Is it worth it to start a consulting career in a boutique as opposed to an established brand name if end goal is an MBA?

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Francesco
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Hi Hrag,

an established consulting brand makes definitely easier to join a top MBA; moreover, in many countries, MBB and other top brands can sponsor MBAs to top performers, while boutique consulting companies normally don’t do so. Having said that, it is possible to join a top MBA even coming from a boutique. The likelihood of such transition depends on the brand of the boutique – you should be able to get an idea looking at the alumni of the company on LinkedIn and considering how many proceed their career with an MBA.

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replied on Mar 21, 2019
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It is always better to start at a brand name.

From brand name it is quite typical to go to boutique. Vice-virsa is trickier

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Hi,

MBAs are looking for brands. So by any comparison, an established brand will be better

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