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Why would anyone from the tier 2 firms (OW, ATK, S&) want to go to MBB? (Not rhetorical, I’d like to find out what the gaps are for these firms)

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Exit opps, MBA placement/sponsorship, and benefits. Think the biggest reason, however, is “prestige.” I’d say 85% of consultants at Tier 2 firms are talented enough to be at MBB and want the allure/self-validation that comes with the name. If you’re going to be doing the same work with similar people, might as well do it at the “best” shop.

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It IS the same work. My background. MBB for 7 years (two offices). Now at Tier 2. Same quality of work, same clients, same types of problems solved, and same (mostly) people.

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Is it just prestige and exit opps? I imagine the work, quality of leaders, WLB are the similar, no?

To add to prestige and exit opps, slightly higher profile casework. Also recognize the typical personality of a t2 consultant. You don’t get there without being a little type A and competitive.

Money, exit ops, faster growth (in some practices or geographies), ability to swim in a bigger pond, broaden network

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