Do MBB Data Science Consultants have good exit opportunities?

Pacific Northwest National Lab kntbu
Aug 30, 2018 12 Comments

Since we have a mix of tech people and MBA people, would be great to see the feedback on what you guys think of MBB data scientist consultants and whether exit opportunities are good.

I'm referring to the DS positions I see from BCG Gamma, QuantumBlack (acquired by McK), etc.

Of course I don't expect their exit options to be as good as strategy/general consultants, but where do ex-MBB DS go? Do they go on to be technical managers at FANG?

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  • Amazon Dr. Savage
    My personal bias is that if they were good, they’d already be at FANG as data scientists. But let’s hear from the audience.
    Aug 30, 2018 2
    • Five9 dIr18
      Last I looked, FAANG specifically lists preference for MBB or Big 4 experience for roles like that.

      There’s a higher barrier of entry for MBB/Big 4 for roles like that. Whereas data scientists at FAANG need to be upper echelon, they support a product offering. MBB/Big 4 are different in that they ARE the product. It requires a whole additional skill set on top of their technical abilities.
      Aug 30, 2018
    • Amazon Dr. Savage
      Interesting. Do you know what the entry level TC these consulting roles entail?

      It sounds like they’re more like our equivalents to data consultants. Are the data scientists building machine learning systems for these other companies or advanced analytics?
      Aug 30, 2018
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab kntbu
    OP
    Looks like MBB goes to PM at FAANG. Is PM a technical manager?
    Aug 30, 2018 1
    • Amazon Dr. Savage
      Nah but it’s probably the best non-technical job other than products marketing manager or strategy manager. But typically these MBB guys had an engineering undergrad.
      Aug 30, 2018
  • New / Consultant bubbagump
    JUST SEARCH LINKEDIN WITH TITLE DATA SCIENTIST AND PAST COMPANIES MBB. LOTS OF GREAT EXITS
    Sep 9, 2018 0
  • New / Eng poRd04
    If someone is already a data scientist at FAANG/Microsoft with relevant PhD experience in ML and wants to eventually switch from IC to tech management and executive roles, do you think Joining MBB helps to accelerate that? Switching to management from IC and climbing coorporate ladder is a veryyy lengthy process.
    Aug 30, 2018 3
    • BCG mvp2018
      Yes it will if you join MBB at a senior level then go back to FANG as a manager
      Aug 30, 2018
    • New / Eng poRd04
      Thanks BCG, what type of senior level position? joining as a general consultant or expert consultant or senior level data scientist?
      Aug 30, 2018
    • BCG mvp2018
      Depends on your current level. The career progression is way faster at MBB so you can go from senior DS to Project Leader in two years and make principal ( one level below partner) in 4 years
      Aug 30, 2018
  • BCG mvp2018
    It is actually pretty good, some exited to director levels at non FANG. Depends on how you sell yourself
    Aug 30, 2018 1
    • BCG mvp2018
      FANG might be more difficult but it is possible if you have a relevant PhD and research experience
      Aug 30, 2018

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