Big 4 ---> Boutique Strategy - Should I do it?

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Hi folks,

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?

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Sep 20, 2015 - 5:16am

People who matter will know the quality of a good boutique.

I'm in the process of transferring internally at big 4 and honestly they make it seem like it'd be easier to go external.

How has your performance been? If your going to be formally recognised as a top performer in performance reviews that will help. It's tough because everyone is trying to get into strategy so make sure everything lines up to make you stand out; top rated, experience on strategy jobs, friendly with juniors, respected by seniors.

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