I have worked 1 year post MBA outside of consulting. I am currently pursuing a career transition to consulting, but would also be open to different industries. I would like to seek advice on a few questions about sign on bonus:
(1) For consulting firms, if I join as an experienced hire instead of recruited on campus, will I receive a sign-on bonus? Do all consulting firms, including boutique firms, provide a sign-on bonus?
(2) For other industries outside consulting, is it also common to have a sign-on bonus in larger firms? Recently I got an offer (a US FT500 company based in Asia) but the HR was quite shocked when she realized I have received a sign on bonus from my current firm. She said this "sign on bonus" seems to be specifically for MBA graduate programs, and the company would not give a sign on bonus. Is this situation common and reasonable?
Thank you for your thoughts.