Better on Application: F500 Corporate Finance or MM PE Operations/Consulting?

As the title suggests, what would look better on an MBA application to a top ~25 school: 4-5 years of corporate finance work experience at one or two F500 firms, or 2 years of corp fin and 2 years of work as an operations analyst (middle office/consulting-type work) at a lower-MM (2 bil) PE firm?

Currently considering leaving my F500 corporate finance role and have an offer from a LMM PE firm. Have my eye on applying to MBA programs this year or next and am weighing up which one would look better on the application. Thanks!

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Jan 5, 2018

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Jan 9, 2018

the 4-5 years of corporate finance work experience at F500 firms will probably look better. You can definitely use the names of those F500 as leverages for your application. Do be specific what you did there though.

Jan 9, 2018

"MM PE Operations/Consulting" isn't a thing so stick to F500 corpfin.

Jan 9, 2018

It was essentially internal operational consulting. Working with portfolio companies to identify issues, finding ways to increase value, creating growth strategies, ect. It's fairly common at PE firms, although the teams are small. I didn't take the job, so I'll be sticking with F500 corpfin for now :)

Jan 10, 2018

Go with the path that will allow you to stand out and show growth in your career. If there's another position in corp finance available to you, whether that be upward, or laterally, that may be a safer and better bet.

That being said, I did 2.5 yrs of corp fin and 2.5 years of valuations at a small financial services company prior to Kellogg.

Jan 9, 2018