Booz & Company

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Booz & Company Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
297 Reviews
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297 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent clients and some truly wonderful and very smart people who are great mentors (in 27 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 64 reviews)

  • Bad work life balance - Consultants are expected to work long hours and on week-ends (in 33 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great management consulting firm

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart, down-to-earth people

    Cons

    Needs to do more strategy work in order to break into the tier of McK, Bain, and BCG

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Folks who leave / asked to leave could be better treated and helped. If they were, alumni would recruit Booz for more projects for their current employers. As it is, Booz alumni are not as fond of Booz -- unlike peers from McK, BCG, and Bain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent but has been a roller coaster!

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate - SA2 in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate - SA2 in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great client work. People are intelligent but humble.

    Cons

    Governance structure is little messed up and that leads senior management to take a short term view rather than long term view.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long term view. Think of the legacy you will be leaving

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Booz & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The flexibility is good (as good as it can be for a management consulting firm). There are a few formal programs in place (i.e. sabbatical, reduced work schedules).

    Also, working with highly intellectual people challenges you all the time, keeps you on your toes and motivated.

    Cons

    Can be reactive versus proactive to market needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and look at the potential long term pro's and con's of a decision before making it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Exciting pure strategy work with Fortune 100 clients

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good learning opportunity but awful culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Booz & Company full-time (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
  7.  

    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    smart folks, compensation, great in Middle East

    Cons

    no work life balance, poor SCM. procurement practices

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at Booz & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Olympic training ground - incredible projects, colleagues ...horrible culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Principal in New York, NY

    I worked at Booz & Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exceptionally bright colleagues. Real world problems with the ear of senior business people to fix them. Really bright, capable partners

    Cons

    Widely recognized for a horrible culture. Cut Throat environment. *very weak* leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If it feels like the boat is sinking, look in the mirror!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Booz & Company full-time (less than an 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
  11.  

    Lots of Pros, Lots of Cons

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Communications in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Decent training and development opportunities

    Cons

    Very clear distinction between client staff and support staff. If you're part of the latter you often feel inferior. Very different pay scales between the two. Not much upward mobility. Promotions are rare and your manager has to "make a case" in front of a committee in order for you to get even the slightest promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate employees, have employees socialize among each other, improve morale, improve trust among employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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