What are reasons why someone may choose to lateral from a smaller/ other consulting firm to MBB? Obviously the MBB brand but what else have people found?

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I did this after an MBA and MBB is literally better in every way. Only exception might be if you have a very close relationship with people at your firm and want to stay there for your whole career

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Any  specific examples that you can provide?

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Pay, types of work, strength of coworkers

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MBA admissions and exit opps in addition to the above

I did this after MBA.
- Better brand
- Different types of projects (more variety of functional areas in my industry, working with bigger companies on more strategic projects, working with more senior people at those companies)
- More resources - we have data services and a production team to do the grunt work!
- Better WLB, because we have more resources and larger teams (my WLB still isn’t great but I’m also not pulling 70+ hour weeks on the reg, or when I do it’s recognized as abnormal and needing to be fixed)

So far I don’t regret the decision. Not sure I’m a lifer, but I’m much happier than I would have been going back to my old firm - better WLB, slightly more money, and really cool projects.

Where were you at before?

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