I've got offers from both for a summer internship (undergrad) in their respective London offices.
I suppose I might have liked the atmosphere at BCG slightly more, but I just don't feel that a few interviews is enough for me to draw definitive conclusions -- everyone I interviewed with was lovely. Also, while I'd previously thought there wasn't a big brand difference between the two in Europe, I've recently been hearing the opposite.
Has anyone got any opinions/advice for me? Possibly about the London offices in particular (major industries, atmosphere...?)
Boston Consulting Group Compared to McKinsey for European Summer Internship
First it is important to note that having offers from both of these firms puts you in a great position as both are well regarded firms in the industry. That being said, McKinsey is typically thought to have a better brand reputation internationally. Of course, the importance of brand should be balanced against your firm culture preference. If you connected better with one firm vs. another that should not be discounted.
McK London is larger and stronger across the board than BCG London. The McK brand is also stronger. The answer depends on what you want to do with your career.
If this is in fact going to be your career, you would be wise to look closely into BCG as from a work-life perspective you may be better off, such that the other tradeoffs may be worth it. That said, you are too young to know with any certainty what your career will be. Hence, maxing out the option value of the next two years is probably the best way to go - McKinsey.
However, another user disagrees with this perspective. User @yhp2009 feels that it is incorrect to choose McKinsey just for the sake of the brand. They emphasized that BCG is an equally fine institution that gets excellent clients and work flow. In the end, your success comes down to the group you are working in and how well you perform.
You can learn more about McKinsey in London in the below video.
You can learn more about McKinsey on the Wall Street Oasis Company Database.
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