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Is the work done by the big four (KPMG, PwC, Deloitte, EY) very different than the work done by the BBM?

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MBB doesn't really specialize in strategy. Maybe around 15-20% of work we do is strategy and the share is going down. The difference is in the approach, in the talent and in the level of organization we have access to to make things happen.

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I'm ded. 'BBM'

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BBM = BcKensey Bain Meeceegee

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BBM big beautiful management (consulting)

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Is BBM like the BBC?

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Anybody else think of blackberries when they hear BBM?

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BlackBerry Messenger

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LK get ready for those LinkedIn stalkers!

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Sorry MBB McK, BCG, Bain

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Been at both, it’s honestly a different world here. I used to hate to hear it until i made it to the other side, also keep in mind it’s not just the difference in projects and work but also the methodology, the talent around you, and overall approach to an identical project is fundamentally different

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@PwC1 Meeceegee legit destroyed me 😂

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The way I would think about it is from a #s perspective, there are definitely Mbb quality projects that you can work on at Deloitte and Accenture and definitely Mbb projects that are mind numblingy boring/low quality. But I think that on aggregate level, the probability of you getting on a high quality strategy project is significantly higher in Mbb as opposed to big 4 due to a bunch of reasons (reputation, client base, etc.)

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I’ve worked in both. Night and day. Even for the “same” project (of which there are few). Differences in people, knowledge, capabilities, approach, access, ability to drive change. As LK says, little of our work is strategy. Much more is large-scale enterprise-wise or thematic transformations.

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The big difference is MBB have the trust of the CEO/CFO/COO and have time with them every week to advice them on the key strategic topics that help them come up with the answer to the highest value/impact topics. That doesn’t mean we just do strategy.... at all. We help them figure out the right programs to win in the market, the right pricing, the right org, optimize their operations, their marketing investment, their labor, what company to buy to differentiate their offer... And we help them make it happen.

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I thought of BBW

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Lol at "harder strategy work". I'd love to see a strat engagement manager run a $10 million tech implementation with a 60% offshore staffing model, and the client is owned by a private equity firm. I'm not saying strat isn't hard or that it isn't more prestigious but the implementation is much more challenging. Maybe it's different on the HCM side of the house, I don't know.

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Curious to hear the comparison between LEK/ATK/OW/S& vs MBB. Has anyone worked at both?

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In my experience Big4 clients tend to be closer to the director level rather than c-suite

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MBB is more strategy and then once someone does that harder work they pass it off to us to do the gimp work. It is like when you decide to invade another country, the decision and how are already figured out then they hire a big 4 to mobilise troops and make it happen. The powerful part was deciding what and how. The rest is execution.

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I definitely learned a lot in this thread so I apologize for the misinformation I gave

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