Foster School of Business | Mr. Tesla Gigafactory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.0
Wharton | Ms. Female Engineer
GRE 323, GPA 3.5
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Financial Controller
GRE Yet to Take, Target is ~330, GPA 2.5
Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10
Ross | Ms. Middle Aged MBA-er
GRE 323, GPA 3.6
London Business School | Mr. Impact Financier
GMAT 750, GPA 7.35/10
Chicago Booth | Mr. PM to FinTech
GMAT 740, GPA 6/10
Ross | Mr. Operational Finance
GMAT 710, taking again, GPA 3
Kellogg | Mr. Texan Adventurer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Data & Strategy
GMAT 710 (estimate), GPA 3.4
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
MIT Sloan | Mr. Unicorn Strategy
GMAT 740 (estimated), GPA 3.7
Duke Fuqua | Mr. National Security Advisor
GMAT 670, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Tech Evangelist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Duke Fuqua | Mr. 911 System
GMAT 690, GPA 3.02
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Musician To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 1.6
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Upward Trend
GMAT 730, GPA 2.85
Kellogg | Mr. Class President
GRE 319.5, GPA 3.76
Stanford GSB | Mr. Army Man
GRE 330, GPA 3.25
Stanford GSB | Mr. S.N. Bose Scholar
GMAT 770, GPA 3.84
MIT Sloan | Mr. Surgery to MBB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Emporio Armani
GMAT 780, GPA 3.03
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Jill Of All Trades
GRE 314, GPA 3.36

Where Tech Firms Are Finding Their MBA Talent

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‘TECH INCREASINGLY OFFERS MANY OF THE MOST DYNAMIC, CHALLENGING & LUCRATIVE CAREERS’

A confluence of factors has caused the tech surge in MBA hiring. Notwithstanding Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg’s recent comments that people don’t need an MBA to succeed in Silicon Valley, tech firms have shown a strong appetite for business school grads, emerging as among the most aggressive recruiters with consulting shops and financial powerhouses. It’s also the fastest growing, most dynamic industry in the economy today, drawing deep interest from MBA grads who want to make an impact with their careers. And a disproportionate share of the jobs are in California, long a magnet for jobseekers who also are seeking lifestyle in their career choices. That’s why Silicon Valley pilgrimages by MBA students around the world have become de rigueur.

Those are some of the reasons why tech has become so popular with MBAs, even though the field pays less than either consulting or finance. At Harvard last year, MBAs who went into tech scored base salaries of $125,000–$15,000 less than either consulting or finance. Median sign-on bonuses in tech were $25,000, equal with consulting but another $15,000 less than finance. And fewer tech-bound MBAs got those signing bonuses (69%) than MBAs who headed into consulting (93%). Some of the gap is made up in stock awards. At UCLA’s Anderson School, one of the top schools for tech, 34.1% of last year’s graduates received equity as part of their compensation, up from 27.9% a year earlier.

“Technology careers are increasingly offering many of the most dynamic, challenging and lucrative careers for MBAs,” says Jonathan Masland, director of the career development center at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. “In addition, as technology revolutionizes and disrupts traditional business and means for accessing products and services, they are hiring more MBAs to lead these efforts – MBA programs like Tuck are attracting and training professionals that can help lead these businesses forward and therefore are being hired in greater numbers.”

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About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.