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Anonymous A asked on Aug 09, 2018

To the ex-MBB consutants on this thread:

How much C-suite exposure does a junior MBB consultant really get? At what level do consultants begin to interact with the industry leaders of the world?

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Vlad replied on Aug 10, 2018
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Hi,

It really depends on the part of the world. In the developing countries an analyst can be easily presenting the results of his stream to the CEO, while in the US, the whole team may be working only on the middle management level. So I would not build too many expectations about that.

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As Vlad and Sidi have said, it depends on the market and the size of the client. If your client is a massive multi-national (e.g. Coca Cola), you are very unlikely to get exposure to even a country-level CEO, let alone the global CEO.

On the other hand, with smaller/national clients, exposure to C-suite is much easier to get, even in developed markets. In my first 3 months on the job, I was present and at points helping facilitate a workshop with the COO of a major utilities company in the UK.

As an additional point, while of course exposure to a CEO is exciting, I think much of the value in consulting for a junior is actually from the level of responsibility you will have with more junior clients. In my opinion, it's more valuable to be able to regularly present and lead meetings with the deputy head of Finance (something you could realistically do after 1-1.5 years) vs. attending meetings/occassionally present findings to a CxO.

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Yes, absolutely agree with Vlad here! In emerging markets, Associate Partners will very often have CEOs as their key clients and counterparts, while in mature markets such as US or Germany I know many partners who serve large blue chips who have never EVER directly worked with a CxO of such blue chips.

Cheers, Sidi