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WSO Hall of Fame: Consulting Forum The Wall Street Oasis Consulting Hall of Fame provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best discussions on the consulting industry. Keep in mind this Hall of Fame does not include Q&A sessions by WSO veterans. To view a full list of Q&A’s & Interviews please navigate here. If ...
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BCG Decision Round - 1 Year LaterHey all - I had a first round interview at BCG in January 2017; was invited to a decision round but then their pipeline dried up - second round was scheduled for March, then bumped to May, then bumped indefinitely - feedback was very much "it's not you, it's us." Meanwhile, I took an internal corpor...
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Breaking into Management Consulting from these schools?I am considering transferring as an econ major to UVA, UNC, USC, Vandy,or NYU. (Bussiness program is too competitive to get in) What are my chances of breaking into management consulting from any of these schools as an econ major? Thanks!...
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Interviewing with McKinsey for a BA position - need a case partnerHi, I am interviewing with McKinsey in January for a BA position as a lateral hire. If anyone here is searching for a case partner, would be happy to do cases on skype. Please PM if interested. Thanks ...
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Business School Case BooksHi Everyone, I went through the consulting interview process a few months ago and found these case books really useful for practicing, both with people in mock interviews and for solo issue tree practice. I have also really benefited time and time again from WSO so thought I might give something ba...
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Marketing Majors going to MBB?I want to start this off by saying I am not a marketing major or directly interested in consulting, just curious. I'm a finance major looking into IB/AM so I would not say I am looking for advice. In my current marketing class at college(non target for any finance/business jobs) we are spending an...
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ERX PRO Harry Potter famous person Daniel**ERX PRO** Harry Potter famous person Daniel Radcliffe's Fiat Punto. but no celeb car is complete with out a personalised registration plate. lately system One racing driver Lewis Hamilton reportedly paid £ on the personalized registration LEW S but the motive force won't be putting the registrati...
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Company Review: KPMG - Tech ConsultingThe people are great, the events are great. The content of the work is interesting. The opportunities are there if you fight for them.. The red tape is very apparent. The compensation isn't that great considering the amount of work needed....
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Company Review: Oliver Wyman - Great place to workDown to earth company full of very smart and genuine people. Excellent opportunities for professional development and client exposure.. Long hours. Project mix is weighted heavily towards Finance / Risk projects so it is difficult to get onto very exciting / transformational projects. Lack of a cons...
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FDD to ConsultingHello, I will be joining FDD in one of big 4 from Audit in this Aug, and was wondering if there's anyone exited to consulting from Big4 FDD, and how. FDD was my second choice to management consulting. I'm more and more interested in restructuring consulting since it is a very multi-faceted work in...
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FTI Consulting Assessment Day Help - Freaking OutHey guys! I am attending FTI Consulting assessment centre in a couple of days and was wondering whether anyone has attended something similar at this company, as I have failed to find any information here from before. Would appreciate some comments! THANKS IN ADVANCE! :) Mike xx p.s. I'm based in ...
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Would you say management consulting is the most intellectually stimulating career in finance?As title suggests hoping for some input on this. If not, what would you say is the most stimulating career path to follow out of undergrad? ...
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Senior Manager with MC Boutique looking to lateral into Senior Manager role with MBB - appreciate your inputHi y'all, I've found this forum whilst searching for information on the experienced hire interview process for Tier 1 and 2 consultancies. So far, the content I came across seems sound - kudos to you for sharing your knowledge, folks. I'm a senior manager with a respected EU-based management consu...
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What are the Academic Backgrounds of Consultants?Just curious to know about the general academic backgrounds of consultants. In my university, there are three specializations: public accounting, finance, and management. (The management specialist also includes concentrations in Marketing, International Business, Strategy, etc.) For a student who...
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Company Review: Deloitte - Know What You're Getting Yourself IntoStarting pay was good. Interactions with plenty of partners and clients if you are assertive. Learned to be meticulous and meet deadlines. . Partners hold all the power as the shareholders and management team of the company. Poor quality of peers. You will not be judged on the work you do but rather...
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Company Review: Accenture - 1st year AnalystI have just recently started in this positions, hence, I cannot make any concrete comments as of yet.. I have just recently started in this positions, hence, I cannot make any concrete comments as of yet....
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Acquisition cases in interviews for a pre MBA role; how to approach? So I interviewed with a tier 2 consulting firm for a pre MBA BA role, which is heavily into PE DD especially in the education sector. I got asked a case on acquisition which i didn't do well in. I am wondering what's the best way to approach a case like " Our client (PE firm)wants to acquire a K-12 ...
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McKinsey: Difference between consultant and BA?What is the difference between the consultant role and business analyst role? Are they the same thing and McKinsey just uses a different name than usual, or is there a significant difference?...
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EY TAS Business Modeling & AnalyticsLooking to network with anyone in this group from NYC. Want to learn more about the kind of projects they work on and prestige of the group compared to other Big 4 transaction advisory groups....
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Big 4 Operational Transaction/ Deal Advisory Group Exit OpportunityHello All Have been exploring the big 4 practice focusing on M&A. Was keen on understanding exit opportunities from Big 4 Transaction Services for mid career professionals: Primarily focused on due diligence, integration / separation work pre/post deal (i.e. Non-Accounting work). My question is t...
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MBB as a non MBAHello I have a MS in mechanical degree, I am a recent grad from a non target school. I have working full time as an engineer, previously I have closed a startup without much success and has currently been providing consultation to new startups. As a next career step I want to join MBB, should I targ...
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When to apply for Consultant positions as PhD candidate?Hi all, I am currently a 6th year PhD candidate in Neuroscience at Weill Cornell, hoping to apply for consulting firms (MBB + Deloitte + A.T. Kearney) soon. I am wondering whether to apply in the 2018 cycle or wait for the 2019 cycle. I am on track with my project more or less and will hopefully ...
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Company Review: Booz Allen Hamilton - BAHMany Government holidays. If you work near a base travel is virtually nonexistant. Remote work avail. Below industry standard salaries. No bonuses until Associate level or above. Government work is tedious and slow by nature....
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Roland Berger London - 35min test, negatively marked for mistakesHi guys, I'll sit the Roland Berger test on the Jan 18 and it seems they have a new format. I was wondering if any of you took it, how was it, and most importantly how did you prepare for it. What stresses me is that the test is now negatively market for each mistake (-1 point), and each correct ...
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Company Review: IBM - Blockchain ConsultantGood exposure to growing industry. Strong peer group with happy hours etc. Good flexibility to work from home. . Micro management is common at entry level. Program is often 2 and out. Pipeline of work can be limited at times....
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Company Interview: Shanghai Sip Engineering Consulting Co.,Ltd. - InternThey asked me if I got a complaint from the client and I did not know the answer to the question, how should I deal with the situation. Basically, I just said that the first thing I need to do is to comfort the client and calm him/her down. Secondly, I will try to understand the concerns and questio...
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Company Review: LEK Consulting - Great place to work right out of schoolVery social office because we travel less than other consulting firms. We have parties for all the major holidays, do beer cart every Friday, and you built a strong sense of community with your incoming class.. The hours are unpredictable, even with programs like Out By Six in place to ensure one ni...
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Company Review: Simon Kucher Partners - Good, could be betterGreat colleagues, smart and helpful Little travel and on site work Hours not too too crazy 2 weeks paid vacation. Low pay for consulting Projects in LS don't vary much Benefits not that great Low 401k matching (3%) Hours can be crushing depending on project/time of year No maternity/paternity leave...
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Company Review: Booz Allen Hamilton - Booz allen was good for a summer but is not a company on the riseGood work life balance. The office space was amazing with a good mix of rooms. Lots of autonomy. Very smart coworkers and a supportive culture.. Did not think highly of the leadership both in the office and firm-wide. There was nepotism in the office which obviously was unattractive. Company is cons...
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Company Review: Deloitte - DC reviewWork from home on Fridays. Innovation practice has cool projects if you are able to get staffed on them. Limited flexibility on project staffing for first year or two. Most likely will be placed on projects the experienced people are actively avoiding....
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Will Bain & Co be bought out by a bigger consulting firm?I've been hearing chatter from highly placed people in the Consulting Industry that AT Kearney (first) and Bain & Co (second) do not have scale to survive on their own and might be bought out by a bigger consulting firm (Accenture?). This follows the acquisitions of Monitor, Booz and Parthenon. Do...
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Company Review: Accenture - Technology consultantRoom for growth and that is a very good thing to have. The company will also give you responsibility early on. can get stuck on one client for an extended period of time in tech consulting which can be frustrating, ...
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Move to Private Equity from Management ConsultancyHey, I'm looking for some advice from the WSO community re. a move I'm thinking of making into PE A little bit about myself: Currently a high-performing consultant at a boutique management consultancy, specialising in the energy sector (commercial strategy, market entry, cost reduction etc - plus...
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Company Review: KPMG - good place to startBrand name look good on resume. training program, knowledge sharing, smart colleagues, plenty of exit opps. long hours with zero work life balance. work can be repetitive sometimes but i am generally pretty happy with it...
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What is the best job offer, IBM GBS or PwC? Hello everyone, So right now I am in tough position where I have to choose between two offers one from IBM GBS as enterprise application Oracle CRM consultant and the other from PwC SAP business analytics trainee. Both of the offers are attractive: - IBM pays 400€ more - PwC offers 6 months tr...
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Ask Me: Former Strategy Consulting RecruiterHappy to answer any consulting-related questions. I'm currently being sponsored by Deloitte S&O for my MBA. In consulting I focused on M&A in Europe and the US. I also led campus recruiting at two undergrad institutions. ...
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Company Review: Deloitte - Emerging innovatorSuper engaging work, smart and considerate management who care about the people, great expense accounts. - Comp is low - Despite winning work over the McKinseys and the Bains the exit opportunities aren't the same - Some regulatory garbage from being an accounting firm...
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Advice on transferring schools, chances for breaking into consultingI completed my second year at Columbia and I'm strongly considering transferring. My grades are alright and I have extensive prestigious internship and extracurricular/leadership experience. Overall, I was on track to be in a good position to apply to tier 1 and tier 2 consulting firms out of underg...
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Mck Bain BCG Recruitment WindowWhen does the recruitment window for Consulting usually opens? Is it good like in IB to apply in the early season? I'm a second-year student in Portugal looking to apply for his summer internship after his 3rd BSc year....
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Moving from IBM CbD to MBB or Exit Opps?Hi Everyone, This is my first post ever here at WSO. I've started as a Business Transformation Consultant at IBM last fall after graduating from Northwestern. I realize most of the projects here are in tech, and I really want to move into real Operations/Strategy consulting instead. Does anyone k...
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Junior Research Analyst Interview, McKinsey, WalthamDear baboons, is anyone familiar with hiring process for Junior Research Analyst position at McKinsey in Waltham? According to Glassdoor, interview for research analyst position involves a case study? Can anyone confirm that? It seems that reviewers at glassdoor are confusing RA and Business Analys...
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Company Interview: FTI Consulting - ConsultantThere were some conceptual "consulting" questions during my technical phone interview. Mostly it was a lot of "If you were looking at a company in X situation, what would you look at first?" The technical interviewer really just wanted to make sure I understood the 3 Financial Statements and how the...
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Entry level consultant resume - list all or some projects?Having worked as a consultant for ~2 years after college, I am polishing my resume for a career change and have a few questions. Please find below a sample resume for your reference. **1. How much percentage should be allocated to work section on resume?** After removing leadership and activities ...
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Company Interview: Simon Kucher Partners - Senior summer associateMost of the questions are expected, however I made a huge mistake at the beginning by not asking the objective of the case interview, it didn't go downhill from that point but it was hard to catch up because of the negative image the interviewer had on me. The framework I came up was ok, he liked it...
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How to networkI don't reach the GPA threshold for MBB or other Tier 1 firms. However, though as I read continue to read through multiple threads I get the general theme that anything is possible through networking. So as profoundly stupid as this sounds how does one network? I understand the aspect of reaching ou...
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Company Review: Promontory Financial Group - PFG ReviewGot my break into a FO role at this consultancy from a prior accounting job, treated me well. Great benefits.. Leaving great people behind is always tough. I had a number of mentors who helped me through a lot of different things....
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Company Review: Strategy& - Great company with opportunities to move up quicklyGood culture, interesting projects with reputable clients, strong opportunities to move up and get promoted quickly. Can include long hours, compensation is on the low end, lumped in with wider PwC, project pipeline is unpredictable...
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Company Review: PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - PwC ConsultingMentorship, relaxed atmosphere, variety of work, solid corporate training, strong brand recognition.. Getting stuck on a nightmare project, either commit to moving up the organization (climb the corporate ladder) or get out after 2 years....
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Dinged from T2 Consulting FirmsHi everyone, I am a sophomore at a target and a while back, I applied for a bunch of T2 consulting firms (Accenture, Roland Berger, Frost & Sullivan etc etc) and I was rejected by every single one of them (Not even a 1st round interview). I have pretty solid experiences (Did 1 M&A Corp Strat & Dev...
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Company Interview: FTI Consulting - Restructuring Summer Associate Most unexpected interview question was being asked to walk them through a thirteen week cash flow. I did not have much experience in this aspect of cash flow statements so I was taken a bit off guard. They also asked me about how to determine whether a company was distressed. This was also a difficu...
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Company Review: PricewaterhouseCoopers - PwC FDD (Financial Due Diligence) Senior AssociateThe culture of the FDD (Financial due diligence) group was great. Worked closely with PE shops on awesome transactions. The exposure to senior management was good.. The FDD (Financial due diligence) group is very focused on accounting trends and normalizing earnings. The experience is great, but it ...
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Company Review: Deloitte - Great CompanyGreat company that values your career development. Invest a lot of money into its employees. Ample opportunities to expand skillset and network.. Traveling sucks. Hours can be long. It is somewhat completely random whether you're on a good project or not. ...
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Operations Consulting - Everything You Need to KnowOperations Consulting Most people haven’t the slightest clue what operations (we’ll be abbreviating this as ops) consulting is. When people hear the word “operations,” their mind immediately thinks bad job, bad compensation, and bad career versatility. Operations consulting might not be on ...
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Company Interview: McKinsey and Co - Summer Business AnalystPersonal Experience Interview (PEI) questions consisted of "tell me about a time you resolved a conflict within a team" or "tell me about a time you convinced someone of something." Interviewers want you to tell one detailed story for about 5 minutes and then will continue to ask detailed follow-up ...
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Work prior to consulting Hello all, To give some background about myself, I have spent most of my time in the IB section of this website. However as I have lurked with/without this account, I wanted to get some suggestions and or advice to what management consulting is. Also how to get into management consulting. Any adiv...
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What MBA program for Army Officer I’ve got 3 admits this season- Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown, and Vanderbilt. Short term goal is to consult for MBB or Deloitte in Philadelphia. Trying to get some opinions on both schools reputation for management consulting. Carnegie Mellon is ranked higher, but I think Georgetown has more recog...
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IB at unknown firm vs. strategy consulting at a big 4? undergrad at targetI'm a rising junior at a target looking to go into IB/management consulting. Obviously the goal is M/B/B or the next best firm. Have a ~3.4 GPA, and I worked in strategy consulting at a big 4 previously. I can either go back (this isn't in the US - but the work was amazing) or work at a small IB fir...
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Firmsconsulting TCO ProgramHey everyone, I have asked this question before a few years ago, but wanted to ask again. Has anyone used Firmsconsulting services? Can someone vouch for the quality of the training program that they provide? I am wondering because they charge a very high $ for training for off-cycle recruiting, an...
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GPA over Major for MBBIf you go to a grade deflated place like UChicago, would it be better to go for an economics degree and shoot for a high GPA (maybe 3.7+) or would a Physics degree offer more value and look better. Since Physics is harder though, the GPA probably would be down to a 3.3. Basically, is GPA more import...
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Low Gpa (3.3) at Ivy for full time next year. Unsure what to do? As the title states, I have a really low gpa and I have no idea what to do. I'm currently a Stats major at an Ivy with a poor gpa. The highest I can bring my gpa to is a 3.4 but It's unlikely (the classes I'm taking are considered very hard). It's because I fucked up this past semester and I don't...
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Most Important Excel Skills for ConsultingHi guys. I am starting at MBB in three weeks from a scientific background and have thus only used excel for basic statistics and a bit of data analysis. I would really appreciate some insight into what resources in excel you actually used on your first project. So if any recent hires could tell me w...
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French Cuffs and Cuff Links as an Entry-Level Associate/AnalystStarting my new role at a Tier 2 consulting firm as an entry-level analyst. 1. Could anyone let me know how consultants typically dress in the office vs. at client site? 2. Where do consultants get their shirts? Brooks Brothers, Suit Supply, etc. 3. Is it okay to wear french cuffs + cuff links? Is...
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LEK consulting - a good feeder to H/S/W MBA programs, or no? Hi, Currently I'm in a situation where after working in an FMCG (think HUL, P&G etc) for 1.5 years post my undergrad, I've the possibility of getting interviews with LEK consulting. LEK consulting has only recently opened this new office in South Asia. If my end goal is H/S/W or M7, would LEK be a...
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Mckinsey group placement (Private Equity Practice vs Strategy & Corporate Finance)Recently received an offer for McKinsey full time. My long term career goal is to go into PE. Given this, which practice (private equity vs strategy&corp fin) would lead to better PE exits (or if there is no meaningful difference between the two)? I understand that traditionally corporate finance ha...
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Which internship experience is more relevant to land a Management consulting job?I am a junior double majoring in Economics and Finance with a certificate in IT. I have been given the opportunity to intern at EY in either their Transfer Pricing or Risk advisory division. My ultimate goal is to be part of their BAP (Business Advisory Program). I would like to know which of the ...
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AMA: 6 months into post-undergrad role at MBBHey everyone, Over a year ago, I made an AMA after I received offers from 2/3 MBBs out of a non-target undergraduate school. That AMA is here: https://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/non-target-student-with-full-time-offers-to-23-mbbs-ask-me-anything Here I am again, 6 months into my new role. I ju...
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Company Review: PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Great first jobOnce you find a good team to work for you will be staffed continuously and will be able to develop your knowledge matter. . You occasionally work with people who are SME's but are not team friendly and prefer to work on their own. ...
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