What is everyone's views on MBA's? I'm looking at man roles, especially MBB but am not able to get in due to lack of an MBA.

Are there opportunities to get into these top tier firms without an MBA. I'm ex Deloitte but seems like that's not worth much these days haha

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You can get in as an experienced hire, but if you're not getting luck with lading interviews, an MBA may help. That being said, odds of MBB from a Canadian MBA are still very low, so I would recommend against it if in your mind, it's MBB or bust. Huge opportunity cost + tuition hit for a slightly greater chance (but still low) of getting an interview.

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We don't require an MBA. It provides access to a recruiting pipeline, sure, but that's a lot of $$$ for a recruiter to go to you instead of vice versa.

Not an MBA, clearly; apologies to anyone who feels there are other benefits :)

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Put it this way - my colleague has just a communications degree from a no name state school in Missouri and makes $750k USD as a warehouse director at AMZN at the age of 31. Networking and proving your value in the workplace is free and will get you further than expensive degrees.

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I got interviews from McK and Kearney without an MBA. Didn't end up getting offers from either but that had more to do with my case performance than my qualifications.

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If you’re currently a manager it’s a slim chance you’ll be able to lateral into MBB even with an MBA. If you’re looking at the post MBA level though, you don’t need an MBA to get an interview

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I graduated with a Rotman MBA 3 years ago and about 8-9 of my classmates went into MBB

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Yeah low chances from Canadian MBA, much better odds from a T15/16 in the US

Had interviews as well.

There is no specific background in terms of work experience that they look for. They pick people with all sorts of backgrounds provided that they demonstrate the following:
- an aptitude for analytical and structured thinking.
- progressive responsibility in previous roles. with experience managing people and teams
- someone that is involved outside of just work whether at the firm or extra curriculars.
- a driver and leader that could become partner one day.

Though I'm sure prior consulting experience helps - especially if it is local experience. I'm sure this helped me a great deal

Don’t need one with the right experience (I.e Corp strat or strong functional industry exp in an in-demand vertical) w/ some networking. Assuming you’re not getting interviews because the lack of above then an MBA can be very helpful for OCR. You’d have to do the cost-benefit analysis to see what that nets out based on your current comp trajectory. And +1 to M2, aiming for post MBA role will be more likely.

Truthfully I'm just prepping applications now, however in the past I haven't gotten interviews. I'm in cybersecurity/digital transformation & strategy so it's a bit of divergence from MBA style corporate strategy work.

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