Booz & Company

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Booz & Company Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated Jun 15, 2014
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3.7 51 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Booz & Company CEO Cesare R. Mainardi

Cesare R. Mainardi

(27 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good learning opportunity but awful culture

    Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsOld 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 Senior ManagementPut 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsDo 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 Senior ManagementPlease 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Consultant (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsEveryone 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

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    Typical consulting gig

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Acquired by Pwc

    Associate I (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFew changes during buy and hold period of 1-year

    ConsUnknown changes after 1 year

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsDo 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.

    ConsLack 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.

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    Strong heritage and brand but not as broad as MBB

    Associate (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Prossmart folks, compensation, great in Middle East

    Consno work life balance, poor SCM. procurement practices

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good -- not great firm due to lack of scale and questionable leadership appointments

    Principal (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsOverall good firm with new CEO trying to put Booz on right path. When business is good -- plenty of opportunity to go around.

    ConsLack of scale creates knee jerk environment when utlization is low. Leadership manages business 8 -12 weeks out... several Partners on management team lack leadership / mgmt skills. Poor communication from top down. Firm is having a bit of an identity crisis.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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