“Overall, EssaySnark will provide you the only comprehensive, “real talk,” specific discussions on all things MBA. Reading through the blogs you will either experience relief, because the elements of your application jived with EssaySnark’s approach to strong applications, or you will feel just the right amount of terror to motivate you to get your ass in gear. From general app data to career goals essays, the EssaySnark blog can be your one-stop-shop for any question you might have. This alone is worth becoming a member.”
We’re honored that so many Brave Supplicants have said so many kind things about us! And even more, we’re thrilled that so many of you have GOTTEN IN! Always exciting to hear about your successes. Here’s what some people have said over the years (this list is very randomly updated — we admit to slacking off on capturing this stuff here! reading essays is more important):
Success Story from Round 1 2016 – Class of 2019 – international applicant admitted off the waitlist:
Thank you again for your help with the application process.
Your services and blahg really help me during the admission process.
The MBA experience is great, I’ve been enjoying a lot although the recruiting process is a little stressful at the moment.
We can’t really help on the recruiting part but it’s pretty great to be in that position!!!
I can’t thank you guys enough.
Success Story from Round 1 2015 – Class of 2018:
Although I used many resources, I didn’t use any professional consultants outside of EssaySnark. I want to say thanks to EssaySnark for their (her? his?) help.
Also from Round 1 2015 – reply received when we issued a heartfelt “CONGRATULATIONS!!” on news of their admits:
Thanks for the kind words! Your advice and prespective on essay-writing and the broader application process was invaluable. Last year when I was waitlisted/deferred at Wharton and Columbia (and eventually denied), I had paid big bucks for the services of a well-known admissions consultant firm, who, while I’m definitely not in the blame game, led me down a path that resulted in horrendous essays. Through your strategy guides, essay review/ding analysis, and blog posts, I learned how to write significantly improved essays for a fraction of the money and time I spent on last year’s essays. EssaySnark was able to get through my head: 1) write like a lawyer, not an aspiring Hemingway 2) present realistic, honest (i.e. most likely un-glamorous) career goals instead of the pie-in-sky/change the world goals that many applicants, including myself, are told to and feel compelled to write. Finally, EssaySnark’s refusal to make material content recommendations (as opposed to my last consultant) ensured that my goals and stories were 100% me, which I think was inextricably important in putting together a strong application.
Keep up the good work and thanks for all the help, I recommend the services to friends applying to school.
From Round 1 2014:
I wanted to touch base and let you know how things ended up for me. I was waitlisted at [Great School], and accepted at [Very Good School] and [Another Very Good School]. I wanted to say thanks for all the help and guidance from you and your team, and to let you know that the free services that you supplied me as a military vet were a huge help to me in making this journey. My only regret is not finding your website sooner! I’m really happy with my outcomes and I think no matter which of the schools I choose I think I’ll be really happy.
2014 admissions season:
Thanks for a great service -I subscribed [to the blahg] for 4 months, along with purchasing a couple of the strategy guides, and it was a huge help during applications (and afterwards). I was fortunate to get into Kellogg, Fuqua, Anderson and Kenan-Flagler (perfect 4 for 4!), some with $$, so I have a tough decision ahead!
2013 admissions season:
Thanks for the feedback. I love you guys (or gals). I wish I had found you before I went with another consultant but your blog still helped quite a bit. I know there is a blurry line in consulting between helping and doing-it-for-you. I think you guys walk the line well, giving great support without taking away from the applicant. So, of course, I am telling all the Round 2-ers and friends who are applying next year to thoroughly check you out.
Keep doing your thang.
Got into (top school)!! Come on!
I am really grateful to you for all the support, encouragement and advice that you provided to me. You really helped me in improving my pitch which I think made the difference in the end.
Without your support I doubt if I would have got an interview call let alone an admit. You guys are great!
I am very very happy to inform you that I got the call from (great school) last Friday and I´m in!!! I still feel like floating, it´s been an amazing weekend and … well, you know how people feel at this point very well 🙂
Although I did not use the decimator service for this one, the (great school) Guide was a wonderful tool to work my app, so somehow I partly owe it to you. Thank you!
Thank you EssaySnark. I have decided to join ISB. Your blog and the school guides / interview guide that I purchased were very helpful and even fun to read. Thanks for bring some fun into the stressful journey of applying to business school.
First, I’d like to let you know that so far I’ve found your App Accelerators to be very useful (and affordable – you are the first Bschool application resource I’ve found that doesn’t seem to be solely focused on bleeding money out of prospects). I’m eagerly anticipating your feedback on two accelerators right now.
Thanks! I really appreciate the feedback you provided and only wish I had stumbled upon this site sooner in the application process. Very excited for (favorite school) though. I will definitely recommend you to friends applying to business school in the future. Happy New Year!
April 2013 We’ve had some very happy
BSers STBBS sending us notes recently!
“You must be hearing this quite a lot by now, but from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of my family too, THANK YOU SOOOOO VERY MUCH, YOU ARE WORTH YOUR WEIGHT IN GOLD.”
“Essaysnark is awesome ! Thanks for helping me throughout the process.”
“I owe you a huge debt. I really cannot thank you enough, it would not have been possible for you.”
“The site is helpful and straightforward. I had an out of range GMAT, but my essays really pulled me through. The tips I learned from this site helped tremendously.”
“Thanks for all the help, EssaySnark. Your comments/insights throughout the process were immensely helpful, and I wouldn’t have made it to [TOP SCHOOL] without you guys.”
Back in 2011 – 2012, we were on this site called evisors and you can check out the reviews posted there at the time (UPDATED: sorry we’re not doing service through evisors anymore but you can now purchase a one-off Private Consult if you’re in the market for that).
Here are some testimonials left for very kind Brave Supplicants who wanted to spread the word about their experience with us:
- “I didn’t end up applying to b-school…”
- Thank You
- Testimonial: Keep on keepin’ on
- Testimonial: Multiple admits!
Here’s a write-up of the experience of one of our favorite successful Brave Supplicants with applying and the internal debate, and eventual acceptance of the Dark Side, about whether to use help from an admissions consultant (January 2012).
Apparently a Wall Street dude is now fan, too (July 2012).
We also saw this unsolicited review of the SnarkStrategies Guides in April 2012. Other reviews can be found on Amazon and Smashwords where certain essay guides are sold.
And here’s a listing of all the reviews left on our various services – as you can see, we don’t censor them, we publish everyone’s comments unedited (and your mileage may vary – hopefully you’re the type of BSer who “gets” what we’re about and doesn’t snipe at us without, uh, like, reading the whole book before you leave feedback!!! – doh!):
If you’ve got feedback about any aspect of EssaySnark’s products and services — paid or unpaid — positive or negative — feel free to leave a comment below! Separately: If you’re UNHAPPY with EssaySnark we do hope you’ll come to us DURING YOUR ENGAGEMENT and tell us what’s going on! We don’t censor these reviews but it would sure be nice to hear what’s going on when there’s still a chance for us to work through it with you.
There are of course many more reviews on the individual product pages and we invite you to check those out, too!
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I just wanted to send you a quick thank-you e-mail, from a French BSer, applying to MIT, Stanford and HBS deferred admission programs.
I worked on four documents you wrote and I’m impressed by the quality of your guides, your involvement and your writing skills (very conversational, so much so that one would love to discuss with you). You were an important support for the application, which can be a rough time. It’s an immense service you are gracefully doing us all BSers.
I might get in touch soon in the event of interview invitations from said Bschools.
All the best !
Dear all at EssaySnark, I was accepted at HBS!!! I would like to thank you so much!! Sorry for taking so long to get back to you with these news. I took a few weeks of vacations after receiving their admission letter. I am extremely happy, of course, I need to thank you for your help. I am recommending your services to all my friends and I will write positive feedbacks in your website. Before getting to know you, I tried three other MBA consultants and they were not nearly as good as you are. Your service is fantastic and your harsh and sincere feedbacks are priceless. Thanks one more time!!
Bought the indian applicant guide this evening. There is a lot to like about the guide, but i believe there is huge scope for it to improve. First, I'll discuss the pro's of the guide.
1. It breaks the application down into parameters that matter and offers advice on each parameter. This ensures that we can delete all the junk that we see everywhere else on the internet. There is a lot of information online, especially in some of the forums profile evaluations and school reviews, that it is hard to acknowledge the value of any single component.
2. It does offer some actionable advice. Sure, some of the factors can not be changed and the guide acknowledges it.
3. I believe it tells you the current situation of Indian applicants. Whether we accept it or not, the guide nails it in describing us form an adcom's perspective. Think of it this way, it makes getting in sweeter and the recruiters know that it is harder for us to get in.
Now for the cons.
1. For a book costing $50, it is rather short. You can go through it in fifteen minutes. This can be improved by adding a few example profiles with different career goals to check for the common loopholes.
2. This book definitely does not come close to replacing any real admissions help services like "complete profile review" etc. as advertised. In fact, it actively suggests which of the services may be helpful. Having an FAQ section might help address some of the common questions and avoid hiring a third party consultant.
3. It is hard to figure out any strategy from this guide. A little more info on schools and their individual perceptions with regard to indian candidates would have helped.
Bottomline: As a book costing $50, it is not worth it ( There are a lot of alternate books costing way less . I've read one costing $1 and it was good).
On the other hand, it does it's job as a substitute for the expensive adcon. I would have been extremely happy if a consultant charged me 50 bucks and gave as much advice as this book.
I was incredibly impressed with the thoroughness and level of personalized detail in my review. You get exactly what is promised: a tough, honest look at your individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as at your vision for presenting the resulting story.
While essaysnark's reputation is built on blunt, no-sugarcoating honesty, the review also identified a number of positive things about my profile that frankly I hadn't even thought considered. You may get torn apart, but the goal of helping you put your best foot forward is always clear.
I would highly recommend this service to anyone preparing to begin the application process. It's a tremendous value for the price and a great way to strengthen your focus in the lead-up to Round 1.
First, let me start by saying that I love most of the stuff on your blog. HOWEVER, this has set high expectations. I now expect Essaysnark to deliver superior content. The guide for Indian applicants (or whatever you call it) is a half baked product. I purchased it two hrs ago and read though it in less than a hour. I did not learn anything new or valuable (other than which accelerator to buy.) You merely list the common traits/weaknesses and provide mundane suggestions (apply in R1, visit schools, talk to alumni,etc. REALLY Essaysnark?)
Please review and improve this guide. Compared to rest of your work, this guide is lousy and a potential time bomb for your credibility. For eg: You pointed out that many of the Indian applicants are the senior citizens of the MBA applicant's world. Then tell us that Darden is NOT the school for older applicants. Nor is Emory. (The admission officers at both these schools explicitly told me that they will straight away reject older candidates and steer them to the EMBA.) You speak about low GPA's. Then why don't you tell us to take some courses over the summer to demonstrate our quant abilities. Oh wait! We need to buy one of your accelerators for that! My bad!
I am very disappointed with this product. Both the Indian applicant (as per your guide) and your guide itself seem to share one common trait - "minimal accomplishment."
@BschoolOnMyMind, we always appreciate feedback, and as we tweeted on Friday https://twitter.com/EssaySnark/status/487610262011518976 this guide is under review based on your complaint to the team last week. We just have to say though that maybe you should spend more time with this? We haven`t yet completed our review but honestly we don`t see how these accusations have much merit. There is a lot more in here besides just the apply-in-Round 1 and the visit-campus advice - both of which elements, BTW, are very often unappreciated by Indian applicants. But we unfortunately are puzzled by your specific complaints. Where do we tell you that Darden is, or isn`t, open to older applicants? (They are, by the way; we`ve seen a bunch of well-qualified candidates make it in who are over 30, but you`re right, if you`re too old, then ALL the top schools are going to be pushing you towards their EMBA programs instead -- and, we talk about the P/T and the EMBA options as viable alternatives, there`s several pages on that.)
We`re sorry to see anyone so disappointed but we also don`t see grounds for all these complaints. We will definitely be back to update this when our review is concluded! We are always looking to improve and we`re glad for the opportunity to do so.
I highly highly recommend purchasing the Essay Snark strategy guides. I had read through my fair share of "Business School Strategy" guides before I came across Essay Snark, and I really wish I had started here. The guides offer relatively detailed, school specific information that helped me get organized and focus my thoughts. If you're like me and you're struggling to find a focus for your essays (especially with HBS), you'll find that the guides help you drill down on what you want your essay message to be. While I did not take advantage of the essay critique services (although I wish I had), I found that reading through the strategy guides helped me gain insight into each school and figure out how best to frame up my essays to each specific school.
I applied R1 to HBS, MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley; I received an interview invite at all but Stanford and an offer from HBS and MIT (withdrew my Berkeley app after I received those offers).
Essay Snark is the Standard of all admissions consultancy agencies. If you're military, the comprehensive profile review is unparalleled. I got 15...FIFTEEN! pages of detailed analysis on my GPA, GMAT scores, school choices, resume and work experience. Given their track record and their experience in the industry, reading about how you can play your strengths/weaknesses gives you a significant leg up compared to other applicants.
Their review convinced me about their competencies. So much, that I bought the Harvard Essay Decimator service. Another service well worth the money. I've always considered myself a decent writer, and, let me say, there's a reason why it's called the "decimator." My first draft, if submitted, would most likely have closed a lot of school doors for me.
Thanks for helping me out through this grueling, emotionally taxing process, ES! I'll report back on my results.
There is a big problem with Essaysnark`s services. They find out the faults in your essays and resumes but do not provide any solution to fix the errors. If you go to a professional service you do not pay them to say `there is a fault go and fix it` but you pay them for saying `there is a fault & the way to fix it is by doing this`. Finding fault in someone`s work is very easy and I am not paying you for that. Providing solution is what is required and I would suggest that Essaysnark start providing that. I have taken the resume review service and essay review service and I did not find anything in terms of solution. It is always like `this does not belong here` or `everyone says this`. Alright how can I change it to make it unique or make changes to make it belong here? Give or take those are my professional experiences and whats the point in saying everyone does this. Ok. What can I structure it to, to make it shine? I am not asking Essaysnark to write my essay or resume. Thats my job and I have done it. Instead of asking the applicants what is that you are bringing to the table for MBA, Essaysnark must ask itself what is that it is bringing to the table. According to me the answer is `none`. The essaysnark school guide cannot provide specifics for every person because if it did that then why would you have other review services at all. Also for essay decimator you don`t provide the school guide and how can you assume that everyone reads the school guide. So whats the point in saying `You never went through the guide`. Honestly Clear Admit school guides give more information in terms of the school. Bottomline, I am unimpressed with Essaysnark.
Just wanted to make some comments re this review. First, we never heard anything from this person; this review was the first we knew that he even had questions on his feedback or was less than satisfied. Second, he purchased multiple items AFTER getting feedback on the resume that he`s here complaining about, including purchasing a second resume review. If the feedback was so unsatisfactory, why did he keep buying more reviews?
We know that this process is very challenging and emotionally taxing. All we do is offer straightforward feedback on whether someone has a chance or not. We point out the flaws and the reasons why a pitch is not solid. We often offer suggestions and of course we point out the other resources available, like the essay guides. No, essay guides are not included in a standalone Essay Decimator purchase since that service is bought after essays are written. One essay guide IS included in the Complete Essay Package which is always what we recommend for people needing the most amount of support in the process.
It`s too bad that this BSer felt the need to vent his frustration over his process here, since we would`ve been very motivated to help him further had he come to us directly for assistance. We are never going to censor any such reviews but we did want to offer a little context and a few facts to correct the record.