I would really appreciate some thoughts on McKinsey vs BCG specficially in the Middle East (Dubai)?
I realize culture and fit is subjective, and that compensation is comparable (maybe BCG is a bit more). I also realize the differences between the firms are probably small, but in making my decision I really would like to be as informed as possible. It would be great to get some insights on:
1) Exit ops - Although McKinsey might be marginally more prestigious on the global level, to my understanding BCG has a stronger presence in the region. I'd like to know whether the slight differences in "prestige" actually translate to any tangible difference in exit ops? Also, are most of the exit ops likely limited to the middle east, or is one firm better at helping land a future opportunity in a different region.
2) Mobility - Is it easier at one of the firms to internally transfer out of the middle east after some time? For example, with McKinsey's global staffing would it be easier to transfer to London?
3) Other trends - Would love to hear other region specific insights that should also be considered in this decision, such as differences in time to promotion, type of engagements, work life balance etc.
Thank you all so much :)