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Big 4 Consulting vs. Other Top Consulting Firms

goose7856goose7856 Posts: 529Registered User Member
How does the Big Four consulting reputation compare to other top consulting firms? I know they sold off their practice post-SOX, except for Deloitte, but how do KPMG, EY, and PWC now fit within the marketplace?

I don't expect them to be on the level on a McK, Bain, or BCG...probably not even Deloitte Consulting since it was never sold off while the other three did, but maybe in the same discussion as Capgemini, Accenture, etc?

Just an inquisitive question. I wasn't able to land a Bain/BCG offer, but I will be doing consulting in the Big 4 so I wanted to see others opinions.

Thanks!
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Replies to: Big 4 Consulting vs. Other Top Consulting Firms

  • IvyPBearIvyPBear Posts: 917Registered User Member
    They do very different work. For instance, unlike Oliver Wyman, Analysis, etc., the work you would do at the Big 4 would be different from that done by MBB.
  • goose7856goose7856 Posts: 529Registered User Member
    I can understand this as the focuses will be different but I guess all I am asking is how they are viewed by potential future employers.
  • IvyPBearIvyPBear Posts: 917Registered User Member
    Let's just say it's not going to significantly affect your chances in the future. Consultants often aim to switch to PE and hedge funds, and ones at MBB do more work in those areas when they are consulting. It's like the difference between two applicants who studied economics at Harvard and studied engineering at MIT applying to a S&T position; it comes down to the person.
  • goose7856goose7856 Posts: 529Registered User Member
    Great answer. Thank you; I like the metaphor.
  • tenebrousfiretenebrousfire Posts: 2,531Registered User Senior Member
    just so you know, there are specialized groups within big 4 consulting that do more strategy-focused work akin to that done by mbb - i happen to like the strategy work i do for my big 4 firm more than what my roomie does for oliver wyman

    but if you thrive and excel wherever you go, then you'll be fine
  • ChicagoBears1ChicagoBears1 Posts: 598Registered User Member
    In terms of getting into a M7, would working in big 4 consulting rather than mbb significantly reduce your chances?
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