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Hi BCG 🐠— with four years consulting experience (coming from the Big 4 as an SA), is Associate the right lateral rank? I’ve heard SA isn’t as common of a title at BCG but it may be more appropriate

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I’m not sure it’s so much a strategy by BCG recruiting as much as it is the firm as a whole trying to set you up for the most success. As a Consultant your cohort would be made up mostly of MBAs, JD, PhDs (some of whom have 6-7 years experience prior to their top-tier graduate degree) and Associates hired out of undergrad who have already proven themselves at BCG. Given that you are starting at a new firm with different expectations, it would be a lot easier to come into that Consultant role with one or two years of experience as an Associate.

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Thank you for taking the time to explain

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Had the same issue and turned down the offer because I wasn’t ready to take a 3 year step back.

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FYI, the associate role and consultant role at BCG is exactly the same. Second year associates almost always outperform first year consultants. Furthermore most BCG associates have more raw intellectual horsepower than the consultants - associate recruiting is far more competitive than consultant recruiting.

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Is it a common strategy by BCG recruiting to attempt to bring in SAs from the Big4 into Associate roles? And is the role decided at the beginning of the interview process or by the referring member of BCG?

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