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I have been working at Booz & Company full-time (More than 3 years)
Namebrand management consulting firms are one of the top reasons to go to business school. You immediately start making good money (even more if you intern and accept a tuition reimbursement), and reset your resume to a higher standard. You can get a lot of experience in a short period of time, and certainly many desirable business and management careers list experience in investment banking or strategy consulting as one of the primary criteria.
Top consulting firms often attract the gunners you didn't enjoy sitting next to in business school. Often times the least liked managers (i.e., the worst to work for) were exactly the ones who were promoted up the chain. Poor leadership and middle management made an already challenging work-life environment that much worse. Good talent was often disgruntled, and everyone was searching for the next job on the side. Unfortunately, the promise of " you can do anything from consulting" is not entirely accurate, and the firm's ability and willingness to help place staff on their way out is nearly non-existent.
Advice to Management
People skills are pretty important. Partners were often famously disconnected from the rest of the troops. If a Principal or SA has trouble staffing projects, there's probably a good reason why. Don't just reward outcomes and pay lip service to work-life balance, you have to demonstrate a commitment to running a sustainable practice that doesn't chase away the most socialable staff who could probably be a great asset in the long run.