McKinsey vs. Google Summer Intern?

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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.

captainradio:

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.

animalz:

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

D M - Real Estate Associate:

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.

dowankim92:

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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Comments (16)

Feb 14, 2013

What an enviable position to be in.

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.

Mar 13, 2013

What division of Google?

Feb 14, 2013

does she prefer having a life or working a lot? They are both great companies, but you have to understand that working at Google may result in working half the time of a consultant(including travel). I believe both jobs are definitely prestigious enough, but it really is personal preference

Feb 14, 2013

Thanks for everybody's posts so far; 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.

Feb 14, 2013

nice position to be in

i would probably pick GOOG because i simply dont 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

congratz and good luck

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Feb 14, 2013

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.

Mar 19, 2013

First, Your friend must be fucking brilliant. Second, 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.

Mar 19, 2013

what does she want to do after the graduation?
I think that's what should drive her decision, not the salary etc.
In any case, both options are great!Congrats to your friend!Well done.

ps

Personally,I would choose McKinsey, as it would later give me more options + I am really interested in consulting.

Mar 19, 2013

McK for sure. She can join Google much later at a better position with McK experience.
Moreover, personally I wouldn't work in a tech company doing non-tech work. They are not usually treated that well (in terms of pay/prestige). I'm an engineer so I might be biased.

Mar 19, 2013

McKinsey. Exit opps are nearly unlimited.

Mar 19, 2013

If she genuinely doesn't know what she wants to do, McKinsey would be the better choice as it has a good diversity of experiences and pretty well unlimited exit opps. Also looks great on B-School applications.

Bear in mind that you're coming to a finance board....everyone here is pretty biased and likely to recommend McK.

Mar 19, 2013
Bismarck:

If she genuinely doesn't know what she wants to do, McKinsey would be the better choice as it has a good diversity of experiences and pretty well unlimited exit opps. Also looks great on B-School applications.

Bear in mind that you're coming to a finance board....everyone here is pretty biased and likely to recommend McK.

This is for an MBA summer. Plus, I would argue that Google is just as 'sexy' as McKinsey for b-school applications anyway. Maybe even more so, since there aren't quite as many people that apply from Google.

But, in response to the OP, does she know what she wants to do at all? If she thinks she wants to do consulting then go with McK, if she wants to be in tech then go to Google. Not really much of an objective choice to make here without knowing a lot more information.

Mar 19, 2013

Google recruits for different groups from MBA. Some are better than others (e.g Google Venture would be an awesome place, but they take only one).

Mar 19, 2013

The OP's friend is already in business school; she is not looking for ways to enhance her business school applications.

I would choose Google. MBB hire throngs of students for full-time; doing an internship is far from a requirement, especially if you're going to a place like Google.

Mar 19, 2013
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