Hey All, I've been in Strat consulting for a while, however am leaving it for greener pastures. Before I go I would like to give back to the community, with a gdrive full of prep materials I found and organised while I was preparing for my consulting interviews. Although it is focussed towards consulting, there is a lot of useful information for other finance interviews: shorturl.at/ksFIZ Hope it helps!
09 Sep 2020
I have been going through regular IB interviews, so not too sure what to anticipate for FTI. So, what can I expect in an Interview for FTI Corporate Finance (lender services to be specific)? Any input on this is appreciated.
18 Sep 2020
Hi monkeys, I plan to go for an MBA later in my career and join consulting, especially MBB if getting lucky. I'm working in US now but after graduation I would like to go back to my home country China, so I am curious about the whole resume screening thing of MBB Greater China area and if it's any different than US. According to monkeys on this forum and my friends who have been thru the process, screening for undergraduate in US is a sum game, where all dimensions of a candidate (school prestige, undergrad GPA, extracurricular activities, internships, etc., you name it) are individually rated
28 Sep 2020
Dear friends, I am currently a junior at Columbia (GPA 3.7), majoring in Political Science-Statistics and minoring in History. In the past, I have done legislative internships with a US Congresswoman and a New York Assemblymember. Also, I have completed a data science internship this summer with the US Department of Defense. Additionally, I have had numerous research assistantships at both Columbia's Department of Political Science and Data Science Institute. As you can see, I have not done any business/finance/consulting internships. However, I was thinking of applying to MBB's business
09 Sep 2020
Hope all of your are surviving the pandemic while preserving your sense of optimism, I know it has been tough for me. I was recently accepted to a Top 10 (via 2021 US News) Master of Accounting program and am deciding how sensical it might be. I currently work at a top 10 (by assets for US based) bank here in the US as a commercial RM, with the main responsibilities of finding business and executing closing of $10mm+ Term and Lease transactions for Small and Mid Cap clientele. I am 3 years into my career, graduating with an undergrad degree in Agricultural Econ/Agbuisness (I thought I wanted
30 Aug 2020
I haven't seen much info about this so I decided to create a post about it. Does anyone know how strong A&M's Management Consulting group is relative to MBB, Big 4, and Tier 2/3 consulting? How are the exit ops in terms of MBA placements?
19 Oct 2020
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16 Oct 2020
Hi everyone! I need some of your insight and advice! I currently have two offers that I'm mainly considering: KPMG Economics & Valuations Services- Transfer Pricing internship, and JP Morgan Chase Middle Market Commercial Banking internship. They are very different from each other in many aspects. My end goal is to either get CFA or MBA and pivot into consulting roles. Do you have any insight in terms of KPMG internal transfers into consulting roles or JP Morgan Chase Commercial Banking into top b school then consulting? I'm just not sure which one would help me get to my end goal and would
15 Oct 2020
Pretty sure this is a newer division within the firm, and only exists mostly outside of the states. But what are your thoughts on this division? What type of work do people do and does it have good exit opps. for people who want to get into generalist strategy consulting or maybe IB?
04 Oct 2020
Has anyone interviewed with BCG United States for the Summer Associate/Associate position (first round)? If you have, did you find that the interview was more interviewer-led rather than candidate-led? How much of the 'driving' of the case did you do? I'm asking because for Bain this year, they were leaning more towards interviewer-led.
30 Sep 2020
I'm currently an analyst at Deloitte S&O and I'm trying to think through my next steps and I've recently learned about Portfolio Operations. PE is a space that I'm interested in and it seems like that would be the logical landing place due to my experience in consulting rather than deal experience. I am thinking that this could be a good move for me to allow for an opportunity to continue on a PE career path or have the opportunity to gain a leadership position in an operating company. I've seen some threads around how the role is relatively new in the industry and groups are being built out
30 Sep 2020
I started my career with a 2-year middle office rotational program at a BB bank. I'm hoping to head to a management/strategy consulting or corporate strategy for a media and entertainment company. The program wraps up in July and, ideally, I'd like to start somewhere in September. 1) When should I start applying? 2) When should I start recruiting (i.e., reaching out to people on LinkedIn, setting up informational interviews, etc)? 3) How realistic would a September start date be considering the one month gap? Thanks!
25 Sep 2020
I am a senior Fin/Acct major at a top 50 state undergrad business school. We are Big 4 target but not MBB/IB so I know where I stand. I have a 3.7 and decent involvement. I currently have an offer for BIg 4 Enterprise Risk Advisory after I graduate which I got from an internship. I enjoyed the people and the work was also enjoyable when it wasn't tech audit focused. However I am a little more interested in strategy compared to audit/risk management. I want to weigh the advantages of a Big 4 name vs a small no name strat/research firm that I think I have a chance at. I want to set myself up for
18 Sep 2020
What is the consulting timeline for the big 4? I have not seen any openings on handshake for delloite or EY. SOMEONE HELP!!!!!!!! ALSO, thoughts on capco??
10 Sep 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
Hi everyone! I'm currently a senior who just interned with a BB and was given a FT offer for a corporate banking position. I've always wanted to go into consulting but failed most interviews back when I was a junior looking for internships. I'm hoping to eventually move back to consulting but it seems COVID has hit consulting firms pretty hard and many firms are no longer recruiting. Recruiting in itself is stressful and it's been a while since I've done a case. How likely is it to even land a FT consulting gig in this environment with little preparation as of right now? Would it be possible
27 Aug 2020
Applications for full-time analyst positions at the following firms are now open unless otherwise stated. Get after it, monkeys! See you on the Street ;) Front-office IBD, S&T and/or Research Deutsche Bank Evercore (superday scheduled for 8/8) Lazard Lazard Middle Market Wells Fargo (Application was available 7/23. Appears to have been temporarily delisted) Perella Weinberg Partners (Applications under review as of August 5) Lincoln International (Application always available. Deadline unknown) Goldman Sachs (Applications closed 7/27) Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) (Application available 8/15-10
05 Sep 2014
As a former MBB case interviewer, I've interviewed a lot of people and have seen people make very small, avoidable mistakes. It's often very nuanced things that push the edge to good versus great. Just because you "crack the case" doesn't necessarily put you in the 'great' category. Yes, you need to crack the case, but also have to do it in the right way. Many people crack the case and still don't get invited to the next round because others were simply better in different dimensions. Below, I've put together a "cheat sheet" of the things you must know across the major phases of the consulting recruiting process, in particular for the MBBs. For the rest of the tips, feel free to PM me. 1) Your resume and cover letter
14 Oct 2014
Hi folks, WSO has been a great source of advice throughout my job search - and I finally have options that I could really use your help to decide between! I'm a senior at a top 3 university, currently trying to figure out what to do for full time. I really wanted to work for MBB but didn't get an offer after interviews. I currently have offers for IBM consulting (interned last summer), Google sales, and Deloitte consulting S&O. I'm also interviewing for the Capital One business analyst program and a position with Royal Caribbean on the revenue management side. A consideration of mine would be to potentially work at MBB in the future, or work in retail/consumer goods, although I'm not sure yet what I want to do.
01 Nov 2014
After 1 year of searching, 700 practice cases, and 200 informational interviews I got 2 job offers at two 2nd tier consulting firms. I started searching in June of last year and spent my first three months networking. I managed to speak to about 150 people during that time (mainly through LinkedIn). I was able to secure three interviews during the fall of that year: 1. At a 2nd tier consulting firm, through a partner there. 2. At one of the MBB firms, through a recruiter I spoke to who liked my story. 3. At a boutique consulting firm, through an alumni of my school.
31 May 2014
I am surprised nobody has started this topic yet, but PwC just released their rebranding of Booz & Co. The name they chose? Strategy&. Apparently PwC has a pension for picking rediculous names for its consulting firms. Before spinning off its strategy arm in 2002, they branded it "Monday" because it was a fresh start that everyone experiences. See the Wsj article Strategy &
03 Apr 2014
Hey guys, I have the fortune to be accepted to these programs and would appreciate some honest feedback on which school to spend my next two years Background: late 20s upon matriculation, 4 years in 2nd/3rd tier consulting (big 4), public university engineering undergrad Plans: Short term: To either move into IB or into strat. consulting Long term: entrepreneurship in China (am chinese american) Basically I would like to know the recruitment of IB and consulting here and am looking for devil's advocate on why I should choose Cornell or Yale over Kellogg.
05 Feb 2014
Hi WSO, I got my MBA from a top 10 school in 2013. 'am currently working in corporate finance at a not-so-well-known company and would like to break into management consulting within the next year. From what I hear getting into a consulting firm is tough for experienced hires. My questions are: 1. What types of experiences/activities make experienced candidates stand out from the rest for top or middle tier consulting firms? 2. Is there a recruiting "season" for experienced hires? 3. Any advice on the best way to network with consultants at your target firms. My understanding is that they travel most of the time and generally try to avoid "networking" unless their firm makes them do it. Thoughts?
30 May 2014
A few weeks ago I finished interviewing for MBA consulting internships and wanted to capture some of my thoughts while they're still fresh. There are lots of good resources for case interviews available, but most of the truly great advice I received for behavioral interviews was from personal connections. Below is my overview of tips for succeeding in the process. This is meant to be thorough, and reflects my experience through 20+ interviews. That said, it is likely not exhaustive, and I welcome any additions or comments you can provide. I'll add sections or elaborate, as appropriate. Acing
21 May 2014
I plan on going to a top 5 MBA school to get an MBB offer. I'm amazed by the large number of students who get offers from MBB, especially at Kellogg. Is it really easier getting a job there as a top 5 MBA than in undergrad? How could I guarantee myself a position at MBB?
06 May 2014
Hi, I'm currently an electrical engineer working in the Silicon Valley, I've been thinking of quitting my current job and moving back home to San Diego. I'll have 1.75 years work experience if I moved next month. Also been thinking about a career change, and possibly getting an MBA from SDSU. Its cheap, and I plan to stay local within San Diego. Afterwards, I was potentially thinking that Management or IT consulting could be an option for me. How does my current situation look? Is this a good route to take? Do I need further work experience, or will the time I've put in already suffice or not matter if I'm relabeled with an MBA? Was hoping I'd make at least $85K+ after graduation. What should I expect to make after graduating?
01 Aug 2014
Hi guys I posted earlier about my miserable time in consulting (Thought Consulting was My Dream...I Hate It). Two months after my original post, I still dislike it and have made the decision to quietly seek other employment, hopefully lining up a job reasonably quickly.
09 Aug 2013
First, I hope I am posting this in the correct section. Anyhow, onto the main topic of this post. In the next 4-6 months, I will have to send in my college applications. As of now, I am planning on getting a bachelor's in some engineering field, but exactly what specialty is currently undecided. So this leads me to my first question: which engineering specialty offers the best opportunities in consulting? And secondly which colleges should I apply to? I live in Texas, and currently Texas A&M is my one, true "safety" school. I have a 30 ACT, so schools like University of Texas and Georgia Tech
27 Mar 2014
Hello fellow primates, I currently attend a semi-target (think USC/Berkeley/UCLA/McKenna/Pomona) and will be a sophomore in the fall. I recently received an offer from a top consulting firm for summer 2014 (think MBB, Booz, Deloitte, LEK). However, I definitely think that I want to recruit for an SA position in IBD during junior year. I will be starting at a boutique ibank in the fall so I should be okay technical-wise and will have ibanking experience, but do you think possibly going for a BB sophomore rotational program or MM bank would be better (keep in mind the consulting offer expires before recruiting for those programs begins)? Thanks y'all
15 Aug 2013
2/25/13 update: Ampharos has now been working in consulting for 5+ months and said he can continue answering questions regarding MBB, recruiting, breaking in, day to day life, etc, ask away! Hi Guys, 5+ months ago I started working at my top-choice MBB firm full time after receiving my offer through the company's accelerated interviewing process. I've gotten a lot of help (and entertainment) from this forum so I'd love to give back and answer any questions or give some advice/insight on interviewing, networking, etc. I was a career counselor at my school focusing on consulting primarily
28 Feb 2013
Hey fellow monkeys, I wanted to know what you all thought of my chances of getting into a top consulting firm considering my profile: Undergrad in Management at a good school in canada: 3.1 Gpa Admission to a top business school in Canada for their 2 year Double degree program which will allow me to get Masters in international business and an Msc from a top school in Europe(ESADE/CBS/HEC/Vienna) As well an exchange to FGV an business school in Sao Paulo, Brazil Was able to get into the program due to my stellar extracurriculars as my grades are evidently weak My goal is to smoke the masters program academically 3.7gpa~ & get some good brand name My career goal is to become a international expansion strategist: emerging markets, cross cultural management, international m&a
12 Apr 2014
Hey everyone, I am new to the board. I have a job offer from an F100 as an industrial engineer ($80k), but my real passion is business strategy. I wasn't able to lock down anything at MBB or Deloitte, but I did get an offer from KPMG for their strategy team. Does anyone have any feedback on this segment and future doors it may open? The goal would be one day MBB from a top MBA. Would the KPMG Strategy team be a good starting point? I know it's not the most prestigious of the big 4, but will that be a strong weakness? Or would I be better off as an IE and then try for MBA?
27 Sep 2014
After a crazy recruiting season I have managed to get offers from McKinsey and Bain, entry level analyst position all in comp around 85k. GS is in S&T, fixed income all in comp I think should be ~90k (depending on my bonus) and GE is in corporate development all in comp 70k. All the offers are in NYC except for GE which is at their headquarters in Fairfield, CT, so I wouldn't have move since I currently live in Greenwich. If accepted, which offer would give me the best chances at getting into a M7 MBA program? Thanks for any advice! Thoughts on McK culture? Edit: Don't know if anyone cares but I went with Bain. Some information on me: Went to a non-target, completed a BS in applied math and physics with a minor in finance with a GPA of 4.0.
14 Nov 2012
I know that GPA is question that is often asked, but what would be a good GPA to have if you are an undergrad applying for consulting jobs with an engineering degree? To be more specific I am an engineering major, with an additional major in the humanities, as well as a minor in Econ at a top public. Also I will be a junior next year, so what sort of internships should I be shooting for to best position myself for full-time recruiting come my senior year? What are good consulting firms that are a step down from MBB and hire interns? Thanks guys!
21 Mar 2013
Summer internships and full time recruiting have long been done. What are the post-undergrad and post-MBA salaries looking like this year? Easy format to fill as much as you may like.: Company: Level: (Post-Grad School or Post-Undergrad) Base: Bonus: Signing Bonus: Relocation: Profit Sharing: Vacation:
29 Dec 2013
Hi everyone, I've been lurking this website for a while and I have a question for all you knowledgeable monkeys. I apologize if I am too long-winded. I've included a short version for all those interested. Background: Essentially, I'm at a non-target school for the top three consulting firms. I'd say my school is ranked top 20 for overall undergraduate business schools in U.S., but specializes and is known for entrepreneurship. However, it's isn't very well known nationally and I know it does not carry the same weight as more competitive schools. Fortunately, at least the big four accounting firms like our school, especially since some professors were partners.
20 Aug 2014
I'll be starting my FT consulting gig here in a couple of weeks, and obviously want to soak up the periphery benefits of frequent travel. For traveling out of NYC, who do you guys recommend I travel with? American, Delta, United, US Air? I've heard American has the best benefits (nicest lounges, best rewards programs, easiest customer service), but I know US Air has their major hub based out of LGA. Thanks for the insight guys
14 Aug 2013
I am honestly a very very very hard working person, studied through nights, and I still keep having Bs in my GPA around 2.93 out of 4. Every job says they want someone with high gpa because they have dedication to stay long hours, but hello!!! i did , it just didnt work with me..... How on earth can I get As. I do assignments, and somehow exams are hard... Any help????
04 Mar 2014
Hello, I am an foreign trained physician with 6 years of clinical experience (outside the US) and 3 years of clinical research experience in the U.S. I obtained my masters in public health degree about a year ago, from a non-target public university (in the Midwest). I desire to break into management consulting but will require work authorization sponsorship (H1B Visa), and will like to know which companies regularly sponsor H1B Visa for potential employees that require it. Also, I'll appreciate any insights or tips on how best to succeed in my aspiration to successfully become a management consultant from those with similar profile or those who have experience with people that have similar profile.
29 Mar 2014
I recently accepted a full time offer to start in the fall and have been wondering about various things that can make or break my next 2-4 years as a consultant. One thing that came up pretty important was how to stay healthy while managing a hectic traveling lifestyle. Like many of you I'm going to be 80% client site and could mean anywhere in North America. Luckily I'm in a financial hub so sometime it might just be traveling around my metro area. Overall I am concerned about being consumed by work and only realize my health went to shit when the signs are too big to ignore. I want to get the opinion and advice from other consultants here who travel a lot and how they manage to stay relatively fit/healthy.
27 Mar 2014
First a little about me. I graduated with a liberal arts major and a high GPA from a 'target' school in 2011. Shortly thereafter I began working at a small strategy consulting firm in NY (V50 firm). After 1 year at this job, I was told I had to leave due to 'poor performance' and was forced to resign, albeit in good standing. This literally blindsided me, as I had great rapport with my colleagues and loved my job. I think part of my firing had to do with the fact that there was not a lot of work and a new crop of analysts coming in, but I'm not entirely sure. Fast forward 6 months later and I still haven't been able to find a job. I need help with the following:
06 Feb 2013
Deloitte Business Technology Analyst (federal) or Accenture Business and Systems Integration Analyst (commercial) or IBM Strategy and Analytics (federal) I am not sure if I should do federal or commercial. If I do choose the federal route, should I go with IBM or Deloitte? Keep in mind that I want to go to graduate school in a few years. Thank you!
14 Oct 2014
Sorry if this is in the wrong place! I'm considering grad school and the more I think about it, the more I think its the right path for me. I was looking at top schools like SAIS JHU and SIPA at Columbia for their International Economics programs, along with their international relations programs. I was wondering what people thought about these schools and the prospects of landing a top tier consulting job out of these schools. I'm not considering an MBA as I dont think I'll get into one of the top schools and besides that my background correlates with IR much more. In the immediate future, I'll be looking at consulting (i.e. McKinsey, Bain) and then hopefully transition into the World Bank/IMF positions.
23 Oct 2012
Has anyone ever heard of someone doing a path described in the title? I know Meg Whitman did consulting before working as an executive at Disney, Hasbro, Stride Rite, FTD before landing the CEO job at eBay. Is consulting --> CEO of a startup possible given someone has strong ties to the startup world while working as a consultant, or are there some skills that would need to be developed as a company executive before heading up a small company? Also, any examples out there of someone who went straight from being a partner at MBB to being a CEO of a company?
04 May 2014
Is it feasible to live at home as a first-year consultant? I'll be at a firm where I know I will be traveling every week. My friends have told me I'm being cheap, but it seems like a great way to save money. My commute would be 35-50 minutes on Fridays, travelling from the suburbs of my office city. My parents are easygoing, and the alternative of coming home to an empty, overpriced apartment on Thursday for 2-3 nights sounds depressing. Are there any problems that could arise from this? The biggest problem I can see is that it will be quicker for me to fly out from a different airport than
12 Mar 2013