Sitting next to an MBB consultant on a first date and can hear him describing how influential his firm is because she's never heard of them.

"Prestige" doesn't translate to real life, remember that lol.

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Work != life

Professional “success” != interesting personality

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Female here: I’m sure the poor woman couldn’t wait for the date to end.

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Thought I’d jump in to help clear the air. BCG2 expressed how they felt about something and everyone’s knee-jerk reaction was to invalidate this person’s feelings.

Folks usually get further along by acting like adults and listening to understand why somebody feels a certain way (an unappreciated glib remark in this case). To that end, a little empathy can work wonders - encourage you to try it out sometime.

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This type of mentality is very common in the dating scene in the DC area where your job and education (and thus, prestige) is intrinsically tied to your self-worth.

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A2 - I dated a guy briefly who worked undercover for the DEA. We had to stop dating when I figured it out, though.

What a loser

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There was another thread about this where (thankfully a small number of) people couldn’t get their heads around the fact that outside of the consulting bubble, barely anybody knows the names of MBB or the Big 4.

Most. People. Don’t. Care.

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The amount of times even clients asked “So you work in Boston?” was more than enough of a ego check to never expect anyone to know what I do.

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Cringe

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I find it’s easier for people to know who you work for by the giant gaffs in the news.

Screwed up the Oscars? PwC
Wells Fargo account fraud? KPMG
Fueled the opioid crisis? McKinsey
Billed $32M for Hertz’s website and it never worked? Accenture

Whenever I use those, immediate nodding and recognition with “Oh, I do remember that!”

#branding

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Every one of them has a horror story, come to think of it. MBB, Big 4, Big Tech, Wall St...

Update! He's back, different girl, same conversation topic!

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This sounds like the plot of a rom com

I don’t even get dates if the girl gets to know I’m at BCG beforehand. Sad life.

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This thread is sad. Definitely never waiting for deck comments on a Friday night. Nor would I ever keep my team standby on a Friday night unless there are circumstances that I’ve yet to encounter that may require it. I would bet nine times out of ten when this happens on other teams it’s not really a Friday night emergency. It’s made up.

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Lolol please tell us how the convo evolves

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Insecure narcissists are abundant in this industry and are usually easy to spot. Sorry you had a lousy date, OP!

Kpmg... radio station?

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Nobody in my life (international from a political family) knows of MBB. They know Deloitte and thats it. Only a few ivy leaguers or lawyers know of MBB.

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Yes please update us

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Consulting def isnt any influential job. My dream of being something like succession or billions is going down the drain. Even Harvey had more swag and macho 🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲🥲😂😂😂😂

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Great choice in suits vs unimaginable money 😂 though I feel Harvey would never work for Bobby ax

Well I live in Denver where women become increasingly horrified as I describe what I do and and the demands it places on me. 🥴

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BCG 2: I hear you. Grew up in CO and even my young self is thankful I got married before I moved back. While still tons of cool single people, feel like there are a lot more “I would never date” that kind of people than some other cities I’ve lived in.

Reminds me of a thread on here asking how to bring up the fact they work at McKinsey naturally in conversation on first dates lol…

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I’m cringing

How’d the date go otherwise?

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Poor guy - he’ll come around but unfortunately that’s not today. (But hey, maybe she loved hearing all about his employer…)

A guy I know went to BCG after Booth. He visited his old friend in the bay area who is a millionaire SWE. They were meeting after 4-5 years and the friend asks him - What is booth? What is BCG?

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