12/8/11

Hi Guys,

Would appreciate some advice on this. Sadly I didn't get offers from MBB but I'm choosing between L.E.K. and Monitor - both for the London office.

My ideal plan is to work in consulting for a couple of years, do an MBA at H/S/W (is that even possible with these firms?) and then go into a strategic/management role at a tech company (my background is in EE/CS).. somewhere like Google or Apple (or some interesting startup) would be the dream. A lot of the cool tech companies I feel are in the US, so I would also be looking to potentially move to the US in the future (specifically maybe silicon valley)

Which of these two companies would set me up best for this? And if I decide that I want to go into PE or something, which would set me up better?

Aside from the exit opps are there any general comments that people have about the companies in terms of 'prestige'/career development/pay/hours/culture/work?

Thanks!

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12/8/11

What you need to do is take that Monitor offer and be excellent. As you may know Monitor was founded by Porter. Be outstanding at Monitor, then do your MBA at Harvard. They have strong links with the school, due to obvious Porter reasons and you have a chance of getting in. Monitor + HBS Porter = Strategy god. Then move on to a management role wherever you want basically.

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12/8/11

Monitor -> Harvard.
It's a given if you perform well.

12/8/11

Just curious, did you do your undergrad in the US or in Europe (or elsewhere)?

12/8/11

What're you feeling sad about man? Many would be chuffed with offers from both LEK and Monitor. Be positive and do great at Monitor (agreed with suggestions above). Life does not, despite what this forum may say, begin and end at M/B/B.

12/8/11

^So true, you should be glad for breaking into somewhere like Monitor/LEK

12/8/11

This forum just disillusions people into obsessing over MBB with some association of "winning at life" as a vindication of sorts. It's sad, but that's how myopic type-A personalities act; everything is a dick measuring contest and as a result people don't really measure what actually matters.

I have a friend at LEK and he loves it though. He's only been on strategy projects thusfar. With that said, you got some sound advice at Monitor. Can't really go wrong here.

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12/8/11

How would you guys actually compare LEK, OW, Monitor, ATK, Booz?

12/9/11

has monitor bounced back from the recession? they closed a lot of offices and I heard they pretty deeply hurt

12/9/11

OK fine maybe 'sadly' was not the best choice of words there - perhaps this forum has been getting to me too much...

But there seem to be a couple of votes for Monitor over LEK. Is this considering my long term plan of consulting->MBA->strategy in tech company? Or just generally? I'd be keen to hear more views, and maybe also some explanations.

runitback - yeah I am studying in the UK (Cambridge)

12/9/11

Congrats good sir

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12/10/11

Monitor OW LEK AT K are all excellent, excellent consulting companies. Very good exit opps, very good pay, good projects, smart people. I keep thinking when I read these forums how obsessed people are with MBB. I bet 90% on this board are still in college, because a lot of comments are very immature. Consulting is an exceedingly difficult industry to break into, so if you have got offers from Monitor and LEK you are already in the 95th percentile of college grads. Pat yourself on the back and move on to bigger and better things.

In terms of ranking, OW FS is generally considered a top tier player. LEK's strategy work can at times be on par with MBB. Booz is in the ear of high ranking government employees, like AT Kearney's operations work is top quality. As I said - all superb firms, guys.

12/14/11

I'm not sure it's a slam dunk with Monitor - LEK is pretty damn good, too. I'd just go with the one you like more; for what you want to do, both places will put you in a good position.

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12/15/11

They were both taking a hit in Europe lately. However, Monitor was hit much worse.
If I was you and going to HBS (which you won't need to if you want to stay in the UK) is not your main goal, I'd take LEK

In reply to bbjhva
12/16/11
bbjhva:

Monitor OW LEK AT K are all excellent, excellent consulting companies. Very good exit opps, very good pay, good projects, smart people. I keep thinking when I read these forums how obsessed people are with MBB. I bet 90% on this board are still in college, because a lot of comments are very immature. Consulting is an exceedingly difficult industry to break into, so if you have got offers from Monitor and LEK you are already in the 95th percentile of college grads. Pat yourself on the back and move on to bigger and better things.

In terms of ranking, OW FS is generally considered a top tier player. LEK's strategy work can at times be on par with MBB. Booz is in the ear of high ranking government employees, like AT Kearney's operations work is top quality. As I said - all superb firms, guys.

give me a gig at anyone of those firms and i'll be happier than a pig in mud... especially OW...

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In reply to bbjhva
12/16/11
bbjhva:

In terms of ranking, OW FS is generally considered a top tier player. LEK's strategy work can at times be on par with MBB. Booz is in the ear of high ranking government employees, like AT Kearney's operations work is top quality. As I said - all superb firms, guys.

doesn't booz do mostly commercial work? not sure they even have a significant presence in government at the moment, at least compared to BAH

12/21/11

Randomperson, what did you eventually decide? I'm curious to see how you made your decision because I also have an offer with Monitor Group London.

12/25/11

My cousin worked at Monitor as an analyst for three years. Now, he attends Harvard MBA.

12/27/11

So I went for LEK in the end (even though everyone here was recommending Monitor). I spoke to a bunch of people and it really seems that LEK has a better reputation in London/Europe than Monitor (it is headquartered in London after all). LEK London also does a lot of stuff in alternative energy, biotech and PE apparently, while Monitor Europe focuses on healthcare and consumer goods - considering my long term goals, I'm more interested in the sectors that LEK works in.

However, I do realise that Monitor probably has a better global name, which would maybe have served me better for getting into a HSW MBA. Does anyone know how well LEK places into HSW? One other disadvantage with LEK is that there is little travelling at the Associate level, but people seem to say this is a good thing (no 5am Monday flights). Also the LEK office is sooo much nicer than Monitor.

Anyway, those are some of the reasons for the decision. I know that LEK has a reputation for working a lot, but on the flipside, they seem to have a much more structured 3 year long program for new intakes (Monitor London doesn't appear to have the same).

I hope I haven't made a mistake! I'd be interested to hear any further thoughts on this..

12/28/11

Congrats Buddy! either way you would have been sitting pretty

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12/28/11

randomperson - nicely done. Great that you have done your hwk and research and are at peace with the decision. As you should be - both are terrific offers. You're right - LEK is not as global a name but in London it is very very good.

As for HWS placement, I think the difference between an applicant from LEK/Monitor will be miniscule. Don't worry too much about it. Yes Monitor has perhaps greater 'history' with the top b-schools, but now everyone has heard of LEK and all the good work it does.

11/23/12

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