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What is the difference between an Associate Consultant role (in MBB) vs. a Consulting/Business Analyst role (in McK/Big 4/ACN)? Would the former be a step up from the latter, or they are lateral?

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Why did you group McKinsey into the second group with B4/ACN? You know that the M in MBB is McKinsey, right?

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The ASC at McK is not equivalent to ASC at Bain.

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The job is similar: you do slides, excel - but different: the level of rigour, the way you dig into problems and the level of pressure is I think higher at MBB. The type of project is also different - shorter, less IT, more strategic Think about the difference between Dior and Nike. Both do apparel, both are great brands, but the level of what you ask in terms of quality is not the same. MBB is likely 3-4 times more expensive (at least in Europe) vs. Big 4 consulting - that alone makes a huge difference

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Managers from big 4 get hired as ASC in MBB.

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Associate (ASC)

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Mckinsey: BA, Associate, EM Bain: Associate consultant, consultant, case team lead BCG: associate, consultant, project leader

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Also to @mck3’s point above, our path^ is not linear. If you’re a BA you go now to EM in North America, not ASC

Despite the differences in the company prestige, I’m aware however that they’re both entry level roles into consulting

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Is the only diff in $$$? Or are there differences in terms of responsibilities and well as exit opps? What I’m getting into is from a career progression POV... would moving from BA (Big 4) to Associate (MBB) be considered as progression or a lateral move (such one might be better off waiting for a promo to Consultant at Big 4)?

If you wanted to compare ACN MC to MBB, I’ll tell you that you’ll work about 5-10 less hours a week on average, but you’ll have less control over your career, have less talented coworkers, get paid significantly less over time, and have less glamorous exit options.

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