Booz & Company Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
295 Reviews

3.8
295 Reviews
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Booz & Company CEO Cesare R. Mainardi
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company - avoid

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Booz & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Because resources are so limited, you learn to do a lot yourself, making you more efficient when you leave for a full-service firm with greater support resources

    Cons

    Toxic culture fueled by downward spiral in sales performance and large inferiority complex; employees constantly moaning about the gap between Booz and MBB
    Dishonest leadership team that masked issues
    Rattling lay-offs of large group of new undergraduate intake (~40% of undergrad hires just 6 mos into their careers were fired)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be humble; PwC might not have a great brand, but they've grown a large organization and I presume foster a better culture. Learn from them.

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

    Good learning opportunity but awful culture

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

    I have been working at Booz & Company full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Challenging work, good set of colleagues at times and travel perks

    Cons

    Old Boys Club culture
    Business is very unstable
    Little regard for people and their needs - this is not a place to have a long term career
    Short sighted and incredibly arrogant leadership
    Did I say terrible culture?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your ego aside and try to be a decent firm. Treat your employees like human beings and stop pretending you're anywhere as close to MBB as you think

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Claim a fair environment with merit based rewards, in reality immoral and highly political

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people at the firm, some of the best I have worked with. True leaders can be found at Booz & Company, though unfortunately, very few at the management level. Booz is also a great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Do not promote based on merit, despite what is advertised. Also, have denied full-time employment to interns based on visa issues which interns were not notified of before agreeing to summer internships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please start to reward your employees based on merit (both for promotions and bonuses). They deserve it. Additionally, do not offer internships unless interns can be offered full-time positions, or notify interns of any restrictions beforehand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9.  

    Acquired by Pwc

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    Former Employee - Associate I  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate I in New York, NY

    I worked at Booz & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Few changes during buy and hold period of 1-year

    Cons

    Unknown changes after 1 year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Some people are fantastic, others are stuck in the past.

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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 a year

    Pros

    Do important work for big companies. If you find a senior person to take you under his/her wing, you can carve your own path. Some opportunity for international experiences for those interested.

    Cons

    Lack of pride in the brand among staff due to second-tier perception. Mergers over the past years have created tension in the organization, though the Katzenbach merger in particular was a plus.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Strong heritage and brand but not as broad as MBB

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

    I worked at Booz & Company full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    smart folks, compensation, great in Middle East

    Cons

    no work life balance, poor SCM. procurement practices

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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