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Offered full-time at McKinsey (mid-sized city, hometown) and Bain (large city) out of MBA program. Generalist roles for both, comp is the same. Moderate interest in PE post-consulting. Thoughts?

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I chose Bain over McK even with no interest in PE — the culture is just hands-down significantly better here. Here, people are smart and know how to have a good time; at McKinsey, my experience was that they were only the former :) if we’re talking alumni network, I’ve seen firsthand how powerful the connections are. McKinsey’s might give you thousands of people who will send a short response to your email, but former Bainies will give you a tour of their office, do practice interviews, and become real mentors just because you’re from Bain.

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Hello, I have a round 1 with Bain coming up, mind if I DM you?

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Go with the firm that you felt the most comfortable in. 1. The people will determine how long you last at the firm and what kinds of relationships you’ll leave with. 2. Nobody ever lost out on a job because they were a Bain alum vs. a McKinsey alum. “Quality” of person is largely the same, and at this point the alum networks are so large it will feel the same on an individual basis.

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Mck, stronger overall brand and alumni presence (in case PE interest wears off), and very strong presence in PE as well. Mck is also global staffing and COL in a small city can be a plus depending on your life situation. Are you pre or post MBA? If post, did PwC sponsor your MBA?

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We do PE too. Pretty good at it. If it's just a "moderate" interest, you can try out everything else at the firm and either switch to something with a strong interest or go deeper into PE.

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BCG2- Didn't connect level to quality, but now got it. So either Mck is over generalizing, VP friend population is not truly representative, or PE folks aren't as value smart or just follow herd mentality. Chances are a bit of each is true. Reality is OP would probably be fine at any MBB, but Mck is still percieved as the gold standard across several topics/industries.

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McK because of 1) alumni network, and 2) if you’re just moderately interested in PE, there’s a larger variety of projects at mck (bc of scale difference) that you can do if you find out PE is not ur thing. But I’m probably biased 🥴🥴 honestly can’t go wrong w your choice

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Yea I’d say Bain if the PE interest is more than passing, if not then McK. Also about to interview at both so plz teach me your ways haha

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Strong PE interest go Bain, anything else Mck but tbh you can’t go wrong with either!!

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Bain has very good training programs . The best in the mbb. Plus a hike staffing model which I think is a plus. Look at the culture of the company and the people that your going to work with. Should not be a problem getting a job in pe. Mck does 25% of all pe cases in the market. Either should be good from a career standpoint. Go with the company you would fit in culturally

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Guidehouse knows what their talking about

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