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Weighing my options and need advice: Offered Bain Senior Associate Consultant role at $115k base. Currently making $115k with 2 YOE at a high level boutique firm, and guaranteed 100% sponsorship for my MBA. I really like all the people at Bain, and I believe I could have a great career there, but unsure if leaving is the best move right now. Just want to hear some other perspectives of Boutique vs. MBB

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How far is the MBA? Which School? Do you have to stay with the firm after? If yes to staying after, leave and join Bain - it’s a no brainer


Bain definitely If your end goal is Partner/PE exits . MBB also sponsor MBA’s so you can try to get them to do it instead


Easily Bain

Yeah I would agree that the path to partner is super clear here, but unfortunately I also agree with your other two points (Niche offering that I’m not set on, and egotistical partners // no real succession plan for once our CEO and current partners retire)

Take it.

Try to negotiate a higher pay but take it regardless

What is WLB like at your current firm and how important is that to you? Currently at Bain and the WLB is basically nonexistent

Current firm is 65-70 hours a week with a few hours on weekends; though that’s not necessarily the expectation. Hours aren’t really a deciding factor for me, though I have no doubts it can be brutal at Bain

Boutique Pros: 100% MBA Coverage, Established Network, Trust of Managers & Partners so granted autonomy on projects, quick promotion cycle due to strong performance Cons: Greedy partnership, uncertain future, max comp is capped at partner level ($600k max?), less project diversity Bain Pros: More diverse project set, higher comp trajectory, better partnership or exits Cons: Rebuilding network & trust, restarting promotion timeline

Dude..go to Bain. You can always come back to the boutique. You will regret not going to Bain. This is an easy choice. Congrats!

How did you prep for MBB interviews? How big of a factor does GPA play if you’re coming in as an experienced AC?

Seems like it eventually did pay off tho lol. Thanks for the tip, will check out Crafting Cases at some point


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