here to ask you guys an opinion: I'm 33 and worked for 5-6 years in Unilever (in Marketing) in London, and currently working (since 2 years) at one of FAANG in London, in Sales. I’m your usual middle-manager with an income in the GBP 70-90k range.
I've received an offer to join one of MBB as post-MBA (i.e. pre-manager position), and I'm now wondering 2 things:
1. Is the work-life balance really that hard? I'm used to manage my time rather flexibly and have very good balance - will it be really tough to adapt to such an intense work environment? Friends and ex-colleagues who are in MBB tell me your usual Mon-Thu is 9-22, but can often get nastier. Is it truly intense work or you get downtime? I’m worried I wouldn’t be able to keep it up with the younger folks.
2. Is the experience really going to add anything to my career, if I were to go back to the industry after the MBB experience? If my objective is to break it into a director level position in the next 3-4 years, would 2 years (what I understand to be the average turnoever in consulting) in MBB add anything to my progression or I should stick to the industry and keep building a consistent career? I’m particularly concerned with people management skills, which I have now and wouldn’t have in MBB.
I guess the real question is: is the sacrifice in life worth from an experience point of view, or I actually risk of slowing down or at best have the same progression I would have by sticking to industry?
Thanks for any perspective!!