected to the Firm, and reaching out to other alumni is often their first step when thinking about a role change.

Neuf Telecom Tech & Media - Paris

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In the words of its founder, this community is a group of friends that chooses to get together on its own dime. And the level of camaraderie and commitment is impressive - especially for a volunteer-run organization!

Oliver Wyman Consulting - paris

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The recent uptick in in-person events is helping bring together a large, but somewhat disconnected group of alumni, who are eager to receive more support from their former company.

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This innovation-oriented law firm tends to keep things traditional when it comes to alumni. Events are few and far between, and the most valuable benefit to members is the interesting roles that other alumni take after leaving Orrick, as well as a culture of support and initiative.

Procter & Gamble Other - Paris

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This active community of close to a thousand members is managing to generate a lot of involvement from its members, but engagement and membership is slowly diminishing.

SAP Tech & Media - Paris

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While many alumni of the ERP leader were excited about the initiative a few years back, they are now noticing that the investment was short-lived and self-interested, and wish there were more opportunities for in-person connection.

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A relative newcomer to Paris, the leading firm hasn't yet built a strong alumni community locally, but the connection to larger offices is still strong and informal, unofficial gatherings are frequent.

Unilever Other - Paris

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This community is pretty unique in the CPG world, and despite its size disadvantage compared to the bigger office in London, it manages to stay pretty close through various volunteer-run private events inspired by communities at larger offices.