BCG or McKinsey?

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Anonymous A asked on Oct 19, 2019

I have a west coast office offer for BCG and McKinsey(same location) undergrad summer internship position. Pay is comparable for both, industries of interest are the same and I like both of the firms a lot. I don't know how to choose. My priorities are being in a firm where I can go up without getting an MBA and also a workplace culture that cares about employee well-being. In addition, I prefer friendlier people who care more about each other's well being than people that are always super intense. I don't really want to do much government realted work and if I were to exit it would be for a role in the business side of tech, but hoping to do consulting. Based on these constraints, which one would you choose? Any help appreciated!


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Anonymous replied on Oct 19, 2019

Dear anonymous,

based on my experiences at McKinsey and based on some friends from BGC experience I can tell you the following about the MBA (that seems an important factor for you). In the Milan Offices, McKinsey does not have a lmited numbers of sponsorship for the MBA, while BCG does. So basically, at McKinsey you do not compete against your peers, you only compete against yourslelf trying to always excel in your performance in order to receive good reviews and being sponsored for the MBA, in BCG based in which percentile (compared to your peers) you are positioned, you may be sposored or not for the MBA.

In relation to the kind of environment, I guess it cannot be generalized that one place is better than the other, it really depends on the people you are working with.

Hope it helps! :)


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Anonymous C replied on Oct 21, 2019


It always depends on the people you work with, the climate in the office....But I would really recommend BCG from what I heard.

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replied on Oct 20, 2019
McKinsey / Accenture Alum / Got all BIG3 offers / Harvard Business School


Most of the things are unknown here (people you'll work with, industries, etc) The only things are known: 1) McKinsey has a stronger brand 2) McKinsey has a bit faster career track on a later stage.


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Anonymous B replied on Oct 19, 2019

BCG 100%

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