Hi. I have 20+ years of experience both in consulting and in-industry. I have a contact at McKinsey that I connected with that is willing to make an introduction/referral for me. A few questions: 1). What level should I be targeting. I’m willing to take a lateral to a degree because. . .well, it’s McKinsey, but I don’t want to come in too low salary wise and somehow undercut the value of the experience and the roles I’ve already held (VP/DVP). As such - is Associate Partner too low? 2….

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Am interviewing for a director, product role at a SaaS unicorn fintech. Currently a principal/associate partner in a boutique strategy firm, have 16 years of total work experience. Would you know if I am interviewing at the right level? (Still learning how the levels in a product organization match against consulting levels). Any pointers?

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Am interviewing for a director, product role at a SaaS unicorn fintech. Currently a principal/associate partner in a boutique strategy firm, have 16 years of total work experience. Would you know if I am interviewing at the right level? (Still learning how the levels in a product organization match against consulting levels). Any pointers?

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Does anyone knows what is the compensation range for Associate Partner/ Principal role at EY? Thanks I’m advance.

Edit - I am keep it as it is because I don’t want to ruin the jokes in the comment.

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Hi all, looking for some advice and information. Been offered a role at McK as a senior solutions leader (I think this is equivalent to associate partner).. how does progress look in this role and how is it viewed compared to the general consulting track?

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Hi All. Looking for some guidance/PoV
How does Associate Partner role at Gartner Consulting compare to similar roles at other consulting organizations (like IBM, Deloitte, EY or Accenture) ? Trying to evaluate offers and finalize from Publicis (Strategy consulting), EY (Senior Director, Digital Transformation) and Associate Partner (Gartner Consulting)

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I am exploring two opportunities- one is IBM senior manager in IBM SAP Consulting US and second is IBM associate partner at IBM Managed services. Similar pay in both opportunities. Please advise which one is a better role.

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Hi - relatively new partner at EY, one year in and been approached by McKinsey but they are saying that it would be an Associate Partner role. I’m a little taken aback but do I need to be - in the grand scheme of things would AP at McK not be that different ? Welcome thoughts from the fishbowl team 👍

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Please share your thoughts on the Associate Partner role at EY. I’m considering a role and this is on the table. Trying to understand how it compares to a Director role and the typical path to an equity partner. Are lateral moves as an equity partner possible?

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What does the title “client partner” mean — seen mostly in WITCH. Is this junior partner type role/ responsibility/ comp? Similar to Principal/ Senior Director/ Associate Partner?

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Interviewing for an Associate Partner role at MBB, currently big 4 SM with base at $240k. What would be a good base? The range online is pretty vast. 11 yrs consulting experience + 5 years industry prior to consulting. Thanks

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Has anybody been through the referral process at McKinsey & Company? An associate partner referred me two weeks ago and I haven’t heard back yet, just trying to understand the timeline

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Hey all, just wondering if anyone here has been through the referral process with McKinsey? An associate partner referred me two weeks ago and I haven't heard back yet. Trying to align McKinsey with my other interviews so hoping people here can give me a better idea. Also spoke with a senior partner a few days ago who said timeline shouldn't be an issue (after I explained everything) , but not sure if they actually looked into it or not.

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Went through the first round interview at EY w 2 managers, with HR saying that I'll be due for the next round with Partner or Associate Partner soon (this was mid December 2020) - just got updated that they have chosen to proceed with another candidate 😭😔 Really wanted this role to pan out - numb doesn't come close to how I feel right now

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Happy NYE everyone! Honestly a bit of a weird question - but I can’t tell if I got a referral for McK or not. I thought I didn’t but I actually might have? Associate partner directed me to a recruiter & then we had a chat recently. How does the referral system for McK work? More details in thread:

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Thoughts on moving from Accenture to IBM? Currently a Senior Manager and being recruited for an Associate Partner role. ~40k bump in pay.

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Hi All - Associate Partner / Principal at MBB. Deciding whether to play out rest of my consulting career (whether a few years or longer) in US vs. UK. US obviously pays better, but largely a wash factoring for exchange rate / cost of living. Wondering if spending next 2-5 years in UK would impact comp/ exit ops for exit to US? E.g. lower comp/ perceptions of smaller market experience. Appreciate it!

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Hi All - Associate Partner / Principal at MBB. Deciding whether to play out rest of my consulting career (whether a few years or longer) in US vs. UK. US obviously pays better, but largely a wash factoring for exchange rate / cost of living. Wondering if spending next 2-5 years in UK would impact comp/ exit ops for exit to US? E.g. lower comp/ perceptions of smaller market experience. Appreciate it!

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Feeling a little lost. Playing the manager role on a project and leading a team of 7. I report directly into an associate partner but running the entire client engagement on my own. I feel like I am not learning anything from them, no mentorship or guidance. I feel like I haven’t grown at all in the past 6-8 months. I’m someone who learns by doing. How can I grow and learn? 😭

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If you interview with OW or Deloitte for a senior position, let’s say Sr Manager / Principal or Associate Partner, what does that process look like? Do you still have to go through the case grind or is it more about your client and team leadership and biz dev experience?

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I find it supremely fake when folks from outside McK write on LinkedIn- “Engagement Manager or Associate Partner” instead of “Manager or Senior Manager”. Mostly observed among Deloitte folks (some EY as well) who find it aspirational to get McK title tagged to their current firm role. Nothing is more, nothing is less guys

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Spent 10y in Big 4 mainly in US and Europe. Interviewing for Associate Partner position with an MBB in SE Asia. Would a ~5y stint in the region be an asset if I wanted to return back to US but remain with the hiring firm? Or is it a rabbit hole?

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Could someone at McKinsey explain this? My understanding is that the hierarchy at McKinsey goes from Junior Associate to Associate to Engagement Manager to Associate Partner and finally Partner. On the McKinsey career site, I see several position advertised as Consultant ("implementation consultant", "Healthcare Consultant"). Are these contract-based temporary roles? Or do these positions align more to an Engagement Manager level?

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Recruiter is presenting an associate partner role at Bluewolf /IBM. What level is that compared to other firms or my current Accenture level?

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I just got through to the panel interview with Gartner. For the associate partner role what can I expect? How should I prepare?

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Does anyone work for Gartner consulting. Recruiter reached out to chat about associate partner role. What does that role equate to at the big 4 and what’s it like working for Gartner? Culture etc.

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Any tips for upcoming call with McK Associate Partner? Associate role, ~4YoE

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Anyone know what the culture is like at Dalberg? How about the travel. Looking at associate partner role.

What does an Associate partner role at IBM looks like ? What is an average compensation + bonus. Appreciate your reply.

How does one make Associate Partner with IBM? Are they big on hiring from the outside?

What are some of the non-consulting exit opps for a tech consulting Associate Partner ? Main reason to leave is travel burn-outLooking in the SFO area but finding it hard to get reasonable comp match.

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So the Promo Board just approved my promo to Associate Partner. It will be effective as of Jan 2. Do you think that recruiters and hiring mgrs will find it sketchy if I applied for new jobs in Jan?

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