All Things MBB

Currently a PhD at a M7. Veteran, and obviously used to be at EY. Currently in qualifying phase and starting to looking to post-PhD life. How do the firms differ in how they treat advanced degrees (ie stick to PhD area or are you a generalist)? How do federal vs commercial practices differ when recruiting advanced degrees? I recognize that there might be a pay differential (pay isn’t important, I don’t want to go back to B4 due to tax/consulting dichotomy), just would be great to be federal.

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We hire advanced degrees in as a generalists, making the same as any MBA grad. We however do very little federal work. Alternatively, you could specialize with defense contractors as we do a ton of work for those. FWIW I don’t think the MBA will be that valuable for you given your background.

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Thank you B2! Flexibility is key and seems like Bain has it (and supports it, which is even more key since I’m in it for the long haul).

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Side question: I have the opportunity to do an MBA here, would it be worth it? I have a Master’s (business related) from an Ivy already. Thanks in advance.

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Most are hired as a generalist with post-MBA associate pay and trajectory. Many of the PhDs I know tend to stick to the area they studied because they wanted to, but as a generalist you wouldn’t be restricted to a specific practice. There’s also an option to go into an expert role, but I’m not as familiar with this and don’t know how many take this option.

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Oh great McK2. Super insightful - I like the fact that you can go back and forth, will keep that in mind as I begin recruiting.

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BCG also hires PhD holders at the post MBA level in the US. Not where I’m based so I can’t give much more context than that

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That’s right, no PhDs in my office (or at least not straight from academia). Based in Latin America

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