Do INSEAD grads get offers from MBB in the US or Canada?

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I realize the INSEAD brand is extremely strong outside the US, and not as much within.

Do INSEAD grads who move into consulting get offers from offices in the North America, or are they usually constrained to European and Asian offices?

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Feb 8, 2012

Just Do It

Feb 8, 2012

I went to an INSEAD info session hosted by McKinsey in Toronto last year. There were five alumni speakers. All five consultants, 4 of which were at MBB.

Feb 8, 2012

I went to a few INSEAD events, met some alums, reviewed their placement stats. They are a monster feeder for MBB in Europe. Less so in the US when compared to raw number of MBB placements coming out of US top 7, but still respectable numbers in the US.

Feb 8, 2012

If you are a US citizen at iNSEAD, I don't see why you cannot get a MBB US office.

Feb 8, 2012

To cop a phrase by an admissions officer buddy of mine...

"McKinsey odds is McKinsey odds."

Not applicable? Then try this.

Get an offer at McKinsey in London/Paris/Amsterdam. Then transfer. Easier than you think.

Feb 8, 2012

For those who went to INSEAD or are familiar with it -- what is the placement to hedge funds in Asia or Europe? I looked at the program because a one year MBA seems interesting and they are one of the best schools outside of the US, but couldn't reach any conclusions. I called their placement office and they couldn't give a lot of details for HF placement (not sure why -- you would think they would know), so it doesn't sound good, but I'm wondering if anyone has first hand experience. This is for an experienced buy side professional, not an entry level noob trying to break in -- I also have experience in both Asia and Europe if that helps. Thanks.

Feb 8, 2012


Not sure this helps, but from my consulting days, I know quite a few INSEAD folks.

Long story short, the reputation is pretty much correct and it's really not a great finance school.

As I understand it, something like 50% of the graduates go into consulting another 30-40% into general management/marketing/etc.

Even the finance heavily skews towards investment banking/PE rather than Hedge Funds/Asset management.

A college buddy of mine went there and went to Temasek but I'm pretty certain there's was a hell of a personal connection going on with that one.

My low confidence opinion is that you wouldn't get what you wanted out of it (or at least you wouldn't get more than you could already get out of what you have now).

Feb 8, 2012

Thanks, that's what I thought too, and the program is clearly overpriced for a one year MBA -- great program, but the pricing system is whack.

When I talked to them, they gave me the % that went into finance, but couldn't give the mix, and I assume most of it was for investment banking, not HF.

Feb 8, 2012

They place pretty well in PE in Europe, just sayin'. For HF you go LBS and for PE u go with INSEAD. The problem for you would be: recruiting for both types of jobs is always pretty local. So I'd say your chances at MBB in the US are be pretty decent, but for the buyside I'd got with a M7 school instead.

Feb 9, 2012

If your goal is MBB, I wouldn't call it overpriced. You still get hired at the post MBA level, with post MBA salary, and you're only out 1 year of opportunity cost instead of 2, and less total out of pocket than you'd pay for a 2 year program. Seems like a great deal to me.

Feb 9, 2012