Hi fishes - I’m with an MBB as a 2y Partner looking to move to B4, for a bunch of reasons. In active conversations with two of them. While compensation levels seem similar for now, the other posts on this bowl suggest we end up making more at B4 than MBB. (Referring to the 1.5M number of a y4 partner at b4).

What is the real trajectory that people here have seen at B4? And how much of that is bonus - base - other components?

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1.5M is an outlier for Big 4 - MBB is much much higher on average. The sheer economics of price point force it. Utilization and leverage aren’t that different but price point is

At MBB now, declined a Big 4 offer earlier this year at 1.3M but didn’t negotiate much to see how far I could stretch. Word on street is Big 4 generally pays premium to acquire MBB partners, even though elected Big 4 partners not entirely ecstatic about it.

PW must be positively delighted at having that MBB skill set now. Lord knows it’s virtually impossible to find smart people anywhere else.

Gimme a break.

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I’m B4 and $1.5M is not at all reasonable for year 4. Like not even close. Maybe closer to $1 if you were a rockstar.

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strategy consulting like BCG and Mc pay much higher than B4. And not even they pay 1.5 for a 4 year P. Not sure where your numbers are coming from.

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I would say $1.5m is where a good partner not in a serious leadership position will land towards end of career in Big 4

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MBB don’t end their careers at MBB, so hard to say.

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I made 1.3m my first year as an MDP and expect that to rise a lot by year 4. Not sure B4 pays better than that.

If you are on track for Sr Partner at MBB - Big 4 comp will always be less. The profitability of MBB is just fundamentally higher given the higher rates they charge. Profitability per partner is higher so it will always be a better option if you can make Sr Partner and clear the up or out. It’s not a bad career to go from MBB to Big4 but from a pure $$$ basis MBB is better. Big4 can’t pay larger pensions over the long run if they make less $$$ per partner.

You make much more at a McKB.

Fwiw, Y4/Y5 $1.5 is achievable at ZS. Its been helped by very strong firm performance last year and this year.

Much higher OW for both junior partner and lifetime from my benchmarking (I’m ex-MBB moved over a few years ago). Growing faster and high performing partners tend to stay so seems like you can stay and continue to excel. Not a lifer so still seeing if it’s honeymoon period but something to consider …

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