Middle Management MBB / FAANG

Hey Everyone

I am a middle manager/exec at one of the infamous IT services firm. However, I have a pretty strong healthcare consulting experience spread across APAC countries, then moved to Product Management @USA (grew a successful product) and finally to business strategy. I am currently in the states and was applying to the M7 schools. However, at 33, at most got only waitlists. I recently got a great offer from LBS and considering pros and cons of moving to London.

Pros - Immigration is easier in UK (I am an international).

  • LBS is a pretty strong brand in London at least.

  • Program is quite strong. LBS network is pretty strong as well.

  • Want to move into MBB middle management (LBS at least provides a shot vs staying in current position). Second aspiration would be FAANG.

Cons - Salary cut from current pay.

  • No network in Europe.

- Ready job offer if I graduate from a US university.

  • Not sure how is LBS regarded in the US if I decide to move back.

Would be great to get some feedback on how to prepare best for a career in MBB @London for a middle manager or FAANG. (As I understand, it might be a different path that I would have to take vs a young MBA grad). Also, would be great to understand the competition for middle manager/exec positions in London. Any other recommendation would also be welcome.

Comments (5)

May 18, 2021 - 12:04pm
A5s, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What is MBB middle management?

If you want to move into the post-MBA role, you can try applying as an experienced hire. Bain's mostly done but McK should still be hiring Associates and BCG should still be hiring Consultants. You could use your background to land something in their tech practices.

If you want to work at FAANG, do your networking and apply directly. MBB is a circuitous and tough way to get there.

May 19, 2021 - 2:11pm
throwingawaying123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

if you've managed to grow a successful product then should be easy enough to land a PM offer at FAANG. unclear why mbb is needed or even useful for your goals, bschool even less so. you will not be able to recruit into a manager level role at MBB straight out of bschool, fyi - most managers at MBB are internally promoted.

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May 21, 2021 - 2:45am
nikhilarora, what's your opinion? Comment below:

throwingawaying123

if you've managed to grow a successful product then should be easy enough to land a PM offer at FAANG. unclear why mbb is needed or even useful for your goals, bschool even less so. you will not be able to recruit into a manager level role at MBB straight out of bschool, fyi - most managers at MBB are internally promoted.

Thank you @a5s and @throwingawaying123. Really appreciate your response. I started off my career in Consulting (healthcare) and then moved to Product Management later. Though I have been successful at PM, my interest was always with Consulting. Hence, I wanted to try recruiting into Consulting as a first option and if it didn't work out, come back to Tech. I don't think I would have a problem recruiting in middle-tier Tech (FAANG maybe will take quite some effort); however, I have been out of touch with Consulting for quite some time (casing etc.). Also, I was not sure how the middle management recruiting landscape looked like in a top Consulting firm. Hence, thanks for your response, gave me some idea how to get started.

Would really appreciate an additional insight - how is the job market in UK (London) compared to the US. While it may not be easy, would there be enough opportunities for qualified people? Does it tend to be very competitive? Will the LBS brand provide a good shot at recruiting at a top firm?

May 21, 2021 - 12:32pm
throwingawaying123, what's your opinion? Comment below:

im based in the US so def not sure what the consulting job market is like in London, but I do know that LBS is a top bschool target for MBB in the UK and Europe. MBB is always competitive, easiest recruiting out of school but def not a walk in the park still.

May 22, 2021 - 12:41am
A5s, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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