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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to begin a career.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    BCG gives you the opportunity to have a great deal of responsibility at a very early early stage in your career. As an entry-level employee (Associate or Consultant depending on previous experience), you are critical to the success of or projects that have very high visibility with senior executives at major corporations. While you might not interface with senior clients as often as the partners with whom you work, you develop deep contacts within organizations as you formulate and implement recommendations.

    Furthermore, the culture at BCG is very non-hierarchical. Debate with more senior members of your case teams (including partners) is encouraged, and the hypothesis method discourages blindly applying existing frameworks to new problems.

    Cons

    In my experience, the most negatives aspects of working at BCG are related to lifestyle. While the firm's leadership has admirably tried to instill a culture that encourages time away from work, in practice the lifestyle can be very difficult. Team members typically work into the night during weekdays and often can have a significant amount of work pushed to weekends. Moreover, many consultants spend four days per week on the road, often traveling significant distances.

    Unfortunately, the travel requirements typically do not diminish as you grow more senior, as partners often have clients in several different cities that they need to visit on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have done a remarkable job in building a place where employees are truly happy to work. Continuing to search for ways to improve lifestyle has the chance to truly differentiate the firm from its competition.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A wonderful place to work

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    The people are the best you will work with - smart, committed, and nice. You can be yourself - there isn't a whole lot of pressure to act a certain way to fit in. The job is interesting - you're not taking a cookie cutter approach. You are constantly given opportunities to develop new skills so life never gets boring. There is a strong culture of apprenticeship and everyone has access to the partners.

    Cons

    The hours can be long or unpredictable on some projects. There is no doubt it is demanding - the hours, the travel. You'll need to make choices and tradeoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you are doing.

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  3.  

    Unmatched growth opportunities, career credibility and strong network. However, job sustainability is an issue

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    Current Employee - Consultant I in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant I in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Best post-school training to start a career in management / business

    Cons

    Life at BCG can be very demanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget where you come from ....

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    Overworked but well compensated

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Money, experience, cachet, opportunities to lateral out.

    Cons

    Hours are excessive. Pressure is intense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better

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  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but you must be willing to deal with volatility of hours from week to week

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, passionate about making a difference with its clients.
    The career development process is helpful in letting you identify your strengths and weaknesses. You get formal feedback on your projectson ~3 month basis and then your career development councelor aggregates feedback and provides you insight on your promotion timing every six months
    Benefits are second to none (fully paid health insurance), profit-sharing, end of year bonus, etc.
    Oppportunity for international experience. It is not mandatory but the option exists to work on projects in other markets either from BCG offices abroad or from your own US office. z

    Cons

    Volatility of hours. Some weeks you work forty hours, other weeks you work 70.
    Total hours. A lot of people will say that the work live balance is good, and I think it is if you are looking at the job compared to other consulting firms. I have friends at other firms that put in a lot more time than I do (it depends on the BCG office you are in however). If you compare this job to brand management or other general management jobs I think the hours would be less. You comp might not be as nice though
    Some (not all) of the senior partners can be a bit arrogant and difficult to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being humble doesn't hurt sometimes

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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    great place to learn, difficult to sustain

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    BCG provides great learning opportunities (lots of training both online and live sessions, including individual coaching sessions you can sign up for), constant feedback (sometimes too much). You will also be working with very smart and motivated people. Fast paced, challenging, mostly intellectually stimulating work. Difficult to get bored. Generally nice, low key people.

    Cons

    tough work, challenging lifestyle, lots of travel. Even though everyone thinks that they are ready for the challenge, it can wear on you after a while. Also you will constantly feel scrutinized, because of the constant feedback and plotting of your performance on a matrix vs other consultants. Everyone strives to overdeliver

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more transparency

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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work but beware the recruiting hype on low travel and managable workhours!

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    Current Employee - Project Leader
    Current Employee - Project Leader

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Great people! It's really as simple as that! The staff are really hardworking, talented, and sincere. They may sometimes be obsessive about really inconsequential things, but that's only because they want to give clients the very best. The firm goes out of its way to make things easy (e.g. admin support, travel, quality of hotels when on the road, etc.)

    Cons

    Long work hours, type A personalities, really intense! Travel and workhours are always downplayed. Also, the promotion process can be somewhat opaque. You'll often hear partners boasting the place is free of politics. While it is as close to a meritocracy as I've seen, there's an intense political undertone that no one talks about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't push harder than is needed to do a first rate job. Also, positive feedback goes a long way--much more effective than constant negative feedback

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  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good starting point for a business career

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    A great training ground. Teaches you early in your career to distill most business problems to the essential issues. In theory it can give you exposure to a variety of industries, although people often get pigeonholed in industries they happen to have worked in before.
    Very nice salary, bright and committed colleagues.

    Cons

    Grueling travel commitments as in all big consulting firms.
    Projects are sometimes ill-conceived and poorly planned (a partner basically sold (oversold) a project wihout having any idea of what we were getting into or even whether this was really necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only sell what you can truly fulfill and beware of the Peter Principle when it comes to Managers and Partners.

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  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good post-business school option if you're not yet sure what you really want to do with your career

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

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Great post-business school option if you're not yet sure what industry you'd like to work in. Allows you to see a variety of business situations to help you understand business better and ultimately find what you'd like to do long-term.

    Cons

    Travel can be grueling. Rarely do you receive positive feedback or are made to feel good about what you've accomplished on a case. Leadership skills are very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately, the firm is broadening its services beyond traditional strategy consulting. Although this facilitates growth, the new services aren't necessarily the types of cases that many of us hoped to do as strategy consultants.

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  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    BCG is truly one of the most challenging and interesting places to work. Just be cautious about the lifestyle

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Ability to truly use your MBA towards some of the most complicated and interesting business problems.

    Cons

    The long hours make it sometimes less enjoyable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to figure out how to address the work-life balance problem

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