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AMA: Went from Cap Mkts SA to MBB FTHey guys, I graduated from a target school this past spring and I'll be starting work in a few months at an MBB firm. I know FT recruiting is on a lot of current SA's minds and wanted to give people some help. I worked at a BB in cap markets (DCM and got a return) and wanted to recruit out. Went thr...
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AMA: I grew up in Consulting and reinvented my brand 3 timesHappy to answer any questions about how to decide if consulting is right for you, day in the life type questions, how to build a long term, fulfilling career in consulting, and if you are in consulting how to gain experiences without pigeon holing yourself, as well as build a case for promotion. Bel...
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Interview Practice Partner - HERO StoriesHi! I am a recent grad with a specialization in Consumer Journey Mapping and Service Design aiming for organizations like Deloitte, Accenture, IBM. Looking forward to practicing my HERO stories (virtually). Get in touch if you are interested. Thanks, Swati ...
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Frameworks T2 ConsultingHello Monkeys, I am wondering which frameworks are most common for T2 Consulting Firms (IBM/Accenture). I am a Finance Major at a Non-Target and figured that I can't put all of my eggs in Investment Banking so I am making it a priority to practice cases over the next few weeks. Most commonly I have...
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McGladrey LLP - Review - GeneralistWork/Life balance is a positive aspect of the firm. Counseling families are a great way to connect to senior leadership within the firm. Great intern experience!. Pay is relatively low compared to other firms. Interns in GPS or FSO are siloed into an industry, which I think is not beneficial. ...
Ernst & Young LLP - Review - Management Consulting- tons of things to learn, especially from different clients, different offices - i love travelling, so the on-the-road life is perfect for me - miles and points (worth it!) - constantly meeting new ppl . - never really get to sleep in my rented apartment - economy flight - occassional overtime can ...
Parthenon Group-EY - Review - GeneralistVery high performing team members, good exposure to different industries, some sr. management people try to care about office culture. Work life balance still sucks, and there are still too many due diligence projects relative to strategy projects...
Strategy& - Interview - GeneralistThere were no really unexpected questions. The most difficult one was to explain why am I not going back to my old firm (strategy consulting, in Europe) as I have been at a fairly smaller firms before while Strategy& in Middle East is fairly large. Had 2 market sizing based cases (how many of x in...
Capco - Review - N/AMy time at Capco was well-spent working with smart and hard-working individuals who were well-rounded consultants . The amount/type of work for the internship program really depends on what area exactly you're working on....
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EY FSO Advisory - Financial Services Risk Management. Opinions?The work is mostly Basel risk management consulting for banks, funds, and insurance firms. What do you think about this gig? Is this better than FSO audit? Could this lead to a top 10-15 MBA? MBB consulting perhaps? Or switching to corporate banking? I know it says risk management so FRM is a no ...
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Smallest companies that would hire a big 3 consulting firmObviously small and fast growing companies can't typically afford to hire a large firm. But at what point (market cap?$1B?, $10B?) do companies tend to become clients?...
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Strategy& - Review - Generalist- Team is made of geniuses who know the region very well and have connections - In the ME, S& is larger than any MBB and you get paid more - Generally positive outlook in the region. - Strategy& brand name is not as recognized as Booz & Co - PwC integration might go wrong in the future...
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OC&C vs UnileverHi, In a couple of days, I have to make a decision for my first job after graduating. I have currently 2 offers (Both in Istanbul/Turkey) from OC&C (Associate Consultant) and Unilever (MT Position for Supply Chain). I know these are completely different positions in different industries. During my...
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Strategy& - Interview - Financial ServicesWhat framework do you use when creating a financial model? Do you know how to calculate the net present value? What are the three main ways that the Los Angeles Lakers generate revenue? How much did each one those areas make of the course of this past season? Please tell mea little about yourself? H...
Oliver Wyman - Review - GeneralistGood work life balance- some cases can be interesting. There is a strong toolkit to be learned. A large variety of project to see. Some projects can be extremely boring. Too much powerpoint. Sometimes travel can be long and to not so nice places...
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2017 Management Consulted Salaries OutWhat do you think? Just like last year, PwC and Strategy& are still not aligned. https://managementconsulted.com/consulting-salaries/2017-management-consulting-salaries-for-undergraduate-mba-interns/ Mod Note (Andy): top 50 posts of 2017, this one ranks #21 (based on # of silver bananas) ...
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Capital One vs Deloitte S&OHey everyone, deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this deleted this Thanks!! ...
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McKinsey and Co - Review - GeneralistGreat exposure to cutting edge problems. Relatively balanced lifestyle once you've found a group that supports you. Great travel perks. Fantastic colleagues. Career progression is a function of managing upwards internally instead of problem solving. Gets repetitive after serving same sector over tim...
Ernst & Young LLP - Review - ConsultingGreat team, everyone is very friendly and the work is not stressful. Regular happy hours with smart people.. Not as challenging as regular quant position. No bonuses for well done job. Sometimes long exhausting trips....
PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Interview - GeneralistNothing was too unexpected. There were no quantitative questions, they just want to get to know the candidates better. Questions were along the line of: - Why do you want to work here - Why finance - Where do you see yourself - What classes did you enjoy taking And some questions about my previous w...
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Deloitte BTA Customer and MarketingI was wondering if anyone who is going through Deloitte's Op Model change knew what incoming BTAs in the customer and marketing group would be doing? What industries/types of projects? I saw there was another thread but it seemed to be talking about S&O. Thanks!...
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Oliver Wyman London vs Bain in Continental EuropeHi guys, I am a graduate student from a London target uni, originally from a small western European country. I know for sure that I want to do consulting, and my ideal consulting job would involve broad exposure to different sectors, lots of travel and decent exit opps to PE (since this is most lik...
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How does Capital One stack up to full consulting firms?Hey everyone. How does Capital One Strategy compare to full time consulting firms such as MBB, T2 and T3 firms with respect to factors such as Exit Opportunities, B-School placements, and salary (though this is not as important to me as the first 2). I've tried searching the forums but haven't come ...
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Military Officer to Management Consulting in 2031Hello, everyone! I hope this thread finds you in good spirits. For the past several months, I have been silently reading through this forum for information on management consulting and have gained a lot of insight from your expertise. I'm a naval officer with 7 years of experience as a Cryptologic...
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Alvarez & Marsal - Review - RestructuringLower hierarchy due to relatively new development in the region and good management brought in from senior consultancy firms. Plenty of opportunity to jump ranks. less deal flow and not a fully developed bonus structure compared to the US. KSA is a difficult area to enter into, the work can be chal...
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MBB Final Round Less Than Perfect Did anyone's MBB final round go less well than expected or just not perfectly and still get an offer? Any stories? Thanks! ...
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Bain Partner Interview I have a final round FT Associate Consultant interview with two partners from Bain next week. Does anyone who recently completed this process have any advice on how to prepare or what to expect? ...
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Ernst & Young LLP - Review - Transaction Advisory ServicesDeal exposure; capacity to pursue opportunities aligned with professional interests; investments in human capital. Occasional work to support audit practice (generally related to valuations - specifically verification of assumptions)...
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Should I move from Oliver Wyman to BCG?I've been with Oliver Wyman FS for the past couple years. Recently I was approached by BCG, went to interview, and receive an offer. The pay is around the same. BCG has slightly more interesting work, but generally it's pretty much the same job. I've build up quite a good network and reputation in O...
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Deloitte - Review - Mergers and AcquisitionsDM is solid on rope as far as project scope goes. Basically, you’re expected to be a rockstar day in and day out. . It’s an accounting firm, so there’s a lot of “this is the way we’ve done it” attitude on that side of firm. ...
Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - Review - EnergyOpportunity to work on challenging assignments, very smart and hard-working colleagues, multiple mobility options. You may not have as much flexibility as you would like to work on the specific projects or industries that interest you the most and for which you may be better prepared...
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CONSULTANTS: How much practice did it take for you to pass your case interview?Awhile ago, I went to a Boston Consulting Networking event. I asked a consultant how did he prepare. He said he had done at least 100 prep interview cases and also read through another 100! What about you? Or any other tips on how you prepped for the case interview?...
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Roller Coaster: Missed McKinsey's call, they emailed, and haven't called again yet. HELPI was interviewing last week (Wednesday) for my final round at a local McKinsey EMEA office. They had a decision the same day, and called to inform me, but my native phone number wasn't working properly in the country I was interviewing at, so I couldn't receive the call. Next morning, I wake up to...
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ExperienceBain Webinar InviteI applied a few days ago and just got an invite to the ExperienceBain webinars. Does this preclude me from getting invites to the physical offices? Dos anyone have any experience with this from previous years, or other invites from this year? I'm just wondering if I should be happy or sad to see th...
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Direct Promotion at MBB vs. Join Unicorn StartupHi there, I am in my mid twenties and have received a direct promotion offer from an MBB to a post-MBA consulting position. I also have an offer for Biz Ops at a tech unicorn startup. Compensation is roughly similar, but obviously startup has more risk and less liquidity. What should I do? ...
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3.6 GPA, lots of work experience, top US uni, international student: enough for MS or BAML sophomore internship?Would I have a chance of getting into Wealth Management for instance at MS? Or are my credentials not sufficient?...
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Find key things amidst detail (from 60 pages in 15 minutes)Hi guys, I’m facing a challenge at work and I’d really appreciate your advice please. Basically, I constantly need to find key things admits a lot of detail under time constraint, but I don’t know how to do that and tend to get lost in details. For example, I’d be given a 60 page package on ...
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Tier 2 Firm vs GoogleHi all! First thread on WSO! Goal after University: Start my own Business someday, and therefore am trying spend the next few years learning as much as I can. Background: I'm in my final year and had recently interned at Google over the summer in their Business side. They have offered me a gradua...
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Strategy& - Interview - Financial Institutions Group (FIG)Questions regarding leadership stories and how I managed to make decisions with conflict set of data. Final round consisted of 2 cases with Partners. The cases were based on Partner’s experiences and did not follow a tradional case interview format. One was focused on retail industry and other on ...
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Business School Case BooksConsulting Case Book PDF's I went through the consulting interview process a few months ago and found these case books really useful for practicing, both with people in mock interviews and for solo issue tree practice. I have also really benefited time and time again from WSO so thought I might gi...
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Tier 2 Internship to MBB FTHi Monkeys, I'm a rising undergrad senior at a semi-target (3.7 GPA, 2310 SAT, 35 ACT) who's interning at a T2 (LEK, Deloitte S&O, Strategy&, OW), and am looking to re-recruit at MBB this fall. I've never applied to MBB, but now I'm looking to go there full time - what should I be doing between n...
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KPMG - Review - Management ConsultingOverall going well, but still new to the firm, you feel much less like a number than you do at a firm like accenture.. Travel gets old especially when you have a reason to be home, but unfortunately is part of this industry....
PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - N/AEmployees willing to mentor, I was also told that the company was flexible with location changes and lateral moves. Full time compensation not as competitive, some of the traveling sites can be in really bad locations...
Deloitte - Review - AdvisoryGood learning opportunities. The consulting and advisory sphere is new in the country so teams are lean thus plenty of opportunities to get exposed to good experience early on and take ownership of your work. Team culture is great, we work overtime if we have to, but there is flexibility and no work...
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Wearing designer glasses as a entry-level analystWhat do people think about a newly entering analyst wearing designer glasses (e.g., D&G, Prada, etc.)? Would it be considered douchy or would no one care?...
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Which firms are hiring "Social Justice Warriors"?Kinda joking with the title, but do any/all firms have divisions that help out educational institutions, non-profits, government, NGO's, religious orgs, etc.? Any noteworthy ones to investigate further? Thanks!...
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Required Networking in ConsultingObviously, networking is required to place in IB. Just knowing technicals/having a good resume isn't enough. I have always wondered what it is like in the Management consulting industry. Obviously, networking is required, but is it as intense as IB? Has anyone experienced both IB and consulting rec...
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How to move from MBB Knowledge to front-end consulting Hi guys! I'm currently working with BCG's Knowledge and Analytics team in the Private Equity practice area. I wanted to know more about the possible routes to move to front end consulting or investment banking. If I work and then go for my MBA to a top B school outside my home country (I'm currently...
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AMA: Former Strategy& associateHey all, long-time lurker on WSO who worked at Strategy& for 2 years and wanted to give back using a throwaway account. A bit about me: graduated from target undergraduate school, interned at Strategy&, and returned full-time post-graduation. I did projects across a number of industries and issue ar...
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AMA - I Work at Strategy&. ConsultingHere to answer your questions. A bit about me: -Strategy& Senior Associate -Graduated from M7 MBA (class of 2015/16) I'd prefer not to give much more detail at this time about myself (e.g., where I'm based, etc). Headcount has shrank about 20% since I've joined (hint hint - and this is net of new ...
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E&Y TAP National Advisory, Recent Grad. Should I choose NYC or SF?My recruiter gave me the option to choose. I'm interested in the tech scene in SF and want to eventually end up at a VC firm. However, I have a finance background and NYC sounded like it had a higher client concentration. Does anyone know if I'll actually get to work on cool tech projects in SF or j...
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Cornerstone Research - Review - Economic Consulting* Excellent coworkers that care about you as a person * Excellent training in which you are invested in as a person * Interesting work that can be focused around your interests * Many grad school and exit opportunities . * The fluctuation in hours can be hard sometimes. For weeks at a...
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Most premium work in consulting?Am pursuing MBA at an M7 school. Which functions/industries in consulting carry the most high-end/premium work that the brightest consultants go after? Eg, MBB have several functions and industries they operate in. Which area is top notch? I've heard the standard answer that all are equal and i don'...
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The Hackett Group - Review - Strategy and OperationsCoworkers make understaffed projects tolerable. Majority of colleagues are intelligent, driven, and easy to work with.. Staffing model is based off of selling work first and hiring second, which leaves majority of engagements understaffed resulting in long hours....
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Transitioning from a Corporate to Consulting RoleAn effective consulting career often begins when someone is in a situation where they have increased noteworthy experience and mastery in their field....[Read More](http://blog.iagility.com/transitioning-from-a-corporate-to-consulting-role/)...
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How to gain operational experience during strategy consulting?I have heard often that consultants lack operational experience and that makes industry exits hard. Is there anything a consultant at MBB/tier 2 firms can do (for eg, implementation projects, operations projects) to get that operational experience?...
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Post MBA MBB startup exit oppsThere's been a lot of discussion in the past regarding exit opps in general, but does anyone have a sense of what exits to well funded startups and/or VC's look like at the post MBA level? What does the comp look like and are companies/HH reaching out like they do for F500 roles? For context, I'm s...
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PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - Oil & GasPay is acceptable, but below that of MBB. The firm makes up for it with hours expectation. I never consistently worked more than 55 hours a week in my 3 years here. For the first few years, bonuses were very light. Combine that with a non-transparent way of assigning ratings and thus, bonuses, makes...
UnitedHealth Group - Review - HealthcareThe work life balance is great and the flexibility. You can work from home a lot and are able to move to another office after a couple years.. The work can be very understimulating at times. It doesn't compare with some of the more prestigious firms...
Ernst & Young LLP - Review - Equity Capital MarketsGreat support great people, fun people. Really good for launching a career with good brand and supporters. slightly underpaid, no overtime which is a con. also the company culture can be a little over the top PC...
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How Important is "Brand Name" For Internships?I'll be a sophomore this fall looking to either get into consulting or investment banking. I'm leaning more towards consulting, but I want to explore more during the school year. My school would be considered a semi-target for IB, and not sure for consulting but there's not MBB recruiting and a larg...
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Breaking into Financial Advisory @ Big4 [advice required]Hi Guys. I had a question about breaking into the Big 4 - Financial Advisory. Context - I did my undergrad at a tier 1-B school in the UK, majoring in Finance. Graduated with a strong GPA. I have ~3 years of full-time work experience (2015 - 2018) at a tech start-up (AI) in Business Development (C...
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If your DD client ending up not buying the investment, should you not include their name on your resume?Title says all. I worked on a DD for client X. If client X buys the company, I put the name of client X and company on my resume. But what if client X does not buy the company? Do I keep them anonymous? Can I say the company name? What if the company hasn't sold and is still for sale?...
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Career Advice // Possible to move from CPG Marketing to Consulting with non-traditional background?Hi All — looking for some honest career advice here. **A bit about me:** I'm 31 and have been working in CPG for almost 7 years now. I'm currently on the brand management track (no BA or MBA) and have hustled my ass off to get to where I’m at now. It’s been a combination of sheer hard work, ...
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Ernst & Young LLP - Review - AdvisoryEY is a great company with quality people and good work life balance. You have the opportunity to impact F500 clients.. Not true "strategy" consulting. The work seems to fall more on the implementation side and projects have longer duration than anticipated....

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