OK, another offer on the table. Let’s summarize (and advice is welcome):
OPTION 1: Small (but highly reputable) operations consulting firm in NYC, DC, or Chicago. Ranked in the top 5 of Consulting Magazine’s best places to work, #1 in supervisor relationships and #4 in satisfaction by Vault magazine. Highest pay of the lot.
OPTION 2: Somewhat larger consulting firm based in Chicago, not as reputable as #1 but full of energetic, exciting people. Working in higher education consulting practice. Pay is good.
OPTION 3: Working with a non-profit consulting firm in Chicago — very small firm that works on pro bono projects with the major firms in the city of Chicago. Every staff member is a former senior consultant or partner at said major firms. Focuses entirely on public sector projects (ex. transportation, economic development, etc.) Since it’s a non-profit, the pay isn’t too hot (but it’s something).
Wow. Three amazing options and I don’t even know where to start. Who would have thought that I’d be in this predicament only two weeks ago?