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    Amazing, but for most not for ever

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There'll always be the rivalry between McKinsey and BCG, but arguably this is the world's smartest management consulting company. You'll meet amazing people and learn a lot in a very short time.

    McK and BCG are both splendid companies. The primary difference relevant for the job-seeker is cultural: McK has a bit of a reputation for their consultants coming out of a cookie cutter, and BCG has bit of a reputation for being a bit more colorful in terms of the people there. Both of these reputations are, of course, stereotypes, but they aren't undeserved. (And Bain has a reputation for being a frat house...)

    Benefits are amazing, too--where else do kids fresh out of school fly in the better part of the plane?

    Cons

    It's up-or-out and the qualities measured in the very competitive hiring process aren't necessarily the same qualities needed to thrive there in the long run. The hiring process is essentially an applied IQ test--be brighter than everyone else and somewhat presentable to client who'll pay very heavily for your time, and you'll get the job. The IQ needed to get in comes in very handy during the first years as an Associate or Consultant. But eventually the role will turn first into a project management and then into a sales role, combined with being a good shrink for CEOs whom they trust and like. The qualities needed in these roles arguably are quite different from the brain power needed to get in. Also, the intense up-or-out environment sometimes can bring out the worst in people--it's rare, but can be unpleasant.

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    One could debate the merits and demerits of the up-or-out model as well as the question whether promoting people who got in for being the best and the brightest is the best way to develop project managers and salesmen. Obviously, BCG and McK have come to their answer of that question, though I'm not entirely convinced it's the correct one.

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Boston Consulting Group Interviews

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Updated Sep 15, 2014

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    Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Boston Consulting Group.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn. After providing me with a description of the job, she interviewed me over the phone. She then scheduled an interview for me with someone in HR. Neither interview was complicated, just basic fit questions, resume walk-through, etc. The first in-person interview was more difficult and in two parts. First, I had to complete a 45 minute skill assessment that involved researching Proctor & Gamble, their top 3-5 competitors, and bench-marking them in a fictional report. It was straightforward, and they provided you with the information they wanted to find. The second part of the interview involved two associates who talked through a case about the pencil industry in Nigeria with me to analyze my thought process. They were both fairly friendly and engaging. When I got called in for the final round, however, I was given a stress interview by one person. She asked how I would analyze the cosmetics market in a particular country in Eastern Europe. In a stress interview, the interviewer acts critical, disinterested, and even condescending to assess your reaction to pressure, so I highly recommend preparing for that. I didn't expect it in an interview for a research position, and I think I was too thrown off and intimidated to get an offer.

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100 Best Companies to Work For (#3), Fortune, 2014
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
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Website www.bcg.com
Headquarters Boston, MA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1963
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Global corporations are willing to give much more than a penny for the thoughts of Boston Consulting Group (BCG). One of the world's top-ranked consulting practices, BCG operates from nearly 75 offices in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. The firm's 4,800 consultants offer a wide array of services, mainly to large corporate clients. BCG's practice areas include branding and marketing, corporate finance, globalization, business strategy, leadership development, and information technology. Founded in 1963 by industry pioneer Bruce Henderson... More

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