Booz & Company Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
290 Reviews
3.8
290 Reviews
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Booz & Company CEO Cesare R. Mainardi
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Pros
  • Excellent clients and some truly wonderful and very smart people who are great mentors (in 29 reviews)

  • Great people in the Middle East, very weak in the rest of the world (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance depends on project and / or project manager (in 62 reviews)

  • Bad work life balance - Consultants are expected to work long hours and on week-ends (in 32 reviews)

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  1.  

    No work life balance, senior mgmt doesn't care about employees

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Booz & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Good compensation and benefits (until the PwC merger is complete at least)
    That is the only thing I can think of to write here, so if this is the only thing that is important to you then this is the place for you

    Cons

    -Little respect for work-life balance
    -Senior management does not care about lower level employees
    -Senior associates and Principals have very little people development or management skills - working in teams can be very difficult as seniors do not know how to manage or develop lower level employees
    -Very little training curriculum
    -Competitive work culture - people take themselves way too seriously
    -Work is not all strategy as they say it is - there is quite a bit of PMO and tactical cost reduction work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A consulting company is nothing without well-rounded employees - focus on developing training programs, take actions that show you care about employee development, and think twice about work-life balance before emailing at 9pm on a Friday evening to get a deck done before Saturday. Especially with the PwC merger and employees leaving in droves, it's important to focus on the culture side of the company if you expect the remaining talent to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    In general, the company is the target of acquisition by larger consulting companies, e.g. PWC adn Accenture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz & Company

    Pros

    Good clients, good exposure. Can be good jumping board to other better companies.

    Cons

    Partnerships are not very confident about the prospectus of the firm. Many hope that the firm can be bought by a larger consulting firm as they are currently too small.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Go somewhere else if you have the option, or you might now have a job 6 months in

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Booz & Company full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great brand name to have on resume
    -Good experience and exposure, if you can network to the right projects
    -Solid mentorship, if you can find the right people to look out for you

    Cons

    -Requires knowing the right people: promotions not based on merit and project staffing is not based on skill set
    -Staff consistently treated as a resource: little focus on developing talent, high burn out rate from being overwork, and often treated as less than humans, with a very passive aggressive and acidic culture
    -Extremely cyclical business cycles: the lows are extremely low with more than 50% of staff on the beach. this resulted in a significant chunk of my starting class fired at 6 months into the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -If you want to hire and retain talent, treat your people well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Compensation is off the charts, but that can't make up for shoddy management and muddled strategy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Booz & Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everyone you work with at the ground level is smart; some of the principals are too.
    Benefits are pretty incredible.
    Overall, you are treated with respect.

    Cons

    Muddled strategy leads to messy project management.
    New strategy doesn't have much buy-in from partners or junior staff.
    Firm services perennially gets the shaft from client staff and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work out the infighting between global regional leadership. It's embarrassing to see otherwise capable and brilliant people acting like bratty children!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great exposure, development, and experience - if you're working with the right people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Booz & Company

    Pros

    - strong and visionary senior leadership team
    - opportunity to work on challenging and high impact client problems
    - down to earth staff with "roll up sleeves" style
    - practice structure allows those who want to specialize an opportunity to work in area of interest
    - good work-life programs (eg, sabbaticals, diversity networks)
    - fair compensation

    Cons

    - Passive aggressive culture with limited direct feedback
    - Virtually no formal training, and apprenticeship / on-the-job training breaks down at higher levels
    - recent short term local decisions call into question what the firm values
    - limited administrative support and general resources and poor knowledge mgmt mean that staff carry a burden that further reduces work / life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put clients and people first and everything else will fall into place. Raise the bar for expectations of partners regarding team leadership and apprenticeship.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical consulting gig

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Booz & Company

    Pros

    Primary pros associated with working for Booz & Company include compensation, and the ability to work alongside intelligent, driven people.

    Cons

    Despite verbal statements to the contrary, complete de facto disregard for employee preferences in the staffing process.
    Lack of consistency among middle and senior management with regard to teams' work life balance management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should focus on building credibility with staff by practicing what they preach in terms of staffing and work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Booz & Co. review

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Booz & Company

    Pros

    The compensation package is still comparable to MBB, but it's starting to lag. The firm has strong functional practices, especially Ops and IT.

    Cons

    Leadership is very weak and getting worse, as exhibited by the steady stream of departures by strong Partners since the firm split and Partners recieved their ridiculous payouts. There's a sense of selfishness among many leaders and this is starting to trickle down to the PRNs and SAs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your priorities straight. Your client's needs must come first. You must take care of your staff - or at least treat them with some respect. Communicate critical issues to the staff - don't try to impress us with empty rhetoric, we're a smart group of people and can see when you're dishing us the BS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recommended at all

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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Booz & Company

    Pros

    * Good brand name
    * Strong OPs practice
    * Decent exit options

    Cons

    * Very political
    * Promotions very slow
    * Very limited international exposure
    * Staffing model is horrendous -- from day 1 you have to start kissing partners' as*** to get staffed
    * Do not join "Expert Track" -- it's better to be at a second tier consulting firm than to be in the expert track. Trust me, there is a huge huge debate and conflict within the firm regarding how that track is managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Fix the staffing model, don't make juniors beg for jobs
    * Make the promotions faster and make the process fairer
    * Get a new CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    You're on your own

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Booz & Company

    Pros

    The name makes a great impact on your resume no doubt, and the clients they work with are pretty much top notch. Project quality is a mix of "secy" and boring, but that can be expected at any consulting company.
    The performance review process is quite good since they take feedback from everyone in the project team, so one person alone doesn't influence your rating

    Cons

    You are pretty much on your own here. You have to learn and develop quickly, without much support. If you cannot understand how to create a deck or do an analysis, you cannot expect much help. Also the firm culture is such that they dont really invest in you much. If you do well, good for you. Else you're out. I know for sure that this is not the case at other top 3 consulting companies.
    Also, you have to go out of your way to get projects - have to network the heck out so people know you. Project staffing is done only by principals and to some extent by SA's (engagement managers) who always go for their favorites. So even if you have experience, or want to work on a project you will not be given a chance.
    Also, no one will support you if you need it - either in performance review, or any such.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instill some respectable culture in the firm. It's almost a dog's world the way it is right now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Declining workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Booz & Company

    Pros

    Great people in the Middle East, very weak in the rest of the world

    Cons

    Partners are very selfish and do not respect the needs and demands of their personnel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shift more bargaining power to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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