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What’s working at MBB like for software engineers? Are they good places to grow technical sophistication? Is it mostly ent service integration? How does it compare w/ working at a large product shop?

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Go to FAANG. More money, better (right) work, better brand, better WLB.

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Here, you don't specialize and you don't make a full product so after a few years, you have nothing to show for your next job in your portfolio. Go to MBB iff you arent good enough for big/leading tech and enjoy being second class citizen.

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MBB is NOT good for this. FAANG can be overrated but a good spot. Big4 might be better if you find the right practice like i did, but MBB does do tech consulting in the true sense (I worked for McK before) No consulting company functions like a product shop

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MBB are getting started in technology, I mean real stuff, complex and at a large scale, I would go FAANG but there’s also a lot to learn here that you won’t find at FAANG companies, also FAANG offers better WLB and better pay, here you will be burning a lot of hours, both are good whoever sends you an offer first.

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When we start real stuff, they will do the next big thing. Because the top talents are on their hand and we always get tier 3/4 programmers with no structure.

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Are you guys talking about engineers even in your data/engineering specific teams like QuantumBlack and Platinion/Gamma? Data engineer here, so it's a little different than SWE. Working at those data shops seems appealing, if I'm able to work under a good manager and have a good WLB OP, I've been asking myself this exact same question and wonder how much I'd grow non-technically. I'd make the jump if I can grow more functional skills than technical skills. Would love to hear anybody's experience working at MBB (or other firms) from the engineering perspective. I used to be at a well-known boutique but it was way too focused on getting staff diverse technical skill sets

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Got it, thanks for sharing. Is it the same general scenario for ML and data engineers? What's the interview process like? Planning to apply relatively soon, and info on that process is sparse

Do you enjoy working with generalists who don't really understand technology, but act like they do? What if they also don't understand the "mythical man-month"? And love to throw words out like "AI", "data lake", "blockchain", and "intelligent automation"? Congrats! Management consulting is perfect!

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That is a good one ☝🏼

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