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Pros
  • Great work life-balance on most days (just make sure you get the right manager)(in 25 reviews)

  • You will work with very smart people and learn about different industries(in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance stinks, variability of assignments has some cons(in 113 reviews)

  • Undefined project scope are becoming more common, resulting in long hours of work(in 80 reviews)

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    Outstanding growth platform

    Project Leader (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsOutstanding learning curve, high brand value, steep salary trajectory, amazingly smart and genuinely nice colleagues

    ConsTravel can be brutal and work hours are long. Workload is unpredictable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunity to leverage in short term - but think of it as a 2-4 year opportunity

    Project Leader (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsGreat brand, you will develop professionally
    Fantastic people up through the PL level - though hard to find inspiring partner role models
    Fantastic benefits and pay - best pay outside of the financial services industry relative to experience / tenure
    Work can be quite industry - get a broad range of functional areas across industries and geographies in a very short time frame - a classic strategy consulting background

    ConsIt has a burn out culture - must work too hard to get ahead
    Promotion timing and criteria not well understood or transparent - the company will go back on previous promises, be careful

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe transparent about burnout, investment banking culture - don't pretend this is different
    Figure out if you want to be a top strategy firm or implementation firm - it's quite hard to walk both paths at the same time

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    great experience at a very high cost

    Consultant (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsThe experience you get in different industries is extremely helpful. Also great brand recognition.

    ConsManagement has no respect for the individual consultants - they don't need to have since there are always lines of people applying for each open job. So they can work you until

    Advice to Senior ManagementSince management really needs consultants to do the heavy lifting, they should treat them better

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    A terrific job for someone seeking the ability to develop a wide set of business skills in a challenging environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsDevelopment of expertise in multiple industries. Rapid development in project-based work. 360-degree feedback multiple times per year. A good work environment -- a social group of very intelligent, energetic, driven people. Opportunities to create your own path based on your specific career goals (e.g. focus on consumer goods, or focus on social impact projects, or try to develop your analytical skills)

    ConsLong hours, some limitations in terms of your ability to influence the staffing decisions made on your behalf. In the downturn, the performance evaluations are even more important, and the job selection can become more limited. Finally, some people dislike the travel, but I enjoy it. Some would prefer more "strategy" work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut junior people in front of more clients. This is done by some individuals, but is not consistently executed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I love working at BCG

    Principal (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsMy co-workers are wonderful, sparkling, intelligent people. The variety of work I get to do is fantastic at junior levels. You get Very rapid exposure to senior people at BCG and at the client. And finally, the pay is reasonably good. You're not goin gto get private jet rich, but you'll get pretty well compensated relative to the work that you do.

    ConsThere is often a lot of travel that you have to do to get to clients, so that makes the hours long. Sometimes there is a lot of power point

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Great company with good opportunities and very poor senior management

    Consultant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsExtremely high caliber of consultants, demanding and challenging work, some access to high-level clients. Generally BCG pays attention to work life balance and tries to look after consultant's sanity. Pay is very good, and so are the bonuses. Benefits are excellent, healthcare coverage is superb. BCG gives you the opportunity to travel overseas and work in different offices if you like that, but does not force you to travel internationally. Generally, BCG is not very hierarchical, so partners and managers look for input from more junior consultants. Finally, BCG loves feedback, so you get it frequently and it is very much encouraged.

    ConsWhile BCG tries to look after your work life balance, often it does a poor job of it, and you end up working 80-100 hour weeks. In the SF office, management has done a terrible job of communicating with junior members. Staffing is extremely opaque; consultant's input is rarely taken into account; it's mostly about what the company needs and not at all about what you want or need. The day after our CEO came and talked about no layoffs, the office senior management laid off a number of junior consultants masquerading that as the "up-or-out" policy. Extremely shameful and disappointing. I've lost a great deal of respect for BCG.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to consultants, respect their comments, provide ways for them to *safely* communicate with you, provide complete visibility into where the office is headed, allow them more control and view into staffing and talk openly about stealth layoffs. It's shameful for BCG to say there are no layoffs and then do them right away behind everyone's back. I've lost a great deal of respect.

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    Fantastic company

    Consultant (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsGreat culture, about as family-friendly as a consulting firm can be

    ConsLack of predictability in work schedule, high-pressure / high-stress place to work

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue with strong leadership

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good

    Consultant (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    Prosgood atmosphere, personal growth, verstaile

    Constravelling, long hours, small groups

    Advice to Senior Managementnothing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Quality output and good opportunities with some political issues

    Manager (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsHigh level of competence in staff and good quality output. Good job opportunities after, although alumni network is not strong overseas. Flexibility in time off was good - no specific hours as work had to be done at high quality, but if you didn't need to be in the office, then you didn't come in as there would invariably be a project you'd work insane hours on (so take leave when you can get it).

    ConsHours, politics... depending on your office, there are some poorer quality principals/directors who the company isn't willing to get rid of. Offices are also getting more homogenous than they were re: types of people they employ.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more ruthless is getting rid of senior management who are poor communicators/managers (even if they're good with clients) if they are supposed to actually manage a team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    BCG rocks -- if you can get in, that is.

    Principal (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsPeople who are both razor sharp and really nice!

    ConsRelatively intense working hours and travel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to plan for the long term.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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