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How common it is for an MBB to recruit an undergraduate?

Anonymous A asked on May 05, 2019 - 5 answers
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replied on May 06, 2019
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Very common - especially for Bain, who tend to be more "bottom-heavy" compared to McKinsey and BCG in most markets.

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Hi,

MBBs hire undergraduates for their Business Analyst position. I believe this is possibly the best job out of college and the best role in these companies:

+ #BAs hired is always less than #Associates hired. If you're doing a good job, chances of promotion to an Associate are very strong (even without an MBA). This will give you a significant leg up

+ If you want to get an MBA and return, these companies will be happy to sponsor you

+ If you want to try out another job for 1-2 years after being a BA, you have the flexibility to do so and return

These are just the incremental benefits of such a role. There are other general benefits like great exit opportunity, etc which apply to everyone

Hope this helps!

Nirmit

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Hi Anonymous,

usually undergrads are the typical targets for analyst positions in MBB. However in some countries you will need a Master to be considered even for analysts position (eg Italy) due to the structure of the education system present.

Hope this helps,

Francesco

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Hi,

That's pretty common. That's how MBB get interns and analysts. That's how they get the people for the bottom of the pyramid. Thus as you can imagine Undergrads is a huge cohort globally. However local offices can differ.

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When looking at a consulting org chart, you see few senior partners, more partners, more Principals/AP, more EM/PL still, and tons of consultants and associates. For this pyramid to work, you necessarily need a ton of people at the bottom - especially since half of them won't last two years.