Working at a no-name company, get into top mba?

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If someone works at a great company,(1000 person firm),
but it's not known because it isn't traded, can that
person still get into a top mba program.

It's in the oil.gas industry and is very profitable,
its specialized finance/accounting relating to new projects
and the young guy I'm talking about interfaces with the
CEO, CFO every week.

By the way, it was really hard to get hired. (The company
pays out a huge portion of profit to bonuses so they like
to keep hires on 'nepotism friendly' basis.


Comments (11)

Mar 15, 2007

The guy's got a 3.5
GMAT 690
Non target

Mar 15, 2007

Someone with that work experience could get in, although it's certainly not a guarantee. Top schools seem to want diversity of work experience, but that person will need something to differentiate himself/herself from the rest of the pack. People from nonprofits apparently get in to top schools.

That guy should probably retake that GMAT because 690 is below the median at the best schools.

The entire application process is frustrating and admittance decisions are seemingly random. Top schools want candidates with the best work experience and essays; they don't necessarily want the "smartest" candidates.

Mar 15, 2007

Is it so random that if you apply to the top 10 schools (I realize the huge workload in each application)...and hope for 1.

I realize that my buddy is definately the anomaly who would get in on the 'wait a minute, this is really interesting' card for his work experience.

Mar 15, 2007

I know a guy with a 3.2 who just got into a top 5 program. He scored a 670 on his GMAT and worked at a BB as an internal strategy consultant....random....

I think it's a dart game. You'd have a better chance of picking whose going to make it to the second round of the NCAA basketball tourney...

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Mar 15, 2007

How long has he been working? That may have an impact on the strength of his applications.

If he does a good job of presenting himself in essays and interviews, he has a good chance of getting into at least one of the top schools.

Some people concentrate on a small number of schools, whereas other apply to a bunch of schools. It's kind of a pain in the ass to apply to a bunch of schools because you need to get two recommendations for each application - some of the applications want the recommenders to address different issues than do other applications. Moreover, different essays are required for different schools. It can take a long time to prepare applications.

I suppose you should take what I wrote with a grain of salt. I only applied to two schools - both are ranked in the top 5 or 6. I thought I would have been accepted by now, but instead I am on the Wait Lists at both places.

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Mar 15, 2007

He's got 2 years this April and wants to stretch it to 3.5 years before applying to start Sept 2009.

His firm is full of these oil.gas types who are motivated to get their back office boy into a good program. He doesn't know whether he should stay put and earn 60K plus 30K bonus doing what he considers basic finance work.

Mar 15, 2007

O yeah, he is from Turkey and has a Uni of Ankara degree. (US citizen via marriage).

Mar 17, 2007

If you don't mind working in London after an MBA, IBs are crying out loud for candidates with a mix of "western and eastern" expereince/education/culture to work on deals in Turkey, Poland, Russia...

I wouldn't expect there to be too many Turkish applicants to top MBAs. Although I'm not familiar with the selection process this could be a great story to sell.

Mar 15, 2007

I have an MBA from a non top teir university and I'm finding difficult to break into finance even entry and internship levels (in NYC).

Any tips?
Much appreciated

Mar 15, 2007

A Quote from your Alma Mater's website: still LMAO.

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Mar 19, 2007