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New post 19 Dec 2019, 22:38
Hi Everyone,

Finally after a year of working to get into schools I have 2 offers from Universities and I have no idea which one to choose ! It would be great if you guys could help me out in what you think you would do?

My post-mba career goal is to pursue technology management like product management.

On the one-side there is Columbia which is M7 and on the other Ross which is a great school since the past couple of years. Given that Ross might (waiting for official confirmation in January) go STEM and I would be an International student from India, that would be a big boost.

I assume the same companies come to both schools more or less. But anyone knows if they hire for the same positions or do some schools get better job positions available for recruiting? Would there be any difference in tech recruiting ?

Any suggestions/opinions would be of immense help :) !

souvik101990 bb Would be great to get some insights from the two of you given I have read so so so many posts from the both of you ! It has been so helpful throughout this journey!

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New post 19 Dec 2019, 22:56
Not bad for a confused admit ;-)
Congratulations!!!

Columbia is great and getting an admit there is awesome but Ross + STEM > CBS.

Ross would have a side benefit of being cheaper too in terms of cost of living.

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Not bad for a confused mba admit ;-)
Congratulations!!!

Columbia is great and getting an admit there is awesome but Ross + STEM > CBS.

Ross would have a side benefit of being cheaper too in terms of cost of living.

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Not assosciated with the link :lol: :lol: ! I know this is a lot to ask but would you have any idea on the difference in tech recruiting? I am leaning towards Ross also if they get STEM.
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New post 20 Dec 2019, 10:20
Hey hey!

First off, BIG congratulations on getting two offers from great schools. Before I give out my feedback or answers to your questions, let me ask you this. Will you be looking at big tech (think Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Google etc.) or smaller tech companies too (Spotify, Uber, Lyft, Airbnb)? Let me know because that matters a lot!

Also, Ross will have STEM for you for sure but Columbia might be getting it too. All schools are getting it to attract international students so just check in with them if it is in the pipeline and that would also make your decision a bit more difficult but more information is always good!
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I’ll go with Ross on this one. Ross is solid for technology, Columbia isn’t as strong as Ross for tech.

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Hey!! So I was looking at big tech because in case the visa stuff doesn't work out I assume they would be more open to relocating me. Correct me if I'm wrong !? Also johnjohnj, I was wondering if that is the case because not so many people at Columbia would be interested in tech ? But yeah I would love your opinion on tech recruiting Souvik given your background :)

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Hey!! So I was looking at big tech because in case the visa stuff doesn't work out I assume they would be more open to relocating me. Correct me if I'm wrong !? Also johnjohnj, I was wondering if that is the case because not so many people at Columbia would be interested in tech ? But yeah I would love your opinion on tech recruiting Souvik given your background :)

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Ross sends around 20% of its class to tech while Columbia sends about 15%. This is from their employment reports.

HOWEVER, employment reports are deceptive.

Tech recruiting is incredibly nuanced. You can get into a strategy role or a finance analyst role or a marketing role or a whatever you can think of role in Tech and it would still be considered Tech!

The reason why Ross's numbers are so much bigger is because of Amazon and Microsoft and they hire for all possible roles (PM, PMM, Finance, Ops, HR). I think Ross does extremely well with tech, but when I spent my summer at Apple, the number of folks in Columbia were much higher and Ross is not a target school for many niche-er tech companies.

If you want to recruit for Google, Facebook (does not sponsor international students), and other sexy but smaller tech companies (Lyft, Uber, Airbnb etc.), Columbia might be a tad better.

However if you are focused on Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Apple (Apple just interviewed a BUNCH of MBA1s this year - I'd like to believe I had something to do with it :P), Ross is unbeatable and will perform better than Columbia.
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Thanks a lot for the detailed response on the tech recruiting. My aim is definitely product management and not other related tech jobs. I am looking at the latter ones you mentioned and I think that's a perfect insight into what I needed to know. Given Amazon, Microsoft and Google would be top of my list :D !

Irrespective of what happens I would love to be able to connect with you guys later when I am state qside :)

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Columbia has started the transition to STEM and we received an email from the Dean mentioning it will likely be effective for all students graduating from 2021. Ross is a great school, but I see Columbia’s brand as much more solid and enduring, especially given the new campus opening soon. I didn’t recruit for Tech, but students I knew who were interested in the sector invariably got pretty great roles (Amazon, Google, Apple etc) last summer. If I were you I would go to both Admit weekends, talk to current students in your industry etc.

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New post 22 Dec 2019, 10:22
Hey Thanks for the insight. That sounds great and just made my decision tougher :D ! I'll try talking to some people recruiting for tech and see :)!

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