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Anonymous A

Hi guys,

The post i saw on here few days ago on referral has intrugued me. How much bonus do consultant get for succesful referral in MBB?


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replied on 02/01/2018


There is definitely no single answer for that question! It changes not only between consulting firms, but even more between different offices/locations.

E.g., for most of Southern European offices there's no bonus at all (demand for consulting is already so big and most of the candidates are anyway under the target lists [business, economics and engineer students], firms have zero incentive to pay any bonus for such referrals)



replied on 02/01/2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years at BCG

I second the caveat that Bruno mentioned around amounts varying across firms and across countries regions. However I never came across an office or a company that doesn't pay referral bonus for consulting staff positions (my direct and indirect experience being across all three MBB, and having worked with people from offices in 7 countries in Europe + US).

Usually for entry level positions bonuses are less than/around a thousand Euros/Dollars, for more senior position they can go up to mid single digits.

As mentioned, if the name of candidate is already part of "funnel" (e.g. target school, met at an event, etc), bonus is not disbursed.

Hope it satisfy your curiosity!



Francesco replied on 02/02/2018
Ex BCG | MBB Specialist | #1 Expert for coaching sessions (1400+) with 100% recommendation rate

Hi Anonymous,

as for my experience with MBB in Italy, the bonus starts from €1k pre tax for entry levels; it may change though according the office location. As mentioned by Andrea, the compensation increases if the referral is for more senior positions. You can get the bonus only if the candidate has not applied yet, thus if the company does not have his/her CV in its database.