Gallup Consulting

I recently got my MBA from a good b-school in the U.S. I applied to Gallup Consulting and am expecting an offer from them. However, I am not sure if I am that passionate about HR consulting and more importantly, I am worried about the exit options. I looked up LinkedIn to see where else ex-Gallup consultants went after they left Gallup but did not manage to find anything particularly exciting.

Honestly, despite my MBA, I don't have a lot of options, and am contemplating joining a tech startup in Washington DC (which may not pay as well but could potentially be interesting. Of course, it could also turn out to be a career suicide). I don't want to go into a job (HR Consulting) which I am not sure if I will like. Does anyone have any recommendations, or know of someone who had the same struggle before? Should I accept the offer from Gallup Consulting? Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Jun 16, 2014

I am concerned about the lack of responses here on WSO. This deafening silence is worrying and it kind of validates my concern, albeit in a weird way ! If you have any experiences, please help.

Jun 17, 2014

Never heard of Gallup, but don't take the silence on this board as an indication of anything. There's all kinds threads on here that are active at different times. I looked these guys up on Glassdoor and the reviews rate it pretty low, so make of that what you will. What were your impressions?

Jun 17, 2014

HR consulting post MBA seems like a weird choice.

It's common directly out of university and them go to MBA for routes into more specific or higher tier consulting or corporate HR (think GE HRLDP, Raytheon HRLDP).

I'd say that you will probably have limited exit ops that really include:
1. HR Consulting (moving up ladder to partner).
2. Lateral Jr VP of HR, Director of HR, (lower tier ranks of HR in corporate setting!
3. Possibly branch into a consulting arm of a corporate entity or consulting firm (least likely).

That's just my opinion.

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

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Jun 17, 2014
UTDFinanceGuy:

HR consulting post MBA seems like a weird choice.

It's common directly out of university and them go to MBA for routes into more specific or higher tier consulting or corporate HR (think GE HRLDP, Raytheon HRLDP).

I'd say that you will probably have limited exit ops that really include:

1. HR Consulting (moving up ladder to partner).

2. Lateral Jr VP of HR, Director of HR, (lower tier ranks of HR in corporate setting!

3. Possibly branch into a consulting arm of a corporate entity or consulting firm (least likely).

That's just my opinion.

That's to say that HR consulting is very interesting in general and you will deal with things such as labor law, training regiments, multinational implantation of procedures and training, executive compensation and benefits and various other aspects of business.

Pretty cool stuff if it's your thing.

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

"Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL

Jun 17, 2014

I understand the fear of exit opportunities for HR Consulting, but consulting is a unique career path that opens many unexpected doors. You're bound to work on many engagements with not only HR clients, but also other areas of your client company as well. It's rare that anyone goes through their entire career exactly how they imagined it when they graduated from undergrad or b school. I'm not going to tell you which job you should take, but if you do end up in HR Consulting, just do the best work you possibly can and you'll see the doors open.

Jun 17, 2014
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