Does Anyone Recruit at the University of Washington?

I'm currently picking between schools and I may be financially limited to the UW. Do any good consulting firms recruit here? My ultimate goal is to get into a T5 business school.

Also, I got into admitted into the CS major at UW which is like 6th in the country, don't know if that can affect recruiting for anything other than tech. I definitely won't do consulting if my position includes the word technology in it though, so strictly management consulting. I can go to tech instead and make bigger money.

I'm currently picking between schools and I may be financially limited to the UW. Do any good consulting firms recruit here? My ultimate goal is to get into a T5 business school.

Also, I got into admitted into the CS major at UW which is like 6th in the country, don't know if that can affect recruiting for anything other than tech. I definitely won't do consulting if my position includes the word technology in it though, so strictly management consulting. I can go to tech instead and make bigger money.

Undergraduate Recruiting: University of Washington & Consulting


There is not a lot of heavy recruiting from the University of Washington. This is especially true for MBB. .08 of their undergraduate hires were huskies. The University of Washington has the highest representation at PWC coming in just over 3% according to the 2019 Wall Street Oasis Consulting Industry Report .

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  • The University of Washington does place some students into consulting.

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Apr 6, 2011 - 12:33am

I went through the recruiting gauntlet last Autumn at U-Dubb. Accepted an great offer from Big 4.

MBB don't target Huskies, but the following consulting firms are fairly active with UW recruiting:

Accenture
Deloitte
KPMG
PwC
EY
Triage
FTI
Hitachi

Most of the consulting recruiting happens in the Autumn. Check the HuskyJobs website here:
https://washington-csm.symplicity.com/students/

Hit me up if you have questions.

Tom

 
Apr 6, 2011 - 1:33am

Breaking into banking from a non target is tough, but very doable with enough motivation. Breaking into a MBB is rough, and from a layman's POV almost impossible. A roommate of mine in ug was a beyond talented engineer/CS major, got an interview w/ HBS 2+2, D1 athlete (track or something pussy, but still), pretty much built the architecture for NPR's online presence as an intern, AND our other roommates dad was managing partner at McKinsey. Didn't even get a phone interview. Fucked up if you ask me.

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Apr 6, 2011 - 2:53am

corporate finance and big 4 are much more prevalent for UW business types than banks. you'll have a decent shot at many small and mid-size boutiques in the seattle area and to a much lesser extent, san fran. if you're goal is top 5 b-school, cs may be you're best bet. Its much more prestigious than foster - just protect your gpa. don't know where(if) stanford places on your b-school list, but they take a sizable amount of tech related applicants.

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Apr 6, 2011 - 2:59am

thanks for your replies. and, tlinds I'll PM you very soon. The list was very helpful.

Would you guys think taking a prestigious tech job (such as Google) would give me a better chance a top b-schools over the consulting firms that tlinds mentioned (I think they would be classified as 2nd-tier consulting according to this forum)? In general how do these firms place in b-schools?

 
Apr 6, 2011 - 3:46am

Deloitte places pretty well into M7, I think.

Also, I'm not sure if being at a top tech company gives you an advantage at top bschool admission, but it certainly doesn't hurt. My dad works at one of the top Seattle area tech companies and several people under him have gone to M7 bschools - from the top of my head, I can recall that one went to CBS and is an associate at GS IBD right now.

 
Apr 6, 2011 - 1:58pm

drexelalum11:
Yes, a good position at Google will definitely place better for business school than any of the above mentioned consulting firms. It will also pay more, be more interesting, and teach you more.

Are there strategy groups at Google for undergrads or do most business jobs at Google fall into traditional segments (HR, marketing, finance, etc.)? Just curious.

Proboscis
 
Apr 6, 2011 - 2:16pm

Proboscis:
drexelalum11:
Yes, a good position at Google will definitely place better for business school than any of the above mentioned consulting firms. It will also pay more, be more interesting, and teach you more.

Are there strategy groups at Google for undergrads or do most business jobs at Google fall into traditional segments (HR, marketing, finance, etc.)? Just curious.

I'm pretty sure Google hires undergrads in to their strategy groups, though I have no idea if UW is a target for those.

 
Apr 6, 2011 - 3:26pm

I meant more of a tech job at Google out of undergrad which is considered as elite. They spend most of their effort recruiting at Stanford but UW is a target too. Salaries are around to 90-105k straight out of undergrad, so it would be hard to pass up.

Anyone know specifically how well Deloitte places into M7? I know people at MBB are almost guaranteed a sport at M7.. Also is the work at firms like Deloitte fulfilling, will you be doing exciting things?

 
Apr 6, 2011 - 5:22pm

jumpshooter:
I meant more of a tech job at Google out of undergrad which is considered as elite. They spend most of their effort recruiting at Stanford but UW is a target too. Salaries are around to 90-105k straight out of undergrad, so it would be hard to pass up.

Anyone know specifically how well Deloitte places into M7? I know people at MBB are almost guaranteed a sport at M7.. Also is the work at firms like Deloitte fulfilling, will you be doing exciting things?

I wouldn't say that people at MBB are almost guaranteed a spot. Certainly, there may be more from MBB that go, but there are other factors beside purely the name on the resume.

In terms of Deloitte, it will likely place better on average compared to the other firms listed above. It really depends on what you find fulfilling. A lot of the time, my MBB friends are doing similar work to my Deloitte S&O friends. Obviously take this with a grain of salt since my sample size is a couple engagements from a few friends only.

Proboscis
 
Apr 7, 2011 - 4:06pm

also do these firms hire for their business analyst roles at the UW? Or is it for worse side-roles such as tech, accounting, etc.?

also would you guys take a 105k job at a prestigious tech firm like Google or a 70k job at a 2nd tier consulting firm like Deloitte? I know this is the consulting forum, but I'm looking at overall net benefit.

 
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Apr 7, 2011 - 7:36pm

First, you're getting way ahead of yourself planning out your career. You're not even in college yet; when I was your age I thought I was going to get a PhD in English and go teach at Harvard. You don't know what you'll want when you graduate.

Maybe this isn't the answer you're looking for, but if you can't afford to go anywhere other than UW, it's not worth perseverating about what UW will do for you. If you can't afford anywhere else, you're going to UW, and all that you can do is make sure you do your best while you're there.

If you still want to do consulting in four years, you will hopefully be able to find a spot at one of the decent firms that Tlinds listed. But even at that, thinking about who you want to work for is pointless. Maybe you spend four years planning on Deloitte, and they ding you for something trivial. Or maybe you remind your Google interview of his old nightmarish roommate and he dings you. What then? You're much better off keeping your goals more expansive: maybe management consulting, but not specifically Deloitte, and maybe high tech, but not specifically Google.

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Apr 7, 2011 - 7:53pm

2x2Matrix:
First, you're getting way ahead of yourself planning out your career. You're not even in college yet; when I was your age I thought I was going to get a PhD in English and go teach at Harvard. You don't know what you'll want when you graduate.

Maybe this isn't the answer you're looking for, but if you can't afford to go anywhere other than UW, it's not worth perseverating about what UW will do for you. If you can't afford anywhere else, you're going to UW, and all that you can do is make sure you do your best while you're there.

If you still want to do consulting in four years, you will hopefully be able to find a spot at one of the decent firms that Tlinds listed. But even at that, thinking about who you want to work for is pointless. Maybe you spend four years planning on Deloitte, and they ding you for something trivial. Or maybe you remind your Google interview of his old nightmarish roommate and he dings you. What then? You're much better off keeping your goals more expansive: maybe management consulting, but not specifically Deloitte, and maybe high tech, but not specifically Google.


Thank you! That was a refreshing perspective. SB for you, sir.
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Apr 7, 2011 - 7:54pm

Any chance of breaking into good firm from University of Washington? (Originally Posted: 05/29/2012)

I will be a freshman next year at the University of Washington. It's ranked 42nd in the nation. Will I be able to break into I-banking from this school? I don't know much about how to exactly break into I-banking. Also, will I be able to get any internships in NYC despite being from UW? Thanks. And Sorry for so many questions.

 
Apr 7, 2011 - 7:55pm

I have a few friends at UW, so I might as well relay what they have told me/what I know.

UW, specifically Foster, is an excellent school, but there is virtually no on campus recruitment. Maybe a few small local firms recruit at UW, but that's where it stops. However, the Big Four (accounting) swarms campus around recruiting time.

If you network hard enough, you could land interviews as UW is a respected school, but don't expect BB's to be coming to your campus.

If you're absolutely positive you want to go into investment banking, you should probably transfer.

 
Apr 7, 2011 - 7:56pm

Hey, I currently go to UDub. I'm majoring in Finance and looking to break into IB too.
What jimmyrustles said is right. There are absolutely no BB's recruiting at UW (except for GS ops).
So if you want to break into the IB scene on Wall Street, you're gonna want to network your ass off (that's exactly what I'm doing at this moment).
Also try to get finance related internships for your freshman/soph years through cold calling/networking. This will really help to boost your resume coming from a non-target.
However, during recruiting season, all of the major consulting/accounting firms come for on campus recruiting (Accenture, Deloitte, ernst, KPMG).
Foster is definitely an awesome school and has major connections to F500 companies (msft, Starbucks, Amazon).
So, all in all, you can definitely get an IB SA internship in NYC from UW if you network hard enough and boost your resume. Also try to keep your GPA over a 3.7 if you want to be seriously considered for BB's.
PM me if you have anymore questions. (I'm also looking for an IB SA internship in NYC next year).
Good luck!

 
Apr 7, 2011 - 8:00pm

When I did IBD, there were definitely a group of guys from UW. They often feeded people through their fraternity year after year, but that doesn't mean you can't network with them for coffee, phone calls, etc.

I think there's a presence - of course not comparable to schools with on-campus recruitment - but alumni are the best way. Linkedin, alumni directory, etc. are the best

 
Apr 7, 2011 - 8:01pm

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TARGET SCHOOL? (Originally Posted: 08/11/2015)

Hey everyone,
Just wondering how University Of Washington undergrad (as in Seattle) fares in investment banking recruiting? Do they get at least a little on-campus recruiting or resume drops from investment banks? If not, would investment banks look favorably on UWashington graduates for banking internships/positions? In the tech world, UWashington is a high-powered prestigious talent factory for the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. How would Washington grads fare on the West Coast, specifically Seattle? And if you know anything, hows investment banking activity in Seattle? Whose present there? Thanks for answering my lengthy questions.

 
Apr 7, 2011 - 8:05pm

I'm from the area and no, UW is not good for finance. Probably more of a non-target than even a semi-target. I chose to go to a different school instead when I was applying for college. UW excels in other fields but recruiting for the business school is mostly Big4 and corp fin roles. Barely any banking or consulting.

I do know kids who have made it to MBB or banking, but they are rare cases considering how big the school is.

 
Apr 7, 2011 - 8:06pm

They excel at tech because of their proximity to robust job markets. Even so, their CS program is only 100 people strong, which just makes it harder to get accepted into that particular program. When I was looking to go there the avg GPA was a 3.8 to get in... That's a pretty tall order to say the least. Also keep in mind their 4yr graduation rate is less than 50%, so there's a risk you'll be paying a lot more than you planned.

 
Apr 7, 2011 - 8:08pm

There is absolutely NO IB recruitment on-campus. At least for the BB on the east coast. There are some reputable middle market banks in Seattle, and they take UW kids in. But to even have a chance for Wall Street, you MUST have to be networking and be doing well in school - grade and extracurricular wise.

 
Apr 7, 2011 - 8:09pm

I obtained my BA from UW. UW is one of those schools where you can take your degree as far as you want. A girl that I studied abroad with got her Accounting degree and went on to work M&A at DB. She's now at HBS.

There are a lot of entrepreneurs that come out of UW as well.

Regarding the CS program, it gets so much cash pumped into it by Bill & Melinda Gates and Paul Allen which is why it is one of the top CS programs in the U.S.

 
Apr 7, 2011 - 8:10pm

FWIW, the school has sent more graduates into IB (BB/MM) both in SF and NYC the past few years. A quick linkedin will verify that.

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