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MBA Program Review
Anderson has work to do
November 29 | 2016
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     By jjv2011 20 5
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

FEMBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Advice: Go to business school with a clear idea of what job you want when you graduate and then go after every opportunity that supports that objective while in b-school. The time goes by way to fast and there are way to many opportunities to explore and figure out your career objective while in b-school.

Experience: There seems to be a disconnect between what is taught in the class and what you are actually graded/tested on. This can be very frustrating for those driven to success in all areas and caters to those who already have experience in those class/functional areas or those with photographic memories. Additionally, all classes are graded on a curve which can be arbitrarily set by an instructor's whim. Read the teacher/class reviews and go after classes that will stretch you and inspire growth in order to maximize your return on your b-school investment.

Additionally: Focus on leveraging the connections you have with your classmates and the alumni network. These two areas of human capital are the most beneficial aspects of b-school.

Finally: HAVE FUN!!!

About professors, classes and curriculum

Try not to get frustrated at the disconnect between what is taught in class and what you are tested/graded on. Since grades largely do not matter in b-school, leverage connections with classmates and succeed at recruiting events instead.

About job placement process

Anderson would serve themselves better if they connect to the Global Business Economy that Los Angeles represents as well as ALL of the industries and job functions rather than a few.

Leverage the Alumni Network as much and as often as possible.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Entertainment & Sports

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
Excellent business school
November 28 | 2016
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     By donatobrito 3 7
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

The full-time program offers various opportunities for student to dive in their career goals.

The school has center for Finance, Enterpreneurship, Global Career, and Technology.
Also has a very comprehensive career program for those who are seeking consulting.

The culture is very strong and our pillars of Share success, Drive change and Think fearless could be notice on the day-by-day of my colleagues, and professors.

The location, Westwood, is perfect but cost of living is high, comparing to other schools (except for San Francisco, New York, and Chicago). Most of the day are sunny and winter is not harsh as other regions.

The focus on west is more on technology and healthcare industry, if you are focusing on that, Anderson is definitely a great school to be. Moreover, other IB and consulting also has office in LA, SF and Seattle, which give excellent options after school

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
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     By newkid2015 1 0
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Great experience overall so far. Southern California is just an awesome place to be. Beautiful campus. A LOT of sunny days.

There ARE interesting courses and professors. But be sure to learn what you want and what is available.

Career center is extremely active. There is a whole formal course about career building skills with home assignments and group exercises. You will have a lot of opportunities to have your resumes and cover letters reviewed.

2nd years put a lot of effort into helping you out. Most are willing to find the time to share their summer experience. There is a culture of paying it forward.

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

Strengths of the program:

Location

Culture & Student Support

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
UCLA Anderson FEMBA
November 26 | 2016
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     By hopingforca 3 0
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

FEMBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

The admissions team is helpful and available. Opportunities to be involved in activities open as soon as you're admitted. Big push on their career services and the team has been very supportive. If you're looking to be involved in clubs, they are not as FEMBA-friendly as they imply. It is definitely focused on the full-times. Classes are team oriented (as are all B schools). They'll assign you to teams your first three quarters and then you pick. Take the first 2 quarters as opportunity to be involved in happy hours and meet with people as this will be your best chance to make friends and pick a good team for the next two years.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
Review
November 25 | 2016
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     By bbenji17 3 0
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Only go if you can afford it. Think about what you want from an MBA before you go. Once you figure that out the school will help you get there. Being around competent and driven people is inspiring. Get the most out of it. Meet everyone you can. Get to know your professors. Go surfing. Network. Go outside of your comfort zone. If you are not from an upper socioeconomic class, as most of your classmates will be, prepare to hear about people doing things they want to do vs. taking high paying miserable jobs to pay off loans. Don't stress too much. The career advisors are fantastic and bend over backwards; they genuinely want you to succeed. Overall, it's a great choice for the right person.

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

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
Great Career Preparation
November 25 | 2016
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     By emilymom 15 13
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Anderson offers a great environment where the students, alunmi and the school all work together to help you reach your goals. I am especially indebted to the students and alumni for their dedication to help the first years in recruitment. The culture allows for the first years to take advance of the experience and trial/errors of the second years and also for the second year students to give back to the community by helping the first year students prepare for the interviews. The career services works hard to help each student strengthen his/her candidacy.

In terms academics, there are some really good and interesting courses offered. there are many opportunities to specialize your studies to the area of your interest. Although Anderson offers a collaborative environment, the students are still very competitive and their diverse experience offers an interesting and helpful discussion both inside and outside the classroom.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
Anderson Exceeds Expectations
November 25 | 2016
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     By jsnaza 17 29
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

Anderson's diverse student body is its biggest strength. From my experience over two years, I believe that Anderson accepts and matriculates some of the best students in the country from a wide array of fields. I think that many of the students that end up at Anderson are applying for business school because it's the next step in their career, but people don't know what the following step is going to be.

Classroom competition is more like camaraderie, and there is little to complain about in the LA sun and the bubble of Westwood. Even through the most challenging times first year, people generally find a support group, and the student body has enough social events to keep people engaged and grounded.

Anderson was one of the best experiences of my life. The first year is difficult, but exciting and challenging, and the LA Anderson network sticks together. I'd recommend UCLA to anyone looking at business school. Anderson competes favorably with any school, and it's the best business school in Southern California.

About professors, classes and curriculum

I enjoyed Entrepreneurship classes, but there's a wide variety of classes for every sector. Two professors with great credentials, Peter Guber: owner of the GS Warriors and Jeff Moorad, former owner of the Padres, and baseball agent.

About job placement process

First year internships are easier to get than full-time jobs. The career counselors are really great, but it takes a significant amount of time if you don't want to go back to your internship for a full-time position.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Best fit at this program:

Marketing

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Admissions Team

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


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MBA Program Review
UCLA
November 25 | 2016
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     By mba27 1 0
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

There are lots of advantages of going to business school in LA, but make sure that it is the right fit for you. Attending bschool in such a large city can be overwhelming. There are always lots of social events going on, but it can be hard to connect with people on a deeper level. UCLA has a very strong alumni network on the west coast, so it's definitely helpful if you want to stay in California, but you will probably have to work a little harder if you want to find a job in another region of the country.

About job placement process

UCLA has a very strong alumni network on the west coast, so it's definitely helpful if you want to stay in California, but you will probably have to work a little harder if you want to find a job in another region of the country.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Location

Best fit at this program:

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
Gem of a school
November 25 | 2016
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     By serendipitous 10 0
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Anderson has exceeded expectations in most ways -- it's truly a hidden gem of a business school for a few reasons:
1) Location: Being in the bustling and diverse LA area means having robust connections to thousands of companies, and a large proportion of students take advantage of that by doing term-time internships that augment that experience.
2) Academic rigor: Rather than the fluffy 100% case-based curriculum, Anderson offers a mix of lecture, guest speakers, seminars, and cases -- you'll come out of it with a much better handle on the intricacies of accounting, finance, etc. than you would otherwise.
3) Student body: Not a finance fratboy environment, which is a HUGE plus; being collaborative is rewarded and a part of the school's ethos.
4) Access to faculty: Professors and deans alike are super happy to sit down to have lunch with you (an initiative sponsored by the school); already been to the faculty club for lunch three times with professors and I've only been there 4 months...

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

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Admissions Team


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MBA Program Review
Flexible but Sparse
November 25 | 2016
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     By myv 3 1
This review is for: Anderson
Program:

FEMBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

The school has provided a great program for students that also work full time. There are many options for night and weekend classes with many available seats in those classes. The capstone project, GAP, provides a fantastic bonding experience for you and a small group of MBA students as well as extensive real world consulting experience with an actual international company.

However, as much as the program harps on the FEMBA experience being similar to the MBA experience. There is definitely less day to day interaction between the FEMBA students (as most of us are working full time and do not have time to socialize). Another negative is that there are still many events and classes that take place during the standard M-F 9-5 workday which fully employed MBA students will have to miss.

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

Strengths of the program:

Location

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Marketing

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Culture & Student Support


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