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

  • Steep learning curve / Great on the job training (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • There isn't a good work/life balance - you work many hours over your traditional forty (in 122 reviews)

  • Undefined project scope are becoming more common, resulting in long hours of work (in 89 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fading star becomes a dog

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    Former Employee - Partner in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Partner in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Great place to learn about business basics

    Cons

    The company hasn't kept up with changing times in the industry. Consultants need to be very politically astute to succeed. Senior leadership looks at employees as "factors of production".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the incentives for leadership to take advantage of the staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of hours, lots of opportunity

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn, strong exit opportunities

    Cons

    Lots and lots of hours...you're on call 24/7

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work for

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

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Strong camaraderie
    Smart colleagues
    Challenging customer problems

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Travel schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    BCG - an amazing place if you are up for a challenge and hard work

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    1. Unbelievable experience advising companies on the most important strategic issues
    2. Incredibly smart and motivated colleagues who continually challenge you intellectually
    3. Fun and personable culture, hard working but not cut throat
    4. Focus on creativity and finding new answers to client problems that will truly drive impact
    5. Personally, I think the Philadelphia office (and partners) are amazing

    Cons

    1. As with any consulting firm, hours and travel can be hard some weeks. Especially Monday through Thursday your life is pretty work focused
    2. For certain projects, it can seem like you undertake endless iterations on the same client materials
    3. Some clients are not as nice as others

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in people, highlight partners who manage to maintain a sustainable, balanced lifestyle

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    BCG is the best place to work in the world, if you are willing to put the hours and energy expected

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Career development opportunities
    Networking opportunities
    Compensation

    Cons

    Work/life balance
    Up or out system adds uncertainty in these times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing the great work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    BCG is truly an amazing place to be.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Incredibly talented people and ability to make your own choices

    Cons

    Not much, it's up or out, so not everyone can stay there. If you're "out", that would of course be a downside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not make any significant changes, the place is great as it is

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    BCG is a great place to work and grow!

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    Former Employee - Summer Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Smart, down to earth people

    Cons

    Lots of travel, many time in not exciting places

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    BCG is THE consulting firm to work for.

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    The people are incredible; I work with some of the smartest, yet fun people I have ever met, I love my project team and we are able to have a great time both while in a team room or out to dinner; the work is challenging; I am never bored and always engaged in my project; I think the performance review process is best in class - both informatl and formal feedback are valuable; Culture is a key reason I selected BCG over any other consulting firm, and I have not been disappointed with my experience; I have found a number of great mentors who I respect and who have guided me well throughout my career.

    Cons

    As with any consulting company, travel can be difficult, but BCG definitely works to make it "doable"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication continues to be the key, especially in such challenging economic environments

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I like my job - I thought I would like BCG, not love it!

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

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    The culture at BCG is one that supports each person's individual development. I have been impressed with all the support that is provided, and focus on creating situations where you can get the skill set you need to be successful. It is also is very committed to making consulting a sustainable career from a work-life balance perspective. The people at BCG - including the Boston office - are also wonderful. BCGers are smart and intellectually curious, but also very down-to-earth and nice to work with. I also like the diverse mix of people at BCG - whether it's diverse backgrounds or interests.

    Cons

    As with any consulting firm, hours can be long, but BCG is better than most firms at helping to maintain work-life balance. As long as you set personal boundaries, you can definitely manage the work-life balance. It also helps to have managers on your team that support flexibility and work-life balance, and I have had many of those managers so far. In this economy, the ability to pick and choose from the cases you want to be staffed on is probably a bit less than in other economies, but I have seen BCG still try to match people with cases that meet their development needs, even in a tough economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep recruiting such great people - the people are what make BCG such a great place to work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    BCG - a truly exceptional consulting firm

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Work with amazing colleagues on challenging business problems with top-tier clients
    Professional development - build skills that will set the foundation for a long-term career in business, non-profit, government/politics, or academia
    Strong corporate culture best characterized as collegial, altrusitic, and supportive/collaborative
    Salary and benefits set the standard in the industry
    Work with a truly exceptional company - a firm that treats its employees with respect and delivers great value to its clients
    BCG provides opportunities to work in corporate and non-profit work

    Cons

    Work/life balance is tough in management consulting with somewhat frequent travel and time spent working with clients - - - though BCG does a great job of trying to alleviate that, within reason
    Real personal growth involves some discomfort as you stretch beyond your comfort zone - if you can't handle that, this job will be tough for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue your efforts to maintain the strong culture of the firm

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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