Comparing Large vs. Small (“Boutique”) Consulting Firms

  • Benefits of working at a larger consulting firm: more glamorous lifestyle, more exposure to different types of work, better overall prestige and brand recognition, more ownership over your work, better pay
  • Benefits of working at a boutique (i.e., smaller) consulting firm: usually better work / life balance (although not always by a lot), getting to better know the people, playing a role in building the firm culture, specializing in a particular industry or type of work
  • Toss-ups / things that are highly dependent on your firm and experience: mentorship / training and the type of people you’re around
In December 2018, I moved to Boston to pursue my dream job at the time. I had only visited Boston once before for a couple of days, and I only knew a couple of people who lived there. While I don’t live there anymore, I’m so grateful for my time in this beautiful city and all the friendships I made and have maintained since living there. This was the view from the roof of my apartment building.

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