Originally Posted by gomestar
we had this two years ago when we had McKinsey come in for something. My boss ripped some poor Harvard Business School woman a whole new asshole.
McKinsey deliberately won't let their consultants specialize in an industry until they make partner. They want their consultants to have broad experience across industries, the thought process being that it allows them to "think outside the box" and cross-pollinate solutions across industries. Also, that sentence is maybe the most consulting-y thing I have ever written outside of a pitch deck.
Bain and BCG are similar but a bit less strict about it.
It depends on what kind of consulting you do. McKinsey/Bain/BCG pie in the sky kinda stuff, it can work. Down in the mud implementation/risk kind of work, it definitely doesn't. And not all clients like it, even for white space strategy consulting--it's how firms like Deloitte's Strategy group get their in.