Does MBB ever poach sponsored consultants by paying out MBA tuition costs?

Let's say you're attending an elite MBA program, with around $150k of tuition costs sponsored by a tier 2 consulting firm (think Deloitte, OY, S&, ATK). Would MBB consider offering a loaded sign-on bonus (covering 50%+ of tuition) to entice such a candidate? Curious to hear if this is a regular occurrence.

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Jun 7, 2019 - 2:40am

No, MBB wouldn't ever do this. And why should they when they believe that they can get the same talent on campus without paying more than normal post MBA comp? Finally, MBB wouldn't even "poach" you - the best that I've heard is someone getting fast tracked to final rounds but you still have to put in some work.

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Jun 7, 2019 - 9:44pm

Same rationale for why they would extend sponsorships in the first place. A seasoned consultant who performed well enough to earn a sponsorship with their previous firm is a less risky hire than an MBA who hasn't ever worked in consulting.

Jun 8, 2019 - 3:31am

We extend sponsorships because our rockstars are a known quantity within our firm. Just because Deloitte sponsors someone doesn't mean that they will succeed at MBB. That is an apples to oranges comparison. As a caveat, I am speaking from experience in US so not sure about elsewhere but as a campus lead for the past few years, I've never this happen before.

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