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Offers from BCG and Digital McKinsey: Decision?

Anonymous A asked on Jul 02, 2019 - 4 answers


I was fortunate enough to receive two MBB offers: one from BCG as a consultant, and one from Digital McKinsey as an Associate.

The decision between these two is really difficult for me. I slightly prefer the BCG culture, but joining the Digital community at McKinsey is also really appealing.

Aside from the personal preferences, is there any difference in terms of career perspectives, future salary or Alumni network? Or are there other factors I should take into consideration?




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Hi Robert,

First of all, congratulations! Are you aligned to the digital practice in BCG, or did you receive the offer as a generalist? The answer to your question will be highly dependent on your appetite for digital projects.

As far as I know, both companies provide similar opportunities regarding career perspectives, salary, and alumni, thus this may not be a differentiating factor in your decision.

I would also encourage you to think about the people, interviewers you met at BCG and McKinsey, and assess who you would like to work with more.



Thanks for your answer. At BCG I received the offer as a generalist. — Anonymous on Jul 02, 2019

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Digital is the fastest growing segment in consulting. It means:

  • Dedicated staffing and thus more choice
  • More training
  • Faster career progression
  • Better exit opportunities

So my recommendation is to go for McK Digital. Everything else will become obsolete in 5-10 years.


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Hi Robert,

congratulations on your offer! I would consider the following elements:

  1. Where do you want to be in 5-10 years? Based on that, look for how many alumni are more present in that field. It is not relevant that McKinsey has more Alumni, if they are not related to what you really want to do in your life. If you are keen to digital or you still don't know, everything equal the McKinsey brand is stronger.
  2. If you consider the average consultant/partner you talked to in each company, which one would you rather be? Quoting Jim Rohn, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. And you will spend a lot of time with your colleagues in the next years. Be sure you chose a company where people are close to the person you want to become.
  3. What is your gut feeling telling you? Our gut feeling is able to catch elements we cannot rationalize, most of the time aligned with what we really want. After evaluating all the elements, if you still cannot decide I would recommend taking that in consideration as well for your final decision.



Anonymous B replied on Jul 02, 2019

I say go for the culture, if you are in an entry level position it's about the people you meet and whether you'll find a mentor. All the best, and great work!

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