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LEK Consulting - Review - GeneralistEarly management responsibility Prestigious clients, cool projects Ability to transition to buy side . Unpredictable hours Having a limited say as to the cases you work on Lack of diversity of practices and others...
McKinsey and Co - Interview - ConsultingSpecific questions asked in my interview / interview breakdown. 1. Interviewer gave a brief intro of him/herself (2 mins), then asked me to do the same. 2. Q: why consulting? 3. Q: Typical McK PEI question, describe a time where you had to lead a team, tell me what's good about it and any difficulti...
Accenture - Interview - GeneralistThe business strategy Managing Director asked me the following question: "What, in your experience, causes IT projects to fail?" I was surprised as I expected questions and/or cases focusing more on a more strategic level. Luckily I had quite a lot of experience working in IT projects from my in in...
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Best Case Interview Resources 2018Hello! I was searching for the best case interview resources in previous threads, but couldn't find one that's up to date. As a rising senior, what are some of the best case interview resources that I should be using this summer to prep for strategy consulting case interviews? I've heard case in po...
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McKinsey and Co - Interview - GeneralistI was asked about a time I worked in a team. It is not a particularly tough question but I found it hard to sufficiently answer it. I would provide my answer and the interviewer would have multiple questions about incredibly minute details about the situation. During the case part it is not expected...
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Europe MBB recruiting in the summerHi all, In terms of optimal recruiting period, is it a good time of the year to apply to MBB in Europe during the summer, i.e., July-September? Thank you!...
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IT Strategy Consulting ServicesBenefits of IT Strategy Consulting Services ? can we enhance online business with this services ?...
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AMA: Non-target undergrad to MBBHi all, Been using this site throughout my college career, and it's really helped me out so I think it's time to give back. I love reading success stories on the site, especially non-target ones, so I thought I'd share my own in order to help others who are trying to get jobs, especially you non-ta...
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ATK undergraduate internshipDoes A.T. Kearney have a business analyst internship program for juniors? Can anyone shed any light on this? ...
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PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Interview - GeneralistHow to structure a deal given unique circumstances What do you consider to be the greatest achievement in your life, and what drove those successes. On the spot questions, that were unexpected and had to think quickly that is not to waffly What is your ideal job Interview over skype was a challenge....
McKinsey and Co - Interview - GeneralistThe most difficult aspect of the interview questions was that they were outside of a pure business framework. One of my interviewers was an MD and gave me a pharma case. The case seemed to require some knowledge of drugs and how they work. However, the interviewer was very friendly and helped guide ...
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Can I Break Into Management Consulting? I had always thought that good grades would lead now I know this is only one part of the equation. I wouuition coverage and international status at the time, I am also curious to see whether recruiters would view my choice tMBA ...
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SAT Score for consulting Do SAT scores make a big difference when applying to a top consulting(BCG, McKinsey)? I'm at an ivy and was a recruited athlete so SAT scores were irrelevant. I have above 3.7 with two quant majors but I have around a 2000 SAT score. Would I still get an interview? I don't get why a test I took 4 ye...
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AMA: MBB Manager Continental EuropeHey everyone! Thought I'd do a quick AMA with this throwaway account. Currently employed at a north/western European office of one of MBB at the manager level. Would love to discuss the European consulting space for those interested (most discussions seem to focus on the US/UK so thought this might ...
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Hired by top firm. Want to intern with a rival before start date - good idea?Hey guys, I'm finishing my undergrad this month and accepted a full-time offer with a top tier consulting firm (let's call it Firm X) starting in September. Since I have 4 months to kill, I applied for part-time jobs/summer internships to make a bit of money. Today I got invited by email for an inte...
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Target universities for top London consulting firms?I’d like to know what the target universities are for top management consulting firms in the UK, namely McKinsey, Bain and BCG. Is it true that the London office if these firms mainly target and hire from these unis: - Oxford - Cambridge - LSE - Imperial - Warwick - UCL Also, is it necessary to ...
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PricewaterhouseCoopers - Review - ConsultingGreat treat by the managers. A lot of opportunities. Normally, we meet with the top management clients. The location of the offices was too far from my home and the traffic was crazy. Sometimes the schedule wasn't respected...
Ernst & Young LLP - Interview - AdvisoryThe case question was different than what I have had in the past, as their advisory practice is risk-based. Consisted of several pages of reading on a company and picking out what I saw as its biggest risks and how I would propose addressing them. I was not as familiar with IT aspects of risk and s...
Ernst & Young LLP - Review - Structured Products good pay. good mentorship. . Long hours ...
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Finally getting a MBB interview!Just wanted to share with someone. Finally got an interview at a MBB and I am beyond pumped. My PhD is in hard sciences/engineering from a very small private school that isn't well known other than in engineering. I graduated with my PhD 3 years ago, despite networking and applying multiple times di...
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Lateral into an entry level role?Hello everyone, I was wondering if there is a set practice for lateraling with less than 1.5 years of experience? Is there an advantage to lateraling into an entry-level role from one type of consulting to management consulting at a Big 3 or should one wait until post-MBA? Thanks in advance....
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Compass Lexecon - Interview - Economic Consulting[Industry knowledge] * Who are our competitors? * What do you think we do here? * Who are our clients? Who do we talk to? * What skills do you think are important to succeed in econ consulting? If you had to pick one above all else, which? * Can you talk about any recent cases we hav...
Bain & Company - Review - GeneralistGood people, strong culture; Friday beers and ability to make connections within the company and across offices. Low pay; Long hours; High expenses in London; Not the most high paying job in London given other careers...
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Nagging FeelingDoes anyone wake up with a nagging feeling of wanting to quit consulting to become a pirate? How many consultants do you know get to sail a ship everyday to plunder riches? Zero....
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Riveron Consulting - Review - Management ConsultingHigh growth, fast paced company with the great opportunity for advancement. Best place I've ever worked.. There's always a risk as a firm grows that it will lose what made it special to begin with. It could become just another consulting firm....
IMS Consulting Group - Review - StrategyGOOD LEADERSHIP AND SMART ANALYSTS AND ASSOCIATE CONSULTANTS ABILITY TO RISE IN RANK FAIRLY QUICKLY IF DEDICATED. TOO NICHE FOR SOMEONE WITHOUT HUGE INTEREST IN PHARMA STAYING TOO LONG MAKES IT HARDER TO PIVOT TO SOMETHING IN ANOTHER INDUSTRY ...
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MBB final roundsHi everyone, I've recently made it to finals at one of the MBB firms but didn't pass - noticed partners kept rushing through the discussion and it was hard to maintain being structured and keep up the pace - was wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar? Is it a pressure test of sorts tha...
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Applied Predictive Technologies 1st rounds, any insight on them?Search turned up nothing on this firm. Just got 1st rounds invite with APT but I don't know much about the firm besides its data-driven consulting practice. Sounds overall like very tech-y consulting firm. Anyone has any insight on their culture, strengths&weaknesses, career prospects etc.?...
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KPMG - Review - Due DiligenceBoth the work and clients are interesting. There is opportunity to work on large deals with well-known ibanks and PE shops. There's a strong collaborative culture and willingness to develop employees. . There can be poor staffing/team composition with either too many or too few resources. Some mid-...
Arthur D. Little - Interview - Generalisthow would you help the government of a country establish a regime change in a specific industry? Another one was on deregulation of the market and was kept very open ended. But this open endedness quickly devolved into a qualitative discussion to which the interviewer interjected that why didnt you ...
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Contacting MBB consultantsHi, How would you advise me to contact current MBB consultants via cold messages, i.e., consultants I have no previous acquitance with? via direct email? Connect invitation on Linkedin? What works best in your opinion? Thank you :)...
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Someone from Reddit said I should post here: Partner Interview (Deloitte Technology Strategy & Architecture) + Case StudyHi WSO! Hope this is the right place to ask! Someone from Reddit PM'd me and said my question would receive a much better reception here. A few days ago I received a call confirming that I made it passed the Assessment Centre stage and will be progressing to the Partner interview at Deloitte for T...
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2018 McKinsey insight and BCG bridge2BCG status updates for APDHi everyone, Keeping with tradition, I would like to start a thread for 2018 McKinsey Insight, Bain and BCG Bridge2BCG status updates for advanced degree candidates. Please feel free to post updates and indicate which programs in which region you applied to!...
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Comp for KPMG Data & Analytics practice (Advisory)Hi, Was just wondering how much comp can i expect with the KPMG Data & Analytics practice aka Ligthouse. I guess it falls under Advisory and I have about 2 years prior experience as a Senior Associate with KPMG in the US. ...
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How to figure out if a company sponsors visa for Canadians ? Hi everyone! I'm a junior at a Canadian target and I'd like to recruit for full time opportunities in the US, preferably at tech companies such as Google/Facebook/Linkedin/Dropbox etc. I'm interested in their rotational programs such as Linkedin Strategy and analytics (https://studentcareers.linked...
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Should I negotiate sign-on bonus or increase in base?I'm weighing a few offers...Is this something to negotiate? Or should I focus on increasing base comp?...
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Teach For America before Consulting/MBAHi all, Been a reader for a while, but first time poster. A bit of background: I am currently a senior at a no-name state university, and will graduate in a couple of weeks with a 3.99 GPA and majors in Economics & Environmental Studies. Ultimately, I would like to attend a top MBA program and work...
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Deloitte - Review - ConsultingFlexibility to work from home on certain occasions, great hours for most of the year, great culture in the office. . Tedious out of the written reports, including local files for many countries. Depending on the team, not much client interaction. ...
McKinsey and Co - Review - GeneralistBest employer in Turkey for analyst level pay Meaningful work Opportunity to meet key decision makers of country. Work can be repetitive, low value adding after a while Hours and working conditions much worse than McKinsey offices in Europe or North America...
KPMG - Interview - ActuarialQuestions were not particularly difficult - pretty standard stuff. Make sure you have 'additional comments' to add in support of your application - in every stage (online application and web interview) they ask for extra comments so try not to say everything in the first few questions. One of the bi...
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GMAT Score for Experienced Hire Entry-Level MBBHey everyone, I am undergrad Class of 2017 so currently have about one year of work experience. I am interested in applying to MBB for their undergrad role (Business Analyst/Associate/Associate Consultant) this fall, and I was wondering if taking the GMAT this summer, scoring well, and putting it o...
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2018 ADC Strategy Consulting Firm Recruitment & Case PreparationI made it to final round at BCG Chicago office but didn't receive an offer (fall 2017). Do you guys know of anyone that received an interview the following recruitment cycle from BCG after no offer? Also, would anyone like to case practice over Google Hangouts? I'm in need of case partners!...
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Is Wharton undergrad worth $30,000 more per year than USC?My high school senior is choosing between the Huntsman dual degree at Penn (Wharton undergrad econ degree + International Studies degree + Chinese/Japanese proficiency) vs at USC she'd get an International Relations degree with a business minor (same languages proficiency). At USC she's been offered...
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2016 McKinsey insight and BCG bridge2BCG status updates for APDHi everyone, I would like to start a thread for 2016 McKinsey insight and BCG bridge2BCG status updates for advanced degree candidates. Please feel free to post updates and indicate which programs in which region you applied to!...
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BCGIs there a chance of getting into BCG for a full-time role if you are not selected for Bridge to BCG....
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Bain AC or LBSHi, I am final year engineering student from Belgium and recently decided to go for an MiM (Master in Management) degree afterwards. Thanks to a strong GMAT, I got in at London Business School earlier this year for the MiM 2018-2019. I wanted to get an MiM since my goal was always to work for one o...
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Advice: the Good, the Bad, and the UglyHave you ever had someone do their best to give you advice only to find later that the advice wasn't actually useful? harmful even? I'm prepping for an interview and I'm finding that some subsets of advice are literally contradicting themselves....Anyone have a good "wrong path" advice story?...
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Deloitte - Review - Mergers and AcquisitionsThe parental leave policy is great and you get to work with extremely talented coworkers. Definitely making a push to challenge MBB. You will experience a highly political environment. Compensation is not based on merit, there is a strong correlation to your network and the support you receive....
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The Evolution of the Consulting IndustryIn the past, companies turned to consultants mainly for access to their analytical capabilities, but today this is not enough. Organizations are now seeking consultants out for sector/topic expertise and their ability to drive change. This is driving consultancies to restructure and adapt their deli...
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Big 4 internship to consulting FT?I am currently recruiting with a Big 4 for an internship in advisory for my junior year. it is a year in advance and will likely be an exploding offer (I will have to accept or decline before on-campus recruiting) and once I accept I will be disqualified from on-campus recruiting for the year. I wou...
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Huron Consulting Group - Review - HealthcareSolid culture. Great friends with most people in my start class. Also, the coaching set up for employees is awesome.. Certain groups within the company can struggle at times reducing the bonus paid out end of year, and the overall total comp is low compared to industry....
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Any Insight of Consulting in Canada?Hey guys, I'm a Canadian in HS and I'm hoping to go into Management Consulting after undergrad. I don't know if this is the usual but I'm planning to stay on rather than leave for exit opps (I don't know if this is the usual in Canada). Anyways, I was looking for some insight on the best schools, to...
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MBB in London?I just wanted to get people's opinions on the differences between the MBB offices in London? Are there any factors that make the individual offices different to the "global stereotypes"? Potential differences could lie in: * Size * Prestige * Type of work * Who wins the work * Time off...
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McKinsey Implementation Coach RoleHi, I was recently offered a role as **McKinsey Implementation Coach (within Sales & Marketing Practice)**. I have around 4.5 years experience and an MBA from INSEAD. I understand that there have been some changes in the implementation track, with more alignment between this track and the generalis...
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PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers - Interview - N/Ahonestly i have not taken the interview yet im just trying to check the questions but i have to submit an account to be able to do so , so im just gonna fill a 500 letters here scnsldcs sdv sv d vas dv avd a dsv sad csa dc sa s dv asdva sv ads vas dv adsv dsav sdv sadv sd v dsvs jndslknclksa dnclk...
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Moving from IBM CbD to MBB or Exit Opps?Hi Everyone, This is my first post ever here at WSO. I've started as a Business Transformation Consultant at IBM last fall after graduating from Northwestern. I realize most of the projects here are in tech, and I really want to move into real Operations/Strategy consulting instead. Does anyone k...
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Phone Call with MBB RecruiterI'm a sophomore at a non-target school and have a phone call scheduled with a MBB recruiter who said that he would be happy to give me more insight into recruitment. What should I expect? What kinds of questions should I prepare to ask him? The phone call was set up by a contact at a different offic...
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Experienced Hire - BCG Interview for Associate LevelHi everyone. I am a first year analyst in a well known finance rotational program with a Fortune 50 company. I have a first round interview coming up with BCG, and am being considered fro the Associate level. All communication I've received thus far from BCG has made it clear I am part of the Experi...
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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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Moving back to consulting if venture capital doesn't float my boatHi guys, I'm at a bit of a career crossroads. I'm wondering if it would be possible to move back to consulting if venture capital isn't for me. I like consulting but I feel like I can't miss out on trying VC. What do you think? I'm thinking if I don't like it, go get an MBA and do OCR again. Thought...
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ZS Associates - Review - PharmaceuticalsGreat culture, interesting topics, everyone is willing to help each other and there are free snacks in the kitchen. Fractured staffing, no travel, interns are not given real responsibilities, but this is to be expected...
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McKinsey from DC Area non/semi-targetI’m looking into attending GMU this fall (underachieved at a magnet school) and I was wondering if anybody could tell me how well it places into McKinsey and other consulting firms. I heard from the people there that the top 5-10 students in Finance can usually make it into McKinsey and the rest w...
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Northwestern Mutual - Review - GeneralistReally liked working with an energetic group of people who actually wanted to do good and help others.. Felt that the internship program was underdeveloped and a lot of the senior management didn't know what to do with us....
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Riveron ConsultingI was wondering if anyone had any insights into Riveron Consulting (mainly Dallas and Houston office). Couldn't find much info besides some bad reviews on Glassdoor. Looking to their Acquisition practices which seems more like a Big 4 Due Diligence group. Any info on the culture, reputation and ...
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Ipreo - Review - Real EstateFlexibility to work on resume. Great market exposure. Interaction with IROs and some c-suite members, while most c-suite member see your work.. Compensation is not up to par with other finance avenues. Finance training is minimal and must learn on you're own. ...
KPMG - Review - ConsultingVery flexible schedule and not a lot of micromanaging. You are given work and expected to complete it, this includes work which takes you by yourself to the client site to interact with the client and stakeholders. . KPMG has not been doing well lately and the compensation has reflected this. We are...
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Is getting a CPA useful for Big 4 Valuation advisory? Will start work on a Big 4 valuation team this summer. I was just wondering if the CPA is useful for a Big 4 Valuation advisory type of job. Already on the CFA track. ...
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FactSet Research Systems - Review - Operations- Good hours - WFH - Easy work - Good hours - WFH - Easy work- Good hours - WFH - Easy work- Easy work. - Low raises - Politics- Low raises - Politics- Low raises - Politics- Low raises - Politics- Low raises - Politics...
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BCG ReferralHow do referrals at BCG work? Does a referral guarantee you a first round? I was told by the person referring me to not apply online (I'm from a non-target) as they would be submitting my referral for the 2019 internship. Would appreciate any insights. ...
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Victor Cheng McKinsey case resource splittingAnyone interested in buying/already bought Victor Cheng's McKinsey cases? Would be interested in splitting the resource :) ...
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Personal BrandingBeen an analyst for a while at relatively new technology consulting firm, completed undergrad from no name college. How would you recommend building a personal brand to stand from the lot? ...
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IBM - Review - N/AGreat work life balance, and ability to interact with senior management. Felt like I was constantly learning. . Think that the compensation was a bit low for industry standards. Not as much of an opportunity for client exposure at younger levels. ...

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