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What level from industry would you need to join MBB as a Principal/AP vs Partner? Most Partners seem to be VP level from large corporates / CSuite from well known startups

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I’ve seen VPs that managed 3bn+ P&Ls join BCG at the level before equity partner. Makes sense as they need a ~2 year ramp to build a commercial platform. I haven’t worked with any direct admits to partner.

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Pushed out / lost a political battle + want to cruise and monetize a 2 decade long Rolodex

I’ve seen senior industry people make the jump over as an AP (or BCG’s “Partner” with no equity) or as a sr advisor (converting to an equity partner after 1-2 years/building a program), but never a direct-elect. If you’re senior enough to come in as an equity partner, why would you want to come to MBB at all?

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We have many kinds of advisors, from more mid-level experts who engage on studies as CDs to very senior execs that provide advice and relationships within a sector. A small number of the latter are people who also might be good leaders at the firm, but have no consulting experience, complicated restrictions on what they can or can’t do, and/or a reputation or personality that means we need to see them in action before depending the relationship. Since they were the the CxO of a Fortune 100 or a Deputy Secretary of something, they can’t join as an AP (optics, their egos, their inability and unwillingness to do AP things). Some of this already small number, after working with us for 1+ year, will have the sponsorship and program traction to become direct-elects.

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Following, was wondering the same thing.

But…why would you want to go in a backwards direction like that

Selfishly? I was in consulting before google, really enjoyed it and like the pace of it as a whole. Still in proserv at google so not “out” of it as a whole.

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