Kellogg Careers Breakdown

Even though I have not been accepted by Kellogg yet, I am continuing to do my due diligence since I have nothing better to do. I am shocked I have not seen this list anywhere else.

I am extremely impressed with the career survey of 2013. ~750 students with 13% in PE/VC. I took their career survey and tried to classify the majority of the buy-side firms (apologies if I left some out). I also have a worksheet with some notes for myself. I am specifically more interested in the hedge fund placements and saw over 5 hedge funds and most were multi-billion. This is amazing placement, considering how small the Asset Management Practicum is. I do believe the AMP program will be the primary reason I choose Kellogg over other schools if I do get accepted.

It should also be noted that Booth/Kellogg may have better buy-side placements compared to Wharton since there are so many firms in Chicago, and students can work there during the school-year. Philadelphia doesn’t have much…

Here is the list:

Kellogg Firms Industry
Dimensional Fund Advisors Asset Management
Martin Investment Management Asset Management
Oppenheimer Funds, Inc. Asset Management
PAAMCO Asset Management
Pacific Eagle Asset Management Asset Management
PIMCO Asset Management
First Capital Partners Credit/Mezz
McNally Capital Fund of Funds
Alyeska Investment Group Hedge Fund
Brave Warrior Advisors Hedge Fund
Bridger Capital LLC Hedge Fund
Citadel Hedge Fund
Goudy Park Capital Hedge Fund
Ares Management LLC Private Equity
Baring Private Equity Asia Private Equity
Bratus Capital Private Equity
Compass Group Management Private Equity
Creation Investments Capital Private Equity
Crescent Capital Group LP Private Equity
Great Hill Partners Private Equity
GTCR Golder Rauner LLC Private Equity
Gulf Capital Private Equity
OMERS Private Equity Private Equity
Pine Tree Equity Partners Private Equity
Providence Equity Partners Private Equity
QuinStreet, Inc. Private Equity
Riverwood Capital Private Equity
Sterling Partners Private Equity
The Riverside Company Private Equity
TPG Capital Private Equity
Waud Capital Partners Private Equity
Wind Point Partners Private Equity
AMD Ventures Venture Capital
Ardent Capital Venture Capital
C lassified Ventures, LLC — Venture Capital
Dreamit Ventures Venture Capital
Insight Equity Venture Capital
Northern Light Venture Capital Venture Capital
OMERS Ventures Venture Capital
Qualcomm Ventures Venture Capital
Shasta Ventures Venture Capital
Sterling Ventures Venture Capital
Tresalia Capital Venture Capital
VIVO Ventures Venture Capital
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My Ranking of Schools and Details about Kellogg Interview

My three goals of business school: entrepreneurship, network, and professor mentor. I want to build something. I want to meet new people and create life-long friendships. I want to work closely with a professor on a finance research project and have him to fall-back on when I have theoretical questions while on-the-job (I am always intellectually curious and question every investment made).

I will be happy to get accepted to any of the business schools on my list. But right now at this moment, I would rank my choices: Sloan, Wharton, Booth, and Kellogg. In reality, these 4 schools interchange ranking everyday as I do more diligence. Sloan has the best entrepreneurship track and small class to get to know professors. Great alumni network. Wharton has the best finance program and has the Wharton West campus. Booth is strong in both finance and entrepreneurship with the New Venture Challenge. Kellogg has unique programs like the AMP (Asset Management Practicum) that caught my eye, and the culture at Kellogg I definitely identify with the most. Furthermore, I could finally have a team to truly root for in college sports.

Now the purpose of this post is to focus on my thoughts on Kellogg. I interviewed in November. Kellogg interviews everyone in the USA I believe, and they use a mix of first-year, second-year, alumni, and admission officer. So I flew in for the interview in the morning. I showed up actually 45 minutes early! However… I did not call the admissions office to ask about parking guidance, since this is Evanston, Illinois! It should have parking everywhere! Lo’ and behold, I parked at the wrong spot. Recommendation: call ahead of time to ask about parking.

I was not impressed with Kellogg’s building, but I do appreciate having a campus and living close to campus. My interviewer asked standard questions:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why Kellogg?
  3. Why MBA?
  4. What kind of leader are you?
  5. Describe yourself in 2-3 words.
  6. What do your friends think about you?

There were a few other questions I may have left out. I did not prepare the “what kind of leader am I” question, since I really lead in various ways based on various circumstances. On a side note, Kellogg has the most impressive online presence. You can sign up in their portal to list your background, and they will automatically connect with you a student of a similar background. I learned a lot about the finance and AMP program. The AMP program could definitely be the kicker if I get accepted to multiple schools.

For those preparing for Kellogg, I recommend speaking to students and get a gist of the culture. I definitely see the culture at Kellogg more collaborative and less competitive compared to other schools.

My story and why MBA?

It’s November 24, 2014, and I decided to take up blogging to describe my MBA application experience. The primary driver of starting this blog is to help other members of gmatclub.com, since I have used gmatclub pretty religiously during application season and preparing for the GMAT. You can find my name on gmatclub as JohnThunder.

Personal Background

I am an Asian-american male and part of the “over-represented minority.” I attended an ivy league for undergrad with an average GPA and worked in investment banking for a few years and currently at an investment management firm. I play basketball in my free-time and am involved with Chinatown community service. I also create stock pitches in my free time (yes this is nerdy) and analyze NBA game film (again pretty nerdy).

Why Business School?

Everyone wants to be their own boss and not want to work for the MAN. At my current firm, its structure is less of a meritocracy and more of an experience-based promotion model. When I was in investment banking, I was a maniac and got rewarded for it. At my current firm, it seems like it’s less about your work but more about how you look, what time you show up, how you present yourself with senior management, and etc. These “soft skills” I am really not the best at, and I barely have time to get through all my work and do not want to waste time schmoozing. Anyways, first goal of mine is to learn more about myself and receive real feedback to improve my leadership and management skills. Second, I want to do a startup. Third, I want to find a professor to be my mentor in the long-term.

So I knew about these goals a year before I applied to bschool. I think its important to start way ahead of time. I took Manhattan GMAT course, which costs ~$1,200, and thought it was a waste of money. Their offices suck, and the computer lab is from the 1990s. I did not see much score improvement from Manhattan, but when I started to do old GMAT problems from gmatclub.com, I saw an incredible increase in mainly verbal. I was specifically targeting 700+ questions which I would get wrong today. I probably could have scored higher the second time but in my first try I got a 730 in the winter 2013. Feel free to contact me for tips. I was a quant major so I didn’t work on the math section much and just focused on verbal.

Business Schools:

I applied to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Booth, and Kellogg. Yes, it’s pretty much all the top schools.

I was rejected at Harvard, and I have not heard back from Stanford. I assume Stanford is a DING!!!!! even though I spent the most amount of time on that application.

I interviewed at Wharton, Sloan, Booth, and Kellogg. I will describe the interview and how I applied in further detail in follow-up posts.

Please feel free to ask me any questions, and I will answer them all.