Promotion at Big 4s/MBBs/Boutique consulting firms

For MBA grads assuming the role of associates after graduating, curious to know how the promotion cycle works at Big 4s/MBBs/Boutique consulting firms. Do the promotions occur every year or does it entirely depend on the performance? There is a lot of data about the position and the vertical ladder of management consulting with salaries for each however, not much on the time gap between each position.

Do promotions happen every year, once in 2 years or do they solely depend on employee performance and there is no structure as such? Entering b-school this year and charting out my financial plan just to ensure after how long am I breaking even. Also some estimates on signing bonuses and bonuses for subsequent years with/without promotions would be much appreciated.

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Aug 14, 2022 - 10:52am
DrApeman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

MBBs tend to have very specific expectations in terms of timing. These are easily found online, but for example Bain expects you to take 2-3 years to go from Consultant to Manager, and then 1 year to make it to Senior Manager.

Now, you may move faster or slower, but the differences are usually minimal (e.g., 1 year vs 2 years). You would not really see anyone spend only 6 months as a Consultant before moving to Manager, because the criteria being assessed (e.g., leading teams and work streams) become more complex and will need several iterations across multiple projects for you to prove you are ready to go up the ladder.

Aug 15, 2022 - 5:47pm
e2bmonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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