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MBA Program Review
If you want to be
January 26 | 2016
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     By smartperson 42 11
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2013

Experience during the program

I came to HBS to make a pivot in my career. Though I did make a pivot, it definitely wasn't the one I expected.

The plan was to go from being an engineer and product manager at a big tech company, to being a product marketer at a big tech company. I had a clear sense of who I was, what I wanted to do, and why I wanted to do it. I believe this is a large part of why I got accepted into HBS (and only HBS). Ultimately, I ended up founding my own tech startup instead. I never expected that to happen.

The HBS program challenged me in ways I didn't expect. It wasn't academically challenging, but personally challenging. I was pushed to try everything, to explore, and to learn more about myself in the process. It was that exploration that led to my ultimate career choice.

The student body still leans towards management, finance, and consulting, but academically you can't really specialize like you can at other schools. HBS teaches you just enough about every topic to be a competent manager, and nothing more. This is not the right experience for everyone.

Future applicants: have a story ready that described who you are, what you've done, and what you want to do. Incorporate different elements of that overarching narrative into components of your application.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Things at HBS might feel hokey or "kumbaya" at times. Don't become cynical. Embrace all the weird and oddball activities. Get everything you can out of every experience, even ones that you think are completely outside of your interests.

About job placement process

If you start a company right after school you can get $10,000 of your student debt forgiven by the HBS Rock Center. This is a great deal.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Management

Can be improved:

Location

Culture & Student Support


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MBA Program Review
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     By eskimoroll 234 52
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2013

Experience during the program

Overall I got a lot out of attending HBS. The first year was really regimented which was a bit frustrating for me but second year was a lot of fun as I dove into subjects that I was passionate about. The faculty are world class and readily accessible to students, alumni answer your emails, and despite the reputation, most everyone is friendly and willing to help you out. I am friends with many HBSers to this very day and I still remember them taking the time to work with me on financial models or accounting principles outside of class when they could otherwise have been doing more fun things.

The biggest surprise for me was the sheer amount of work involved. Between case prep, study groups, and classes, HBS seems to have the heaviest academic workload of the top b-school programs despite the fact that it has a reputation of being filled with people only focused on networking (probably true for some but not most).

I went into HBS to either do a startup or try to transition into tech. I started a tech startup during school and leveraged their many resources available to entrepreneurs. The relationships we developed with the school, faculty, and the broader Boston startup scene really helped a great deal. I've since transitioned to a large tech company in product marketing and I still leverage many of the things I learned at b-school every day.

For future applicants, I highly recommend looking beyond the name and the prestige to the actual experience. I chose HBS because I genuinely wanted a more academic experience and the HBS faculty impressed me the most. I also was on the hunt for jerks during admit weekend and I was pleasantly surprised not to find very many.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Culture & Student Support

FIELD


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MBA Program Review
Exceptionsl
January 04 | 2017
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
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     By Run4Fun 74 31
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Came to HBS the military hoping to transition to investment banking. I found the case method to be extremely frustrating at first, but over time I adjusted and have come to really enjoy class and feel like I have learned a lot. The required curriculum taken during the first year gave me a good business foundation that I feel prepared me well for my summer internship and the elective curriculum taken during the second year.

I suggest that future applicants understand what the case method means. If you want to come to business school to party and relax, realize that everyone must do SOME prep for every class. For some people that means 1-2 hours (me) and for others 30min - 1hour. If you blow off prep I think the 80 minutes of class would be quite boring.

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

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Investment Banking

Tech

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Culture & Student Support


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MBA Program Review
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     By mfprado1073 120 42
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

One can feel incredibly lucky to be accepted to Harvard Business School. The school is reference in terms of state-of-the-art management practices, constantly doing relevant research and staying in contact with leading industry executives, often HBS grads themselves. The Case method is incredibly helpful in facilitating the transition from Junior level positions to Management as it helps students think about the problem as a whole and not focus on specific aspects of the theory being thaught. The faculty is incredible and constantly amazed me with their level of preparation and how well they know both the subject and the students.

My biggest advice to future applicants is to think about the experience that the Case-method and the fixed first-year curriculum creates that is so different than other Business Schools. This is where the key to really enjoying HBS MBA program lies.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Management

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support


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MBA Program Review
Pleasantly Surprised
December 21 | 2016
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     By shosho 3 5
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

I had some serious misconceptions of what HBS was like, and how the people there would be. To be fair I interviewed offsite and did not have a chance to visit the campus until the admitted students weekend.

I thought the other students would be unfriendly and driven to the point where the environment at school would not be pleasant. I was wrong. My first encounter with other admitted students was amazing. Everyone was not only amazingly accomplished but friendly and down to earth. I cant speak for prior graduating classes but the class of 2018 has been amazing (1 semester into the program now).

The class room experience is unlike any other teaching/learning I have experienced. The case method should really be used in more courses and topics, thought not suited for all. It allows the students to teach one another and build on to memorable real world examples of business problems.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Investment Banking

Management

Can be improved:

Location

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
Transformative Experience
November 27 | 2016
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     By nwn86 1 5
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

HBS has largely exceeded my expectations, in particular the wonderful faculty and students. The case method, while an adjustment at the beginning, has proven to be a most insightful teaching tool. I'm continuously surprised by the intelligence and diversity of the student population. Moreover, I truly believe that HBS has some of the best student organizations amongst top businesses schools. However, the career department needs to step up its game as there are few true value-added services provided by the school, and most students (even those who are pursuing traditional career paths) have to rely on their fellow classmates and student clubs for career help.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (2.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Tech

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location


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MBA Program Review
There's a reason it's number 1
November 25 | 2016
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     By rowali 13 8
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Loving my experience so far. The section experience is probably the highlight. My classmates are incredibly accomplished yet down to earth. I don't see anyone being competitive. Academic experience is more intense than what my friends at other schools are reporting, but I view that as a real differentiator and a big reason why I chose HBS. Case method classes can be nerve-racking yet invigorating. The first year is very structured. You are told what classes to take and where to sit. You have the same seat in the same classroom with the same 94 people for every class. The professors rotate in and out. It helps you get to know your sectionmmates better.

About job placement process

Don't only rely on the on campus options. If you know what you want to do before school starts, start reaching out to Alumni early. The internship I wanted didn't recruit at HBS but the alumni working at the company got me in front of there right people and I was able to secure an internship. The HBS degree might sometimes be a target on your back, people assume things about you, so when doing off campus recruiting it's really important to convey your interest and show how serious you are about that particular role.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Housing options


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MBA Program Review
HBS
November 25 | 2016
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     By nlake17 1 0
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

HBS has exceeded my very high expectations. Although it has many strengths, I really cannot overstate the power of the case method to solidify learnings and build soft skills. The other students at HBS are remarkable people, but are also deeply committed to one another - a quality that is amplified by the first year section experience.

In terms of advice for future applicants: be authentic. HBS aims to create a diverse class in every way possible, and therefore there is no such thing as a typical admit. The things that set you apart are your greatest strengths at HBS.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

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


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