Brand Name Buyside and MBA Admissions
Hi guys, wondering how important of a factor brand name of employer is in the application process for top MBA programs like HBS and GSB. I understand that adcoms want to use the selectivity of your job position as a screen for talent, but there are many smaller buyside firms with decent AUM that are still pretty selective and yet are not household names. For context, I work at a smaller GE fund that has a decent AUM relative to the number of people (e.g. Silversmith, Stripes, Level) and am hoping to apply to the MBA programs mentioned. Despite checking many of the boxes and being very happy with my job, I wonder if my employer's brand (or lack thereof) would negatively impact my chances, even if slightly? Or, is it good enough to be on the buyside and have meaningful deal experience? Anyone have ideas on this? Thanks.