People who’ve left MBB/consulting for FAANG: Is it everything you thought it would be? Better or worse how?

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I just left. It was definitely worth it. My pay went up substantially and my hours are infinitely better. Yes, growth is more limited, but I think people on FB are pretty myopic about this. 1) At the salaries that you exit into (regardless of level/tenure), you’re more than set to have a great life. Plus, you keep getting stock refreshers that add up to millions over a career. What more do you want? 2) The additional free time you gain in these jobs lets you grow as a person and actually pursue hobbies. Very few people in consulting meaningfully pursue anything outside of work—at least in my experience. 3) It’s not like you can’t come back to consulting if you really hate it. Nobody is going to say, “Oh shit, you worked at Google? Well, we don’t want you as a consultant now.” In fact, you’ll probably be a better consultant. If you feel like you dislike tech after doing it, you have so many options! Go to business school; start a company (VCs love founders with this kind of background); leverage your experiences in FAANG and consulting to write and build a platform. I get that as folks get older, this gets more and more difficult, but pre-MBA especially, I think there’s a strong case to exit to FAANG—esp. if you want to work in tech.

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Grass isn’t always greener, it’s just a different type of grass that pays significantly better

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If both grasses are both the same but one has more money on it, doesn’t that make it better? At least the same shit comes with better compensation (and maybe better hours too?)

Better pay. Better work life balance. Learning very relevant hard skills with potential to easily 1.5x-2x TC by switching to another FAANG in 3-4 years. None of the consulting BS (for the most part). Wished I would have done it earlier. But that's been my experience. Only 1 datapoint

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I had been working on AWS for two years before moving over. In my role technical experience was important. However it does not have to be AWS as you get time to learn. for many non tech roles you are fine with no technical expertise. But remember non tech roles pay less than tech roles (unlike consulting which is typically the opposite)

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