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Callum asked on Jul 18, 2020

Hi,

If I have 2 years of work experience, what MBB role would I apply to?

For McK it seems I would enter as a Business Analyst (although they do have a Senior Business Analyst role). Correct me if I'm wrong.

How do Bain and BCG differentiate between the amount of work experience for Associate Consultant and Senior Associate Consultant and Associate and Senior Associate roles respectively?

I'm London based if that changes anything.

Thanks

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Robert
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replied on Jul 19, 2020
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Hi Callum,

Honestly I think you don't have a choice - for McKinsey it will be Business Analyst.

The amount of work won't change between roles. It will be tough in all of them .. and amount of work varies much more dependent on project and project manager, than based on the role.

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind to give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!

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Hi Callum,

With 2 years of experience you can apply for the following positions:

  • McKinsey: Business Analyst
  • BCG: Associate
  • Bain: Associate Consultant

In terms of when you can apply for Senior Analyst/Associate positions: in general, you need more years of experience (3+) or advanced degrees. There are differences between countries, even for the same company.

At BCG in Italy for example fresh PhDs normally join as Senior Associates, while in other counties they join at a higher position (eg Junior Consultant).

Hope this helps,

Francesco

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Ian
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Hi Callum,

At all three of the MBB you would certainly come in at the lowest level (e.g. BA at McKinsey, Assocuate Consultant at BCG).

Their differentiation between this lowest level and the next is not all that different, nor does it really change across offices.

If you're looking to move a rung up, you need at least 4 years experience (and/or an MBA), and you need to show real professional growth (e.g. promotions, leadership responsibilities, etc. etc.).

Hope this helps!

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Udayan
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For McKinsey the typical view is that you can apply for a BA role up to 4 years after graduating. In your case the BA role seems like it would be the best fit, assuming you went to a target school and have relevant work experience.

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Callum on Jul 18, 2020

Perfect! Thanks very much. Do you know how it would work for Bain and BCG? Is that the same for all McK offices?

Clara
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replied on Jul 20, 2020
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Hello!

It depends on where your experience is:

  • Firm
  • Relevance of the job and scope
  • Relevance for MBB

In any case, it will always be entry level, just a bit more senior (e.g., Senior BA in McK vs. BA). For MBB:

  • McK: Business Analyst (or senior)
  • BCG: Associate
  • Bain: Associate Consultant

Hope it helps!

Best,

Clara

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