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MBA Program Review
If you want to be
January 26 | 2016
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     By smartperson 42 12
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 53
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
HBS Review
January 29 | 2018
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     By Natz819 2 6
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

I gained so much perspective from listening to the perspectives of my classmates. We thought about solving tough problems in different ways - and that really comes our during the case method. The professors really brought out these perspectives through carefully facilitated conversations. The end result was that I improved my business judgement and communication skills. I can look at large amounts of information, quickly figure out what matters, analyze that information, and make a recommendation.

Applicants should really focus on how they intend to learn from their section mates, and how they will bring their own unique approach to the classroom.

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

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Culture & Student Support

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


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MBA Program Review
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     By abl10 1 0
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

Classmates are very bright, curious and come from a broad array of interesting backgrounds both professionally and personally. While the total class size is very large (900+ students). Being divided into sections of 90 students with whom you spend every classroom hour your first year and countless social hours creates a fun close-knit group.

Case method is very engaging and facilitates a ton of learning even though it is frequently at a high level (not as tactical or technical). Participation (and attendance) is a huge part of your grade so everyone, for the most part, shows up prepared and engaged. Academics as a result are a bit more time-consuming than I anticipated but the classes have been great. Have 2-3 cases a day 5 days a week (some days off for holidays and "career search" are sprinkled throughout the semester).

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Management

Can be improved:

Cost of housing & parking


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MBA Program Review
No regrets
January 29 | 2018
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     By helenrez 30 6
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Academics -- Incredible opportunity to take classes with renowned experts in their fields. I really enjoyed the Case Method, because it was more interactive and engaging than other classes that I've taken, but also provided opportunities to practice "speaking up", which is a very relevant skill in the professional world.

Culture -- Culture felt more cerebral and scholarly than other business schools I've seen. The student body was pretty tight knit and collaborative. However, there was a huge emphasis placed on wealth, and friend groups tended to form across "class" lines.

Networking -- Hands down the greatest value add of HBS. Alumni have a very strong presence on and off campus, and HBS grads tend to stick together. Most people found jobs through the alumni network (including myself)

Value -- Great value for the money -- probably the best. Very generous financial aid package (need-based) and the brand/network benefits pay dividends long after graduation.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Very good well-rounded traditional curriculum, but it felt outdated in many ways. With so many people going into Tech after graduation, I was disappointed by the lack of classes/field opportunities devoted strictly to digital innovation. Not a lot of sales classes either.

About job placement process

All major companies recruit from here. But not a lot of activity for non-traditional recruitment (i.e. startups or smaller companies)

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Management

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity

Tech curriculum


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MBA Program Review
Wonderful Overall Experience
January 28 | 2018
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     By baytoLA 5 1
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

HBS has provided everything I could possibly want in a business school. The faculty is incredible (I've had classes with the former PepsiCo CEO, Danaher CEO, and COO of the Patriots) and the section experience during RC year really brings the size of the campus down. I've developed extraordinary friendships with fellow students from myriad backgrounds and know many of these will be lifelong friendships. The only complaint that I have about the program is that we don't have any weekly day off like many other programs do (Kellogg has Tuesdays off, Anderson gets Friday off). Honestly though, the fact that is my biggest complaint about the program shows how great the program is.

Coming from consulting, I heard a lot of opinions about various business schools. While much of the information I got from my co-workers was accurate, you can't truly understand HBS until you visit a class. The case method is a completely different learning experience and it's intellectually stimulating in a way lecture-based classes aren't. Choosing HBS was the best decision I've ever made and couldn't be happier here.

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

Brand/Ranking

Facilities

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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MBA Program Review
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     By aeropower 102 45
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2019

Experience during the program

Additional notes:
-Case Method: This method is absolutely powerful in learning how to process incomplete information quickly (what future managers will need to do). Secondly, this method is quite fun. Although participation is required, participating in a debate with your close friends/classmates is quite enjoyable as well.

-Students: The students are some of the most accomplished from the business world - having the option to ask any question to your class, and having someone who has experienced exactly that to support you is invaluable. However, there are even more accomplished people outside of the business world that provide even more diversity - Military, teachers, etc.

-Professors: Accomplished and smart professors that really know how to guide a conversation (in class) and willing to support you in any way (outside of class).

-Alumni: Very supportive bunch in terms of career, general advice. etc.

Suggestions for future applicants:

-Really understand the Case Method: the method is NOT for everyone. it requires effort, the ability to quickly make an argument, etc. Really make sure that you want this before applying/heading to HBS..

About professors, classes and curriculum

The curriculum although required your first year is quite good. The point of the case method as well as the way HBS recruits is that you learn a great deal from your classmates. You may be an expert in one class, you are there to teach the rest of your class, etc.

About job placement process

There isn't a better school for recruiting. The HBS brand is very strong and will open up many doors..

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

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

Speciailization (if you want it)


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MBA Program Review
HBS Exceeded All Expectation
January 28 | 2018
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     By justcurious04 4 8
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

My two years at HBS far exceeded my expectations. From the experiences both in and out of the classroom to the sectionmates I got to know so well during my RC (1st) year, I look back on the two years I spent at HBS as some of the best in my adult life.

The biggest surprise for me when I got to campus was the quality of the people.
Nearly all of my classmates were bright, motivated, and accomplished, yet also humble, kind, and collaborative. It was, by no means, the cutthroat culture that I worried I might experience. When I reflect on the friends I made at HBS, I often joke that they are more genuine people than any of the friends I made in earlier walks of life.

About job placement process

My best advice to people going through recruiting at HBS is to prepare to be humbled. The recruiting process is a marathon that ends up resulting in a "no" far more often than I think most people expect.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

N/A


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MBA Program Review
Best two years of my life
January 28 | 2018
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     By LJW12 1 5
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA (2+2)

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

HBS provides an incredible platform academically, socially, and professionally. The instructors are world class, both professors and practitioners. The guests are world renowned, and many. The students are incredible, having achieved an enormous amount, and hailing from all around the world . The biggest criticism that I have heard of HBS is the size of the classroom - this works only to enhance the number and quality of your friends and classmates, and I would not have it any other way. You will keep meeting new people and making new friends deep into your experience. Additionally, when engaging with firms, there is likely to be a classmate who has worked at or alongside those firms.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Marketing

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

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


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MBA Program Review
HBS is a great place
January 28 | 2018
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     By ccmmhh 3 0
This review is for: HBS
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

I wasn't sure what to expect from business school, but HBS has blown my expectations out of the water. The support and kindness of fellow students is wonderful, the willingness of the professors and students to help with career or personal endeavors is fantastic, and the friends I have made are life-long.

The brand is as powerful as one might expect, but it doesn't open every door automatically. It gets you in front of most people, but you still need to prove yourself. The bar is set high when people are talking to and working with an HBS grad.

I'd suggest future applicants to question the negative stereotypes. While they exist at all schools, they are such a minority of the experience.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
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

Investment Banking

Management

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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