Overview

Introduction

Blue Matter is a firm that’s not afraid to tell it like it is. Built into its purpose statement is a staunch aversion to the “rigid processes,” “bloated deliverables,” and “mediocre answers” that stymy original thinking. Established by seasoned consultants, Blue Matter fosters innovation and creativity to bring meaningful impact to the life sciences industry. Those values seem to pay off in spades, considering this nimble boutique has expanded rapidly since it was founded in 2012—with European offices in London, Zurich, and Berlin.<...

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Employer Type

Private

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Size

101-500 Employees

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Featured Rankings

Vault Consulting 25 EMEA


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Major Departments/Practice Areas

Product, portfolio and organizational strategy in oncology, rare...


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Major Office Locations

London, UK (EMEA HQ)


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CEO & Managing Partner

Ashwin Dandekar

Firsthand Findings

 

With offices across five countries, Blue Matter is a boutique firm that has been doing some serious growing of late. With that growth has come challenges—particularly around maintaining the people-centric culture that is at the heart of its early success. While that is not unusual for firms that are growing—and tends to be less of an issue for newcomers than those who have been with the firm for a while—it is something that is worth considering when talking to current employees about their experiences at the firm.

On a day-to-day basis, the company appears to offer a terrific work-life balance to the majority of its employees, along with opportunities to do high-profile pharma consulting projects. As a result, career development and growt...

About the Company

Founded in 2012, Blue Matter is a specialized management consulting firm serving the life sciences industry. The firm maintains offices across the United States and Europe.

Blue Matter works to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies "maximize value at the product, portfolio, and company levels." The firm's services can be grouped into the following categories: New Product Planning, Launch Strategy and Management, Commercial Strategy for In-Line Products, and Organizational Design and Development.

While most of Blue Matter’s work involves pre-launch and launch products, the firm does not exclusively focus there. It works across a range of therapeutic areas but has developed specialized capabilities in oncology and rare diseases.

Employee Reviews


  • “Compared to other consulting firms, we offer one of the best work-life balances whilst still getting paid an attractive salary / bonus. Additionally, consultants can take on early responsibilities in terms of client interactions and get early exposure to clients.”
  • “Compete with the best strategy consultancies for the best projects in Pharma in a sustainable way.”
  • “Early responsibility and opportunity to make an impact.”
  • “If you are highly motivated and thrive on freedom to think and support from colleagues, you would feel very at home at Blue Matter. Our professional standards are incredibly high, but we achieve and exceed those by ensuring people are given the opportunities they need to grow and develop.”
  • “If you value solving interesting business questions and truly helping a pharma client successfully bring a product to market, then please get in touch to find out more!”
  • “People take care of each other and support the individual's growth. As Blue Matter is still growing, there are great opportunities to take ownership of internal projects and help develop the organisation. Especially for people starting at entry level, it is important to know that they will not just be stuck in the back office but will learn very fast to take ownership of and drive parts of the project, and have client contact very early on.”

Getting Hired Here


  • “A great candidate experience is front and center. We offer feedback sessions after every failed phone screen and assessment center. Candidates typically hear back in under one week at each step of the assessment. Most team members interact with potential candidates and all feedback is considered for hiring decision.”
  • “Candidates need to be fully aligned with our values, be great team players, eager to learn, structured, self-starters, able and willing to shape our culture and organization.”
  • “At the entry level, someone who is motivated to work independently, but who enjoys being part of a larger team and vision. Someone strong in detail and evidence, but can think around the immediate problem / ask to understand what the client needs.”
  • “The ideal candidate: Authentic and well-prepared.”
  • “Usually 2 phone screens, then an in-person interview with case studies, presentations and behavioural interviews.”