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Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - Interview - GeneralistFit was expected questions. Not hard. Hard part about the case was not interpreting the information or the charts given. It was to figure out what exact calculation I should do to drive the case forward. That is the most important part. From all of my feedback, driving the case was what held me back...
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Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - Review - Generalistgreat perks. smart people The quality of the work is actually great. Lots of impact. Most of my work has been at BoD level.. unpredictability in work and lots of travel. There isn't face time but we are expected to be "available" all day on weekdays. There really isn't chance to have a personal life...
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New to WSO, don't know where to start. Hello, Chimps I've only been on the site for a day and I have already learned more here than I have in the last 2 years of uni. I am a 19 year old dual degree student in law and business (majoring in finance) at a... lower tier rural university in Australia. I have an interest in working in finance...
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Choosing McKinsey v Bain MBA InternshipI'm in the fortunate situation of choosing between a McKinsey sales and marketing strategy consulting internship v Bain MBA Internship. McKinsey is in Denver, Bain in Dallas. In fairly agnostic on location. I'm leaning Bain based on the relationships I've built over the last few months, but saying n...
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Where to publish your expertise ?Hi, suppose I have a lot of expertise in an industry or field, where can I blog about it to get noticed by industry people ? I know there's seekingalpha for finance, not sure what the equivalent would be for consulting. Thanks....
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Deloitte - Review - DefenseYou have the opportunity to direct your own career path. You work along side some really smart people to solve some pretty difficult problems.. The hours can be pretty difficult and the constant mandatory training can become overwhelming. Traveling is pretty rough as well...
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PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - Management ConsultingThe people and work make PwC a great place to work. The culture offers a lot of flexibility and support. People are generally not super into titles, so there are opportunities to take on interesting deliverables at all levels. Our clients include the top banks and Fortune 100 companies, so your clie...
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PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - Assurance- fast learning curve - deep immersion immediately in engagements - great benefits - flexible work allowed - formal annual trainings - autonomy - well-formulated performance development plans. - lack of diversity and support for socially less privileged - poor work life balance - poor compensation -...
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Navigant Consulting - Interview - HealthcareI was not expecting an Excel test on my skills. I thought this part was unfair because Excel is a teachable skill. There was a time limit and mine got cut off, which I felt was not fair - as I got stressed and overwhelmed when my time was cut in half. None of the other questions were particularly di...
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Deloitte - Review - Management ConsultingLot's of exposure as a Gap Year Analyst. Very Helpful people always willing to teach and be patient. Great Campus, very productive and friendly atmosphere. Lot's of travelling (could be a con). Can be intense - Thrown into the deep end situation. Very Hierarchical - The upper management can be co...
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Case Interview PartnerHi, I am looking for a case interview partner. Can meet in NYC, or via skype. Skype ID: lizgym Thanks...
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Master's GPA for MBB?Is there a cutoff for Master's GPA similar to that for undergrad? I am at a top ranked Swiss university studying Statistics/Data Science, and the grading system here is pretty brutal and very different from what's in the U.S. Grades are given on a best out of six scale, and it's extremely diffic...
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Arcus Consulting Group - Interview - Management ConsultingAsked, what is your favorite curse word and why? A vicar shifts the power. How will a freeze breathe? The shot vintages a closing icon after a sauce. The incredible dinner fulfills the literature. Should the remarkable sphere believe beneath the east? The satire reasons below your yawn. When will th...
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helo :)) help me Would you say that Queen Mary University of London is considered a target/semi-target school for BBs?...
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Top 10-25 MBA Chance for Management ConsultingHi All, I know it is pretty much a shoe-in for the M7 schools to place in MBB or other top tier consulting firms, but... How easy is it to land a management consulting role coming from an MBA Program at a Top 10-25 school such as UVA, Georgetown, Emory, UNC? How about international schools such as...
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Joining Accenture as a Senior Manager in Client & Market Career Track? Have already been at PwC and Deloitte Digital. Worth it?I worked as a consultant at Deloitte Digital. Do you think it's worth it to make the switch? What's it like to work for a Publicly Traded company as a Senior Manager?...
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Ernst & Young LLP - Interview - Transaction Advisory ServicesIt was very straightforward. Half of the first interview was just small talk about a sports team that the interviewer and I both were fans of. Next there were a few behaviorals such as name a time you failed, etc. and EY was really big on fit. There were a lot of fit and team oriented questions. Th...
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Ernst & Young LLP - Interview - Transaction Advisory ServicesIt was very straightforward. Half of the first interview was just small talk about a sports team that the interviewer and I both were fans of. Next there were a few behaviorals such as name a time you failed, etc. and EY was really big on fit. There were a lot of fit and team oriented questions. Th...
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Offers from Healthcare strategy consulting v. Econ Consulting (Cornerstone, Analysis, NERA) Hi, Currently have offers from both a healthcare focused consulting firm and econ consulting firm (Cornerstone, Analysis, etc.) . Was wondering about main differences in work, culture, and people between strategy and econ firms. I do have life sciences background and do like healthcare type stuff, ...
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Simon Kucher Partners - Review - Strategy- Really smart teams consolidated across a lot of different Ivy's, UC Berkeley, etc - Good focus on pricing, you learn a lot about the operational side of smaller end startups in the SF office. - A lot of focus on one service area across a lot of different verticals, boredom can set in - Higher pay ...
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Cornerstone Research - Review - Generalist- A majority of the work is challenging and interesting - People are great, they are all friendly and supportive - You gained more responsibility very quickly. - The work can sometimes be boring depending on case - Limited exit options (not the issue with the firm, it is an industry issue) ...
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PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - Mergers and AcquisitionsFlexible hours provided to the employee. Nice people overall. Good client exposure. Smart colleague as a bonus. . Cohort system which is unfair for people in M&A group. Not very impressed with the leadership team. ...
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Should I act on a client lead before starting the job?Hi everyone, I find myself in an interesting situation. In September I'll be starting as an Associate at a Tier 2 consulting firm and through some contacts I've come across a lead for a potential client that is in a position where they may benefit from a consulting firm. The lead is a personal con...
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Deloitte - Review - Mergers and AcquisitionsGood staffing opportunities- I spent most of my time in cool cities such as NY, San Francisico. liberal reimbursement of daily expenses.. Firm is like mini kingdoms. So one is forced to take up assignments regardless whether he/she likes it or not. Promotions are political....
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Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - Interview - StrategyHad to skim through 50 pages of data on a retail business to come up with insights in 30 mins. The time got away from me and my conclusions were not insightful. It was a profitability case with more to it than was apaprent at the beginning. Different from usual consulting cases as you were handed a ...
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Accenture - Review - Management ConsultingThe people are amazing, the work environment is amazing, and the potential to have a real impact on company and community is amazing.. The pay can be lower on the upper end of the scale once you start getting more seniority and promotions. They were unflexible on bringing in anyone at a higher level...
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How is Accenture Consulting?How is Accenture consulting? Not Strategy, but more specifically Accenture Management Consulting. The last post about Accenture MC was from 2007, I was wondering if anything has changed?...
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PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Interview - Financial Institutions Group (FIG)Market sizing problem was asked to do in 2 ways which is unexpected. Usually you just do it one way, check against the approximately correct answer and focus on the approach. But I was asked to do it twice for a final round with a partner. The rest of the interview process was really normal and noth...
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KPMG - Review - GeneralistPeople are great and very smart. Variety of projects to work on. Lots of recruiting and growth in the practice. Lots of complainers about the job, no one seems to have real ownership for their own actions and projects...
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Lied about employement datesI am expecting an interview call from MBB and other consulting firms. But i lied about my previous employer dates where I worked about 6 years ago. I basically added some extra months. am in trouble ?...
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What to study to break into financeHello, As a student who will be going to college next year, I was wondering what the most appropriate study is for breaking into consulting. Any tips will be appreciated. Thank you ...
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ageIs it even feasible to interview with Deloitte if I am over 65? Interviews are going well but not sure whether to continue...
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Alvarez & Marsal - Review - N/AEnjoyable peers, interesting content, work life balance was great, overall positive experience with smart people. Finance heavy, sometimes worked seemed to be more tedious/not value adding, certain sectors not represented...
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Would starting a business help me to get into management consulting ?Hi, I was just wondering if starting my own ecommerce business would boost my chances of getting into a top tier management consulting firm assuming that I'm set on the case studies and other aspects of recruitment. I have asset management, investment banking and corporate strategy at a top tech fi...
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Former Deloitte and Booz Allen Ask Me AnythingHey everyone, I'm pretty new to the site; found it while researching some questions related to B-School admissions and really enjoyed some of the content. Anyhow, I saw plenty of users looking for more info on management consulting and thought I'd make myself available. I spent two years in Deloitt...
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Capital Markets Strategy Consultant - jump to PE / VC / IBHello, I have been following this community for almost 2 years. I have also worked 1 year in Management Consulting for Capital Markets Strategy. During my time in consulting, I have covered front office and back office projects in private bank, wealth, asset, & investment mgmt, etc.. During my tim...
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FTI Consulting - Interview - Corporate BankingThe most difficult question I was asked on my superday was what is the difference between direct cash flows and indirect cash flows. I didn't know on the spot but I was able to use my prior knowledge to answer it. After that I asked the interviewer if he could walk me through the right answer. Other...
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PwC/Strategy& Advisory Start internship?has anybody participated in it before? it says they're gonna put us in IFS first? what's day to day look like? any chance for overtime? thanks...
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McKinsey Corp Fin BA ExitsDoes anyone here have first-hand experience with the general distribution of where corporate finance BAs from McKinsey's NY office end up? I would imagine more buy-side roles than normal and maybe even some public market (read: HF) gigs....
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Deloitte - Review - N/AHours are normal 40 hours a week. Limited travel Exposure to management on a daily basis which helps with workflow . Can become somewhat repetitive Spend majority of time punching numbers into excel Not a great path for consulting...
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Strategy for top tier applicationsDear WSO, This late summer I'll start applying to top tier consultancies. I performed poorly in my undergraduate studies in finance at a mid-level uni in my home country (not overly well renowned and def not target school). Scored 690 on the GMAT and entered a top european business school for maste...
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Pre management consultant.I'm a TA at a finance department, and my university has given a scholarship to study both Master's degree and Ph.D. in finance. I'm a fresh graduate with bachelor's degree in finance, no work experience. I can go purely academic, or I can take advanage of my university's system, which allowes their ...
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The Brattle Group - Review - EnergyGreat place to learn with really smart people. Good support from peers and superiors. Great work life balance for the pay and interest of work.. Sometimes you might get pigeon-holed in one sub practice area. Can be difficult to move once you have an expertise....
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Leaving MBB to join Uber as Ops ManagerHi all, I would really appreciate your advice on a question I am facing: should I quit my MBB consulting role to join Uber as an Operations Manager in a new city they are launching? My background: I am currently a junior at an MBB ( joined 2-3 years ago), located in an emerging markets country an...
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Ernst & Young LLP - Interview - Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT)They wanted to know why I was interested in joining their firm and their group. I come from a very non traditional background therefore I had a lot of explaining to do. I was very impressed with everyone I spoke to during the interview process. It’s a place for brilliant people. I am not preparing...
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UnitedHealth Group - Review - HealthcareThe best part about the job is the work life balance. OAS is a much more balanced job than other consulting firms.. The project work tends to not be very strategic in nature. They take on a lot of staff augmentation roles....
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MBB in Los AngelesAnyone have any insight on the LA offices of the MBB? Looking for Mckinsey and Bain specifically. Anything on size, types of deals, industries, exit opps at the junior level, etc. would be helpful. ...
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Mercer - Review - Generalist-Great emphasis on development. The company genuinely cares about helping their employees broaden their skillset -Interesting projects if you seek them out -Kind, helpful colleagues -Work/life balance. It can be difficult to find enough work to exceed your billable target. There is some degree of in...
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Bain & Company - Review - N/AGood co-workers who are very smart, teams that function very well because of appropriate structures and good people. Travel can be hard sometimes, but in the longer run can be balanced out quite well, especially with family...
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Career path advice to the Big fourI have a similiar question. I am in my junior year undergrad. I am in a 150hr program in which illgraduation with my BBA and MSA. I really Wish to commission in the navy as an officer upon graduation, but I’m curious how this Will affect my career path. I would be able to get my MBA while serving ...
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PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Interview - Management ConsultingThe hardest question would be the claims question stated above. THe partner was looking for questions you would ask the client to get the bottom of the root cause and develop a solution for it. Another question asked was when you evaluate a process, do you consider controls part of the solution o...
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Help! I think I hate consulting! What's next?Hi Guys, I am a first year analyst at IBM within the Digital Strategy consulting practice, definitely the best division to be in at IBM consulting today! I am part of a few really cool internal initiatives and am relatively known in my group (80 first years so being known is good). I have a few pr...
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My View on the Current Top 10 Strategy Consulting FirmsThis is my take, and I've included some basic commentary about why I've listed certain firms in certain places. I'm definitely interested in hearing what people think, but before I give the list I offer two disclaimers: 1. This is what I think the landscape CURRENTLY looks like. 5 or 10 years ago I...
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LEK Consulting - Interview - ConsultingInterviews were generally quite easy. Most Difficult Question: What is the angle between the hour and minute hand at 12:15? It seems easy at first, and it's kind of a trick. I immediately said "90 Degrees" But it isn't 90 Degrees because the hour hand also moved. The minute hand is at 90 Degrees, b...
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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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Daymon Worldwide - Interview - Consumer - RetailMost difficult interview question was the mini, unexpected and unstructured case interview in which he wanted to see how i think and approach problems that i may be unfamiliar with. It was the first interview of the day, towards the end of the interview but before I got to ask questions. It was the ...
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What are the Academic Backgrounds of Consultants?Just curious to know about the general academic backgrounds of consultants. In my university, there are three specializations: public accounting, finance, and management. (The management specialist also includes concentrations in Marketing, International Business, Strategy, etc.) For a student who...
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Consulting to PE ... What are interviews like?Hello all, I posted this on the PE forum, but think it may be more relevant here. I'm entering into a non-MBB consulting firm (think DD heavy shop like LEK/Parthenon) this year and hoping to prep for MM PE recruiting. I've researched the subject and know that megafund won't happen. I'm comfortable...
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Ipsos Business Consulting??? Hi, Does anyone here know anything about Ipsos Business Consulting? It seems like they are a strategy consulting unit under the French market research company, Ipsos. It looks like they are mainly active in Asia and other emerging markets and most of their clients are local firms and french multina...
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How to start business management career?Hi, I have completed my post graduation in last year and looking my career in consultant. Anyone can help me to get start my career in this respective field. Looking your opinion. Many Thanks!!...
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Genpact - Interview - ResearchThere was nothing difficult about the interview. All questions were easy. How to value construction company, what are construction industry drivers, take me through DCF calculation, how do you forecast revenue for oil and gas industry revenue and cost, various financial ratios related questions. I ...
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Ernst & Young LLP - Review - Consumer - RetailThere are a lot of opportunities to challenge yourself if you build your network in the right direction.. Salary is definitely lower than other major competitors. Bonuses for analysts are not given, which is unreasonable. Promotions are heavily tenure based....
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Alvarez & Marsal - Review - RestructuringCompany has a very unique and positive culture hours are not that bad Great compensation Great teamwork. Bad training No clear bonus metrics Frequent travel (stay out of hometown 80% time) No retirement plans...
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