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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
INSEAD MBA experience
December 20 | 2016
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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 tony9800 8 0
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

January Intake Class of

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

INSEAD was an amazing experience. For an American who didn't get a chance to travel to Europe, Southeast Asia, or the Middle East prior to my MBA, it was one of the most enriching experiences of my life.Academics is great and the professors are truly world class. The student body is very diverse and your peers are driven, intelligent, and fun!

I wish the career development center could do more for people that want to recruit in the US. I went to INSEAD knowing full well that i will be facing an uphill battle against the M7s for consulting and banking, given the off-cycle recruiting and the fact that there is enough talent in the US as is. The big firms, MBB, FAANG, BBs do recruit at INSEAD and hire a lot (I think my class sent about 55 to 60% into consulting), but expect to be placed outside of the US.

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

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Culture & Student Support

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Investment Banking

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school


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     By marcosrg 1 0
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

January Intake Class of

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

INSEAD is an amazing school with an incredible diverse pool of students and impressive Professors, whose classes are nothing but fun. With these Professor it's hard not to stay focused and engaged during the whole session, as they have real life experience and share their own learning with students.
Your peer will come from all over the world and there will be no dominant nationality, which makes the program an amazing experience in terms of personal growth. Be prepared to make tons of new friends and to travel a lot, which is considered a must if you really want to bond with new friends

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

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Facilities


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MBA Program Review
Life experience
January 27 | 2018
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     By tdhamit 8 0
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

January Intake Class of

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

I loved my INSEAD experience. It was great to get a global perspective. Challenge myself to try new ventures and make lifelong friendships. I studied in 3 continents and traveled to more than 15 countries. For me, INSEAD was a life experience than just an MBA.

Professors were world class. Students were from 80+ countries and open-minded. The Wharton exchange was useful in helping me find a job in the US and I also had job offers in Singapore, London via INSEAD. The student clubs are growing in impact and France is becoming a powerful tech hub under new Leadership.

I would highly recommend INSEAD to anyone who is looking for a fast-track MBA program and ready to be a global leader of the world.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Location

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
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     By yachae00 3 0
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

September Intake Class of

Class of:

2014

Experience during the program

INSEAD has a great pool of diverse and talented students/alumni, where you could learn a lot from. There are a couple of areas that INSEAD has been specialised and hence you can leverage as a springboard. Those are Consulting, Entrepreneurs, and Tech. There are decent consulting firms, including big 3 or 4 firms, visiting and hiring a lot at INSEAD. For tech companies such as Amazon, Apple, and Google, they also hire many, but not at their HQ in US, but typically at their regional HQ in Asia and Europe. And oviously, there is big vibe and momentum around entrepreneurship at INSEAD, providing an stella envirionment to collaborate among students/alumni interested in running their own companies with brilliant ideas.
Personally, I was able to get into one of tech companies above at my P4, and now really enjoy the work and career progression.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

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

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Facilities


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1 Commented by meyba2ty on March 13, 2018
Thanks for the review. I know an Insead Alumni who got hired at Amazon US after his MBA though :)
MBA Program Review
A whirlwind MBA
January 27 | 2018
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     By tobytruscott 2 7
This review is for: INSEAD
Program:

January Intake Class of

Class of:

2016

Experience during the program

At just 10 months, the INSEAD MBA flies by. Looking back, so much was compressed into this time that it is incredibly intense. One of the main challenges is learning to prioritise, since there is not enough time to take advantage of even half the opportunities the school has to offer.
I was surprised and delighted to find the other students so switched on and intelligent, but without the aggressive competitiveness I had previously expected. with a few exceptions, the teaching standard was outstanding.
Recruitment is largely focused on consulting, but there are opportunities for all segments.
With the two campuses there were many people coming and going, so the environment was in a constant state of change.

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

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Consulting

Finance

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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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
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     By kiura 14 3
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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