Does working at a specialized firm like ZS hurt my chances of lateraling into MBB? Or admission into M7?

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Can’t speak to MBB but can anecdotally say that basically all MBA admissions I’ve seen for colleagues have been M7 in the last two years. These folks were definitely intelligent, high performers though

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~2-3 years on average with ZS

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No on the contrary, you stand a very strong chance to get into the specific industry practices at MBB. The topics and problem statements that ZS and the MBBs are dealing with in pharma has been converging very rapidly.

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I have had clients where MBB crapped on the atypical in the weed stuff for them and the client called in ZS after learning their lesson.

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No. The ZS alumni network is clear with plenty of exits to MBB and into top MBA programs.

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Not common to lateral into MBB without b school but it happens once in awhile. Source: I lateraled from a ZS like firm. Don’t know anyone else in my system that made a similar switch

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Thanks BCG1! How did you go about doing so? Any tips? I am a recent grad and am wondering how long I should stay at ZS to be competitive as an experienced hire.

ZS sends a crap ton to Kellogg and Booth, not very much to other MBA programs

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Its region dependent. I know ppl who went to other schools as well

No, everyone I know of went to mostly M7 (especially Kellogg/Booth) and some T10.

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Lateral is tough, actually very tough.After MBA, there is plenty of examples.

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M7 and T10 are definitely obtainable after 3-5 years at ZS (assuming starting from UG). I haven’t seen any lateral to MBB

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What is ZS?

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Ignorance or arrogance?

I have seen a couple - it’s definitely difficult but not impossible.

M7 is pretty regular, lateral to MBB is not very common

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