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Big 4 (Deloitte, EY, PwC, KPMG) v.s Big 3 (Bain, McKinsey, BCG) consulting differences? Pros? Cons? Exit opportunities? Work life balance? Personal growth? Go.

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^ lol someone's been browsing r/consulting too long

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EY has the best WL balance. The other have good WW balance though

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It's big 4 - MBBD

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Accenture

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The Big 3 work you harder but what I find is while they are great at strategy, not always at execution and sometimes they forget the capabilities of the people that are doing the execution. Deloitte has the best talent pf the Big 4 and can play anywhere and offer a lot of the benefits of the big 3, day to day but the exit opportunities are not what they are at the Big 3

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It's called MBB

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Lol I think the joke has morphed into EMBB now

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People who've come over: mostly good things to say about Accenture, Deloitte not so much (rat race). EY is big on support/personal development. TAS is better than PI

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Is this a real thread? MBB exit opportunities tend to surpass other firm exit opps. Depending on how much MBB you've done, it might even substitute for getting a Top 5 MBa

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15-20%

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And TAS is vastly better managed than Pi, talent is better - mainly because the pay is better

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OTS in TAS - its a mini firm but to move you need to be doing work there already. Basically show them why they should take you and that you can do the work. Most of PI fails in dealing with the ambiguity and a lot of the deliverables and people in PI, wouldn't be able to hack it, that was my experience at least. TAS recruits from top MBA and other firms like Deloitte, Accenture, ATK, etc. a lot of them haven't done TAS work before, they are just strong consultants with better pedigree.

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Hours come and go and there are lots of subgroups within TAS so depends. I don't think it's more political than PI. Also I've met awesome PI people and not awesome OTS people. And vice versa. But on average I'd say TAS folks are more out of the box thinkers. Also more specialized.

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"Big 3"

Or some variant on that

EY3 - do you know how big the pay gap is between PI and TAS?

That makes sense. Assuming they also had a poor year though? Maybe I should try to transfer - any groups in particular you'd suggest?

@EY3 my mentor switched from PI to TAS commented that TAS has MUCH longer hours and more political. But yes better pay but it may / may not be worth it. Insights?

Interesting that was the one area I was looking at. Curious as to why it's more political and how as well. With a good rating and good networking though, hopefully I can get around the fact that I don't have PMI experience already.

Longer hours during due dilligence and during transaction execution. When it stabalizes, it eases and post transaction during the integration, it can be better than most of the PI projects I have been on because the deliverables and end state are clearer.

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