I received offers from all MBB for undergraduate level, but at this moment I am between Bain and Mckinsey.
Both are very good companies, very similar in some aspects and different in cultural aspects.
The biggest problem here is that the people from each company only told me the good side from each company, and I feel like I don't really know the bad side to work in each company.
I would like to share the information that I already know about the companies, so you can clarify to me if these things are real, and if I am missing some important point for the choice.
For Mckinsey I really like the fact that they really care about diversity. Another relevant point is that Mckinsey was my biggest dream since I decided to make a career as a consultant.
But for the other side I read on Mckinsey's glassdoor (for my office) that Mckinsey is hierarchical, and people sometimes think that they are the center of everything. (Is it true? Is there someone that can answer that?).
Another point is that Mckinsey's consultants tried to convince me to choose Mckinsey "selling" the status of working for the biggest consulting company , and how this prestige makes people respect you. I confess that at the moment that he said it to me, I felt like: "wow it would be amazing, people will admire me", but thinking rationally, I don't know if it is really right to choose some company based on status. (Is it really relevant? Is there something that I am missing?).
Mckinsey's consultants told me that at Mckinsey you don't have to prepare PowerPoint presentations, is it relevant for the day to day?
For Bain, I had the opportunity to see how collaborative they are. A lot of consultants (that I didn't know) offered me to train cases on their weekend (for free). It happened before the first round, so they didn't even know if I was a potential candidate or not, so I found it very genuine. More than that, Bain is one of the Best Place to Work according to Glassdoor. At Bain, they have a lot of parties and global events that really sound fun. And the people at Bain are more "cool" and say jokes all the time.
But, for the other side, I feel that Bain does not have many investments and initiatives for diversity, and they don't promote it as much as Mckinsey. Honestly I don't think that they promote it in the way that I expect. (Is that a fact, or only my perception?). If I work for Bain, would I have space to promote some initiatives that can change it? How are they opened for that? More than that, I feel that Bain invests less on Digital (less than Mckinsey), and I feel like: "Is it right? The digital capability will move the world in the next future, so what if Bain stops growing? Will I lose my job?" (P.S: I am not an expert, but these are the things that are in my head). So is it something that I would worry about?
Another thing is that I feel like Bain is not going economically well during the coronavirus crisis, of course it is not an official information, is only my perception. On the other hand my perception is that Mckinsey went good during the coronavirus crisis, so it makes me feel like Mckinsey is a "safer" choice.
So, should I care about losing my job at Bain (or Mckinsey) in a crisis, or they only fire based on performance?
For the end of this big text (sorry for that), I think that one information that I am missing for my decision is how people treat each other at the stress moment. I would prefer to work in a place where people treat each other well, care about their feelings before saying something, and don't blame others when something goes wrong.
Is there someone that works/worked from Mckinsey or from Bain to share how was the experience (please include the bad side, if possible). It would be great to have the experience from someone who works/worked for both companies.
I know that some of you will say: "It depends on you office", but I really want to have an global perspective, because they (consulting) always say that they try to make their culture as a global culture, and I really don't have anyone to help me from the offices that I received the offers, so I think that it is better to have an global perspective than do not have any.
Thank you if you read this big text!