I graduated from a non-target with a strong GPA and have been working for a private dairy manufacturer for the past two years as a financial analyst. The company is a great company for people who are looking to settle down and retire, but is not that innovative and is not that well known by the "general public", b-schools, etc.
Right now I have two offers on the table:
- One from General Mills FLDP (Finance Leadership Development Program) to be an experienced financial analyst.
- A Management Consultant Implementing Cloud ERP Systems (in particular Netsuite) for Baker Tilly (small mid tier consulting firm).
My question is: Which one do I take for better exit opportunities and better recognition by business schools, if I eventually want to end up in corporate finance or run my own business?
Choosing Between FLDP And Management Consulting
The consensus among users seems to be that any opportunity you have to work at a F500 FLDP program, is a good move if you're interested in progressing your career and getting into a major business school, as they are more recognized. They are regarded as just a step below investment banking, corporate strategy or true management consulting
...i've never heard of Baker Tilly, IT implementaion work doens't get a lot of respect, and F500 FLDP programs are generally very well regarded by Business Schools (just a notch below IB, corporate strategy, or a "true"management consulting role).
Certified user @djfiii shares his insight:
Baker Tilly is an accounting firm, and they are only going to get the bullshit implementation work that the Big4 either didn't want, or didn't bother competing for (i.e. not enough money). So basically you'll be underpaid, overworked, get zero "consulting" experience, and have not even have exit ops that are as good as what you'd get coming out of Big4 (which are themselves, only middle of the pack in terms of prestige / exit ops).
The obvious choice is the GM FLPD. It's not even a question. With a strong GPA, you can leverage that into a top MBA program, and then to MBB where you can actually be a consultant.
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