Have the pedigree requirements for MBB changed over recent years? Seeing a number of non target (UG/MBA) schools as a feeder and non blue chip EH offers. Perhaps this is due to increased competition from Tech. Not judging by any means just curious if this has been an actual change at MBB and any impact to the work.

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If anything, it’s better. The overall push is towards creating a diverse & inclusive workplace. This includes a focus on gender equality, minority and people of color, and those from different backgrounds - period. We all know that ivy / feeder schools systematically have disproportionate numbers when it comes to these topics, and hiring only from target schools wouldn’t make any logical sense for any organization that truly wants to strive towards D&I. Also as an Ivy League grad at MBB and with industry experience, I can honestly say Ive seen a lot of my classmates get to where they are because of their privilege not work ethic, and have also worked with some amazingly talented co workers who came from non-target. Everyone who is here deserves to be here - MBB and FAANG have very detailed hiring processes. Being from a non target shouldn’t discredit that and we shouldn’t discount someone’s experience because of their UG!

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Pedigree as you define it (school) has little to do with ability

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We are definitely recruiting from a larger pool of MBA schools, because we are growing in roles that are more experience-based (implementation, etc.). For undergraduate recruiting the focus is still on traditional core schools, with some additions aimed at improving diversity (larger presence at hbcus for example). There is no impact to the work, and I can’t see any difference in quality between people from different schools. Our recruiting is as selective as it was before (actually more selective each year), it’s just that in addition to pulling from the top 25% at a core school we also pull from the top 1% at other schools.

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Don’t think it’s only less of a pool due to tech, I think it is more that they have grown and the traditional recruiting pathways have not (or grown more slowly). I was the first person from my MBA program (UF) hired by BCG (but as an EH) a couple years ago. McK and BCG have hired others since (direct, not EH), and they’re doing well. I think it’s a combination of increased need and the realization that the top people from other solid schools compare well to the people at top tier schools.

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Again, not saying that the current practices are wrong. But historically MBB recruited from a select number of schools or certain pedigree (albeit subjective) and was only wondering if that has changed by and large today or if these “non target” recruits were still the minority. If so think the rationale above makes sense but also hypothesized it was attributed to less of a pool due to increased interest in Tech.

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It’s possible. The nuance is there’s still more supply of talent than demand for MBB at target schools, but it’s better to get the top people elsewhere than middling people at the “best” schools.

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Diluting my Princeton Wharton Harvard Stanford Yale pedigree 😭😭😭

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