Fortune 100 Corporate Strategy Group, or boutique consulting/alternative investment

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I'm currently debating two offers, one from a corporate strategy group within a F100 company and from a boutique consultancy/merchant bank firm (I'm an experienced hire, post-college 2-3 years).

The corporate strategy has high visibility within the overall organization, and consultants within the group are expected to transition into other areas of the company after 2 years. From what I can gather, those that wish to head to MBA end up at top 10 schools. The work/life balance seems much better here. I think 9-6 typically.

The position at the boutique firm would give me a chance to not only work in a strategic consultancy but also get into alternative investment in the future (firm is building a fund for primary direct investment). The firm focuses on small to mid-market. Standard working hours are 60 per week.

The salaries are very similar. I'm thinking at the second place, especially with primary direct investment experience, I would get a shot at PE firms a few years down the road, though I'm not too sure how PE firms view associates with 4-5 post-college experience.

Given the second offer is a bit more unique, would this look more favorably to MBA schools?

Any other thoughts here would be very helpful - thanks

Comments (4)

Jan 12, 2010

I'd argue that the corp strategy role would give you comparable pe opps as well. it seems like going to a top b-school is your main choiced 2-3 years from now. the corp strategy role at the F100 seems ideal.

I'm making it up as I go along.

Jan 12, 2010

Oh? Do you know of corp strategy people that have successfully made this transition? What kind of PE firms did they end up at?

I'm not too sure if I want to end up at MBA. Ideally, I wouldn't need it to advance, but am also open to going back to school.

Jan 12, 2010

I'd agree that the corp strategy role probably offers equally good PE opportunities, and the benefit of better visibility. Furthermore, it sounds like the 2 year broad programme would act as a good springboard. If you wanted to move to PE via an MBA, then the corp strategy role is again good.

Jan 12, 2010