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Just curious what people think — is SWE a better career path than MBB consulting?

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Depends. For many people I think SWE is better. But for your type A people (consultants are mostly these people), MBB is better for them. Self-selection is pretty accurate here. Most MBB people would not like the SWE job and vice versa.

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They’re different careers. Consulting gives more optionality, and if you’re good you can outpace SWE pay. I’m not even MBB nor from a target school and I somehow made it to >200k in 2 years

However if you are technically minded and like building things or just not inclined to work outrageous hours (I’d imagine most people here would fall into either category), SWE is definitely better.

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An investing role in the buyside. Was a long process and involved a ton of luck and grit, alongside strong quant skills

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Depends what you enjoy doing. SWE has better pay, wlb, and geography/company options (so yes, based on those metrics), but that's meaningless if you don't enjoy the work.

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West coast has more options but didn't notice a huge pay gap when I was recruiting - big tech usually pay the same across all locations. The drop off in pay is only significant once you're outside the USA (and much much lower beyond Canada/Europe/Japan/ME)

There’s really no point in comparing - this is coming from someone who recruited swe, product, and consulting out of undergrad. They each have their pros and cons, with similar growth opportunities and end career plays. Picking what suits you best and not comparing with others is probably the soundest move

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Depends on what you value, but generally no.

MBB is the top of consulting. There are plenty of jobs that pay 150k to people with 15 years of experience.

It would be a better comparison between MBB and FAANG and equivalents.

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Noob here, what is SWE?

Software engineering

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