Thank you for the wonderful discussion about management consulting in Turkey.
If you recall, I am very likely to interview with BCG Istanbul & McKinsey Boston. I worked for another major consulting firm in Dubai prior to pursuing my MBA. While I like my current firm and it is highly regarded, I am keen to go back to Turkey and join a larger firm.
It would be great if you could offer me any advice in making this decision.
Melike*” Read more
…BCG, Bain, Booz and Roland Berger in the middle of the worst recession in recent memory and takes on an investment banking role at Goldman Sachs!
In her words:
“I thought the consulting firms were just so arrogant. I mean these guys came to my school cocktail events and did not even want to be there. They had these fake smiles and gave fake answers. And they were just so rude and misleading. I don’t have a green card. So don’t lead me on with interviews and then ding me in the final round. Just be honest up front.
I just could not do it anymore. The interviews were usually [with] weak first-year associates who were in my position just 9 months ago! And they did not even know there cases well. I worked in management consulting as an analyst. I know the game and what is the lifestyle. I did not need these boring and lame stories to mislead foreign students and bolster turnout. I actually believed Accenture and turned down a Morgan Stanley cocktail event to attend the Accenture event. That was the worst decision I ever made. I checked with 4 Accenture recruiting managers if my lack of a green card would be a problem and everyone said it would be fine.
Then, after a final round where I was told I “I was a superstar,” they declined me since I was not a US citizen. That was the last straw for me. I was so disgusted, I withdrew from my other interviews and just went with the bankers.
I went to business school adamant I would enter management consulting. I was shocked by the poor value system in the US.
I even heard one interviewer say, “Goddamit, that girl is hot,” and he was not even out of sight, and I could hear him. I sometimes clearly felt people read my resume and just invited me to look at me. It was demeaning. One interviewer told me he liked my accent and then wanted to discuss my prior career. I walked down a ramp. That was it. There was not much to discuss.
When it comes to arrogance, consultants are worse than bankers!”