Bcg vs Startup?

Applied Material fuball
May 14, 2018 19 Comments

Offer from bcg as consultant level ($210k base + 50% bonus target).. but have offer from a good startup with TC = 320k (195k base). 7yrs with phd exp. bcg is midwest office .. startup is here in the bay where i already reside.. which one should I go for, keeping long term career in mind.. with bcg.. i could come back as PM in a big co. or Vc maybe.. (I think).. with engg, I could keep moving up and grow as engr.. but not sure where either of these take me long term (say age 45 plus)...

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  • Depends on the startup. If it is not a unicorn/famous brand then I would probably go to BCG for better exit opps.
    May 14, 2018 5
    • Applied Material fuball
      OP
      What kind of exit opps wud there be given I want to come back to tech .. lets say in Vc role or director? Also.. what level would I need to be in Bcg before fangs or vcs consider me for senior (director and higher) positions? The startup (well not startup.. since close to ipo) is one of the big unicorns..
      May 14, 2018
    • Google King Kai
      At Google consultants get downleveled so most principals come in as manager / head of and partners come in as Directors. VC is very relationship based and is really hard to say
      May 14, 2018
    • Applied Material fuball
      OP
      Got it! Thanks
      May 14, 2018
    • It really depends on how you sell yourself especially for senior positions.
      May 14, 2018
  • Dropbox / Other Exmckinsey
    Also - exiting to Pm from BCG is very hard. Most go to be Dirextors of strategy at HP, Cisco, etc
    May 14, 2018 0
  • Daimler luKq48
    Obvious choice - top startup (and much better TC/WLB at that!). Ex-consultants are not really valued especially in technical positions/FAANG. Know this from close sources
    May 14, 2018 1
    • Daimler luKq48
      Also suggest you to watch Steve Jobs speech in MIT on Manufacturing vs Consulting
      May 14, 2018
  • Dropbox / Other Exmckinsey
    Moving into VC or FANG Director role from McKinsey or BCG is unheard of unless you are at Partner level
    May 14, 2018 3
    • But you can move into non-FANG director role and then switch to FANG after couple years of director experience
      May 14, 2018
    • Daimler luKq48
      Assuming your skills are valued.. but we all know most consultants are monkeys
      May 14, 2018
  • Applied Material fuball
    OP
    Hmm.. they said they are hiring me as consultant since i don’t have prior consulting exp.. they did mention i’m being offered high up on the band and could move to next level (project leader) in 6 months after the first one or two assignments given my exp.. btw, which one would you suggest for long term career growth... both comp and level wise..? Also why / which level did you move dropbox to and when you moved from mck, did you move as Director?
    May 14, 2018 1
    • Dropbox / Other Exmckinsey
      This offer is not consultant - it’s a Principal offer.
      May 14, 2018 0
    • Dropbox / Other Exmckinsey
      Get ready for a 50 percent pay cut
      May 15, 2018 0
    • Amazon / Eng bgyy43
      Unrelated: is bcg in Seattle? If so can someone refer? Engineering manager at Amazon looking to change gears and try consulting.
      May 15, 2018 0
    • Dropbox / Other Exmckinsey
      Also completely different skill set required to succeed.
      May 14, 2018 0

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