Hey guys, Thought I'd start another thread for those of us APDs/ADCs (read: spent too many years in school) who are applying for full time positions either earlier this year in the Spring (BCG) or now during the Summer. Let's try to provide sufficient data so it's less confusing: Current location(Northeast/west/south)/institute(target?): Firm(s) applied (spring/summer): When did you receive an invite/rejection: Additional info (invite or no? when are they scheduling the interviews?): To start off: Current location: southeast + semi/non target Firm applied: BCG (spring) When did you receive an
01 Jan 2017
Hi friends. Recently left MBB after spending 2 years after college there. Always thought it was helpful reading Q&A when I was a student thinking about career-pathing, so wanted to offer this up. Busy in a new job, so will respond when available and might close this thread up early, but for now, please ask away. For context: Target college MBB big US office Based in the US Obviously please keep questions professional and I will try to provide as much insight as possible. Won't reveal anything though that is too personal. Still care about anonymity.
19 Sep 2019
In deciding between MBB, would you guys offer any insights about differences between the three firms or things to think about while making a decision? All three offers are from the same city. McKinsey vs Bain vs BCG If you've worked hard enough to secure an offer at all three firms then congratulations. These firms are the most prestigious in consulting. All of these firms offer great exit opportunities and pay. However these firms still have their individual strengths and weaknesses. Lets take a look at each firm in terms of pay at the first year associate level. The following figures are
30 Nov 2014
Conventional wisdom here would suggest that you need to go to a M7/T10 school to give yourself a decent chance of making it to MBB, You can make it from a T15 school, but the chances are lower. However, I've noticed on LinkedIn that people from UW Foster (USNR #27) & UM Twin Cities (USNR #32) do make it to MBB (I'm not talking about sponsored MBB kids, but career switchers). Although it seems like they're always in the Seattle or Minneapolis offices. I'm not talking about 1 or 2. These schools seems to send a few grads to MBB every year. I know those are not Kellogg numbers, but what does that
15 Nov 2017
BCG Dubai or Stockholm? I have an offer from Dubai and my gf has an offer at Stockholm. I know that we can easily get our offers moved to the other office, so trying to decide which one to move to
07 May 2021
Hi Everyone! Trying to decide between two FT offers, would really appreciate everyone's thoughts: Strategy& London (M&A) vs BCG Dubai. A few key point: 1) S&'s work is 50% DD for PEs, 50% Growth strategy. BCG is mostly public sector work in KSA. 2) Looking to keep open the option of PE exit 3) Comp: BCG is 2x S& (however, not key decision factor) 4) Looking to stay in London in the medium term Background: MSc Finance BSc Engineering (Top5-UK) Thanks :)
19 Dec 2020
Shout out to all the hopeful boys and girls out there who would eat raw chicken to get an MBB internship! Where do you go to school? Where have you previously interned? Do you know when we'll start hearing back? How good do you think your chances are? Discuss these questions and anything else you'd like to talk about! May the odds be ever in your favor.
08 Sep 2020
Hi! I'll be brief and please feel free to redirect me to the appropriate place if this is the wrong place. I have an offer at Firm #1. I have a final-round interview with Firm #2 on Friday. Firm #1 wants an answer BEFORE Friday, conveniently. Firm #1 does not know I'm applying to Firm #2. If I get Firm #2, I would likely take that offer (location). Both are MBB. The way I see it, below are my options. Please advise, any help at ALL is appreciated. Take Firm #1 offer and withdraw from Firm #2. Withdraw from Firm #1 and hope Firm #2 works out. Take Firm #1, renege if Firm #2 works out. Renege
16 Dec 2020
Will be starting FT as an associate at a Canadian BCG office. Any insights on how open BCG would be to internal transfers from Canada to the US post-MBA in the states? Would it require a visa sponsorship? Thanks.
06 Feb 2021
did anyone attended any of these two events? Would the participants in these events get invited to the first round interview at these firms ? Or they are required to submit a new FT application and go through the process like any other candidate who did not get invited to attend B2BCG / Mckinsey insight ?
20 Jul 2018
For the last year I have been doing consulting for a small boutique firm focused on Digital Strategy consulting. However, I have the opportunity to move up to a bigger firm. I'm currently in the process with Deloitte Digital's strategy practice (Digital Business & Strategy), and also BCG Digital Ventures. I also have a preliminary conversation scheduled with Digital McKinsey. I would appreciate hearing the perspectives of people here on these three groups. Specifically on the type of work, the future trajectory, career progression, etc. Note: not looking at Accenture or anything of the non
14 Mar 2017
Hey Guys, I'm trying to understand what differences there are between the BCG offices in the East Cost. I'm currently considering the Boston and NY office. I have been said that the NY office has a really rooted and strong Healthcare Practice (many senior partners involved). Does anyone know more? Thanks,
24 Oct 2019
From my understanding, the recruiting process starts in the Fall with applications due in August/September. However, there are also July deadlines for undergrads seeking full-time consulting roles at least for McKinsey snd BCG. I have no idea when to apply. Will there still be August/Sept application deadlines as well? Should I go ahead and apply in July? If it helps, I'm applying to NYC, another competitive east coast office, and then probably a southern office that I think is maybe at least slightly less competitive. I'm a social sciences major (not econ) at a low/semi-target school, so I
29 May 2021
I first round interviewed for BCG off cycle post MBA consultant position on Friday late afternoon (3 business days ago). The other candidate that interviewed at the exact same time with the exact same people received an email rejection on Monday morning. I have not heard anything and tomorrow is Thursday. HR had told us they'll be in touch "early next week" but to "give up to 2 weeks." I can't logically reason why the delay given the other candidate was immediately notified and one of the interviewers left on vacation the next day, so any discussion had to have been had on Friday. I'm going
22 Mar 2018
Hi! Can anybody please share information about the NEW Online Case Assessment - the 25-30 min long online test that features 8-10 questions and a 1 min video at the end (not the 45 min long one) I guess only very few offices are using this new test and therefore I couldn't find much info about it. I have my test scheduled for next week and will appreciate any piece of information or advice regarding the test's structure, type of questions, or anything else really. A lot of good Karma is promised to the generous helpers!
15 Oct 2020
Hey everyone! I've recently accepted an ACI offer with Bain in one of their main offices (non-NY). I absolutely love Bain, the people, and the office as well. However, I would like to end up in NY sooner rather than later to start my career. How feasible is it to transfer to NY within Bain after my ACI experience? Otherwise, for optionality, how do McKinsey/BCG view applications from a Bain ACI? Does this increase chances of an interview or hurt them? All help is greatly appreciated!
04 Sep 2021
Hey guys! Recently accepted offer to join Bain and was wondering what typical salary is at entry (matching BCG/considering recent pay bumps to take hold in October), and at age 30 & 35. I understand progression looks differently for every person, so an estimation works.
04 Sep 2021
Anyone else have their decision round for BCG today? I was told to expect a call either tonight or Monday but haven't received anything so far so I'm just assuming the worst. Rounds were pretty rough for me just because of the nerves involved. Curious to hear if anyone has heard back yet. Still have a sliver of hope
20 Aug 2021
Recently I've been trying to break into consulting. I studied the sciences in college in pursuit of medical school and after careful consideration now want to go into healthcare management--for the obvious cost/benefits. I want to get into consulting to make headway and have been looking at the top consultancies--McKinsey, Bain and BCG. To make a long story short, after some networking I got a coffee meeting with the COO of Activision who used to work for Bain shortly and knows the managing partner in the LA office well. He forwarded my resume off to the managing partner in LA who forwarded it to the managing partner in Dallas--where I'm living at the moment. A recruiter got into contact with me and now I'm in talks for a possible opportunity.
01 Jul 2011
Did anyone else apply to BCG as an ADC this month? The Bridge2BCG Workshop and full-time due date was last Sunday. Thought I'd create a thread for discussion.
16 Apr 2014
The following article appeared in MIT's newspaper yesterday and it was written by an MIT grad who worked for BCG Dubai and lost his job. The story explains that consultants at BCG Dubai force-fit analysis to conclusion, even when the conclusion was wrong. Some quotations from the article: "What I could not get my head around was having to force-fit analysis to a conclusion." "It wasn't just that I lost all motivation for my job; it was also that it is much harder than one would expect to do unsound analysis." "The conclusion may be wrong, but you still need to make it believable." As someone who is going to work with MBB, this article made me more suspicious of the value delivered by consultants to their clients. I was wondering if you could help me with these questions: - how widespread is this method of doing business at BCG? - do McK and Bain work in the same way? Thank you! http://tech.mit.edu/V130/N18/dubai.html
10 Apr 2010
I've got offers from both for a summer internship (undergrad) in their respective London offices. I suppose I might have liked the atmosphere at BCG slightly more, but I just don't feel that a few interviews is enough for me to draw definitive conclusions -- everyone I interviewed with was lovely. Also, while I'd previously thought there wasn't a big brand difference between the two in Europe, I've recently been hearing the opposite. Has anyone got any opinions/advice for me? Possibly about the London offices in particular (major industries, atmosphere...?) Boston Consulting Group Compared to
05 Mar 2012
Can anyone comment on the best way to transition from MBB (analyst level) to PE? I'm joining an MBB office in the fall and understand that PE recruiting generally happens very quickly after that (April/May). Would it be useful to learn/practice some financial modeling before I start work so I can even be considered for interviews? Anything I should be doing well in advance to prepare? Any advice or experience is helpful, thanks.
22 Feb 2012
Apologies if this question seems a bit naive but wanted to get this forum's opinion on educating oneself on certain topics in order to hold better conversations with longer tenure colleagues. As a 22-year-old analyst I'm not super interested in or knowledgeable about luxury cars, cigars, watches, fine liquors, golf etc the list goes on. Have people faced this issue before? If so what did you do to address it, e.g. should I start stalking watch and car forums? I definitely don't mean to indicate that people in consulting firms only care about those things-most people are actually pretty down to
09 Dec 2014
Hey guys, I just got an offer at BCG and was wondering if I should just take it or ask an interview at McKinsey. BCG was my first interview, so I got a 100% score out of it, but as everybody always says McKinsey has more prestige I was wondering if it is smarter to try McKinsey or just go with the BCG offer. Is McKinsey really better? What do you guys think?
01 Jun 2014
Now that the MBBs are open for Summer 2022 internships, I thought I'd make a thread so everyone's up to date. Does anyone know whether applying for the summer deadline rather than the fall puts applicants at some sort of advantage?
02 Jul 2021
Applied to BCG online and an employee also forwarded my resume. This was about 4 weeks ago. The online submission mentions 3 to 6 weeks for a response. What has been others' experience in terms of turnaround time after submitting application online with BCG? Just want to get an idea of the timeframe as well as understand when I should follow-up with the one who sent my resume in. FYI - applied for a post-MBA role. Am from a non-target. Thank you. PS: Apologies for posting again in this forum. I replied to another thread but noticed that it was in 'Get a Job' forum. I meant to post in the Consulting forum.
30 Oct 2013
You guys are probably aware that McKinsey has 2 divisions that they hire in: Consulting and Research (supporting the consultants). A friend of mine received an offer from McK "Knowledge Network" as a Junior Research Analyst, and wants to know how good are his exit opportunities. I assume not that good, correct? He's not doing any client facing work, brainstorming or anything like that, he will just collect and analyse data that consultants will need/use. I also have a feeling is much easier to get into McKinsey as a researcher than a consultant, it just doesnt have the same prestige, event
03 Mar 2010
Sorry again, to post one of those annoying "have you heard back" message... But I was wondering if any one has heard back from BCG New York Office?
09 Oct 2012
I'm new to this forum (in the posting sense - been reading it for a while), and was hoping I could get some advice. I have a friend that just got a job at Disney's Corp Strategy group and seems pretty excited about it. I have been pretty interested in Technology and Media myself for a while, but was planning on originally entering consulting to figure out what I wanted to do (I'm currently a junior thinking about career opportunities for next year). The disney job seems pretty exclusive and do some interesting work (Strategy & M&A work in Media). I wanted to see if you guys knew anything about the opportunity and how it stacks up against other opportunities in the consulting space such as McK/BCG/Bain.
03 Dec 2009
Hi Folks! I was wondering what is the best way to tackle this seemingly innocuous interview question - "Why BCG?" What things should I mention in my answer? Thank you very much! Why do you want to work for BCG? (McKinsey or Bain) This is a question that you will be asked in almost any interview with any consulting firm and you need to be ready to knock it out of the park. You should shape your answer to this question by reading about the firm and by speaking with people who are currently working there. You need to know why each consulting firm feels that they are unique and hit on those points
15 Jun 2011
I'm a senior in a top school in Asia graduating in 2016. I've grinded through school, networked like crazy and completed internships in consulting, VC and Asset Management. I have an MBB offer in Asia (think Singapore/KL/HK) and a BB Equity Structuring offer in London. I need to decide between the two by end of January, and would really appreciate any advice on the pros/cons of either. In the long haul, I would like to end up in PE/value investing - where there's a mix of operational understanding and finance. The positive for MBB is the operational experience, but most of MBB Asia's exits are
29 Nov 2015
Hi, I'd love to hear some advice from folks familiar with MBB's recruiting processes. I'm currently at a target school on the west coast with a history of sending undergrads to SF MBB offices (particularly Bain). I'm not sure whether this is due to cross-coast recruiting disadvantages or many students' desire to stay on the west coast. After spending the summer in NYC, I'm fairly certain that it's the city I'd prefer to live in post-grad, but I'm concerned that my candidacy won't be as competitive for NYC offices as it would be in SF. Does anyone know if there are material disadvantages to
24 Jun 2021
I have two interviews coming up with BCG on the same day in two weeks for a summer internship. At the interview, I will be presented case studies, just like any other consuling interview. I did some online research and I found that solving/tackling these case studies is extremely complicated as there are many different approaches etc. (as you probably all know) I am a first year undergrad business student. Whereas I passed the initial GMAT-type testing, I feel that I am going to an interview where I will be expected to perform on disproportionately high level. I am really scared now and I just wonder about that expectations BCG has from intern applicants. I know they are a top firm looking for top talent.
24 Apr 2012
Hi all, Before I ask my question, let me fill you in with some info. School of attendance: a university in the west coast; target for Bain, not for BCG. Major: Business Econ Minor: Accounting GPA: 3.85 overall 3.96 for Econ courses Activities: Intern at Merrill Lynch Private Banking Voluntary Income Tax Assistant Case competition experience Past Student Senator I am applying for a summer internship at Bain and BCG. Now, here is my question. The deadline is this Sunday, and I have a feeling my cover letter is not going to be so pretty ( I know it is my fault to put it off until the last minute). With the information given above, do you think I can get an interview with not so great cover letters?
08 Jan 2011
I've been offered an MBB position out of undergrad (all in comp probably around $90,000) Alternatively, I also have an offer straight to a post MBA-level industry position (F500 company) paying about $125,000 What should I take (esp. in regards to exit opps, bschool opps, prestige, working environment, lifestyle, learning, etc.) Thanks.
31 Jan 2011
As some of you know, I got laid off this week. Out of the blue and quite ridiculous but its in the past now. I networked a little and have been getting in touch with some people. My brother's brother-in-law is a principle at BCG and he provided me with some help. Through his contacts, I got an interview with this company called Expand Research. They're based in NY and are a subsidiary for BCG. I've never heard of them before and I havent been able to get in touch with my contact so I was wondering if someone can help. I need to get back in the game but I dont want to rush out and take the first job that comes my way. Does anyone know anything about this firm? Absolutely anything would be useful! Thanks!
25 Oct 2012
A close friend was recently offered employments for a senior research analyst McKinsey, a research associate at BCG, and a Google associate position for Business Operations and Strategy. Salaries + compensations are pretty much the same across all three companies (except BCG pays around $5000 higher annually compared to the McKinsey and Google). As a result, she's having hard time deciding which one to go to. Anybody have any good recommendation?
10 May 2013
So, here's a question that I've really been trying to find an answer for, but I still haven't come across anything even close to conclusive... Do McKinsey/Bain/BCG drug test? Obviously, if someone is a total pot head, they shouldn't be in this job anyway. However, there are many occasional smokers who do so without having any impact on their productivity/performance.
15 Mar 2011
New monkey here trying to figure out summer associate plans - in process at a few places and trying to weigh UBS LA, CS SF Tech, Moelis LA, McKinsey, BCG. feeling good right now, but not sure how to evaluate these. I really liked the folks across the firms. Any thoughts?
28 Jan 2011
Hello all, I've recently began considering consulting as a possible career path and had some questions regarding the lifestyle of associates.
09 Aug 2011
Have been following this forum for a while but was never compelled to participate until now... because I just got a call for an interview for a full consultant position at BCG.
23 Feb 2011
A quick question: I had final round with BCG and thought I had done the best interview of my life: never stalled on any of the cases and asked the right questions. However, I was not extended an offer. I asked feedback and was told that on two of the interviews I did not listen well to the interviewer. Does it ever happen that the interviewer lets you continue with the case even though you are not on the right track, ultimately guiding you to the wrong conclusion? Any feedback is appreciated
10 Feb 2011
Considering the NY offices of these firms? Which would you choose? I'm interested in finance and in business in general. Which would maximize long term opportunities? I think it should be easy to eliminate one of the banks at least, which one?
26 Nov 2009
Let's say you are newly hired MBA graduates of MBB with a salary of $135,000 in USA, and after one year of work at MBB, you decided to move to your MBB office in Europe (Paris or Berline for example). My question is: will your salary in the new Europe office be the same/equivalent as the original $135,000 in euro, or will this figure now be based on the "local rate" which are significantly much lower than the salaries of North America counterparts? It does seem like that the starting salary for MBB out of MBA in Europe is much lower than that of USA, so yeah...anybody has experience before?
14 Feb 2013
I have an interview tomorrow with a top global strategy consulting firm not MBB but just below them, all of the employees I have researched have their degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Oxford, etc. I am in a top 20 business school with a double major and a modest 3.2 GPA. They contacted ME. Many of my classmates have much better GPA's etc. yet were declined. And on their website it says you have to have at least a 3.4 to be considered. They have my cover letter, resume, and transcripts so they are well aware of my 3.2. Why are they interviewing me? Is this normal for companies to state that as a requirement yet still interview below it?
21 Sep 2010
Hi Guys, Currently filling out app for BCG. Was wondering, should I apply for a summer internship or straight up associate's job? Currently working as a TFA Chemistry/Physics Teacher. 2070 SAT/3.65 GPA/non-target state school. Fulbright Scholar Recipient. Cum Laude. Biology major (GO SCIENCE).
28 Aug 2015