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Advice Needed: Turn down IB offer to recruit for consulting?Hi everyone - first time posting but I've tried doing as much research as possible before asking my question and I couldn't find anything, so I figured I'd post and try to get some advice. I'm in my first year of a Top 20 MBA and I am aiming to switch careers and go into consulting (mainly Big 4 M&...
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Is public policy a quantitative undergrad degree?I am a freshman at an MBB target school. I would like to enter the tech sector of consulting but have no interest in CS. Long-term, I would like to be doing business operations/strategy at a silicon valley tech giant. When it comes to an undergrad major, my research has led me to believe it's smart...
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Company Review: A.T. Kearney - DecentCompany offers Good pay, perks. The work life was pretty decent, with lots of effort on office events . Crazy amount of travel in less than ideal locations, and often traveling on weekends. Training could improve substantially...
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Openings for 2018Dear all, The application cycle for full time Fall 2018, entry level consulting positions did not bode well for me and I am just curious as to what types of positions, when the application cycle would open again in 2018 for entry level 2018 positions. I am not in grad school, a 2016 BA graduate w...
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Company Interview: FactSet Research Systems - FactsetShe asked my how comfortable I was with excel and after my answer immediately asked me to describe VLOOKUP. Some other ones that weren't behavioral were, tell me how you follow the markets, would you rather be liked or feared. Mostly behavioral questions that weren't difficult if you know your resum...
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Company Interview: Analysis Group - healthcare analystnothing really, all behaviroal questions. Pay attention to what they say about the firm culture and you'll know what kind of people they are looking for. They are quite small though, depends on if you want to work for a a big firm or a boutique firm. Also try to prepare as many questions to ask as y...
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Company Review: McKinsey and Co - Very satisfied overall, great 1st jobGreat people and community, interesting projects and content, lots of diversity, great leadership exposure. Bad lifestyle, lots of travel, sometimes bad managers, difficult staffing model, lack of predictability, poor review process...
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What are differences in energy industry of top tier consulting firm?Hi, as an engineering student with a strong background in the energy sector, I am really interested in differences of MBB consulting in this particular industry, especially in the field of renewables. What are major differences in terms of capabilities, industry reputation and track record? Especial...
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Company Review: Bain & Company - Bain & Company RA (Seoul, South Korea)The people from the firm is very friendly and willing to help out the interns to get on the right track and help them be prepared for a full time recruiting in South Korea. Long hours. As an intern, I typically work from 9:30 am to 1:30 am to 2:00 am the next day. Very tough work schedule. ...
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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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IBM CbD vs. Grant Thornton Tech Consulting practiceHi all, I recently received offers from both of these programs and am unsure which route to take. I'm looking for a place that will offer me the best experience and although I've already weighed out pros and cons of each, I would love to hear from the community. In terms of salary and benefits, both...
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Company Review: Deloitte - Overall satisfactoryGood culture - very open, friendly. Seniors willing to help junior members. Also, good to get access to various industry problems. Interns do not get authority to directly meet and interact with clients (in my case). Also, the quality of experience really depends on project leader/manager you work w...
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PST and case interviews: NPV, compound interest, and other finance math questionHi all, I have been studying for cases and the McK PST. I have noticed that NPV is an important concept to know and on the PST I recently took, you had to know how to calculate compounded interest. The formula you had to use was F=P(1+i)^n and the question itself was something like F=13.8(1+.05)^10...
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Company Review: McKinsey and Co - Incredible place to workIncredible dedication to learning and development; very personalized approach, allowing individual BAs to pursue what they desire. Projects are extremely interesting and impactful for clients. Almost none I can think of... I guess I'd say that some BAs have had a worse experience than me, complainin...
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Company Interview: McKinsey and Co - Business AnalystMcKinsey interviews always follow the same format: - Quick chat before starting the interview - PEI (Personal Experience Interview), where they will ask you to talk about an experience where you showcased one (or more) of the key skills they are looking for: Leadership, Teamwork, Entrepreneurship a...
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Company Review: Cambridge Associates - MediocreGreat company to work for and you learn a lot. Good culture, training program, and resources available.. It seems like it's too comfortable. Not much room for change, but I guess that's finance in general....
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Company Review: Oliver Wyman - InternshipIt is an unique experience to have management consulting. I thought my time was not wasted. I recommend this internship.. Not many people know about the company I worked at. Although we are one of top tier consulting firms, because of its size, we did not get recognized a lot. ...
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Company Review: PricewaterhouseCoopers - Decently satisfied, the job served its purposeGood place to get your bearings coming out of school, good brand recognition that can help with exit opportunities. Quality of co-workers and assignments varies widely from group to group within the firm, things can be great if you land in the right group for you, but hell if you don't...
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How to send a cold email to another consulting firm if you want to move as an experienced hireChange of plans in life. Anyway. I'm trying to reach out to someone in the McK/BCG education practice. I studied education at school and have been working in an education practice doing education DD, but would like a broader range of work, which is why I'm looking. How does this process go? What d...
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Lesser Known Consulting vs Internal StrategyI'm finishing the first semester of my MBA this week, and I'm considering my potential internship opportunities. I was hoping to go into consulting, but I've already been turned down by MBB and Deloitte S&O for first round interviews - likely due to a weak GPA. Based off of my networking, I think I'...
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Company Review: Grant Thornton - valuation associate-Pays slightly above Big 4 at the entry level, no idea about compensation comparison afterwards. -Showing tremendous growth. -Flex Time Off causes most to take less time off than they would have if they had PTO. -Huge emphasis on culture, excessive meetings and trainings get tiring. ...
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AMA: Deloitte S&O -> F500 Corp. Strategy -> M7 -> MBB Bounced between consulting and industry pre-MBA and decided to go back for more consulting post-MBA. I recently received/accepted an offer from MBB after a grueling recruiting process. Happy to answer questions about my path to-date, my b-school experience and the recruiting process. ...
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Company Interview: Bain & Company - Summer Intern (ADC)How would you go about setting up an amusement park? Tell me about a time you used critical thinking. ...
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Company Review: Ernst & Young LLP - 5Great people made the summer a fun experience. I really enjoyed meeting other EY interns and the team atmosphere.. Working in the federal space was interesting, but not very intense. I think it could be a great experience, depending on what you're looking for!...
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Does McKinsey, Bain, or BCG care whether someone with an MBA from a top school applies with either a GRE score instead of GMAT?I read that MBB often wants to see applicants gmat scores; however, does it matter to MBB if an applicant applies with a GRE score instead of a gmat score?...
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Company Interview: NERA Economic Consulting - NERANone of the questions were super unexpected. In this first round interview all of the questions were behavioral. It was important for me to know my resume inside and out. Asked about previous research experience and especially quantitative experience. It was a typical Hirevue interview not much mo...
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Capital One Business Analyst - PlanoHey guys, I just accepted my offer to intern with Capital One next summer. My goal is to work on MBB for full-time, but I may want to take the Cap1 offer. Does anyone have any thoughts on the Plano office or the Business Analyst position in general? I've read through all the other Capital One WSO t...
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When MBB refers to a prospective associate's "leadership" experience, what are they specifically referring to?When I hear leadership, I think of managerial roles, successful entrepreneurial experiences, and leadership positions in collegiate clubs while in college. What else are MBB employers referring to when they say "leadership experience"?...
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Company Review: KPMG - Life as a real Management ConsultantEasy job Good hours (typically 30-50) Potential to build career at a steady pace Potential to travel . No to poor bonus compensation Certain partners have too much power Lack of team feel Arbitrary promotions...
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C's of Marketing Organizations are always seeking out for new and keen methodologies for Advertising their products and services, and one tool is especially useful in finding such methodologies the C's of Marketing. Customer Culture Convenience Competition Communication Consistence Customization Coordination Contr...
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Company Review: Bain & Company - WonderfulIt's very stressful job different from other internships I did before. But I can learn a lot about consulting management.. Usually go for business trip which is very tiring and exhausting. I don't like flight trip very much....
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Company Review: McKinsey and Co - McKinseyA better work/life balance than other McKinsey offices from what I've heard. Overall it has been quite enjoyable so far.. Resources industry can be cyclic in nature, as is the work. This can mean brief periods 'on the beach'....
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Working elsewhere right before full-time?Hi WSO, I signed full-time with a financial services consulting firm and chose an August 2018 start date (can start earlier if I really wanted to). I finish my undergrad in April 2018 and wanted to know if it would be acceptable to intern elsewhere from April until August (when I start). Since I'...
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When do management consultants choose to use VBA macros?As either an intern or full-fledged consultant, what VBA macros have you seen used often? Alternatively, what VBA macros would you suggest that an incoming associate learn? Thanks!...
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Company Review: Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - BCGReally good. The company is very friendly. I went to the welcome weekend and it was an overwhelmingly good experience.. Not too much. The people are very diverse and understanding. Definitely the best place I've been so far....
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Breaking into consulting as ex-diplomat??monkeys, I wanted to ask what are the entry options for consulting. I was a diplomat for about 5 years, and I want to break into consulting. I will be getting a t3 mba. I know if you join straight out of undergrad the progression is analyst --->associate -->manager -->principal-->partner. the questi...
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Interning at PwC MC vs Strategy, disadvantaged?Sent off an application for a summer internship at PwC for MC as opposed to Strategy specifically. This was essentially because the link to Strategy& wasn't made expressly clear, but I am aware of the difference in the brands. Assuming I intern in MC at PwC, would I be disadvantaged as opposed to in...
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Company Review: McKinsey and Co - "Make your own McKinsey""Make your own McKinsey" - Perks - Overall culture - Board room access as a BA - Many great colleagues. Staffing, and in general understanding how the place works. Opaque processes. Some underwhelming colleagues, especially at the EM and AP levels....
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MBB Asia Exit OppsHi guys, I am going to be taking up a graduate role with MBB in Asia, and was wondering if anyone here could provide some insight into the exit opps available, particularly in Asia? Thanks!...
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GS/JPM/MS Summer IBD to MBB chances?Will be doing a GS/JPM/MS IBD SA next year but am still keeping my career options open and considering management consulting at MBB for FT if possible. Any thoughts or advice on this and how difficult it may be to make the switch for FT if I don't enjoy the internship as much as expected?...
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2 years out of college...when to apply?Hi all, I graduated from Top-5 engineering school with 3.7 GPA, and am currently working at a major O&G company. I would like to break into management consulting, but my knowledge is most firms hire straight out of undergrad/MD/MS/PhD/MBA. I will be applying for a business analyst position (entry l...
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Company Review: McKinsey and Co - Summer BAThis is a company that truly invests in the people it hires and provides them the opportunity to grow, while still making it possible for employees to truly enjoy their lives . Hours can be tough and the regular travel can be draining, but this is consulting and nothing that was unexpected...
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Delta PartnersDoes anybody know them? They are a TMT focused boutique which operates in emerging markets. I would like to know someone's opinion....
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When does the prestige of a person's undergraduate degree matter in either consulting or the world of finance?I have a friend who has been struggling with a decision whether to go to an ivy league school for undergraduate. He is struggling with the decision because attending the ivy league school would put him in a lot of debt. He is currently taking classes at a non-target school, and while he has a wealth...
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Looking for Case Interview partners for Dec, Jan and FebHi Everyone, I am currently looking for case interview partners to get some live experience and improve my skills. I am currently in financial research and would be starting my MBA in march. We can also share the material collected to help each other. I have the VC's LOMS and case interview secre...
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Company Review: Triage Consulting Group - Associatethe only goods are that you ge ta good work life balacne and meet lots of interesting people as you goon through work. the company has zero room for growth and you will not grow professionally as long as you're here. the exit opps are limited...
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Ex-McKinsey consultant here answering questions for at least a couple daysLeft "The Firm" a little over a year ago. I've been meaning to do this and just never got around to it; no time like the present! I'm doing an AMA at r/consulting on reddit as well, in case you run across that. I joined McKinsey in a mid-sized office in the US as a Business Analyst out of undergrad...
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Company Review: Ernst & Young LLP - EY MoscowInteresting job - everyday tasks are different with different projects. Deep valuation knowledge, good for career start . low salary, not always involved in deals, some valuations are for tax purposes, colleagues frequently leave the company ...
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Company Review: Booz Allen Hamilton - Software engineer. It's okayMax 40 hours per week. It's not a difficult job. I'm a software engineer, though, so maybe it's different if you're doing more traditional consulting. . It's dull. Nobody wants to spend a career in federal consulting. I took the job because I didn't want to waste more time looking. Will probably lea...
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Take Graduate MBB or Wait for IB?Hi guys, So I initially wanted to do IBD summer and (hopefully) eventually make a switch to an investments-type role (AM/HF maybe PE). However, the I have yet to secure an IBD summer internship but recently got an offer for a graduate MBB role. My question is, if my plan is to go into AM/HF/PE dow...
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Big 4 S&O Internship --> MBB/Tier 2Hey everyone, After a hectic recruiting season, I managed to pull interviews in at McKinsey, BCG, and a Big 4 firm in their S&O practice. My first interview was with McKinsey, where I unfortunately didn't get past the first round (first case interview ever), and then I did BCG and got to their su...
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Company Review: PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - good culture, good pay- Prestige - Good work/life balance -Smart people - great to work at a place where you can have great, smart teams. - Hours - Ops for advancement are somewhat limited in some regards - Could use some potential for better prof advancement opps...
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Company Review: Strategy& - SatisfiedGreat pay, great people, interesting work and clients, huge investment from pwc in growing out practice. branding difficulties with respect to strategy& post-Booz, non-HQ office definitely gets less attention ...
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Kurt Salmon Private Equity and Growth Strategy GroupI was wondering if anyone had any information about this group of Kurt Salmon? There is limited information about them online. I know it's a small team but it seems comprised of ~70% Stanford grads and the former members have had some amazing exit opps in the past. Any insights would be greatly appr...
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Data Analytics: Deloitte or AccentureHi, I'm currently supporting Deloitte's Financial Advisory practice with a launch of their Data Analytics services in M&A transactions. I moved to this position 8 months ago, after internal finance/data analytics work at Deloitte. I'm an expert in data modeling and visualization, with decent BI skil...
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Strategy& Deals Team vs AT Kearney?Coming out of undergrad and trying to decide between full-time offers with Strategy&'s new Deals Team and AT Kearney (generalist offer), both in NY. Would love to get any thoughts/opinions! Thanks....
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Business Consulting in the Digital Era There has been a paradigm shift in consultancy businesses with the rise of technological advance in the digital era must read article. [Business Consulting in the Digital Era](http://blog.microagility.com/business-consulting-digital-era/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=Business%20Consulting%20in%20...
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Company Review: PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - What is this asking?People are chill, not feel as pressured. Cross team collaboration on pitching and delivery. Broad exposure to deal - financial (due diligence, FA), post-deal value consulting. Sometimes not feel challenged because of low profile role. When no mega engagement often work on multiple small engagements ...
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Company Review: McKinsey and Co - Overall satisfiedFlexibility, culture is great at McKinsey, promotions are fast, clear partner trajectory, comp is quite good esp as you get more senior. Stress on getting staffed, pressure on EMs to begin selling cases; travel can get grueling if you aren't staffed locally...
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Management consulting PowerPoint templates Hello, one of my superior asked me if I can find some management consulting PowerPoint templates (where you have all the graphs and templates). Do you know where I can find those from top-tier management consulting companies? Thank you =) ...
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