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MBA Program Review
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     By bizwiz84 183 88
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

January Intake Class of

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

People apply to business schools with different goals in mind. Thus, not every school will be a perfect match for everyone. Having said that, the most important thing to ask yourself when choosing where to get your MBA is if you'd be happy in that school, and if it will provide good enough opportunities for you to be successful afterwards. And those were the reasons why I chose INSEAD.
Being older than the typical MBA applicant, and already having a family, my main goal was to lower the costs of getting a top MBA as much as possible. I did not want to stay 2 years out of the job market and graduate almost in my mid-30's. And I still wanted a top-ranked MBA that could give me access to the best career opportunities. INSEAD fit all these criteria and more. I was amazed by the caliber and diversity of the student body (true diversity, almost 100 different nationalities and no dominant culture). By the sense of camaraderie and support amongst the students. And by how much people can do in only one year (internships, studying, networking, recruiting and LOTS of fun and traveling).
Of course that does not come without a price. I'd say that if you want a deep academic experience, maybe INSEAD is not your place. The faculty and the classes are amazing, but given the fast pace of the course, I felt that sometimes we would rush through some of the contents. If you like a particular topic, than it's up to you to prioritize and dig deeper into that, knowing that it's hard to do everything, especially during recruiting season.
Since I was there for the professional opportunities and the personal experience, I was 100% satisfied with the school. Amazing teachers, talented and humble classmates, great ROI, and my dream job. What else could I ask for?

About professors, classes and curriculum

Like I said before, quality is not an issue at all. The only aspect that might not be great for some people is time. Especially during the first 4 months, lots of things to cover in class and not enough time to do everything. So time management is key, but still, you can get frustrated if you want a deeper academic experience.

About job placement process

It might not be fair for me to evaluate the Career Developmet Center since I did not use much of their services. I knew what I wanted before I went to school, so I just went for it during recruiting season and got my MBB internship and full time offer. Having said that, CDC offers many counseling sessions, industry panels and helps you with résumés and interviewing skills. On-campus recruiting is stronger in consulting and industry jobs, less so on tech and investment banking, although lots of people got jobs in such industries. All big companies come to campus (MBB, GS,BAML, Google, Amazon, etc) and it is not true that you cannot get a job in the US after graduation. Yours truly, for example, is moving to the US (I'm not a US citizen nor have permanent residence status) and many people were in the same situation, so don't think you are geographically limited to Europe and Asia just for being in these two continents. Opportunities are plentiful, but just as it is in any US school, it's up to you to close the deal and get the job, the school can only do so much to help.
If you want banking, go for the January intake, most of the top banks recruit only for internships, which you can do if you start in January. The September intake has more difficulties, although obviously many of them also get jobs there.
One last advice, recruiting season starts very early at INSEAD, so be prepared to hit the ground running once you get there! But I can promise you it will be rewarding.

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

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career Services


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1 Commented by bjain01 on April 21, 2016
Hi

Your review is really helpful. Actually I wanted to know insights about prospects of a candidate like me who has 4 years of experience, and presently has experience in supply chain and procurement management, working in India in a fortune 500 company. It will be great if you can give some insights or introduce me to someone whom you think that would be right to give details on this aspect. My email ID is bjain01@gmail.com or you may give yours.
MBA Program Review
That year at INSEAD
January 26 | 2016
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     By snbury 66 18
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

January Intake Class of

Class of:

2013

Experience during the program

INSEAD exceeded my needs, goals, and expectations. It is THE business school for the world - By far the one with the most diverse student body. Future applicants really need to think about making sure their story brings out a very international flavor. You don't have to have lived in 10 countries or speak 5 languages, but you definitely need to have a curiosity and desire for that. If anything, I wish the program would be longer. The experience was so enriching. Given the shorter time frame, you really have to make some major sacrifices - Either academically (choosing one great elective over another), socially (choosing to go on a weekend trip vs. staying for a weekend elective), or even geographically (missing Singapore while being in Fontainebleau or vice versa).

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
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     By uvahson 2 6
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

September Intake Class of

Class of:

2014

Experience during the program

I think that INSEAD is a great school for an aspiring entrepreneur whether right after the program or sometime later in his/her career. The student body is amazingly diverse. The professors look forward to developing relationships with interested students. Between France, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore, there are several opportunities to know the local community and get involved in knowing business contacts and developing an international network at scale. If you're an aspiring consultant, all the major consulting firms recruit INSEAD for offices across the world. I suggest that all future applicants focus on their desire to uniquely seek to take advantage of INSEAD's program - i.e .international, one-year, diversity.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Investment Banking

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Culture & Student Support


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MBA Program Review
INSEAD
May 28 | 2017
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By kiura 14 2
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

January Intake Class of

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

INSEAD is an absolutely great school, and without a doubt deserves it's place at the top of the rankings.

The student body is probably it's biggest advantage in that regards. I don't think there is any other school where you would encounter such a diversity of backgrounds and origins. It makes most discussions extremely interesting and really helps to broaden your horizon (also helps for some awesome partying). There is also a very strong Alumni network that is actively engaged in helping students whether on Start-up advice and investment, helping with a job search, or any other request. I would also say that having a campus in Asia opens up a lot of doors that the more traditional M7 don't necessarily tap into, giving a wide range of opportunities.

On the negative side:
- With one year the schedule will be extremely intense. Good stamina is needed, and it is better if you already have an idea of what you want to do. Time will fly by.
- On the core classes, the quality of the teaching is a bit it or miss. Some teachers are absolutely excellent, but some other are downright terrible. Much better on the electives where all teachers are very good.

About job placement process

Career center will not be of much help outside mainstream options.
But this can be supplemented by the wide alumni network that will always be willing to help and guide with advice.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors


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MBA Program Review
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     By globalcosmo 5 0
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

September Intake Class of

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

As a career changer, I successfully made the rare triple jump, changing industry, function, and geography thanks to INSEAD and the close-knit alumni network.

Choosing to change my career and attend INSEAD was the best professional choice I have made to date, and this is primarily due to the diversity and open culture of your classmates and the support of the alumni network unlocking doors. You will be in classes with 70+ different nationalities from every industry imaginable, and unlike most B-schools, cases are not US-centric and are geographically just as diverse as the student body.

The costs per year are on par with US programs (likely more expensive when you factor in frequently travel), but as a one-year MBA, you're back in the workforce sooner and paying off loans rather than taking on more.

I highly recommend this program, but it is not a fit for everyone. I do not recommend this program for someone who wants to deeply specialize in a specific area, e.g. finance. Certain professors are fabulous, but you will not have the depth of a two-year program. I also caution applicants that this is an intense year - you will be in classes 8am - 3pm daily with group case work from 3pm until after midnight. You will be tempted by peer pressure (FOMO) to travel every weekend around Southeast Asia and Europe and go to house parties until 5am every weekend, while somehow managing your coursework in late night weeknight hours. Sleep and time with loved ones not in the program is sacrificed.

About professors, classes and curriculum

The first four months are spent in mandatory classes; the latter six months are electives, the equivalent of year two for other MBAs. Many choose electives based on professors and schedules and thus it is a very general approach - specialization is only easily feasible if you have a strong background in that topic prior to attending.

About job placement process

Many companies will recruit on campus, but the alumni network is the most valuable tool. As an alum myself, I still use this for networking and future job searches.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Marketing

Tech

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 whatasillyname 4 0
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

January Intake Class of

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

It's a common refrain that your year at INSEAD is the best year of your life. While I'd like to think that life can get even better in my post-INSEAD years, I don't doubt it was the best year of my life so far.

Partly this is due to the sheer amount that you accomplish over the course of a 10-month programme. The pace is incredible, once you account for classes, recruiting, clubs, travel, and socialising. It's like trying to drink water from a fire hydrant. You can never, ever do everything that one can do at INSEAD. You have to be selective, and have your own unique INSEAD experience.

I applied to INSEAD partly because it was reputed to be a strong consulting school, and my sole focus was to get into an MBB firm. The school's reputation is well deserved. I and nearly one hundred other classmates received MBB offers, and still more received offers from other consulting firms. The process is extremely structured (as you'd expect), and there is a lot of support for those targeting consulting firms.

For those actively avoiding consulting, I got the impression (from my classmates) that career opportunities and support were disappointing, relative to expectations. If this sounds like you, I would do a deeper due diligence on the career prospects INSEAD can offer you.

Having started at the Singapore campus in January, I would strongly recommend the same approach for anyone considering the January class. The smaller cohort size in Singapore (200 vs 300 in Fontainebleau), the warmer weather, and easier access to the airport meant that the 'Singy starters' had an incredible first four months together.

My other main expectation of the programme was to meet some incredible people, and make life-long friends. Yes, and a thousand time yes, on both accounts. The diversity of the class means that your eyes will constantly be opened. Take the time to sit down with classmates, one-on-one, and hear out their stories. You'll be humbled.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
INSEAD MBA experience
December 20 | 2016
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
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     By whenever 27 7
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

January Intake Class of

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

Gap between my understanding of MBA before being admitted vs after graduating started to grow from the first month on the program and became even larger after my graduation.
1) Major matters during MBA are not studies at all (with some minor exceptions, like Negotiations course; and for most students there will be barely new information in curriculum), but rather networking, career options exploring, getting international experience and meeting diverse and vibrant group of people. I guess, it's the only chance in person's life to network with 500 people from different countries and more or less different backgrounds and make connections for future.
2) Business school brand can help you in getting a good job, (though usually in your own geography, getting it abroad will be much tougher), but sometimes can be a brake for your career - potential employers will be afraid to offer you a position expecting your high salary demands and feeling that you are overqualified for what they have to offer.
3) For those who apply to INSEAD - my recommendation for those who are planning to pass interviews - be direct to the point and talk as short as possible (but not in bullet points - creates mechanical feeling), but be friendly. Most of INSEADers are "party people" who enjoy good company, drinks and conversations over a cocktail, and we are not "dry guys and gals in suits". If you can be relaxed, can put in a proper joke (don't joke a lot though and be moderate, bear in mind that a lot of lefties are studying and working there, so before being admitted try to be politically correct, if you are not left wing yourself) and overall make an impression of an easygoing person with whom it is great to do business. If you did so, you shall be fine.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Go for Negotiations with Horacio Falcao, Leadership courses with Ian Woodward, Marketing courses with Ziv Carmon and any financial course with Claudia Zeusberger and Massimo Massa. They are top professors in my opinion, and are great in information delivery.

About job placement process

If you are planning to be a banker or work in finance - prepare to get tough time, cause interviews are happening during first month already. Consulting interviews happen after two-three months. With industry jobs - it's different. There is no specific period for their interviews, moreover business school is less helpful in placing jobs among different industries, so if you are planning not a banker or a consultant - it will (perhaps) require more work from you, including personal networking without school support.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Investment Banking

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
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     By begemot 2 5
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

September Intake Class of

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

With a student body coming from more than 80 different countries and with campuses in three continents, INSEAD is the best choice if, along with traditional classes, you are looking for a unique experience of personal growth. There's nothing better than this amazing blend of people and experiences in order to open your mind and enhance your soft skills.

In terms of careers, INSEAD is perfect if you plan to go to consulting or to start your own entrepreneurial project, while it needs to establish stronger bounds with companies operating in traditional industries, niche consulting (e.g. Innovation and Design consulting) or TMT.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Location

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
Diversity
November 28 | 2016
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     By alexmlawrence 2 0
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

September Intake Class of

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

INSEAD is a place where diversity is celebrated and that translates into some pretty insightful sharing of viewpoints which can lead some unexpected discoveries.

If you want to conduct international business this is the place to be, the network that you will create here will be second to none in terms of coverage of the globe.

The teaching quality is excellent, with an emphasis of teaching through case studies.

On campus recruitment is heavily tilted to consulting but there are plenty of resources for getting into industry, entrepreneurship and finance.

The campus exchange to Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Wharton, Kellogg and CEIBS is a great option, although since the course has only 10 - 12 months (depending if you start in September or January), this can feel rushed.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
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

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
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     By clemence 1 0
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

January Intake Class of

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

While the bulk of the student body is made of consultants and engineers, Insead is very open to diverse profiles. International diversity is strong and underrepresented nationalities have excellent chances of entering the program. The students are supportive.
It is a great place if you want to go to consulting for a few years after your MBA, or if you have a cleat entrepreneurial project from the beginning.
The pace is very fast though, making it less suitable for people who are looking to gain deep knowledge in specific areas or to take the time to figure out what it is they want to do next.

About job placement process

Consulting companies all recruit from the school. Some rotational programs as well. For smaller corporate companies, you have to reach out by yourself.
December intake is great for going through the recruiting process twice and having the ability to try a different domain through an internship.

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

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

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


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