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Dec 31, 1969

london is more difficult simply because you are physically located in the US now

west coast seattle is easier than san fran, however Chicago is a huge office for McKinsey

my suggestion: probe to see what happens if you mention you want to start in seattle, if not secure the office in mid west then eventually in 1-2 years you can transfer to san fran or london or wherever

Dec 31, 1969

interested in this as well. if anyone has similar info for bain or BCG, that'd be helpful. how competitive are the SF/LA offices compared to Chi?

Dec 31, 1969

Can anyone comment on Houston?

Dec 31, 1969

And Calgary?

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Dec 31, 1969

SF

Dec 31, 1969

I'm not sure about Chicago but London is easier than NY & SF.

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Dec 31, 1969

My sense, based on some pretty limited conversations with recruiting types at my MBB is that competitiveness is roughly as follows:

NYC+SF>Boston+London>Chicago>LA>>Atlanta/Houston/Dallas/Philly type cities

Dec 31, 1969

Where is this manifested? In passing people to the final round, or at the offer level. Or both?

Dec 31, 1969

My sense, again not based on hard data, is that it's really at the margins. There are probably a few people every year that would get jobs in regional offices that don't in big cities, and the opposite as well. It's probably just a few people though.

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Dec 31, 1969

Tell them now. Earlier the better. And think about it... if you keep quiet, you'll spend months if not years regretting it. Try not to be afraid to speak out. The worst that can happen is that they'll say "No".

Dec 31, 1969

Anyone know anything about the Silicon Valley (Palo Alto) office at McKinsey, specifically how it compares to the SF office in terms of size, competitiveness, projects, etc? Info on the Bain SV office would be great too...

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Dec 31, 1969

It honestly depends on the firm. Also there is no such thing as "prestige", there is high demand/low demand. I would say choose the city based on practice area you are most interested in.

NY/Boston = consumer, media, health, financial services, PE DD
SF = tech, health, some FS
Chicago = industrials, auto, some consumer, some supply chain/ops etc.
Dallas/Houston = energy

There are some outliers and differences but that's basically it. To be honest, most of the time you will not have a choice (if you go to Stanford, you will probably end up in SF/LA for example). Just pick the city you want to live in and has work in areas you are interested.

Dec 31, 1969

though i find it strange why is it that chicago, as a huge city as it is, doesn't seem to have as hardcore consulting as boston, which is a significantly smaller city.

Dec 31, 1969

bain/bcg are Boston based.

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Nothing to do with this thread:

Boston is the best city in the world.

Dec 31, 1969
b:

Nothing to do with this thread:

Boston is the best city in the world.

with the second best football team in the world, behind NY BABY!

Dec 31, 1969

I'd also add Charlotte to your second tier. Home to BofA and Wachovia's headquarters, as well as regional offices for many MM firms.

Dec 31, 1969

Charlotte? This isn't about banking, it's about consulting. Maybe Deloitte has an audit office there or something but zero consulting firms have a presence there.

Dec 31, 1969

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Dec 31, 1969

McK has a Charlotte office. Aside from the lifestyle and industry characteristics, location really doesn't matter. I don't think too many people are going to hold it against you that you worked at BCG Indianapolis, for instance, unless of course you try to get into fin services afterward, where those firms will ask, "wtf were you doing in Indiana?" I think NY and London are comparable--both markets have similar characteristics and the consulting firms have similar-sized presences in both places. It just depends on what you want.

Dec 31, 1969

i heard these are pretty much top tier in terms of firm + city.. anyone care to elaborate?

i'm going into consulting (MBB) but know very little about it so.. just trying to gather info.

Dec 31, 1969

I would add one more city to the mix - Washington. Sure, it leans almost exclusively to the public sector, but pretty much every player in every industry has a presence in Washington, if not to serve the government than to serve its own interests (read: lobbying). Booz has a huge Federal practice and I'm starting to see some of the top tier firms creep into the space.