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Big 4 to MBB. How likely is it without first doing an MBA?

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Why not get an MBA? I can think of about 300,000 reasons (tuitions and lost salary over 2 yrs)

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Just get an MBA, dufus.

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Lord, if they enabled pics on this app we'd all be fired.

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Pics or it didn't happen.

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I got an offer from BCG, currently R3 with McK.

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I'm hoping this thread takes a productive turn.

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Yeah, but your comp would be $75K+ higher and you would be 2-3 years ahead in your career. I think you make up the tuition gap pretty quickly.

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At A1: Yeah, but did they hire you?

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(Didn't think so.)

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You would prefer to hire someone who completed 2 analyst programs instead of someone who completed PwC analyst program, MBA, and an associate program at MBB?

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I don't doubt the experience u get at MBB is great, or big 4...but I haven't seen how an MBA can provide better knowledge than actual work experience, it's just a check mark off of big firms to justify the bloated bill rates. "Here look at our consultants, they graduated from HBS, MIT, Wharton" but in reality half of the year is spent recruiting with little class work and then they travel most of the second year.

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OP - definitely possible if you have expertise in a specialized function or industry. I was at a Big 4 and wanted to exit, definitely considered an MBA but saw an an opportunity in the Operations Practice (who hire a lot of experienced professionals... as do other practices). Decided to throw my hat into the ring and was thankfully successful. Am super happy, no regrets so far. Just give it a go - you've got nothing to lose!

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@D2: joined big 4 out of undergrad, was with them for 4.5 yrs, including 1 yr as a manager. Joined McK as an associate (no one gets hired in at an EM level...and I completely understand why), but transitioned to EM a fair bit earlier than the "usual" full ASC tenure.

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Def doable. As evidenced by an earlier thread, there are a lot of fishbowlers from Big 4 / non MBB that have recently been interviewing with MBB. Myself included.

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2 years of experience > MBA (I.e. Party and travel with the occasional class and mountains of debt) after seeing what my friends at top MBA programs do... I'd easily hire the experienced professional over the MBA noob.

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Nope, I just mean the 2 years of experience of actual work vs 2 years of schooling

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Well the guy who actually works for MBB might know better haha but I would at least try by applying and reaching out to hiring managers before taking on the MBA and see what happens

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^ what level / after amt of years did you jump

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Why not get an MBA? You will enter at a higher level instead of restarting as an analyst.

McK never does 3 rounds; busted! #YaDoneBurnt

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