Top tier consultants - who is strongest in Operations?

Jul 11, 2017 16 Comments

Any insights on how McKinsey BCG and Bain compare on Ops scene (Lean, Procurement, supply chain)?


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  • Google 2fpmob
    Can I be honest? At Goog we generally dislike people from management consulting backgrounds.

    Too hardened by structure, often coming in at a mid level manager role, I've gone on full on intervention with other team leads with certain consult folks. (Like literally sitting in a circle, and every employee under that manager talking about their struggles with him/her)

    So the notion of what consultants think about their operations background, and what is actually applied is sort of divorced from reality.
    Jul 11, 2017 6
    • Google tIcU55
      At Google it's mainly a minority of consultants that give the rest of us a bad rep. But I agree consultants aren't very well regarded relative to eng and product
      Jul 11, 2017
    • Google PGln78
      Can confirm bad on the sales side as well. They come in and don't actually understand how things work. They just talk in quadrants and how their MBA/consulting makes them smarter than hands on knowledge.
      Jul 12, 2017
    • New / Mgmt silverlite
      Insightful! Now that makes sense...Last year I applied to 4 opportunities that perfect fit my profile.. I’ve been a management consultant for over 12 years of global experience. I do partially agree with your point, it seems most consultants in the US rely on their preference of structured thinking (no creativity). However, I’d be willing to quit my current job and work at Google for 3 months (without pay) just to prove a point. Anyone willing to take me up on this?
      Jul 30, 2017
    • McKinsey boomergrad
      ^ @silverlite you've gotta work on the lead-in for that resume drop
      Jul 30, 2017
    • New / Mgmt silverlite
      Ah! Just as I thought, a fellow consultant talking about the structured route. Well, I made an offer that’s poses the highest higher career + financially on me. Happy to go the resume route provided the opportunity manager reviews it without setting a prejudice against consultants and is willing to speak. :) Thanks for your note
      Jul 30, 2017
  • Ally


    I'm going to speculate that it really depends on the consultant you get. I've heard amazing stories about McKinsey guys who were super crazy sharp, and I've heard of managers kicking the McKinsey teams out because of their simplistic non-relevant suggestions.

    In my exposure to consulting, it wasn't the company we cared about (except grandstanding for executives) it was the individuals you went after. We asked for specific consultants because we knew they were worth it.
    Jul 13, 2017 1
    • Google tIcU55
      Yea I agree. Clients don't hire 'firms', they hire partner(s) with whom they have relationships with. Everyone else on the team is just support.
      Jul 13, 2017
  • Google tIcU55
    Ouuuuu consultants are on here. It's been a while since I was a consultant (and didn't like it that much either), but it would be nice to see what the lounge looks like
    Jul 11, 2017 0
  • Microsoft / Eng Newx
    I didn't realize consulting firms were on here. Do you have a separate consulting lounge like we have the tech lounge?
    Jul 11, 2017 0
  • New / Sales emanon
    McKinsey seem to have the best Operational Excellence rep with their 5-Lenses methodology.

    - Speaking as a recruiter who's insurance and banking clients only want to see ex-McKinsey contractors or those with 5-Lenses experience
    Jul 17, 2017 0
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    • BCG QWOj74
      Really? Any proof/details?
      Jul 11, 2017
  • BCG and AT Kearney are pretty solid in operations.
    Feb 25 0
  • Bain & Company zCBU56
    McK historically considered best at ops among big 3 but you can get great work out of Accenture or Deloitte for this too. It’s mostly about fit with the team if you’re looking to hire one of them
    Jul 2, 2018 0
  • FTI Consulting / Other RXArt1st
    I'd be interested in a consulting lounge/topic as well. But to the OP I don't have a good idea of how MBB compares on ops. Our work is usually pretty different.

    FYI since my tag says "new", I'm in FTI's RX practice.
    Jul 13, 2017 0


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