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Adam Weintrob

Adam Weintrob

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

Case Team Leader, Bain & Company, Inc., Chicago, IL since 2015

EDUCATION

BS, Michigan State University, Retail Management (Comm Arts) (2006); MBA, Duke University (2015)

WHY CONSULTING

“I got into consulting the way most people do after having spent years in the work force – via business school. While I really enjoyed working at Target post-MSU, I’ve always been passionate about problem solving and felt that there were bigger challenges to tackle. Additionally, while I knew (and still know) that I really like retail / consumer products, I was concerned that it was the only thing I knew and that there might be another industry that I like more. I felt consulting would be a great way to get the exposure that I needed.”

ONE THING LEARNED AT MSU THAT HAS AIDED CAREER

“I learned many things, but one thing that stands out is how to work well in a group setting. As a consultant, you are constantly working with others (e.g., your case team, your manager, your clients) and learning how to do this effectively, including how to frame questions in order to get the desired output (e.g., buy-in for an idea) is extremely important as a consultant.”

BIGGEST SURPRISE IN CONSULTING CAREER

“The caliber of people I get to work with every day. I expected this somewhat, but honestly have been blown away not only by how smart and driven everyone is, but also how down-to-earth the people are. This means that you’re constantly learning and constantly pushing yourself, but also having fun while doing it. Additionally, the exposure to different types of problems across so many different industries has been eye opening. I’ve only worked at Bain for two years and have already worked in six industries (retail, telecom, private equity, industrial goods, aerospace and defense, and mining).”

ADVICE TO SOMEONE ASPIRING TO CONSULTING CAREER

“Understand that the process for getting into consulting is extremely competitive. To succeed in the interviews, you’ll need to practice, practice, practice, and practice intelligently (meaning make sure that whoever is giving you a practice case understands what they’re doing and can provide useful feedback). You’ll be going up against students from other top schools who have spent months preparing, so if your plan is to spend a few hours over the course of a week getting ready, you likely won’t be happy with the results. Additionally, make sure you understand the differences among the firms you’re interviewing with. Each company has unique characteristics, so if I ask you ‘why Bain’, I’ll want to know that you understand how Bain compares vs. other companies.”


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