My friend (MBA in an Ivy school) recently got summer intern offer in Google and McKinsey. She's happy with either choice and want me to post a thread here asking WSO people which offer will you take and which ones look better on your resume with your Ivy MBA?
Quick comparisons of the two summer interns:
1) Google: be in the HQ in Moutain View; pay $12,000 per month (still negotiable since Google really likes my friend and wants her to join the team!!!).
2) McKinsey: in NYC; pay $$10,500 per month (non-negotiable).
Her Google offer is in Finance and Business Strategy division/department, I think. The reason she's debating/struggling between the two is that she respects and loves both companies very much. She can work very long hours (McKinsey) but also is afraid that it's harder to be "promoted" in Google if she did end up working in Google for full-time despite the higher salary and much less working hours.
McKinsey Internship vs. Google Intern
Generally speaking, our users recommend taking the McKinsey offer based on its prestige level, exit opportunities, and opportunities for fast promotion.
In terms of brand equity, McKinsey probably edges out GOOG imho. This is also an excellent opportunity to see whether she likes consulting work and the lifestyle, and gets to experience NYC during the weekends. Going from McKinsey to GOOG is easier than the other way around.
Google is excellent on all counts though, and I can unequivocally say that it would be my choice for FT even.
User @animalz shared emphasized that they would pick GOOG over McKinsey despite the prestige.
I would probably pick GOOG because I simply don't enjoy consulting much. Although, office politics are going to be pain, even more so for a woman I guess. In terms of brand/prestige and exit opps, McKinsey > GOOG
If she wants to be a consultant and understands the lifestyle, then McKinsey. Promotions will almost certainly be slower at Google, but if she likes tech, finance, and the company, that is probably the best firm she could work for.
Promotions/exit ops are going to be tremendously better at McKinsey vs. Google. Even if McKinsey doesn't love her as much as Google, 10 years in she'll be at 7 figures. IMHO I would go with McKinsey. I'm headed to Goldman only because I was dinged at McKinsey.
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