Earlier this year, Metyis was named one of the top management consulting firms for graduates in Spain. Recently our Managing Partner José Antonio Bueno and our Manager Sabrina Bernal spoke to Consultancy.eu about how Metyis earned its reputation as an excellent working environment.
Every year thousands of students graduate from Spain's top universities, with strategy and management consulting ranking consistently among the five most popular sectors in which to start a career.
According to a recent assessment of graduate views, eight of the world's largest strategic consulting firms are amongst the country's top ten consultancies to kickstart a career. As a forward-thinking consulting firm Metyis, has earned its place in this well-established group.
To explain our company's popularity, our Managing Partner from Metyis' Spain offices, José Antonio Bueno, noted: "We are a new offer, we are flexible, and we let our teams dip their fingertips into our projects. We combine the strength of a solid group with the freshness and flexibility of a young company. We always say to our consultants that they can achieve 50 times their ambition."
“We are not the typical report writing consulting firm. In our projects, we work closely with our clients to boost their top-line growth and enhance their operations."
Our Spanish team operates across a wide range of industries with offices in Madrid and Barcelona, where multidisciplinary teams work to create strategies and innovative solutions tailored to our clients' needs. We also have offices in the Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, India, and the UAE.
When asked what helps differentiate Metyis from established consulting brands, José António Bueno pointed out: “We are not the typical report writing consulting firm. In our projects, we work closely with our clients to boost their top-line growth and enhance their operations."
The examples of this are plentiful; we recently helped an FMCG manufacturer improve its margins thanks to a dynamic pricing strategy, supported a well-known fashion manufacturer and retailer by multiplying and accelerating its eCommerce footprint (its internet sales multiplied tenfold), and guided a Spanish financial institution through a post-merger integration.
At Metyis, we place long-term client relationships at the core of our approach. The firm goes beyond being a traditional fee-based consultancy by partnering up with clients, sharing risks and rewards – in many cases even on a venturing level – in an approach which builds more ownership and commitment from teams toward clients. We also support clients not only with consulting services but also with digital & data solutions and eCommerce solutions.
Thanks to our differentiators, Metyis has built a credible and attractive company across two continents, but this doesn't mean our firm will be resting on its laurels. José António Bueno insists that "now is the time to aim for the second wave of growth. Our Metyis Campus in Porto is a sample of the new things we can do. Metyis wants to continue shaping a new way of doing consultancy. Developing a new generation of consultants is key to those plans."
For the talented individuals who manage to get through our recruitment process and successfully integrate into the Metyis team, José António Bueno refers to Metyis as "having an elaborate onboarding and training programme to empower new recruits as they settle in and grow throughout their career." This means having a formal mentor or buddy who is appointed to ensure a smooth ride. "We have in-house and external training programs, and now our L&D centre in Porto will play a fundamental role in our training model. All new entrants and all promoted people will receive a boot training programme at the campus, enabling us to embed our common company values."
Our training offers flexible routes into different specialisations – something that is a major bonus for graduates looking to continue their education in the world of work. It is a factor which is broadly behind the popularity of consulting as a graduate profession already – but José Antonio Bueno is particularly proud of Metyis' offering on this front - "The firm's training plan offers flexible routes into different specialisations, a major bonus for graduates looking to continue their education by entering the job market. We want our people to be always having fun along their professional path. Life is too short not to have fun when working."
"We offer an ocean of opportunities for our team," he said. "They can pursue a career in consultancy but can also opt for a permanent engagement with one of our clients. They can opt for an international career, or a more local approach, making use of our flexible schemes. We also help people become specialists in one particular subject."
To add weight to his words, José Antonio Bueno was recently named one of Spain’s top directors behind one of the companies that most attracts young talent. The list, released by the Instituto Coordenadas de Gobernanza y Economía Aplicada, was based on a company’s human resources policy, professional development, international presence and sustainability programme. This list also lauded the likes of Dimas Gimeno from WOW concept store and Mariangela Marseglia from Amazon.
Supporting women in consulting
Sabrina Bernal is a Manager at our Barcelona office. According to her, Metyis is the perfect blend between a start-up and a big consulting firm. In this mid-tier space, we can offer the know-how and best practices of traditional players whilst allowing flexibility, ambition and the people-oriented approach of a boutique firm.
Recalling her arrival at the firm, Bernal stated, "It is essential to be part of a company that cares about its employees and recognises we all have different goals and motivations in life. From the first day, I felt supported by my leaders and peers. They challenged me to move forward in my career and as a female role model in the office, supporting my initiatives within the team."
Bernal was promoted to manager after just six months, thanks to the trust and sponsorship of her leadership, "a fantastic director in the Madrid office" who believed she was ready for new responsibilities. Now, as someone passionate about gender equality, she is keen to encourage other women to follow her here at Metyis and become part of the firm's growth story.
"I'm proud to work at a company that prioritises diversity and inclusion and encourages employees to be active components of change."
At Metyis, we invest in bringing talented women within our ranks. "We participate in recruitment forums and fairs from many universities, including ESADE. We also organise calls and coffee chats with female candidates." The flexibility of Metyis also allows Bernal to go beyond her current role. "I'm an active member of the diversity committee at Metyis. This affinity group allows me to play an active role in forming an inclusive and welcoming work environment while championing gender equality. I'm proud to work at a company that prioritises diversity and inclusion and encourages employees to be active components of change."
Bernal has also learnt from the women she is already mentoring at Metyis. The Women@Metyis Mentoring Programme connects people from different offices, backgrounds, nationalities, and ages to share conversations and gain refreshing perspectives beyond their immediate professional network, granting an objective point of view and a platform for exciting stories and experiences.
As a mentor, Bernal listens to her mentees, learning about their career ambitions, concerns, and how they dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic. After those experiences, what is her most important advice for women considering careers in consulting?
"Stop hesitating and go for it" Bernal asserted. "From personal experience and observing other highly talented women, we overthink and constantly underestimate our talent and capabilities. So, my advice would be to go for the new challenge, ask questions, share your opinions, and keep growing."
Read the earlier publication on Consultancy.eu