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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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3.4 GPA, State School - Can anyone recommend boutique consulting firms?I'm a current junior studying Industrial Engineering in the Honors Program at a state school, looking to pursue consulting. I have a cumulative GPA a bit below 3.4, and a major GPA of 3.6. My top choice for an internship would be Deloitte, but due to my schools non-target status, only about 5 intern...
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Why consulting rather than private equity?Why do you want to or enjoy working in consulting? Why would you prefer to work in consulting rather than in private equity? Thanks!...
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Houston Energy (Oil & Gas) ConsultingI'm an engineer in oil and gas, and I'm considering switching to consulting (strategy, not IT). I'd like to stay in Houston as it appears most consulting firms here focus on energy (I want to stay in oil & gas industry). I've got a few questions: -How often do Houston energy consultants travel? See...
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Protiviti - Review - N/AI enjoy my experience at this company because there is a variety of work and a lot of opportunities for growth. . Some of the work is less than interesting and there is a lot of competition to get work from other large firms. ...
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Deloitte Consulting Back Office vs Client Facing at BoutiqueI have a return offer from Deloitte Consulting. It is essentially a revenue management role, assisting engagement partners in understanding their revenue positions, billings, etc. I found the job boring and the money isn't great, but I have a return offer. Should I accept the offer for the Deloitt...
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Deloitte - Interview - Technology ConsultingThere were difficult aspects in both the Case Interview and the Behavioral Interview. **Case:** The case question was oddly specific. It was around a large Canadian bank's technology strategy. I was presented with some different purchasing options and had to Identify what was best for the client....
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Anyone familiar with MBB shops in Africa?I'm currently studying in Australia; about to complete a masters in financial engineering, with my undergrad degree being a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Finance & Accounting). My grades in undergrad are ok, whilst my grades in postgraduate are pretty impressive. My experie...
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Cornerstone Research - Interview - GeneralistGeneral questions about the job market paper and case-based interview (i.e. describing a legal case and asking about one's approach to make the case for one side of the argument). Case-based questions are generally about one side of a legal battle making a claim about the other side.   Do you prefe...
EY - Interview - Consulting"If I asked your manager about your biggest weakness right now, what do you think he would tell me?" Probably the most difficult one, as I had to relate it back to previous work. Used the STAR approach (Situation, Task, Action, Result). As my previous experience involved working in retail banking, ...
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Looking for right Publication/journalist to inform of a consulting book released?Hello, I'm helping a friend who's planning to release a Kindle book about consulting/marketing, which reveals amazing insights never discussed before, including insights on what helped McKinsey succeed. This may sound ... but as my friend say the world will be a better place if as many people as po...
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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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EY TAS OTS vs PwC DDVWhile I didn't capitalize on my MBB interview, I have an MBA internship offer at PwC Advisory DDV and E&Y TAS OTS. Any thoughts about pros and cons of each re: exit ops, prestige, full-time re-recruiting, culture, etc? Looks like EY will pay slightly more....
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2018 APD MBB Full Time RecruitingHi everyone, wanted to get this thread started for updates on the APD recruiting cycle at MBB for this year. Applied a few weeks ago to McKinsey but no updates yet, including invitation for PST. ...
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Consulting Case 101 Subscription SplitHi All, I have a couple of interviews coming up am looking to purchase a subscription of Consulting Case 101 for 3 months (USD$126). Would anyone be interested in splitting the costs? The more the better of course. Please PM me if interested. ...
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McKinsey Full-time First Round Rejection Just got an email saying I did not even get a first round interview for McKinsey (Full-time). I am extremely surprised. I go to an Ivy League target, have a good GPA (3.7), multiple ECs, and had an extremely prestigious PE junior summer internship (KKR/Blackstone/Carlyle). I had what I thought was ...
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Full time consulting undergrad recruiting 2018 Just want to get this thread started. Let us know where you are in your application process, whether it's with MBB or T2. I heard McK Round 1 invites are coming out this week....
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Who will be the top consulting firms in 20+ years?Interested for discussion purposes only. Who do you guys think will be the top consulting firms in 20+ years? Will the landscape change? If so, how?...
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AIG - Review - Technology ConsultingReally good work life balance, PTO, and benefits. Work was pretty interesting as well, covering quite a few fast growth tech companies.. Not a lot of transparency with regards to decision making, and AIG is going through a lot of structural changes right now. ...
Charles River Associates - Interview - Economic ConsultingWhen is a time you failed and what lesson did you learn? The question is essentially asking about something that did not go right in a either professional or personal setting and how you overcame that challenge either be recognizing that something went wrong in the initial process or by illustrating...
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Big4 Auditor hoping to break into Management ConsultingI've been an auditor with a Big4 firm for about a year now and have passed all four parts of my CPA. I realized pretty early on that audit is not for me and now that I have my one year of required work experienced can officially get licensed as a CPA, I am looking to move out of accounting/audit e...
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Any hope for transitioning from Audit to Consulting in Big4?Hi everyone, just wondering if there's any hope for someone who's about to be an audit intern with a Big4 to transition to the strategy consulting arm? Since I have come from a completely different industry however have acted as a consultant in that industry, I have been doing a great deal of readi...
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Accenture - Review - GeneralistI have not yet started with this company. I will update when I begin in the next thirty days. Looking forward to contributing!. I have not yet started with this company. I will update when I begin in the next thirty days. Looking forward to contributing!...
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Supply Chain Consulting vs. Tech Consulting?Hi everyone, I'm just a young & dumb monkey looking for some advice. I'm evaluating some possible positions at EY advisory and I wanted your insight about if I should go for Supply Chain or Tech consulting. Some factors that I'm considering right now are: - Which one has better exit opportunities...
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Alvarez & Marsal - Review - ValuationCompany culture is good (within my office at least). Relatively big name clients and interesting work. Don’t get as many fairness opinions as some other valuation services firms. Benefits are bare minimum. Experience at the firm varies pretty heavily depending on office and MDs you work with ...
Duff & Phelps - Review - TaxEasy work, not hard to do. Management was nice and friendly. Overall decent atmosphere and people to work with. Boring work, not investment related. Personally not for me but definitely for certain types of people!...
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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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Booz Allen Hamilton - Review - DefenseGreat hours, flexible schedule and generous vacation plan. Ability to move job functions within the company.. Very slow and boring environment. Low pay. Complacent colleagues can dampen motivation and decrease personal growth. ...
Accenture - Review - Oil & GasGreat people, good isurance, social package. Company pays for my apartment in another city. Company is truly international: you can easily reach out to people in other countries to get insights, share experience and get advice. Accenture also has a very strong digital projects credentials locall...
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Alvarez & Marsal Dallas RestructuringDoes anyone have information on Alvarez & Marsal's restructuring group in Dallas? How are they for comp, exit ops, work/life balance? This would be for a FT Restructuring Analyst position....
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KPMG - Review - Transaction Advisory ServicesGood company, nice people, perks outside of office (happy hours). Exposure to valuation, accounting, due diligence. . Post transactional work, stagnant, people are not happy. Seems like everyone wants to move into investment banking....
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Leveraging ~3 Years Industry Experience to Enter Management Consulting FieldHello all, I currently work for a large integrated oil & gas company supporting various supply chain/finance functions. I've been here for about 3 years since I completed my undergraduate degree in the summer of 2015. I attended college at target Big Ten School (top 15-20 undergraduate business sc...
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AlixPartners USA vs. Simon-Kucher and other London firmsHey guys! I'm new to the forum and wanted to get your take on some consulting firms, as well as US vs. UK. I have an offer from AlixPartners in their Dallas office (3rd biggest in the US) out of undergrad from a non-target top 30 uni. My aim was to get into consulting in the US (I'm an international...
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BB to MBB?Going to be interning at an S&T position for a top BB next (junior year) summer. How challenging will it be to get a full-time offer from MBB? Non-target school, high GPA. Previous corp fin & start-up internship experiences....
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Tips on preparing for start date in consulting (post-interviews)Accepted an offer from one of the MBB recently, and have been wondering what to do to prepare for the start (early next year). I have searched the Internet for tips and a lot of them tend to focus on improving technical skills (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint) and assembling a wardrobe and getting ready for ...
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Deloitte S&O FT RecrutingHey everyone I just wanted to ask people about where they were in recruiting efforts with Deloitte S&O for FT roles? I am at a non-target but have a very strong alumni contact, but my fear is that he/she is relaxed about the recruiting timeline and I am just unsure where the process is at. Would app...
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MBB vs D.E. ShawHi all! Wanted to post regarding some advice as to what opportunity I should pursue for the upcoming summer. I'm a penultimate student at a target university in the UK studying a liberal arts/social sciences course. I've been lucky enough to receive an offer for an MBB summer internship for 2018...
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MBB Tier 3 CityHello- I wanted to hear some thoughts on doing MBB in a Tier 3 city as opposed to NYC or SF. To me it sounds like an upside, since the cost of living is significantly cheaper, plus it would be easier to stand out for b-school down the road. Can I still get into PE if I want? Would love to hear ...
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LEK Consulting - Interview - Life SciencesIt was mostly fit questions and a typical case interview. The fit was "Why consulting" and "What business experience do you have?" Pretty standard questions. The case was also pretty standard, so nothing to unexpected there. The most difficult questions were probably more business related as to when...
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Bain Final Round (In 3 days) vs First RoundHi Monkeys, Would anyone have a good view on what differentiates the Bain final round interview from the first rounds? I know it’ll be partners interviewing me, but the structure of the interviews (45 minutes) remain the same - what are the differences in how it’s going to be conducted? I got...
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Which internships should I go for to have a higher chance of breaking into MBBHey ! I´m an 20 year old first year business student from Finland with past job experience in B2C sales with also leadership experience in this area. And I´m wondering which type of summer internships I should go for after the first year of studies (since the chances of landing an MBB internship...
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PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT)Great team and culture. Lots of growth opportunities and exit opportunities are surprisingly good. Hours better than banking.. Compensation is above audit but below consulting. Hours are 50-60 but occasionally up to 80. Expect audit support work....
Duff & Phelps - Review - ValuationCamaraderie among staff level - young and smart analysts, associates, and VPs. Leaner teams, which can allow you to get great experience if you take the initiative.. Below market pay, work life balance can be terrible, lots of company red tape. Outdated office and technology....
LEK Consulting - Review - Management Consulting- Strategic consulting projects - Strongly analytical office (so you must develop those skills) - Beer cart on Fridays - 6 months abroad in your 2nd year analyst - Cool office and computer. - Very "political" office culture (please the right person and you will be granted a marvelous career) - Very ...
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Short term client engagementI am just starting my career at a very big consulting firm out of college, and was offered an interesting opportunity for my first placement on a project where the structure of the client contact is unorthodox compared to what I have been hearing other people I know in consulting talk about. I ha...
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McKinsey Online Assessments - Next StepI recently applied to McKinsey (non-profit sector), and got an email to take the online assessments. How long after taking the assessments did you hear back from them? I'm new to the industry (currently in Ed.) so I'm completely unsure what the norm is here. ...
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Are federal/defense McKinsey consultants second-class citizens in the firm?I frequently hear of a divide between federal and commercial consultants in big 4 consulting firms, especially at Deloitte. Supposedly that apparently results in slower careers, slow-paced projects, lower salaries, and poorer b-school exit opportunities. Does anyone know if McKinsey seems to have th...
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PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - RiskGreat place to work. People are nice and helpful. Office is great. Project experience is meaningful and engaging. Amount of long term due diligence projects. Amount of networking in staffing process. Hard to roll off certain projects...
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Ask Me Anything: Recruiter from a Consulting FirmA stranger is being shown around a village that he has just become a part of. He is shown a well and his guide says: "On any day except Monday, you can shout any question down that well and you'll be told an answer". The man seems pretty impressed, and so he shouts down: Why not on Monday? and the v...
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Accenture - Review - GeneralistWell rounded individuals with great understanding and respect for work/life balance that leads to collective team feeling. . Lack of growt opportunities compared to other consulting firms if not in strategy. Type of work can pigeonhole people into staying since exit opportunities are less than count...
Deloitte - Review - GeneralistThere was a lot of room to take on different projects and opportunities. Given that the company was relatively small, interns were expected to learn and keep pace with the rest of the team.. The environment is not extremely collaborative as people typically work on their own tasks. This makes it har...
Ernst & Young LLP - Review - Management ConsultingExposure to large clients Numerous projects over 6 week period The opportunity to present to internal partners. Long working hours and significant time spent travelling to and from clients low variation of work on a day to day basis...
IBM - Review - AnalyticsWork Life Balance. Low pressure. Learning opportunities.Supportive Management. Exposure. Exit Options. Pay hike. Selectiveness of assignments. Growth. Variable Pay. Promotions and related policies. Focus on core work....
Oliver Wyman - Review - Financial ServicesAs the only intern on the case, I was given significant responsibilities and was actively involved during every step. . Way too overworked as an intern. The work culture in South Korea is rather toxic with little value on any balance. ...
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Switching goals from banking to consulting as an undergradI'm a current sophomore at a non-target who has been focused on breaking into IB. Lately I have been having second thoughts if Banking is where I would be happy. Its not that I don't think I cant break into IB (,I have made pretty good connections from networking and I'm currently working on been in...
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Why don’t Business school PhDs find MBB attractive?I’ve noticed that a lot of MBB consultants with PhD degrees have STEM background. Does anyone know why there’s a lack of PhDs from business schools in the consulting industry? I guess it may be due to a selection problem where PhD candidates from business schools don’t find consulting an attra...
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Ernst & Young LLP - Review - GeneralistYou get to learn a lot. As a junior analyst, your are responsible for the engagements from A to Z. In case you miss something you are held fully responsible for it.. Not much guidance is provided for a junior analyst. A lot of work is fairly standard, I believe having in place training materials wou...
AlphaSights LTD - Interview - ConsultingNothing really difficult or unexpected. If you pass through HireVue before, it is easy. Many people mentioned that, talking to your laptop camera is weird. Come on guys, if you are not 40+, talking to your screen is something we are doing everyday. Questions are easy. Just go by their webpage, try ...
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2019 Internship Application DeadlinesHey guys, Rising Junior at a non-target looking to secure an internship for next summer. Have been doing some networking (mostly with a couple of T2 firms), but am having trouble finding reliable application deadlines for the majority of firms since they don't recruit on my campus. I know it's a lo...
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Accenture MC Case InterviewI have heard Accenture MC Case Interviews are more open ended than traditional case interviews, does anyone have an opinion? Has anyone gone through an Accenture MC case and any advice on how to prep?...
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Management Consulting in Emerging EconomiesNot from a target school; dad went to the ivies. Instead I went East, first to India for ten years and am now in Myanmar. Went to school for design and for 25 years, I've ended up in several strategic international marketing positions turning companies around since I seem to have a knack finding the...
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Oliver Wyman - Review - Consultinggood work culture, open top management, good benefits, good diversity, smart people, . Not much to say, location of work KSA, ...
McKinsey and Co - Interview - GeneralistCase intervies were little different that the reviewed Ones. On personal fit interveiws, interviewer asked me to change my story so I have to came up with a new story regarding the same objective. Case interviews consist on structure the cas given then check out a graph and give sone valuable insih...
KPMG - Interview - Economic ConsultingOne of the partner asked if to value a company with intangibles assets and the client give you high forcast how do you challenge them, what are the questions you would ask to perform due diligence, now treat me as the client and you are the consultant. Walk me through your thoughts. How to calcula...
Accenture - Review - Technology ConsultingGreat benefits, strong work/life balance, smart people. Folks seem to value taking care of themselves.. Competitive environment, tunnel-visioned coworkers. People seem to obsess over their personal success at the expense of their team's effectiveness....
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BCG GAMMA?Got dinged by BCG generalist after 1st round, but got a phone interview with GAMMA. Want to start thread since not much information is available for gamma right now... 1. interview process. what is that 30 mins phone interview with recruiter about? background? mini case? experience? 2. difference...
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Applying to the Same Internship TwiceHi All, Junior at a non-target here. I have a couple of referrals at T1 and T2 firms, but am going to be applying without referrals for most of them. I do have a couple of prospective referrals in the pipeline though, and am going to continue to network over the next month. If I apply to a positio...
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NERA Econ Consulting v. Brattle GroupI've received offers for the RA position both from Brattle Group and NERA Economic Consulting. I'm interested in hearing any differences that anyone cares to offer about the two firms (including prestige, strong/weak practice areas, work/life, culture, etc.) That said, I got to meet the team I would...
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GPA for economic consulting internship?Does anyone know what the GPA cutoff for economic consulting junior internship is? I'm talking about analysis group, nera, and cornerstone, etc. thanks!...
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