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Below is an extract of the chat I had with a chinese student who is a lawyer from a top US school. "IMD is a sinking ship. Their leadershit concepts are obsolete and companies don't recognise any of the fishshit or putting the fish on the table. But hang on ! what does IMD know about the real world ! Nothing at all !IMD has become a shutter island. They provoke conflicts, mentally rape and morally impair sane students so much so that eventually they get addicted to shrinks. Control freak program director imprisoned students over the last few years in the study rooms as a result of which it got converted into a wine cellar and whore house. The rooms reek of alcohol and my friend has also shared pictures which show condoms strewn over the floor everywhere. Their career services director disappeared last year under the pretext of sick leave when the recruitment season was its peak and the management had no clue about her whereabouts or wellbeing. Maybe they never cared .The program director issued an apology to cover up the pathetic state of career affairs. The career services staff have no understanding whatso ever of what are the real world talent requirements. Nor do they take the effort or interest to find out and feed it back to the program for improvement. All that they do is sit and make phone calls to the common companies which recruit on every B school campus in hordes like Mckinsey, Google, Amazon . So what do they really deliver to a small lot of 90 students in terms of differentiation or customisation. Bullocks !! Their career service don't even know that recruitment requirements are different across different cultures. They talk about being an International B school. What is alarming that their career services team even has no idea about the difference between various industries and functions in any organisation. How can they guide the students ? This guy consulted a private executive coach and was shocked to hear that all the coaching he had received on his CV and motivation letter at IMD were redundant in the real world. Even Swiss and European companies have little faith in IMD. IMD has recruited several students with GMAT scores less than 600 who come from family business or china and the latter cannot even speak English. Some students were compulsive alcoholics like a black guy from Dubai and even bribed the program director with alcohol. Their much hyped reference checks are baseless. It would serve them better if they stop their excessive marketing to gullible students and rather do some ethical marketing with companies to increase their credibility and visibility and above all develop a program which meets the real world requirement."
Lots of strong rhetoric in that last post, if I can provide a bit more of a balanced perspective about IMD: I spoke with an alum last year who graduated a few years ago, he was out of a job and commented that he's no longer surprised when recruiters say that they have never heard of IMD. That fact alone should make the decision easy.
It's one thing when the layman on the street hasn't heard of your school, you don't care about that person; you care about recruiters and employers. He also said he had gone to an IMD alumni event and it was all EMBA & others who had done short-term executive programs at the school, not full-time mbas. Makes sense, they only have 90 every year.
I actually was enamored by the school, great location and tight-knit community, but some of the above post confirms a few of my suspicions. There are several 48hr projects where students are encouraged to stay awake the entire 48hrs and completely burnout, it's seemingly an attempt to make people have some type of dream-like euphoric/nirvana experience after they are totally drained emotionally.
I interacted with a number of students and they seemed genuinely fond of IMD, though they also said they can't wait to have their Saturdays back and that it's too short to really appreciate the time since there's few breaks for reflection. For such an expensive, intense program you would think that you shouldn't have to hope the recruiter you're talking to has heard of the school. My 2 cents.