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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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Do many people see Consulting as a long-term career?Hey guys, just wondering this out of curiosity. Do many people see Consulting at one of the MBB/Deloitte/OW as a possible long-term career path? Do many people choose to stay in Consulting and shoot for Partner like many law and accounting firms or is it more like IB where you get your experience an...
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Whats better for MBA? or MBB?Hey everyone, I'm going to be an upcoming senior this next school year, and I'm wondering if should I focus on case interviews and try to get a full time offer at a Tier 2/3 consulting firm (ACN MC, PwC MC... etc) or Focus on technical software interviews and try to land a engineering position at a...
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Lateral hire from another consulting firm to MBBHi all, I am currently a first-year pre-MBA associate (heading into my second year) at a 2nd tier consulting firm (Parthenon/LEK). I recently secured a first round interview at an MBB, but wanted to get some career advice on whether it would be the right move. My motivation to switch to MBB was...
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Strategy& vs Deloitte S&O vs Oliver Wyman vs Accenture StrategyIf you Monkeys received offers from all of these firms, which would you accept? What would be your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th choice?...
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Strategy& Update? I heard that the legazy Booz Partners received their final cash-out on May 1st. Has anyone at S& seen a mass exodus or any kind of major change? It seems like Strategy&'s merger has finally settled down. ...
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Deloitte - Review - Government - FederalBrand name, salary, training opportunities, travel, building network, Great people to work with, smart leadership. 401k Plan could be improved upon. Salary discrepancy between internal grown employees and experienced hires causes top talent to leave within several years....
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Firm Tiers?I hear people talk about different tiers of firms and get confused (T2, Big4 being lumped together, etc.). From what I have read online (in no particular order): Tier 1: McK, Bain, BCG Tier 2: OW, Deloitte S&O, LEK, S& Tier 3: EY Parthenon, Accenture Strategy, AT Kearney Does this seem right ?...
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Need advice: leave Accenture MC for Monitor Deloitte?Hi all, I'm currently a management consultant at Accenture in western Europe. I've been working at Accenture for a bit more than 3 years. I'm enjoying my time here, I'm staffed on general management and sometimes strategy type of engagements. I also have a good network within the firm, and my bosse...
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KPMG - Interview - Management Consulting1. Name one drawback of using Agile based strategy Agile based strategy for project execution is widely popular these days as compared to the traditional waterfall model. However, one specific area where Agile becomes a major problem is the need to finalize a particular run before allowing to procee...
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Limited number of promotion positions?Hi everyone Have a read a lot around the promotion path in consulting, but one thing I have struggled to ascertain is whether there are limited promotion slots at each round and they go to the top x people, or whether there are no limits and it's purely down to the number of deserving candidates......
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Deloitte - Review - Project Finance*Note this is specific to the practice that I was in -Loved the team -Great work-life balance -Variety of resources available -Improved my excel significantly -Exposure to multiple projects -Loved Deloitte University (its really cool) . -Felt difficult to change roles -A little too much "structure"...
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Monitor Deloitte vs OW/RB/ATK in EuropeHi everyone, I recently got a FT offer at Monitor Deloitte in western Europe. They seem to be growing very fast since Deloitte's acquisition, hours are ok, pay is above the market, and the opportunity to focus on pure strategy projects seems very attractive. At the same time, I am still interviewin...
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Strategy& - Review - Management ConsultingReally Happy loved the internship. Could not have been a better experience. One of the best experiences.. none nonenonenonenonenonenonenone none none none none none none none none none none none none none none...
Bain & Company - Review - GeneralistPeople, Perks, Projects, The people you get to work with and the projects you get work work on are all amazing. The hours can be very long in some weeks and maintaining a balanced lifestyle is a very big challenge ...
Strategy& - Interview - StrategyNo difficult or unexpected questions during the interviews actually. Be prepared to answer market sizing questions, quickly screen & analyze graphs & tables, and speak about yourself, your hobbies, your choice to integrate a Big Four rather than a mid-sized consultancy, what makes S& London differen...
Ernst & Young LLP - Review - Financial ServicesGreat work/life balance People are incredibly personable and approachable Firm offers many perks to employees. Little opportunity to lateral within firm Work often proved to be boilerplate Rigid management structure...
PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - GeneralistLove it here. I have no complaints whatsoever. Good comp, good travel, good exit opportunities. Would recommend.. Honestly, no cons - I love it here. I have no complaints whatsoever. Good comp, good travel, good exit opportunities. Would recommend....
Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - Review - GeneralistWorking with some of the smartest people in the world on some of the world's most novel problems. Very engaging environment.. Challenging travel schedule at times, long hours and stressful situations. Managing out of work commitments can be difficult....
GEP - Interview - Generalistthe case was kinda hard. given a actual project they did. it was about a pharmusetucal company thinking lauching a anti-smoke monitor device. need to think of goto market strategy. and market size then how should they enter the market. The case wasn't hard, it just the nature of case wasn the one t...
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From IB (M&A at BBs/EBs) to Consulting (MBB)? (London/Paris)Hi guys, Could anyone give me some insights on how hard it is to move from a IB (M&A in a BBs or EBs) to Consulting (MBB or other strong brands) in London/Paris? Background: 1st/2nd/3rd year Analyst, Msc in Finance from a target school in Europe, no previous experience in Consulting (only M&A/PE) ...
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AMA: I was a consultant and interviewer at McKinseyI spent 5 years working as an innovation strategy consultant at McKinsey in the Montreal office. During that time I worked on projects around the world on a wide range of innovation-related subjects. I also interviewed many applicants for associate and analyst roles in Canada and elsewhere. I'm now...
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Best path to keep PE and MBB options openI’m currently an undergrad student majoring in finance and economics at a non-target school looking to get into either PE or management consulting. I’m still young and can easily change my major or career path and am wondering if there is a way I can build my resume to allow me to keep both car...
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Is it common for consultants to give up an MBA sponsorship?Hey guys, Would appreciate your wisdom on this, esp. from former MBA students. Have you met sponsored MBA students (esp. from MBB) who gave up their sponsorship to move into a different company/industry (incl. Finance/Consulting), thus having to give back the money? I am currently thinking of this ...
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Corporate Strategy GroupsI work in corporate strategy at a F100 and know some of the top groups from recruiting, but wanted to see if there are any I missed (always keeping my eye out for new opportunities) - Disney corp strat - Amex SPG - J&J Decision Sciences - Pepsico corp strat - Zurich North America corp strat - Black...
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Internships that consulting firms like Hey guys, I'm an incoming junior at a semi target (Big 10 School with nationally ranked economics, business, engineering, etc...). I'm studying economics, having transferred out of engineering after freshman year. I still plan on taking 3 more astrophysics/physics courses for the minor in astroph...
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Financial Services Research team at Oliver WymanHi everyone, Got to discuss an offer from OW in their financial services research team as a junior analyst. I would like to know what they really do? How much is the package (salary,bonus) What are the exit ops? Is there any way to break into consulting after a year or two? Planning to go to grad sc...
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Accenture - Review - Management ConsultingWorking hours not too long (for consulting) Projects with longer duration (less chaotic travel) ESOP, ESPP, stock awards, good medical cover. Pressure to sell work, starting at project manager/lead equivalent level Slow at promoting people Consulting business unit size too large for a consulting fir...
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Do interviewers "go easy" on diversity candidates in comparison to non-diversity candidates?Hey all, I have an interview coming up with Oliver Wyman. It is a final round interview and I am very nervous that I am underprepared. I received the interview because I am a diversity candidate. Does anyone know if the interviewers go "easier" on diversity candidates in comparison to non diversit...
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Strategy& vs. Parthenon/LEKHi everyone - another post on choosing between firms! Post-MBA here, deciding between Strategy& vs. Parthenon/LEK (offer is from one of the two - but see them as similar shops). Strategy& + Mid-sized city I want to be in (family in the area and much more affordable cost of living) + Impressed by t...
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Deloitte - Review - Consulting- Really good team - Good pay for internship - Growing compny - Interesting project - Easy recruitment. - HR is really bad - No information about full time recruitment - Some employees are not well qualified for the job...
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EY TAS (OTS) to Parthenon-EYHello, If someone is working in EY's Transactions Advisory Services (TAS)' Operational Transaction Services (OTS) practice, would it be possible for that person to transfer to Parthenon-EY? They are housed under TAS so at least its the same group but I understand that they are strategy focused. H...
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Bain & Company - Review - GeneralistInteresting, exciting, and intellectually stimulating. Lots of great exits ops and opportunities for MBA programs . The work life balance and travel can be tiring. It is also a long way to go before making partner. Good luck!...
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Deloitte Cyber Risk Advisory vs. Deloitte Technology Consulting Hey guys, I’m an incoming first year consultant at Deloitte under their Cyber Risk Advisory Service line (US) . I have a few questions of the differences between this service line vs. Deloitte Technology Consulting. I am fully aware that Deloitte advisory and Deloitte Consulting are two separat...
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Capco - Review - Management ConsultingThere are a select number of people at the company that I really enjoy working with. They are smart and kind. They work hard and work smart! . There is a group of mid-level managers who come from other "Top Shops," but you can tell they came over because they were the bottom at these firms. They pro...
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What companies are still giving sponsorships for international students?Yesterday I checked my school's website for FT recruiting. It seems that OW is not giving out sponsorships anymore...can anyone confirm that? McK and Bain are still giving. Thanks. ...
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Healthcare & Easier Offices for MBB?Are there any less competitive offices for MBB that are easier to get in? Which MBB offices (particularly Bain) focus on doing helathcare consulting? thank you all...
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Mckinsey interview on hold-- has anyone had this? Hi, So, I recently have been going through the McKinsey New Ventures interview process for an analyst role as an experienced hire. After R2 interviews, I received a call from the recruiter to give me interview feedback. Overall, they said that I had done okay, (not amazing but well). As next steps...
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Leaving MBB to join Uber as Ops ManagerHi all, I would really appreciate your advice on a question I am facing: should I quit my MBB consulting role to join Uber as an Operations Manager in a new city they are launching? My background: I am currently a junior at an MBB ( joined 2-3 years ago), located in an emerging markets country an...
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IBM - Review - Information Technology (IT)The best thing to work for IBM is its openness towards ideas and diversity. Moreover, the work environment is comfortable and productive . The career path isnt very clear. There's bureaucracy in the upper management. Inefficient onboarding process for new recruits. ...
Bain & Company - Review - GeneralistThe company has incredible benefits, wonderful employees, and fantastic opportunities for junior consultants.. The hours can be exhausting, especially when traveling for projects, but that is true of all consulting firms....
Cornerstone Research - Review - GeneralistPeople are nice and supportive Company cares about making sure you don't have a crazy workload for extended periods. Unpredictable hours due to nature of legal system Some Associates/Managers are very poor at planning workloads and create a ton of unnecessary tasks (particularly the ones with more a...
Strategy& - Review - Private EquityPeople are smart, efficient and nice. Benefits are good, and the business model is stable. Significant effort by management to improve working conditions, add perks, integrate life/work balance.. typical consulting travel and hours (although less than other strategy firms on avg.) bureaucratic polic...
Meketa Investment Group - Review - Research- Very polite and understanding when it comes to failure and attempting to provide better work/projects. - There is very little room to move up in the company - Sometimes the workload is too much for one intern to perform, so more would be good....
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AT Kearney's situation and future I would like to gain perspective on everyone's thought on AT Kearney. As a solid Tier 2, ATK clearly has a lot of reputations in ops related projects. But they also clearly missed their original "Vision 2020" goal and lost lots of partners to others. As consulting industry is moving to embrace digi...
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McKinsey and Co - Review - Generalist-Very smart and committed people -Interesting projects all around the globe with top clients -Good culture. -Heavy travelling on a weekly basis -Not owing your projects is often annoying -Clients often very demanding ...
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Rising Senior curious about ConsultingHey guys, I was wondering if someone who has done consulting can give me some opinions on what skills are most important for being a good consultant. Also is there any way to find out if it is an okay fit without an internship? I am a rising senior at an Ivy who is doing software engineering this s...
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Looking for a case interview prep buddy!Hey monkeys! I am looking for a case study prep buddy for summer 2019 consulting internship! I am a stats major from a top 5 university, although I have limited consulting experience (some finance experience from my current trading internship), I (like many other people from my school) am good at ta...
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Chances of F100 Corporate Strategy to HBS/GSBHi everyone, I needed some opinions on career path and I have seen great advice given on these forums, so I thought I would reach out. I graduated from a Big Ten School (3.76 GPA May 2017) and joined a F100 company as a Financial Analyst. I may have the opportunity to join the Corporate Strategy te...
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Help me decide: Stay in consulting a few months longer vs enter the industry right nowHi to all you primates and primitives! Hope your bananas taste sweet. I am a consultant at one of the MBBs in an emerging markets economy. So far, I am in my 10th month in the post-MBA role and, to be honest, I am not quite happy with my experience. I have a family and hate the travel and the lif...
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When is the right time to leave consulting?Would you leave your familiar, management consulting job before hitting 2 years for a role at a fun, but risky, startup? Professional Situation: 1.5 years at a Tier 4 (if that's a tier) healthcare management consulting firm. The name of the firm carries somewhat in pharma but not really anywhere el...
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PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Interview - ConsultingThe interview was via online automated site Sonru. Would definitely recommend doing some pracfise video interciews as it can be quite awkward to talk to a screen overall smile and you are good. Whyo you want to join PWC, what core values align with your personality traits? Tell us about a time you...
Deloitte - Review - ConsultingGreat place to learn and develop . Low or Average salaries ...
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Big 4 internal transfer blocked?I wanted to transfer to another team and got the ok from that team. However, I talked to the partner of my team and he does not want me to go. What do I do? Do I absolutely need my partner to sign off on this?...
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Software Engineer To Management Consulting Help (Rising Senior)Hi all, I'm a long time reader first time poster. I'm hoping to receive niche tips and/or constructive discussion on what to do this summer, branding myself and my chances of moving into mbb or a tier 2 firm. My background is below. - Target School - Studying Computer Science and Entrepreneur...
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Consulting Case 101 SubscriptionHi, I am looking for someone who is interested in splitting the cost for 3-6 month subscription for Consulting Case 101. I hope to buy the subscription by next week Thank you. ...
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Deloitte tech to LEK?Hello friends, I'm currently a tech consultant at Deloitte, and been with the firm almost a year now. I currently work on big data and machine learning engagements in TMT due to my background, and I quickly discovered that I'm very interested in M&A due diligence in TMT. It is challenging to get on...
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Engineering Consulting -> Aussie MBA -> Australian McK?Hi all, I've been on this forum for awhile and this is my first post, hope you guys could provide some advice. I'm currently a Structural Engineer doing seismic consulting work for the biggest Engineering firm in NZ (data grinding, modelling, churning out report and presentation for clients aka the...
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Deloitte - Interview - Technology ConsultingHonestly the group case had the most difficult questions. The interviewers were in the room as we were working, which was uncomfortable and then they asked us questions later on about why we made certain decisions and why we ignored certain pieces of data. It was also challenging to explain why we p...
Deloitte - Interview - GeneralistThe most difficult question was around the case studies which can range in length and complexity. There are materials that are provided to help you prepare, however it's very different when you are in a room being observed by the interviewer and are asked to complete computations. There were multip...
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AlixPartners vs PwCHello all, I am relatively new to the site and am seeking a little advice. I am 6 mo out of non-target undergrad working as a management consultant for a boutique firm in the Southeast U.S. I have been looking to move to a more prestigious firm and bigger city and have received offers 2 offers, one...
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Breaking into MBB/Top Tier Hi WSO, this is my first post, but I have been a user for quite a while. I am currently studying Economics at a semi-target UK university, expecting to graduate with a 1:1 (3.7 - 4.0 GPA). I have undertaken Spring internships in wealth management and at a boutique bank as well as a Summer internshi...
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International opportunities at MBBI am entering a joint MBA/MA in international affairs this Fall at an M7 school. My goal is to go into management consulting - preferably MBB. I've spent a lot of time abroad both in college and in my current job and I'd love to continue doing so in the future. Are there opportunities for internat...
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Strategy& - Review - StrategyLots of autonomy as associates, ownership of the whole process of finding, evaluating, and executing investments. Limited politics.. Associate is a time limited position, and there is no opportunity to advance directly. Sometimes hours can get miserable, but that comes with the territory....
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McKinsey Insight, Bain Advantage and Bridge2BCG 2018 for ADPAs from 2017, I would like to start a megathread for 2018 McKinsey Insight, Bain Advantage and bridge2BCG status updates for advanced degree candidates. Please feel free to post updates and indicate which programs in which region you applied to! Deadlines McKinsey: 8th of April Bain: 13th of April...
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Should I lateral? Have an offer to lateral over to ZS associates from a big 4 (orange) management consulting arm. Wondering what everyone's thoughts are on making the move at a junior level, in terms of which firm would be better for a chance at a M7 MBA, and exit opportunities....
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Aon - Review - AdvisoryIntelligent colleagues, great benefits, strong focus on career development and training. Good place to start consulting career . You don’t become bonus eligible until you’ve reached manager level (4 years of experience usually). ...
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IB vs ConsultingI'm a sophomore international student at a non-target. So far, I've been on the IB track but have only been to one superday. Throughout networking, I've enjoyed my conversations with consultants much more than those with bankers. I'm in a dilemma about if I should give up on IB totally (stop network...
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Slalom Consulting Analyst ProgramAnyone know anything about the Slalom Consulting analyst program (career progression, type of work they have you doing, commuting and working at a clients office, typical hours, culture...). Thanks...
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ZS Associates - Interview - HealthcareHow would you design an elevator? This was the unstructured interview question which had a very open ended answer. The difficult part of this question was more so the interviewer made it seem like there was more to the answer than what I had given. Word of advice is if you believe you answered the q...
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Management Consulting Podcasts? I'm looking to start a thread about good podcasts either about Management Consulting or not specifically about consulting, but useful to current and prospective consultants. **Some of mine: ** Specifically business or consulting: *McKinsey's podcast* (decent- more specifically consulting) *HBR's...
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