Consulting vs Tech role in FAANG

Avant JWJg26
Nov 23, 2019 23 Comments

Looking for suggestions/opinions:

I currently work as a Data Engineer(DE) at a Fintech startup and my long term goal is to become a CDO. Keeping that in mind, would it make more sense to go into Tech consulting to get breadth of experience by moving to tech consulting or move to a FANG company to get more experience of workong with data at scale ?

I have multiple offers in top consulting firms(BCG,Deloitte) as a senior consutant to work with FANG clients and a final interview at FB and Amazon as a DE. I am not necessarily looking for money atm more interested in building a career in Data.

2yoe
current TC: 100k
Consulting TC: 180K

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TOP 23 Comments
  • Amazon jassyandy
    Get into FAANG or product companies , better than consulting always
    Nov 23, 2019 0
  • Amazon klipa
    There is no conceivable benefit to working at a consulting firm for DE roles compared to FAANG.
    Tech opportunity -100% better at FAANG
    Ability to lead presentations/meetings -Probably even but the good thing about FAANG is you want to take up such a role you have so many teams to choose from
    Pay-probably even at the start but given benefits ,free food ,Hours worked etc you will likely far better off at FAANG.As you go on I’m assuming you will make way more at FAANG even if the stock doesn’t do too well
    Nov 23, 2019 0
  • Facebook De ek
    Normally I would not recommend people to join consulting over tech. But if your ultimate goal is to be C-suite, hard to ignore an industry pretty much tailor made for that.

    My suggestion - do both. Order should not matter much.
    Nov 23, 2019 4
    • Deloitte Ooah
      The Strategy and Analytics group at Deloitte doesn’t do what you would think of as true “data” or “data scientist” work. They do more reporting. They do not deal with regression models, or any statistics type work. They just help client get their data and transform it into a usable report. I would go with BCG or FAANG. Source - I work at Deloitte, worked with the Strategy and Analytics group and I have friends that got sold on working on “data” there that didn’t actually materialize.
      Nov 24, 2019
    • Deloitte / Data Ceeker
      This is not all the way true
      I work in what used to be Insight Studio and we do data science level work , especially when you get into developing for SEMOSS or RegExplorer

      You can do real DS work here
      Nov 24, 2019
  • Data Eng consultants do the tedious/boring work that FANG companies don’t want to pay their employees to do. Go FTE at FANG, you’ll get to dig deeper on solving complex problems over just scratching the surface level as a consultant
    Nov 24, 2019 1
    • Avant JWJg26
      OP
      Thank you very much, This is actually really helpful and in-line with what other consultants said as well.
      Nov 24, 2019
  • Amazon klipa
    OP which city is this role in?
    Nov 24, 2019 4
    • Avant JWJg26
      OP
      Yeah I read somewhere in Blind that FB DE is not at the same level as Amazon’s DE is that true? Do you have any insights into this ?
      Nov 24, 2019
    • Amazon klipa
      Nah its about the same. FAANG DEs are optimized for leading analytics teams rather than becoming strong ICs.
      This is true across amazon,google and Facebook.Pretty sure Netflix and apple is the same as well.
      Nov 24, 2019
  • Microsoft / Product
    Brazuka

    Microsoft Product

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    Bain & Company
    Brazukamore
    Probably good to have BCG (delloite is not very prestigious) under your belt for the long run. It will be arduous years though
    Nov 23, 2019 2
    • Avant JWJg26
      OP
      I thought in the analytics consulting, Deloitte has a better name than BCG/McKinsey. Is that true? But In general I agree MBBs have a better name than Deloitte.
      Nov 24, 2019
    • Deloitte / Data Ceeker
      Deloitte has a better name than BCG and MBB in Analytics but overall is what matters
      Nov 24, 2019
  • Deloitte / Consultant zyxwvuq
    Hey OP, I joined Deloitte with similar goal in mind. If they said you would only work with FANG client, it's a lie. One more thing, the advantage of joining Deloitte would be flexibility to work on a variety of projects from tech strategy to implementation.
    Also, I have worked on some very complicated use cases though not really comparable to what you would work at a product based but still not just reporting.
    Nov 24, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Product Simbazo
    Senior management consultant or tech consultant?
    Nov 23, 2019 1
    • Avant JWJg26
      OP
      It’s a Senior Tech Consultant. I thought you needed an MBA for management consultant
      Nov 24, 2019
  • Nuance / Data heeloo
    Do you have total of ~2 yoe, I guess Deloitte doesn’t offer SC role to folks having <4 yoe
    Nov 23, 2019 1
    • Avant JWJg26
      OP
      I have 4yoe total and a masters degree. They still low balled me for a consultant role but I was able to negotiate for a senior position.
      Nov 24, 2019
  • Google SwDK27
    Management consulting is one thing (particularly at MBB), but to me FTE at FAANG is clearly preferable to tech consulting.
    Nov 24, 2019 0

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