Big 4 ---> Boutique Strategy - Should I do it?Subscribe
I am facing a major dilemma in these days. I've been working at a Big 4's management consulting arm for the past year. Although I am not in their strategy group, I've had decent opportunities where I worked in strategy projects with their strategy arm (think of Parthenon, Strategy& and Monitor). I have great connections there but they all tell me that transferring internally from MC to strategy is actually a difficult process.
Coming from a top 10 school, I want to pursue my dream to get into a M7 MBA. For this, I want to brand myself as a strategy consultant. That is why I am in talks with a few boutique strategy consulting firms (think of OC&C, Keystone, Marakon) that hire smart, driven people from top schools. My biggest concern is that they do not have the brand name Big 4 has. And there is always this uncertainty associated with small companies. But again, they seem to have great exit ops to b-school and that's where I want to be in two years.
Given that it has only been a year, should I make such a bold move? Am I jeopardizing a career that is going smoothly? What should I do?