PwC Management Consulting vs ExxonMobil Trading Analyst Intern

I currently have two different offers for a summer internship, one offer from PwC to intern in their Houston office as a management consulting intern, and the other from Exxon to work as an analyst on their up and coming trading floor. I have experience working on another energy trading floor, and know that I really enjoy the industry.

It sounds like there's a variety of projects at PwC, but given my background there's a good chance I'd be working in their commodities trading/advisory practice or else on some oil and gas project. I'm posting this in both the sales and trading as well as the consulting forum to get a perspective from different people. I know that historically Exxon has been nonexistent in the trading world, however I've heard/seen first hand that they're really ramping up their trading activities, and it seems like an incredible opportunity to get in early and learn with some of the talent that they've pulled from other firms.

At the same time, interning as a management consultant would give me a bit of a different experience, building maybe a little more breadth instead of depth. Plus, management consulting seems to be a really good place to start a career and I think I'd enjoy the work a lot. Does anybody know what the reputation of the Houston PwC office is for management consulting? One concern is that I'd end up getting some project that I'm not super interested in, whereas at Exxon at least I know that I'll be interested in the work they're doing.

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Oct 19, 2018 - 3:48pm

I'd take Exxon, sounds like a sweet ass gig and as you mentionned they're building up something interesting and being part of that would be super cool experience.

Personally, I'd never take a job at the Big 4s

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