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Booz Allen Hamilton or Roland Berger?

Anonymous A asked on Nov 19, 2018

Hi All,

I am currently working for Booz Allen Hamilton (outside of the U.S.). I am pre-MBA and have recently received an offer with Roland Berger (neither Europe nor U.S.). I am curious about everyone's opinions on these two companies as related to strategy consulting.

Which company offers better experience in the strategy field? Will Roland Berger offer better pre-MBA experience? Is Roland Berger or BAH better for a top MBA application to a U.S. school?

I would like to stay in strategy for the forseeable future before switching to an internal strategy role in industry.

Many Thanks,
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Guennael replied on Nov 19, 2018
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From a pure strat perspective, I'd go with RB. Huge caveat however, they are both Tier 2 and with significant geographical differences. Ultimately, I doubt it'd matter much so chose based on local strength in your area of predilection, and based on the people you meet.

Another thing to keep in mind is the value of staying in current company (strengthen existing network) vs. adding another company's (developing new one + getting access to that new company's resources). No wrong answer, just make sure to include in your calculus

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I would tend to agree with Guennael that RB will generally offer better "strategy" opportunities. However, their geographical presences vary significantly, with BAH being more well known in the US. Therefore, if your end target is a top US MBA, it might actually be better to stay at BAH.

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