MBA recruiting is frustrating. We created this to fix it.

I know, I know. You got into a top MBA program, and you thought you had it easy from there. All those hours spent GMAT prepping, soliciting letters of recommendation awkwardly from managers or clients, and writing essays on “why [INSERT SCHOOL NAME] is the best choice for my career right now”. Not to mention forking over up to $300 per school for application fees. You thought that everything would be easier once you set foot on campus…that companies would flock to you, and you’d simply point and click to get that dream job.

But now you’re a first-year MBA student, and come October you have 15 coffee chats, 5 lunch-and-learns, 3 cocktail mixers, and a resume review session…and that’s just the first week of recruiting. You’re scrambling to create and execute a plan, only to find a lack of clear, consolidated data. Frustrated, you take a shotgun strategy, applying for dozens of companies and condemning yourself to months of misery. Or, you cobble together anecdotes from friends, former co-workers, career advisers, and second-years to narrow down your list. Either way, you deserve much more given your significant investment in the MBA experience.

That’s why we created transparentMBA, the first-ever career compensation and satisfaction source, curated specifically for the MBA experience. Like you, we were frustrated with the lack of clear, deep data available to MBAs — I could find the average salary for, say, brand management roles coming out of my program, but how did that vary by company? By city?

Intuitive dashboards allow comparison across companies, for both full-time and internships

When we tried Glassdoor, Payscale, or other compensation data providers, we found the data too muddied and generic to be useful. An “anonymized” salary range of $74K to $124K for a Product Manager position at Amazon makes these sites useless from an MBA perspective, hypersensitive as we are to ROI of our decision to return to school.

Finally, we realize compensation is far from the only job search metric that matters. MBAs want to understand work-life balance, amount of travel, and upward mobility across industries and firms. As of now, this data is collected painstakingly through anecdotes from classmates, second-years, and even online sources like Quora and Reddit. We’ve created an easy-to-use, 10-point scale for real MBAs to rate their jobs and companies on these metrics.

Hours worked, travel, and satisfaction metrics are all user-reported from verified members of the MBA community.

Contextualized compensation and satisfaction data is just the beginning. We have several exciting features planned to help you through the confusing, frustrating process of MBA recruiting. Join us in our quest to provide MBAs with the data they deserve to make the best career decisions possible.

Founded in February 2016 by Chicago Booth MBA students, TransparentMBA now offers 80,000+ data points across the top 30 MBA programs in the US. By working with individual users, career services, and employers, we are working to provide MBAs the most transparent, user-friendly recruiting resource ever. Sign up here for free.

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