11/8/12

Was wondering what is everyone's take on the best home office for consulting.

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11/8/12

Chicago, it's the best city in the world.

But in all seriousness, yes Chicago is the bet city in the world, + o'hare's location makes is so much more convenient to live in the air

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11/8/12

Depends on the firm. If you're concerned about working for the local market leader and want great work-life balance, then:

Chicago is best for BCG.
Atlanta is best for McKinsey.
No idea for Bain...

Bain Chicago has won the firm-wide satisfaction survey by a wide margin for three years in a row (which I presume is correlated with work-life balance). Boston might be the second, although the Chicago AC I talked to wasn't sure. Not sure about the local market leader status and if that matters a whole lot at the AC/A1-2/BA level for MBB.

Going back to the OP, though, it depends on what you're looking for. Client mix (in terms of industries for regionally staffed firms)? Work-life balance? Number of classmates/alumni from your school? Proximity to your friends? How fun the city is? How good the airport is? There are many ways you can look at it. (Wanna make a case out of it? Lol)

11/8/12

Thanks, I was thinking in terms of opportunities and best city to live in overall.

11/15/12

What opporunities are you looking for? As far as "best city" to live in "overall" - there two answers to this question. New York. And the rest of the answers from people that wished they could live in New York.

It matters on what type of work you're looking to do and what your fancy is when you're out on the weekends.

In reply to JackDevlin
11/15/12

JackDevlin:
What opporunities are you looking for? As far as "best city" to live in "overall" - there two answers to this question. New York. And the rest of the answers from people that wished they could live in New York.

It matters on what type of work you're looking to do and what your fancy is when you're out on the weekends.


Definitely do not wish I lived in NY. I would rather live in a tent.

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11/15/12

Anyone got comments on Detroit/Troy? Maybe from those that lived/grew up in the area?

In reply to KyleKatarn
11/15/12

KyleKatarn:
Anyone got comments on Detroit/Troy? Maybe from those that lived/grew up in the area?

Not as bad as one may think. It's dirt cheap to live a life of luxury. Also lots and lots of good local beer. I'm moving downtown and it honestly is a lot better than most think.

In reply to JackDevlin
11/15/12

JackDevlin:
What opporunities are you looking for? As far as "best city" to live in "overall" - there two answers to this question. New York. And the rest of the answers from people that wished they could live in New York.

It matters on what type of work you're looking to do and what your fancy is when you're out on the weekends.

Definitely not true. Having lived there for a couple of years in the past, I don't want to live there again. Would I like visiting for a few days? Sure. But it's just not a great place for me to live, even though I can see why it is so attractive to other young people. Not everybody wants what NYC is.

11/17/12

Chi-town, great city, great culture.

11/17/12

Chicago is cold...don't go...

To the starving man, beans are caviar

In reply to philosophizingphilosoraptor
11/18/12

philosophizingphilosoraptor:
Chicago is cold...don't go...

i agree. NYC is cold too. I prefer Houston :)

11/18/12

Atlanta
- Best airport. Delta also treats you well (unlimited upgrade unlike AA)
- Cheap
- Warm
- No tourists
- Lot of good places to eat/drink
- You can drive everywhere
- It's the south. Girls are better looking and people are nicer

11/18/12

London's pretty sweet. Expensive though

11/19/12

I'd have to go with Houston or Dallas. No state income tax + low cost of living = living like a fucking king.

One of those lights, slightly brighter than the rest, will be my wingtip passing over.

In reply to abacab
11/20/12

abacab:
Atlanta
- Best airport. Delta also treats you well (unlimited upgrade unlike AA)
- Cheap
- Warm
- No tourists
- Lot of good places to eat/drink
- You can drive everywhere
- It's the south. Girls are better looking and people are nicer

I'll second Atlanta for sure. Money will go farther, warm weather, best airport I've been to, and if nothing else there is absolutely nothing better than a southern girl.

Isn't it all really about quality of life/dollar?

In reply to MindOverMonkey
11/21/12

MindOverMonkey:
abacab:
Atlanta
- Best airport. Delta also treats you well (unlimited upgrade unlike AA)
- Cheap
- Warm
- No tourists
- Lot of good places to eat/drink
- You can drive everywhere
- It's the south. Girls are better looking and people are nicer

I'll second Atlanta for sure. Money will go farther, warm weather, best airport I've been to, and if nothing else there is absolutely nothing better than a southern girl.

Isn't it all really about quality of life/dollar?

Gotta add my .02 to this too. Definitely had a great time interning there. If you're a consultant it's even sweeter since you can do alt travel and go wherever the hell you want on the weekends.

11/21/12

Thanks guys. I ultimately chose Atlanta.

11/22/12

Yeah, go to NYC and live in a 200 sqft studio or go to Atlanta and live like Ludacris. Your choice. See you in Buckhead. Bang. Done. #bottlesandbelles

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11/22/12

What firms you guys at? PM me.

I definitely thought I was 2 Chainz this summer. Being from up north it's especially eye-opening how mind-boggingly affordable it is.

11/22/12

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