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Dec 17, 2009

Is this Operations consulting? If so, it's still consulting, so obviously not back-office. The day-to-day work and overall career path is similar to the other consulting tracks, but you'll be focusing on operations work.

The impression I got while recruiting for McK is that the more specialized roles were viewed as less glamorous than the generalist one, especially ops and BTO (business technology, which is essentially IT consulting). But the recruiting process is similar and it's still a very hard job to get.

Dec 17, 2009

Do you think B-Schools view it as less glamorous?

Dec 17, 2009

Maybe a little, but even so, at the end of the day, you'd still be a McKinsey consultant, which is arguably the top feeder to b-school.

And fyi, ops typically promotes their BA's directly to associate, so you don't have to get an MBA. If your goal is to make partner as fast as possible, ops is the easiest way to do it.

Dec 17, 2009

By goal is HBS-->PE

Dec 17, 2009

operations is pretty relevant for pe. do a good job, take on responsibilities, and impress your boss so you get good recommendations. i remember you have a pretty good gmat, gpa should be ok, right? it's all about how you present your story then. try doing something extraordinary by the time you apply so you have an interesting story.

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Sep 30, 2010

Hey sorry to revive an old thread, but I was curious if anyone here is familiar with the recruiting process with McK Ops Analyst Academy? Is it the same case-study interview process that any other analyst does?

Sep 30, 2010

Bump.

Sep 30, 2010

Bump again....damn it.

Oct 1, 2010

Yes, same recruiting process.

phone chat with hr > phone case > 1st round > 2nd round > offer

Oct 1, 2010

Anyone knows salary level (by city), etc.? Looks like they look for people with 2 years of experience.

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Oct 20, 2010

Does anyone here work at McK ops? Is it possible to eventually lateral to the strategy side?

Nov 9, 2010

Bump--how competitive is Ops compared to Strategy?

Nov 9, 2010

ops is significantly easier to get into than generalist. also significantly less prestigeous but its not like BO or anything its still consulting

Nov 9, 2010

Wouldn't say its easier to get into, same bar in general, but there is a bit more of a technical aspect to ops than generalist.

No difference in prestige, e.g. no dif in pay, work, etc.

Ops consultants work mostly in ops, but can get staffed into other projects if there is a strong enough push to do so.

Nov 9, 2010

yes, there is a large difference between doing strategy consulting and streamlining operations in terms of prestige - even if they are both at McK.

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Nov 9, 2010

Sigh...please don't comment on stuff where you don't facts to support...

Within McK, there is no difference between Ops, generalist, other practices, etc. Career path is exactly the same. "Prestige" might be different in your mind, but no one within McKinsey or industry will see a difference.

Nov 9, 2010

Is pay the same even at senior levels?

Nov 10, 2010

Partner pay is going to be performance pay dependent, so pay is def not the same, but prob in similar bands for similar performance.

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