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     By ucla17 0 0
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

UCLA Anderson has a unique culture. On one hand, it has that very laid-back California vibe. The students wear tank tops and go to the beach frequently. On the other hand, it is a somewhat academically competitive culture-not in the sense that students are competing against one another, but in the sense that the administration really pushes grades and academics. Anderson does not have a grade nondisclosure policy and seems very opposed to one, for example. When you get past the heavier than average focus on academics, you find that students are incredibly friendly and collaborative. Anderson assigns many group projects (completed by learning teams of 5-6 students) and there are multiple case competitions a month in which students can form teams. The professors have a knack for memorizing students' backgrounds and calling on them to provide insights and opinions during class. This truly helps us to learn from each other. One of Anderson's most used mantras is "Share Success." These two words are the ubiquitous fabric of the student culture.

Like many business schools, Anderson is not representative of the larger population in terms of gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. The school is very open and vocal about their efforts to improve the situation by balancing the genders and focusing more on the experience for students with diverse identities. At times, the "Anderbros" can say some really stupid things, but the student body holds each other accountable and the discourse about diversity in business and at school is very healthy and above average. In fact, this year the school started a new annual Embracing Diversity conference.

If you want a school that provides exceptional career services, you can't do better than Anderson. Our career services are consistently rated as the top in the country and they will be your shadow from the moment you're admitted and even after you have graduated. In my opinion, the career services are the best aspect of Anderson, even when they can get really pushy and annoying at times. Anderson's industry relationships are strongest with technology, consulting, real estate, and entertainment. A very large percentage of the class also pursues finance and banking. If you are interested in technology or entertainment, Anderson's location and relationship with these industries can only be compared to Stanford and Haas. All of the big names in technology recruit at Anderson, and at times I feel like we have an advantage by being somewhat removed from Silicon Valley.

In summary, if you get into Anderson you should give it very serious consideration. I was admitted to other schools and couldn't be happier with my decision to attend Anderson.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The school is experimenting with new styles of classes, such as the Digital Marketing Strategy course that is taught by the CMO and an executive team of Google. The idea is that a company brings in a real-world case study and teaches students their process of solving business problems. In this class, we were given data and details on unreleased Google products (under NDA) and asked to create a digital marketing strategy to help launch the products. The class gave a fascinating look into how Google product marketing operates. There is also an Entertainment Strategy course that is using a similar structure.

About job placement process

While we have a vast majority of the top companies recruit on campus, our location in Los Angeles provides excellent opportunities to secure academic internships during the school year that lead to full-time or internship offers. Most students pursue a combination of on-campus and off-campus recruiting, and the Parker Career Management Center is valuable in helping prepare for both.

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     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Entertainment, Real Estate

Can be improved:

Facilities


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December 02 | 2015
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     By jainpiyushjain 52 57
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

As an international student making a transition in technology, Anderson gave me the support and structures to navigate that journey. The peers are super helpful and Anderson has a great representation in most tech companies in the valley.

The career center, also known as Parker has a specific advisor for technology. Not only keep my focus during recruiting but the diversity of offering in tech jobs was also very impressive.

in terms of Academic workload, its well balanced to give you flexibility to either work part-time to bridge your skill gabs, network with fellow classmates and alums and finally have some time in Los Angeles.

Speaking more on the class, people are some of the smartest yet friendly people I have met. Chill guys.

About job placement process

If tech, its only Anderson now.

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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

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     By MBAreapplicant84 166 127
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

It’s difficult for me to successfully depict my experience at UCLA Anderson in such a limited space, but I will do my best. For me, Anderson was a place where I met amazing people, pushed myself intellectually, and ultimately transformed myself professionally and personally.

Academics
The academic experience overall was great! I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t love all my classes or professors, but on the whole, I found myself learning and challenging my own understanding of business on a daily basis. One of the things I loved most about the academic side of Anderson was the diversity of learning experiences and methods I was exposed to. It wasn’t all cases or just lectures. It was a nice balance of those two, plus a healthy amount of experiential learning. Not only were the majority of the professors solid, we also got some amazing guest speakers—Alex Rodriguez, the President of Adidas North America, one of the founding members of CAA, David Aaker, Al Michaels, and Jessica Alba just to name a few.

People
One of the main reasons why I decided to attend Anderson was the people. During the application process, Anderson was the only school where 100 percent of the people I reached out to actually got back to me. Those I spoke with were sharp and really knew their stuff. However, the thing that won me over was how noticeably happy they all were. Needless to say, I came into the program with high expectations for my peers. I was not disappointed in the slightest. Not only was I surrounded by incredibly accomplished and intelligent individuals, they were also down-to-earth and approachable. During my two years at Anderson, I made some of the best friends I will probably ever have. Simply put, the student culture at the school was amazing!

Career
Although there are many other positive aspects of my Anderson experience, the last one I will mention here is career. The Career Services Center at Anderson is second to none. I would put them up against any other school’s career center. The people I worked with not only wanted to help me get a job, they were invested in helping me better understand myself, my motivations, and my skills so that I could land the right job. I spent many hours with my advisors researching jobs, identifying target companies, prepping for interviews, etc. Without all of that, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Another big asset of Anderson on the career front is the location of the school. The business community in LA is thriving and the opportunities to work within that community to gain real experiences during school are endless. Not only did I do a full-time summer internship, I also did three part-time internships during the school year that enabled me to make the dramatic career shift that I did—operations at Goldman Sachs to marketing at Microsoft.

In the end, the 21-month experience cost me over $100,000, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The experiences I had, the friends I made, and the opportunities that have been opened up for me wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t gone to Anderson.

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Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
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Strengths of the program:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Facilities


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     By psoto 1 0
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

UCLA Anderson is great school and will make your crazy MBA years an amazing experience.

Having one of the best Career Center in US makes a huge difference. The whole team will be there to guide you, support and coach you. Their dedication to understand what you want to do and how to work your way to get it is the best. It definitely make my experience a nice path that could have been a roller-coaster.

The atmosphere that you will see at UCLA Anderson lives by their values. Share Success is not just in a piece of paper, you will really feel it. Classmates will always help you, professors will be involved and coaches will be with you all the way.

Lastly, I must say that although I left location out of the decision process, it is something I learned to value and appreciate.

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     (5.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Culture & Student Support

Career Center

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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     By shadow711711 15 7
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

It's a shame that Anderson dropped some spots in the latest US News ranking. Not sure why...I think it's the absolute best school you can go to, if you are looking to get into I banking (or even consulting) on the West Coast (given that you don't get into Stanford). Berkeley Haas' rep is better, but I don't know why. Haas is a weird b-school program that is super small, and curriculum and students are just weird. Not you're typical MBA profile. Aaaaaanyway, Anderson punches above itw eight class, especially for investment banking. Essentially any investment bank is open to you if you play your cards right. The school just got a $100 MILLION donation from the Anderson estate a couple of years ago too, so the school is going to be very well-appointed soon.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking


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     By cregones 1 5
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

UCLA is characterized by its people and our devotion to what we do, and that is something a student will experience even before starting school. Career services will help you all throughout the process of making the best decisions for your future, but more importantly, classmates on their second year are surprisingly eager to share with incoming students their perspectives, experiences and insights, and practice all along the way.

The environment is student driven, so even though UCLA is a huge organization, students can still create an impact and drive innovation in campus, like renewing infrastructure and organizing events in school.

Can't help but recommend UCLA Anderson

About professors, classes and curriculum

Professors are open to share their own research and consulting opportunities with students they feel are strong, which enhances the learning process and allows bonding between students and faculty.

About job placement process

Career services is just fantastic. The team acts as a unit, and are readily available to guide students and provide them with resources to help them achieve their goals

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Admissions Team


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UCLA Anderson
May 25 | 2017
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     By berkeleyboy 2 5
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

FEMBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

I was lucky enough to have my company pay 100% for my MBA so I didn't have a lot of the pressures that many Anderson students had debt-wise, so I went in with little expectations of having to find a job immediately to repay a loan. However, the school far surpassed my expectations. The faculty was stellar. For the most part, they were sharp but also incredibly engaging. I rarely went to class because I had to, but rather because I was constantly engaged and thirsty to learn from these incredible people. The network of people that gained as friends is by far the most important part of business school, but the constant push to network is now one of my favorite skills because of the school. They also had a Global Access Program (GAP), which is a required course where you do market research for a foreign company. My company was in Brazil, and not only did I help them achieve significant value, but it got me interested in Management Consulting and ultimately the drive to get into McKinsey. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to move up in life and has a passion for business.

About job placement process

McKinsey recruited heavily out of UCLA Anderson. Two FEMBAs and 4 full-timers were hired in 2016. That's pretty good odds for the best MGMT consulting firm on the globe.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Global Access Program

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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     By brauba 5 5
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Anderson has definitely been an above average experience to me. The career opportunities are abundant though some tracks are much more competitive than others. Consulting is highly competitive so keep that in mind when making your decision. I would say that the school strength is in Tech, I've been really impressed with the amount of opportunities and alumni support within the industry. The course offerings are pretty good and cover all areas of interest. I think the professors could be improved. Many of the professors of the core courses are new and don't have a lot of experience but when you get into the electives the quality of teaching improves.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (3.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity


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     By ekr546 5 4
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Anderson's Parker Career Center is the best in the nation, and this shows by the number of Anderson graduates going to work at top companies (particularly in the tech sector). As a career switcher, Parker's recruiting resources were absolutely instrumental in helping me land my dream internship at General Mills.

Also, Anderson's "share success" mantra is real. I've had classmates who were interviewing for the same position as me literally come out of their interview and tell me what questions were asked, so that I could better prepare. After talking to friends in other MBA programs, I'm confident that this collaborative spirit is extremely, extremely unique.

Finally, for both professional and personal reasons, Anderson's Los Angeles location can't be beat. I have zero regrets about choosing to attend Anderson, and would recommend it to anyone looking to land their dream role at a tech, consulting, marketing or entertainment company while also having the best two years of their life.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Tech

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Brand/Ranking

Facilities


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Anderson
December 05 | 2016
3 out of 3 people found the following review helpful
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     By CS18 18 9
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

FEMBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Anderson has a very strong and supportive Alumni network. The class is pretty diverse when it comes to students from various industries and job functions. Learning experience through class participation in class is top notch because of that. Anderson also has some world class professors. Professors are really friendly and approachable. The school is taking initiative to increase racial diversity and they are also trying to increase the men:women ratio in the class. The campus is also LGBT friendly. The FEMBA administration office has been phenomenal so far. They always answer our questions and address our concerns in a timely manner.

About professors, classes and curriculum

There are a lot of electives option that you can take. But some quarters have less choices.

About job placement process

The On Campus Recruitment is pretty competitive. FEMBAs and Full Time MBAs attend the same events for recruitment.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (5.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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