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

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

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Comments (4)

Jan 12, 2010 - 1:50pm

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.

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Jan 12, 2010 - 2:51pm

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 - 4:47pm

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 - 5:07pm

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