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Received offers from both BCG and McKinsey. All things given, the compensation and benefits are pretty equal. Suggestions on how I should pick one?

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I have lots of friends at both firms and I 100% agree that it’s just a personal culture fit. I connected with a lot of the folks at McK more than at BCG. And I knew that McK would give me the flexibility to do more than the traditional consulting track over time. I’ve been really happy here and think I made the best decision for me. But I also think BCG is a great firm and that my friends there made the best decision for them. Try to take the long term view and don’t overthink it. Like a few others have said - the two firms are really competitive when it comes to recruiting cross offers. So use this to your advantage to ask for meeting with partners from specific offices/practices etc. Or for whatever you think you need to make the decision. And take your time to decide - don’t feel like you have to rush to sign an offer. I knew I wanted to have kids while at the firm, so I asked to talk to a few folks who had kids while at the firm and to connect with HR more deeply on maternity benefits and part time/flex programs. That helped me feel confident in my decision and more knowledgeable when I got to the firm about what my options were

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I heard Mck does not evaluate people for a year, but BCG does so from 6 months onwards( you get evaluated from case 1, but you get placed on performance matrix starting in month 6) , so I like that extra leeway at Mck. Mck also has a greater variety of projects, I’m in the east coast and doing CPG is almost impossible within BCG. Having said that, we can use our personal credit card for anything and squire points. Mck forces you to use corporate cards except for hotel. Those points alone ensure I earn 6-8k more per year at BCG. And love, love the office culture at BCG- the staffers, the learning and development team etc and how they set you up for success.

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Bcg.

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Wow you’re actually in a position where you can make your decision based on culture and fit. A few other factors I would consider: average attractiveness of people in each office, do you like the letter M or B more, are you willing to answer the question of what BCG stands for, which one will best support your exit to POTUS, preferred color/font scheme for decks. This is why I work at EY...

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I’m more interested in your strategy. You must be a superstar.

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Look at culture fit first and foremost

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We fly first class on flights above 1.5 hours McK 3 hours

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Based on the McK and BCG people on Fishbowl, I would def go with BCG. Quirky, but funny as hell too.

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Depends what kind of person you are. I’d take a close look at the staffing model (do you have to find your own cases or is there a central staffing team) and local office culture...because those matter. You might be great at networking and advocating for yourself or you might not be - and those components are impt when thinking through which firm will better allow you to flourish. A more nuanced way of assessing culture & fit.

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Wished I joined bcg!

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I would personally choose based on people. You will spend unreasonable amounts of time with your team, so choose the firm where you ‘click.’ I chose BCG and my office based on people, and stay largely because of the people, as well. Both McK and BCG have great projects, and terrible projects. Both firms have some level of cache and good exit opportunities. Finding a group of people that you like to work with is really a major component of success long-term, so I’d pick based on where you think that could be.

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Also it's a yellow flag to me that 5/8 McKinsey guys would rather join BCG...

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Deloitte

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@bc1 McK culture is hit or miss. No middle. Extreme. Little nurturing. You go in, you BETTER hit bc if you miss, you get ab 2 to 3 studies to turn it around otherwise you are marked for issues and you are out.

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If Chicago pick BCG because I need to add someone to my case ASAP. Otherwise, pick based on color - worked for me, worked for Wesley Snipes, should work for you...

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Go to industry, that way when your team has consultants you can abuse them and use them as skapegoat punching bags

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Yeah it comes down to people at the end of the day and local office culture is definitely first priority. That being said, this is a fantastic opportunity to set yourself up to get those “hits” when you do join either Firm. Find people you get along with (ideally sr.) and get them to invest in your recruiting and they can pull you in when you start. Gives you an advantage when your first staffing comes along.

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Would go with BCG 100%

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Good for you!which ever you choose I am sure it will be a great experience

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Thanks everyone. The comments here really helped. I never considered talking to alumni so that's something I'll look into for sure. Same goes for the staffing model changes in McKinsey. I'm intuitively leaning towards BCG anyway, but I wasn't able to quantify why. As prestigious as McKinsey is, BCG is doing a great job of branding themselves more as is apparent by this thread.

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Here’s a reason for joining McK instead of BCG - I was recently recruiting for tech biz ops role and it utterly shocked me at how many more McK alums there are at the top tech companies. So if you are looking to exit consulting eventually, I am pretty sure McK has a more extensive alum network then BCG - definitely in tech but I’d venture to say in other industries too given how long it’s been around.

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