Big 4 to MBB folks — what are the biggest differences you’ve experienced? In terms of ability to influence clients, level of analysis, work output/quality, hours/WLB, team member work ethic and intelligence? Did you level down (eg Manager to Associate) when switching? General tips for when someone is about to make the switch?

And how is the travel, perks, benefits relative to Big 4?

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Incredible focus on value, real insights, and impact, instead of execution and sales.

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I second this.

Vast improvement across the board (especially the median quality of people) except for hours / WLB

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1. Way more focus on value and impact. Also due to the high fees we charge to clients we need to demonstrate our value
2. Way more tools and resources to leverage. Eg, excel addin, production team, assistant once you are a manager level to deal with admin stuff, expert team, access to a lot databases, etc. It’s day and night difference on this between MBB and B4.
3. Benefits way better at MBB. Search this bowl for details.
4. Up or out. I personally think this is a decisive differentiator. When I was at B4 (a strategy arm), I felt as long as you are willing to stay and can somehow do a good job your changes to become a partner is super high. Even sometimes I wonder how come that person became a partner. At B it’s way different. You will have to keep proofing yourself and the up or out sets a much healthier ecosystem of talents.
I gave up great support network at my previous firm but very glad about my decision. To me it is totally worth to experience MBB during some part of my career.

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Very well stated and agreed across the board

Generally better across the board, but VAST difference in terms of the analytical ability of the average person and the quality/speed at which you’re expected to produce (comparison is Deloitte S&A). Came in as an experienced BA (so lateral move)

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