Got rejected by McK in first round, now choosing between Berger and Bain in Germany

Anonymous A asked on Mar 26, 2019 - 6 answers

Hi,

unfortunately I got rejected during my first iv round at McK. That would have been my clear favorite.

Now that my first pick is impossible to attain, I have to choose between Berger and Bain. Both great brands.

I know that Roland Berger was once as good as to be called the MBBB - but they had trouble with their M&A talks with Dloitte, etc. etc. etc.

Since then they seem to have recovered and be on a great growth-track.

I'd like to give them a chance (plus I really liked the people I met there) but I am aware of the fact that Bain has a better brand especially in the US.

Any ideas on how to help me decide?

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Alexander replied on Mar 26, 2019

I think it depends on where you see yourself long-term. In Germany, Roland Berger seems to be slightly more prestigious than Bain and I've heard that exit options are better (Source: Brand Eins Consulting overview 2018). Should you want to move out of Germany, however, Bain would probably be better. I've also heard that they at least try to have a good work-life balance, which might be relevant if you have a partner or even children.

You said you liked the people at Roland Berger, and I would strongly recommend including that in your considerations. After all, you will spend a lot of time with your colleagues.

Francesco replied on Mar 29, 2019
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Hi Anonymous,

There are several factors you could consider in the choice; between the most relevant ones:

  • Prestige and exit opportunities
  • Type of projects
  • Type of sectors
  • Culture/people
  • Alumni network
  • Internal support resources

The best way to get insights is to contact current/former consultants who worked for both and ask questions on the previous points to them (there are around 150 LinkedIn profiles that match that filter in Germany). You can then choose based on how much you weigh each point.

I would pay particular attention to exit opportunities since many people work in consulting 2-3 years only before moving to a new company/career.

Hope this helps,
Francesco

Anonymous replied on Apr 26, 2019

As this is a purely personal decision, your priorities are important.

Ignoring your priorities and future plans, any of MBB would be a safe bet.

Cheers

Serhat

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Others have covered the pros and cons here well, but I would further stress that outside of Germany, and definitely outside of Europe, Roland Berger does not really compare to Bain. So if you ever see yourself wanting to transfer to the US, Asia, or other countries in Europe, Bain should be the obvious choice.

An additional consideration is about a potential acquisition - Roland Berger is much more at risk of being absorbed by a Big 4 similarly to Booz. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, such an acquisition generally comes with several potential cons - e.g. brand dilution, much stricter expense budget, much more limited in your ability to invest in stocks and shares, etc.

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Sorry about McK, but congrats on the double offer - this is a pretty successful outcome pretty much anyway you look at it.

As mentioned before, there are no bad choices. "MBBB" does not exist, there is "MBB" and the others. Having said that, RB is indeed extremely well regarded in Germany obviously, and in most of Europe at least. So, again - no bad decisions. All else being equal, remember you have to work with these folks -> who did you like to interact with the most? Those are the people you want to join.


Congrats again!

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Hi,

Agree with Alexander. It depends on where you see yourself in the future. Bain is better if you move to another country.

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