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Big 4 manager looking to make a switch to MBB. Any tips on the application process and do I have to take a step down in rank?

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You’ll likely go in as a Consultant

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I think you will be in between Consultant / Associate and SAC. In fact, I usually equate SM in big 4 to C / A level. That's a fairly common understanding in the industry. Also, it is not a step down but rather a step up as your rem will be a lot higher if you get it as others have pointed out. Your exit opp from MBB will be significantly better.

Just made the switch - happy to talk through my process!

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Hey! Msg me directly if you have questions :)

For context, stepping across from Big4 to MBB is a massive shift. Substantially higher resource costs brings with it massive client expectations, often in very ambiguous case contexts. Responsibilities tend to be higher too (smaller teams, more senior client reps, so a lot to be across), so you won’t find it a step down in duties. On the app process, it helps to have spoken with people from target firms, who could help get you into the start of the funnel. If you have expertise in growth areas the firms are focused on, highlight this too.

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