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Does H/S/W Admissions understand the prestigious of T2 strategy shops (OW, S&, ATK, LEK, etc), or do they value working at an Accenture, PwC, Deloitte as the same?

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They understand what you did. Someone’s experience at Deloitte could be more distinctive than Kearney and vice verse. Just like a school teacher’s could have been more distinctive than an analyst at Goldman. Run you own race, lead a life of distinction, and go tell your own story. People will listen if the tale matters.

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Correct. Current M7 PhD with <1% admit rate. I don’t have a prestigious background, actually quite the opposite. Bad home, enlisted in the military on a whim, low ugpa because I was young, dumb, and figuring myself out. I only got a high ugpa my last year. I was honest on my essays. Worked for grad school first time (MBA) T15, worked second time (PhD) M7. Be genuine, be curious, be vulnerable - rarer than you think.

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OP - you can spin your resume in a million ways. But, why? Go out and take the opportunity that gives you the shot at being the best (wo)man you can be. You’ve got one life. Carefully consider the offers, think about where you’d make the biggest impact, and push all your chips into the middle. MAKING THE BIGGEST IMPACT = BEST EXIT OPPORTUNITIES. The difference in arbitrary “prestige” between these options is splitting hairs. The difference in specialty may matter, e.g. if you like diligences LEK is pretty good at those. But, good consulting shop vs good consulting shop? gmafb. Not a needle mover for MBA admissions. Story matter more.

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Obviously I sound biased (because I am far happier at a T2), but it really does matter on what is right for you!! No disrespect to the posters above, just wanted to give a perspective from someone who had done both and knew others who had. I did a ton of research in my move - called experienced and juniors - to get a good idea of the differences and what I wanted. Best of luck, OP! :)

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I say this as someone from one of those T2 shops heading to Stanford. My theory is that T2 is *more* valued, but there are so few of us applying that more get through from the other firms. I know for example Deloitte seems to really overindex at Stanford. But I think when you look at a per capita basis on admits per consultants applying, T2 would be slightly above Deloitte, and then a vast gap to the next firms.

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@ATK I hear ya, I feel like everyone is good at crafting impactful resumes at that point however & think you can spin your accomplishments many ways. I have an offer from a T2 strategy shop, and another from one of the general consulting firms listed. The T2 strategy firm is less pay, but friend says its prestige would get me closer to my dream (Wharton/Harvard), as opposed to other firm.

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I agree with that ^. Except when they graduate they all want MBB lol.

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I agree with OP. I think people forget the size of MBB vs. T2 or T3, which are much larger firms. If you look at % admitted vs. total firm size or total applicant size I think it would tell a different story

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Nobody in this thread knows how to google apparently https://poetsandquants.com/2019/11/21/feeder-colleges-companies-to-harvard-business-school/

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Met nobody in my HBS class that worked at those strategy firms.

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At end of day you’re going to an MBA to switch firms, switch careers or take a break while it’s paid. If you have a good firm on your resume, and GMAT, a lot of the differentiators will be your story

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