Hi, So I've been getting pretty stressed thinking about recruiting for MBB. I know they care a lot about GPA and from reading the forum it seems like having a 3.7 is what you need to not get your resume tossed in the trash. A little bit about me. Undergrad at semi-target (think NYU/Georgetown/Michigan/CMU). URM Varsity athlete Currently a junior Upcoming summer internship at Big 4 doing tech-consulting Leadership position in non-profit consulting club. VP this year and hopefully president next year Pretty involved in athletics aside from my sport Campus Involvement: Orientation leader, TA in a
22 Dec 2020
I've been lucky enough to land two consulting internships (after junior year of college) - one from Deloitte, and another from Strategy& (PwC). I'm wondering which one I should take. Here's what I'm thinking so far, where a "*" indicates that these are the most important factors I'm taking into consideration: Just to emphasize, name-brand is really important to me, as is the possibility of transitioning into MBB for the following summer - Deloitte (currently leaning towards this choice): *please correct me if I'm wrong, but the name brand here is better I think (at least according to Vault)
14 Nov 2020
I am in my first year at a highly regarded corp finance program at a f50 company. Was wondering if anybody could shed light on the transition process between corp fin to mgmt consulting at mbb or big 4. How difficult is it, and what can I do to increase my chances? Advice I've read from other posts was to apply to top MBA programs and pivot to consulting post MBA, but I was curious about making the switch before. Not sure if this matters to consulting recruiters post graduation but I went to a target school and have a great gpa.
08 Sep 2020
I'm currently a rising penultimate undergrad student studying at a target school in Hong Kong (University of Hong Kong), and I'm planning to apply for MBB or BB IBs within the region. However, I have a relatively low GPA (3.4/4.3: they usually say 3.7 or above is fine but as for me I'd probably get cut off from the first screening round) and given the fact that I haven't got much time left to make up for the low GPA, I'm planning to take GMAT to cover up for this low GPA. I know this is a pretty much a gamble considering the time investment and uncertain outcome, but if I happen to get a high
23 Feb 2017
I was wondering for those in top 20 MBA programs (from HSW to CMU, UNC, etc.), who usually get offers from MBB or GS/JP/MS? Do they only interview those with the best stats (700+ GMAT, 3.5+ UG GPA, prior work, etc.) or does everyone have a shot and the case/behavioral interview matters more? As an example, take two people at Darden (or any other 10-14ish school). Who would have the better chance at MBB, the one with awesome stats but average case interview skills, or the 650 GMAT guy with amazing case interview skills? Have heard opposite answers from many people so would like current/former students' input.
19 Sep 2014
Hello! I am currently a sophomore at a semi-target/non target and have my eyes set on MBB for an internship next summer (after junior year). I am an engineering major at a top 10 program, with a 3.75 and decent test scores (2100+ SAT). I have done some work for a small consulting firm (which has some big name clients) and will be interning at a Fortune 100 non-consulting firm this summer, most likely as a project manager. I am decently involved around campus (member of 3 organizations and play on multiple intramural teams, and will look to hold a small leadership position in one of the organizations next semester). I am mostly worried about my lack of a target school, the lack of any really prestigious awards, and leadership positions.
09 Apr 2014
Hi guys, I know PHDs are usually supposed to go into academia, but a previous thread (which I deleted because I realized it was too specific and might reveal my identity to the school, lol) convinced me that the school I could go to for the PHD program has just a much higher prestige factor than the economic consulting firm I would go to instead. Therefore my question now is that if I know after my five years doing research, I want to recruit for MBB or other consulting opportunities. How should I build my resume during this time? Any specific way you would recommend I network? And any other advice you think would be useful.
02 Mar 2011
(Preface: I searched and found some posts on here from 4+ years ago on this topic, but I wanted to see if the feeling among MBAs had changed in the last couple years) I know the topic of GMAT cut-off for interview slots at MBB firms has been discussed on here; but I wanted what the consensus is with regard to the cut-off possibly varying from tier to tier. For example, all things being equal with the student's background, does an MBA student at an M7 with a gmat score of 7_ _ get an interview slot whereas the kid at a 10-25 ranked school may need a GMAT 20-30 points higher to get a look. I'm
21 May 2015
I have admits to all the programs. I want to get into MBB or even outside the main (thinking Oliver Wyman, OC&C, AT Kearney) As MBB are brand whores, I have narrowed my choices to the above. I am still waiting on Chicago and USC but likely will end somewhere above. I like the Cornell program because it allows an ivy league name, diverse electives from variety of schools at Cornell and employment into public sector from MPP is very good. Duke MMS was my initial first choice but have cooled on the topic. GTown I like because it gives me choice of a dual degree. My question, best selection for MBB?
25 Apr 2011
I have my bachelors from a top 3 engineering college (MBB Target School) and MBA from a top 7 B-School (MBB Non-Target School) in an emerging economy. I have worked with the strategy team of the largest private company in my country for an year post MBA post which i am planning to move to EY-CDD team. I wanted to know how this compares to the S&O practice of EY/KPMG/Deloitte/PwC. Is there a possibility to move to MBB in the future considering i work for this profile for a few years and what is my best chance to get there. I have heard that some people have moved from EY CDD to McKinsey PE group after working for 5-6 years. Also, is CDD considered a BO or FO?
23 Apr 2014
I was interested in gaining some insight on what I should do to eventually get a job working as a marketing consultant at a MBB firm. I'm a junior at Texas Tech University studying Marketing. (3.0 cumulative GPA) My aspirations are to get an internship this summer, likely in advertising or cpg, receive a full time offer and work for 4-5 years before applying to a top MBA program. (likely McCombs since I'd have the best chance of raising my GPA between now and graduation to be competitive there.) My passion is marketing research, and I currently work as a part-time undergraduate research assistant within the business college. Comparatively speaking, I also have pretty deep knowledge about the consumer behavior industry for a student of my age. These are my questions:
14 Mar 2014
Hello WSO, tl;dr - I'm a foreigner with a fairly impressive but not American resume, can I get in to consulting? Long version: I've recently moved to the US (the Greater Boston area to be exact) for my wife's PhD at a leading university. I'm very interested in Management Consulting, but I have a very different than standard CV to the average commodity. I'm a CPA in my home country, spent 3 years at audit at a BIG4, followed by 3.5 years at the Public Sector in my home country. My work as a civil servant is actually quite impressive when I get a chance to tell people about it, I ran big
18 Sep 2016
Hadn't really done my homework during college, but now really think MBB consulting could be a good fit. Problem: Graduated from a target school (HYP), OK GPA (3.6ish?), but no business-y experience in the three years since then (though travel, research, writing, some save-the-world-y stuff). I can't go through my undergrad's recruiting process any more, and I'm in sort of an in-between space. Tips on breaking in at this point? Thanks for the help!
04 Jul 2011
For first round undergrad intern at Bain there were about 35-40 (lets say 40) candidates. And they pick only 4. Now I heard for FT the class is 4-5 times as big, so thats about 16-20. And most of the FT interviewees are going to be the same ones that interviewed for intern positions. Let's assume all the interns get FT offers and accept them. Does this mean 12 out of the 36 that didn't make the intern cut are going to get offers? This doesn't seem right, as 1 out of 3 seems too easy. What am I missing?
05 Feb 2010
Hey everyone, So I am a senior at a nontarget, (but one that has successful alumni - think NYU level). I had an internship in IB at a BB last summer and I fucked it up. I don't regret it (at least not anymore) as I don't think I was quite ready for it. I do great at school (3.9 GPA) and I work hard outside of class in extra-curriculars, and in job applications. But there's something about actual 90 hour a week IB work experience that I just wasn't ready to pull off - stress got to me and my performance suffered. I do not have an offer, nor do I have anyone from the internship I can ask to be my reference. I will be at my school next year. This summer I am interning in IT consulting (think Accenture/IBM).
21 Mar 2012
Hello fellow primates (to quote the forum's introductory email), I'll be applying to McKinsey, A.T. Kearney, Roland Berger and a few other companies in Eastern Europe (I'm from there.) I've been reading this great forum for a while, and while a good part of the information seems valid irrespective of geography, it still seems understandably US-centric. Could anyone highlight any major differences between applying to a European branch of a big name consultancy vs. applying to a US branch? Anybody around that has applied to/ is working for a (Eastern) European branch? Probably not relevant for the question above (feel free to skip the rest of this message), but a quick about me: -- top 10 undergrad in US, majored in Engineering. GPA 3.0, bleah, too much partying, not included on the resume. Made up w/ research work, hopefully. -- 6 years of experience, transitioning from a software engineering position to a program management role (highlighted PM work on the resume) -- worked (my derriere off) for two brand names, Fortune 10 kind of companies in the past couple of years Hope I stand a chance... Looking forward to getting advice. Thanks a bunch!
10 Jun 2010
Anyone have any thoughts on the possibility of transitioning from the military to MBB or other strategic consulting outfits (with or without an MBA)? Based on anecdotal evidence and what reading I've done, it seems as though the skills developed through military leadership lend themselves better the work done by these firms than the more quantitative and transaction-oriented work in the career paths offered by BB's. Does this line of thinking make sense?
16 Oct 2012
As it says on the tin, potentially considering public policy but want to work in private industry? Probably not the forum for it but for advice on MBB, seems the best place? Anyone know potential of me working into that field coming from MPP at say Columbia, Chicago, Penn or Georgetown?????? Thanks a lot and forgive my ignorance for posting a MPP question on a financial forum!
15 Mar 2011
Hey guys, I'm struggling trying to find an appropriate program for me. Let me start with I want to do. I want to work either in MBB or IB, potentially S&T dependent on program. I love the idea of doing something theoretical like Economics and have looked at following programs: Brandeis MAIEF Claremont MAPEB NYU Toronto Whilst I'm also looking to apply at MSF programs. My list: Villanova Vanderbilt BC WUSTL Duke Florida My background: GRE 1450 (Q780), 3.5 GPA, International Relations major, no real work experience. What I would like to know is where I would best be able to achieve my career goal? I want to do Economics but can someone shed some light on potential of me moving onto the careers I mentioned or is it really a beginning towards a PHD?
15 Mar 2011
I am currently in an Evening MBA program, with an expected finish date of April 2011, at a good business school ranked any where from 5 to 12 depending on the survey you read. GMAT - 690 Undergrad: Electrical Engineering GPA: 3.8 Work experience: 7 years (2002 - 2003 ): Worked as a sales Engineer for a computer service major for 1 year. Worked with various clients from IBM to Accenture. (2003 - till now) Has worked for two utility majors as a contractor on various projects. Worked on designing algorithms for energy trading division for one of the utility companies. Lead teams in developing applications for the Energy trading division for one of them. Good at optimizing portfolios and modeling data using various math models. Worked on various corporate finance tools like SAP finance. I am highly interested in Developing algorithms and working with numbers but currently i work as team leader. Also worked in the supplier management side for one of the companies. i have gradually moved from being a pure mathy guy to leader ship duties.
01 Jun 2010
What are one's chances to land with McKinsey, BCG, or Bain given the following? - Attended The University of Alabama for undergrad and grad - Triple majored in Finance, Accounting, and Economics with a 4.0 GPA - Will complete JD/MBA program in Dec. '15 (Law ranked #22; MBA #58) - Developed my own online company during college (Annual revenues exceeded $400k. There's not much future in the industry, and it doesn't suit my interests long-term) - Good verbal skills and likeable personality (not too Southern of an accent) Given the above, do I have a shot with the MBB? I can't imagine practicing
01 May 2015
Hi guys, I'm currently in one of the Big 4, strategy & sustainability consulting in Asia with 2 years of experience (not Deloitte S&O) and I'm trying to break into tier 2 strat (AT Kearney, roland berger and etc.) or even try for MBB. Btw, I've got an interview coming up with Deloitte S&O if that helps. Please review my CV and tell me upfront, whats my chance! Thanks! http://www.razume.com/documents/26779
05 Aug 2012
Hi Everyone, I want an honest evaluation of my chances in consulting... I am an undergrad major in Marketing at a top B-school in Canada with a GPA of 3.7. Currently working at the Canadian division of a Fortune 500 firm - 2 years of experience so far as a brand manager. I am evaluating whether I should go to Ivey or UofT for a 2nd chance at management consulting. I say 2nd, because I made a feeble attempt during undergrad (e.g. I got an interview with BCG, but didn't get past 1st round - I hadn't prepped for cases properly). There are a few considerations: 1. Ivey is a 1 year program, so will I have enough time to get my ducks in a row? 2. Although top consulting firm hire at U of T, most hires seem to have an engineering background
08 Jul 2010
Hi All, Long-time lurker first-time poster. I have a really unconventional background and wanted to see what people thought my chances were of getting interviews for consulting firms such as ATK, LEK and OW. My background: I am in Melbourne, Australia. Average student in High School and studied Media Production at semi-reputable university. Just cruised through university as an undergrad and didn't really like my course. I think my GPA is like 3.0 equiv.
13 Aug 2013