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January 27, 2018
billmurray

Joined: Aug 30, 2014

Posts: 37

Kudos: 17

A west coast Tuck with a tech focus instead of consulting

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This review is for Berkeley Haas

Program Full Time MBA

Class of 2017

Experience during the program

Similar to Tuck, Haas has the following benefits associated with a small class size of 280 students:
- You'll know almost everyone and large parties / social events are open to the entire class
- When it comes to recruiting, instead of competition there is a spirit of collaboration
- With much of the school seeking tech jobs, there are VERY few people that seek investment banking despite the fact that nearly all the banks recruit on campus. Enough to prep together but essentially zero competition for spots.

The drawbacks are that:
- The diversity of classes is limited; you won't find the same variety of courses you'll find at HBS/Wharton/MIT
- Mid-tier consulting firms don't recruit on campus (e.g., Accenture) given they've had trouble finding talent
- Many of the firms that offer rotational programs (e.g., General Mills) don't recruit on campus

If you want to land a job in the Bay Area, Haas and Stanford are your best bschool networks. If you want a job on the east coast, Haas is probably not ideal. You can do a semester exchange at Columbia Business School, but for summer internship recruiting you can expect to be flying more than you would expect.

People are awesome. Great for liberals. Terrible for MAGA's.

Weather is awesome; the only schools with better weather are UCLA and Stanford.


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

Strengths of the program:

Career opportunities provided by school
Location
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)
Limited coursework related to human resources


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