What does it take to get into HBS or Wharton?

Bloomberg DINE<GO>
Aug 10 30 Comments

What does it take to get into Harvard Business School and/or Wharton? A stellar GMAT score is assumed and can be done with enough time and money.

What else is required?

The end goal is to land a job at a bulge bracket and pivot to a hedge fund after a few years or ideally drop straight into a hedge fund associate but that is highly unlikely. I want $$$,$$$,$$$.

Current TC $220k+, 5 YoE, Senior SWE/Team Lead, Ex FAANG

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TOP 30 Comments
  • Google dynjffyh
    You are much more likely to make more money just by jumping and negotiating
    Aug 10 8
  • Facebook qwertyuip
    With that TC and YoE it's unlikely you will get an admit.
    Aug 10 5
    • Bloomberg DINE<GO>
      OP
      It's too low and I'm too old right? What are the right numbers (just for reference)?
      Aug 10
    • Facebook qwertyuip
      I was actually being sarcastic. Wish you good luck.
      Aug 10
    • Bloomberg DINE<GO>
      OP
      Please append /s for sarcasm in text
      Aug 10
    • New / Strategy
      Porsche996

      New Strategy

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      BS MechE, MS ISyE
      Porsche996more
      If you're SWE your chances are pretty slim. Most folks talk to real people.
      Aug 10
    • Your TC is already higher than most coming out of an MBA, so you might look bad on salary increase stats. Only way you get a paybump out of this is you actually get into IB (which isn't guaranteed) and you work ostensibly longer hours. Your ceiling *might* grow, but also debatable.
      Aug 10
  • Oracle / R&D TLead
    Do you think the operational cost of $700k is worth it? That considering you don’t get any hikes through promotions or jumping ships.

    If your purpose is solely to get into hedge funds and investment management or banking and other fields then you can aim for it. If it’s just money then it may not be worth the shot. Coming from one of those top schools I can safely say that the pressure to perform well will be high. But I’d encourage you to go for it. It’s primarily going to help for networking purposes.
    Aug 10 13
    • Bloomberg DINE<GO>
      OP
      I have acquaintances that are low level active and passive PM. The passive have relatively stable, well paying jobs. The active ones make MM and hoard the cash. They are one bad call from a career ending mistake.

      You don't hear much about the failures because they are purged from the industry never to be heard from.
      Aug 10
    • Bloomberg DINE<GO>
      OP
      Passive PM work can be automated to a high degree too.
      Aug 10
    • Bloomberg DINE<GO>
      OP
      There are also funds that exist for the sole purpose of generating management fees by having stupid nouveau rich clients.
      Aug 10
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Okay, cool I didn't think portfolio managers are called PMs.
      Aug 10
    • Oracle / R&D TLead
      Lol they are the actual PMs. Tech industries adopted to it and made it Product Managers. In any case, like OP said, one small mistake and you are done with your career if you are an active PM. But hey, on a bright side, one correct decision and you may make a million at big firms.
      Aug 10
  • Two Sigma / Eng mgre
    A job doing what?

    You could triple your comp as a SWE at the equivalent of FANG L6.
    Aug 10 0