I was wondering what you guys thought would be better for getting into the best MBA program possible. I currently am a project controller at the consulting arm of a big4, but I've also done an internship in FP&A at a global F500 before. I am wondering if I should go back to FP&A or not (I believe it would be very easy for me, I get messages on linkedin from recruiters all the time). I don't find either super exciting and would like to do something else post MBA.
One of the definite pros about the project controlling job for me is the Big4 name. Obviously there are big names in the F500 too (duh), but there are also a ton of F500 companies which most people have never heard of before. Another thing, I feel like it is easier to find yourself surrounded by incompetent people in industry jobs (yes even F500) versus in professional services. Of course there are also very good F500s out there (P&G, GE, etc).
For those that don't know, usually a project controller will be assigned to different projects and will look after a consulting project's financials from start to finish (reviewing contract before deal is signed by client - budgeting/forecasting - accurate revenue recognition at month-end - invoicing/collecting from client). You are dealing with mostly just billable hours and travel expenses, but some of these projects can get quite complex and can get up to $10M or more in size. You are not client facing but you interact a lot with directors/partners of the firm. It is seen as arole though.