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Oct 25, 2015

Wow congrats. McKinsey is the clear choice. Strong exit ops to industry or PE, b-school, etc.

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Oct 25, 2015
Communist:

Wow congrats. McKinsey is the clear choice. Strong exit ops to industry or PE, b-school, etc.

Bain has much stronger exit ops into PE....

Honestly, based on my friends' MBA summer internship, McKinsey seems to have the worst culture of the three. I'd probably go with BCG, it's very office specific though.

Oct 25, 2015

Sike. Only reason you say that is because of Bain Capital. Also, I doubt that you will have the opportunity to decide between all three

Oct 26, 2015

Poor reply, anyone saying that there is a clear choice is still a college sophomore dreaming of MBB. All three excel at placement into just about any world. OP, go to the sell weekends and see who you like best from that.

Oct 25, 2015

Which office(s) are the offers for?

Oct 25, 2015

Offers are all for bay area locations.

Oct 25, 2015

Congratz dude! I would say pick the place that has the best gut feeling to you. Honestly stop worrying about prestige or exit options, you are clearly fine. Just pick the company where you can honestly see yourself being happy

Oct 25, 2015

Whoever says there is a clear, right answer has never worked for an MBB. I have and have multiple friends at each firm. Everyone enjoyed their experiences and learned a lot. They are all great.

Bain is a bit frattier and younger (though you are treated more as a true analyst because of the pyramid org structure). At BCG and McKinsey, you get more responsibility earlier and there is little distinction between you and post-mbas. You also travel more than at Bain.

Bain places best into PE, but they all place fine if you want to go that route. All are great for industry. Think about the office, people, industry work and culture. At this point, you should have sell weekends coming up fairly shortly so use that as a chance to get to know everyone and go with the best cultural fit. Can't go wrong. Congrats on the offers.

Oct 26, 2015

They are all going to lead the exact same places, especially for an undergrad. Go where you feel you will be the most successful; which is probably the place where you felt the strongest connection. Just go somewhere quiet, close your eyes, and see which way your minds pulls you.

Or maybe imagine yourself introducing yourself to someone new, and see which introduction makes you feel happiest/proudest/at ease.

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Oct 27, 2015

If coming from undergrad, realize that Bain has a different model than BCG/McK for undergrads

Other considerations...
- Same city for all 3?
- What region are you in? In some regions, some firms are better. Generally McK will have less weak spots internationally
- What industry/function do you want to serve? Some of the firms have less exposure here, too. I have a friend in an international market at Bain and he struggles to get the deep operations/manufacturing work that he wants there, because his office doesn't do much of that work. Could be just his experience

Oct 28, 2015

What do see the pros/cons of the two models as being?

Oct 28, 2015

In general, for post-undergrad, I think the BCG/McK model is better. Post-undergrad is treated similar to post-MBA. At Bain, I believe there is a bit of a difference between the two, with post-undergrad given a bit less responsibility and use more as "extra horsepower" for doing analysis/making slides/etc.

Hopefully someone will jump in if I am incorrect. :-)

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Oct 28, 2015
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