Bain vs BCG

Junior at a semi-target. MBB was always the goal, and I never thought about the possibility of receiving more than one offer. I received offers from Bain (ACI) and BCG (SA) for the same office and would like to see thoughts and perspectives from people at both firms. Also happy to share my experience interviewing and answer questions.

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  • Prospect in Consulting
Oct 12, 2020 - 9:14am

1st round was one live and one online case, 2nd round I had two live interviews with principals/partners. All were 45 minutes long.

  • Intern in Consulting
Oct 12, 2020 - 5:07pm

Congrats! Do you mind sharing a bit more about the BCG final round? Was the case a standard case (market entry, profitability) or another case type? How much did the Partner intervene? Was it more interviewer-led or candidate-led?

Oct 12, 2020 - 9:19am

Congratulations! As with any other MBB cross offers, go with the one you mesh the best with- especially if not considering PE later on. Location doesn't seem to be a big factor here, since both offers are in the same city, but I would still ask around to see what are the types of projects and if that aligns with your career goal.

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Oct 12, 2020 - 9:20am

Congrats! What office are you in? I'd consider it through a few different lenses:

Culture - I've generally heard people much prefer working at Bain, but did you feel you connected particularly well with any of your interviewers/people you chatted with at each firm?

Office - Bain operates under a home staffing model and has a pretty regional approach, whereas BCG isn't quite as local, so if you're in Houston or SF and are less enthusiastic about O&G or Tech then BCG might make more sense.

Future Opportunities - From what I've read, Bain places more people into PE - if that's something you're interested in pursuing in the future. Of course, I'm sure there are plenty of BCG consultants who do really well too.

  • Analyst 2 in Consulting
Oct 12, 2020 - 4:31pm

I've heard that this year, they've gotten rid of the flight thing along with a lot of the other benefits that distinguished them previously. Don't think business is doing too great.

Healthcare is the same at Bain and McKinsey I believe. 

  • Intern in Consulting
Oct 12, 2020 - 4:36pm

I had the exact same situation last year. Location was the same for me, so I chose based on the culture that I felt I fit more with and the possibility of PE in the future.

Oct 13, 2020 - 8:00pm

If you want to make partner, BCG because of relatively more spots for promotion per undergrad hire.  

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