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Internal consulting VS. Tier 2

Internal Consulting tier2
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Anonymous A asked on Mar 25, 2019

Hello, I have offer for both an internal consultancy position at a F500 in Europe and an offer for a tier 2 in the Middle East. Which one would you choose? I am not sure which one would carry the most "prestige" for the future. Thanks!

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Anonymous A replied on Mar 26, 2019

Sorry for not providing more details. The internal consultancy is as follow:

- Management, Ops & Transformation projects for a large Oil&Gas/Energy company

This consultancy offers me a very decent salary package almost on par with MBB package. Hours are very very lenient, but I am just afraid of missing out the training/methodology part I could have at a tier 2. Moreover, maybe better exit opportunity? Even though Middle East may give me more experience in government work and therefore not very sellable afterward.

- Tier 2 (ATK or OW let's say) excellent salary due to ME being tax free and a nice "prestige on the resume". It could also mean I am eligible to apply for McK/BCG in a few years. However, I am not sure it is "worth the burden" of moving to Dubai especially with crazy hours and lots of work in KSA.

I am not quite sure what I want to do next, but definitely interested in a challenging and rewarding first step in my career with lots of learning. I feel like the lifestyle will be much better at the internal consultancy and learning opportunity as good as a tier 2.

Thank you!

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Hi Anonymous,

as Vlad and Guennael mentioned, it is not possible to provide an answer without knowing which are your goals (much like in a case;)). Given some goals, the F500 could be better, for others the Tier 2 would be ideal. In general terms the Tier 2 should be more prestigious, but I would not recommend making a decision based only on the prestige of the company.



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It really depends on your objective (Future career plans, location, etc). How could we help without knowing it?


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What are you looking to do in the future? Tier2 consultant will usually (not always) have better prospects down the line, and this would also typically be considered more prestigious in most places. As usual, devil is in the details, we need more information to really tell.

Anonymous G replied on Jul 30, 2020

My personal vote probably goes to internal consulting unless the tier 2 consultancy offers MBA sponsorship after which transition into MBB is a realistic career path. ME is also not just about government work but yes the lifestyle of an ME office vs Europe will be a lot more demanding

I still vote internal consulting as if you want to transfer to MBB then both routes can get you there and the F500 seems like an easier although a slightly less exciting path to get there

Anonymous replied on Jul 29, 2020

Dear A,

It's difficult to say out of the blue without knowing your intentions. What I can say is that I've been working in cosulting companies in Germany and in the Middle East, so I can compare. You final decision might depend on many-many factors.

I'm happy to share my insights, so feel free to drop me a line.


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