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Just got offers from Accenture Strategy, OW, Deloitte S&O, and S& Deals out of undergrad. What’s the best place to start my career overall? Comp is pretty comparable so not sure how to decide

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Start with OW or S& if you don't know what you want to do. It's not a prestige play, its the fact that they're smaller so harder to lateral to down the line. You will always be able to find a place at D or Acn. Between the two, do some research on LI to see where people exit to. See which profiles you like better

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S& first year because of marginally higher prestige and exposure. D S&O for more breadth of experience. Accenture if you want to be an IT person.

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S& will have best comp. Deals Strategy had notoriously long hours. Source: worked at both S& and ACN strat

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I had two friends who exited from Deals Strategy. One went to a sand company (huge in oil and gas) as a manager and another went to Southwest Airlines. Both were Associates. I'm fairly new to ACM so I don't personally know people's exits yet but they seem fairly comparable

S&’s comp trajectory is faster than any of these and is on par with Bain’s if you care about that Can’t go wrong with either OW or S&

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I transferred from ACN to OW and would recommend OW. While bigger firms may have more project diversity, it’s extremely easy to get pigeonholed into one type of work, and there is very little mobility after year 1 or so. OW and smaller firms meet the necessary threshold for diverse project work and have lots of mechanisms (incl. generalist model) that allow you to legitimately hop around until you’re happy. We have a great tech strategy group, too, if that’s your jam - so wouldn’t say go ACN if you want to do tech...

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What type of work are you interested in? If it’s tech then ACN and Deloitte, if it’s finance or anything else then honestly OW.

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D S&O also has a good program for grad school sponsorship of you want to go that route

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I’d encourage you to figure out where you’ll have the strongest cultural fit, rather than base your decision on which firm strangers think is most prestigious.

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Go-to OW--a pure play strategy firm and has international teams on projects. If you have a desire to work on international projects it is a better option. At deals strategy you will primarily make PowerPoint slides on the market and will have hardly any client interaction.

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Interesting reduction. Can’t say the same.

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These are all fantastic offers so kudos. Someone above had a great point, considering your career flexibility, go to the smaller ones first because the 2 larger ones will have more doors. The generalist experience is good too at a junior level (unless you for sure want to go PE), so OW boils to the top, then imo S& Deal/S&O are tied I would look at the backgrounds of your S&O interviewers to make sure you’re joining the “right” team). Getting generalist experience is awesome, you never know if you may love org design or have a passion for a particular industry. One thing worth looking into is their mba sponsorship. I know for a fact Deloitte S&O and S& fully sponsor (competitive process) and Acn does 100k only. I assume OW would fully as well. Validate to see how generous the program acceptance is as well. This benefit is a pretty big deal especially for someone like you!

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I’d go with Deloitte if S&O C&M and otherwise OW. But ultimately depends on cultural fit / type of work unless if you only care about prestige

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