Is it really true that L5 at google (strategy ops) makes 230-250K TC? thats what we pay undergrads 2 years out of college 😮

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One of my close friends has: Ivy undergrad, Ivy MBA (somewhat or entirely paid by company) and a total of 8 YOE exclusively working at BCG. I’m L5 non-tech (no MBA) and make slightly more than them with 6 YOE for context. I probably work 35-40 hours a week (at Google this was even less) while they work 70-80 on average. I know some folks make a decent amount in consulting, but to my understanding, it would be very misleading to say someone can make that much after 2 YOE at BCG, since those who I know didn’t get that pay until about 5 years in after MBA.

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For me, consulting wasn’t worth the $$. 2 years was enough. Feel like I have a life again since leaving.

I have friends who stayed and genuinely enjoy it, and some friends who are still there and seem to hate their life.

For me, it shouldn’t be all about $ at the end of the day. If that is the driving factor, then ok (but wow that is sad).

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Feel free to stay in consulting. Feels like the OP belongs there

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Stay in consulting then ✌️

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Undergrads two years out of school make 230-250k at BCG? I find this incredibly hard to believe.

Even starting at 100k first year, you’re doubling salary within a year or two? Very 🐠

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The statement is misleading. The $230K is typically average for consultants (this is the promoted role after 2 years as an associate or brand new MBAs) - which is essentially the same work experience as some L4s at Google with +/-

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Divide that TC by the number of hours/year a non-tech L5 works and compare it to the blended hourly rate your undergrads make, then post again.

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Consulting firms need to pay that much to account for the extra hours + travel that is required. If it was apples to apples, they would also adjust comp down.

People at the big 3 consulting firms in general seem to have a sense of entitlement that annoys me. I hope they stay there and do not corrupt the culture in big tech.

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It’s a larger range than that, 230-330 depending on a lot of factors.

We pay ~220 MAX for APC1 at 175 base and 25% bonus for top ~10% most people don’t get that—last I checked…

We overpay APC relative to outside market, underpay compared to consulting “ability”.

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Makes sense that BCG, a consulting company, pays consultants well. Google isn’t a consulting company and has publicly prioritized working with external partners. High salaries at google go to sales and engineering.

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OP probably works 60 hours on a good week and brags about it.

230-250 is not right for Google L5. It’s the very best case scenario for a third year at BCG. Even then majority leave within 3-4 years (generously speaking) because it’s a tough profession, and when they do - most can only dream of making L5 at Google / that inaccurate comp.

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You can come in at L5 from BCG with fewer years. It’s just competitive / doors don’t swing wide open because omg you worked at MBB (I worked at one).

A friend just joined a non-tech L5 role at >$300K comp.

Weird flex bro. BCG is also up-or-out.

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Few of my friends got L5 at 315k.

L4 have seen offers ranging from 260 to 280k minus sign on

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Location ?

Few factors:

1. You have to negotiate comp. I entered L4 ~3 YOE on the business side and make ~$240k (base, bonus, Y1 RSUs at time of offer)

2. We adjust comp by region. You'll make less if you're not in bay area / NYC

3. Different roles can make different amounts

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G6 where you at now? Has L5 happened? I joined a month back in a similar spot as yourself

I recently accepted non-tech L5 for ~250K and negotiated heavily. I was also surprised it wasn’t higher and barely got more compensation than I made before. Hoping the WLB is better.

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