CA CIB VS LEK Consulting

So I have two options right now. Either join the M&A team at Credit Agricole or work as an associate at LEK. I just graduated and my goal was to pivot into IB. Even though I'm thankful for the offer, I've heard not the best things about CA. The offer was meh at best. LEK on the other hand seems interesting. I didn't go to school to become a management consultant, but I'll be working on a lot on M&A and gaining exposure to c-suite executives. Plus I could get into a solid MBA program. I'm on the fence on what to choose.

Should I take the offer from CA, work a year or two, and dip to a better IB? Or join LEK?

Need some guidance.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jun 11, 2021 - 3:20am

CACIB is quite weak unless in France (an Asso recently lateraled to Centerview) and the ability to jump to a top BB after seems limited. 

Seen a few LEK transition to IB and KKR London recently hired an Asso from them. 

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Jun 11, 2021 - 1:02pm

CA in NY? Not recommended. I would take any MM over those guys. They combined M&A and ECM team together if you haven't notice that. LEK is great with healthcare if that is something you are interested in. The brand name is there too. I would take LEK.

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