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Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
630 Reviews
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Boston Consulting Group President and CEO Rich Lesser
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Pros
  • Great work life-balance on most days (just make sure you get the right manager) (in 26 reviews)

  • Steep learning curve / challenge (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • There isn't a good work/life balance - you work many hours over your traditional forty (in 126 reviews)

  • Undefined project scope are becoming more common, resulting in long hours of work (in 94 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Phenomenal experience over a long tenure - stayed well beyond the average for good reasons!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal
    Former Employee - Principal

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Strong meritocracy and upward mobility
    - Culture of learning and mentoring culture
    - Focus on teaming/collaboration
    - Accessibility of the firm's best people - you can speak with whomever in the firm and people bend over backwards to help each other out at all levels
    - Global experiences more accessible and available to all employees
    - Support for full-time MBA programs

    Cons

    - Work/life balance can be tough without a doubt given the working hours, pressures, and travel - firm has gotten a better handle on this over time w/ PTO initiative
    - Firm's rapid growth has outpaced competition, but also put aggressive bogeys on Partners (which in turn made pressures and workload higher for everyone) and made retaining the smaller firm culture a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take greater strides to maintain BCG's founding culture and values, even with continued growth. Find ways to localize affiliation better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Truly the most talented people in the world

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Leader in New York, NY

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great challenges, fantastic colleagues, outstanding career opportunities

    Cons

    Incredibly long hours, never the smartest person in the room:-)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is one of the best company's I've ever worked at. The office is very comfortable and very stylish and nice.

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    Former Contractor - Accounts Payable in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Accounts Payable in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, nice monthly seminars with lunch- relaxing office

    Cons

    Depending on the department the hours can be long but other than that it's great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Associate Consultant at BCG

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing learning curve, tons of exposure and great career opportunities post-BCG.

    Cons

    Can have a lot of travelling, depending on office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great learning experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Strong mentorship, lots of learning across diverse projects

    Cons

    Long hours, team dynamics can be challenging sometimes

  7.  

    Great firm to jump start your career, especially after MBA

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely smart people, great tools, good compensation and benefits. Depending on practice and location - solid roster of clients. Good training program, for those who are proactive. Firm is trying to help with work-life balance, but given the nature of the job, it is hard to do

    Cons

    Hours and travel can be pretty tough. Promotion policies get a bit political the higher you go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to Principals and Partner with not so stellar upward feedbacks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing work experience and great learning process

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in New York, NY

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A place where you truly flourish. They have exceptional quality of trainings and unparalleled benefits.

    Cons

    Workload is intense, work-life balance is eliminated with travel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Diverse work experience possible through work in different industries;
    Opportunities for international mobility - work / travel / relocation to experience different geographies;
    Strong compensation in line with industry benchmarks;
    Strong focus on employee development - both personal and professional

    Cons

    This isn't an easy job - there may be long hours at times when work is needed, but you will know why you are putting in the extra effort;
    There is a bit of volatility in terms of work life balance - some projects are hard vs. others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing the great job being done currently;
    At the same time, consider improving office affiliation activities, esp. for consultants that travel a lot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing company, that is doing amazing things for the world.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people you will ever work with.
    Free food on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Benefits are designed with the consultants in mind, not necessarily the support staff.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working as an associate

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Associate

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot, have chance to see a lot of industries and work with very talented people. Especially in BCG, there is minimum hierarchy.

    Cons

    You work a lot. If you are in a difficult project, you don't even sleep enough. You are expected to excel every aspect of the project. Sometimes you need to complete tasks you don't even find meaningful for the project.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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