Boston Consulting Group Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Salary is well below market for non-consulting staff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health Insurance premiums are 100% paid for by the company, which is unheard of these days. Option to work from home part-time and they are generally supportive of work-life balance.

    Cons

    Resources are scarce for non-consulting staff (technology, equipment, human capital, budget, etc.). Salary for non-consulting staff is well below market. Lack of upward mobility; very flat organization.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Project Leader

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with teams of highly capable and motivated people, interesting, challenging projects to work on, exposure across different industries and clients, lots of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    work life balance - even in places where it is supposedly better, it is still always bad. Travel - being away from home four nights a week every week gets to you.

    Advice to Management

    Despite the pressure in the industry overall, try to find ways to allow consultants to have better work life balance, e.g., by not gold plating work.


  3. Recruiter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Happy hours, fun, young culture

    Cons

    No trust in administrative services - micro management. Company on a whole does not value admin positions as demonstrated in both salary and behavior.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Project Leader

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with very smart, talented people, exposure to lots of different industries, compensation and benefits, generally more supportive towards individual employees than I've heard with other major consulting firms.

    Cons

    Standard cons with management consulting - ability to control work hours, projection selection, team members is hit or miss; different regions (even within U.S.) have different philosophies on work/life balance.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Good company to work for overall but day-to-day experience varies GREATLY between cohorts. This review is for DRS.

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    (Please note this review is specifically for for DRS except where noted. [Data and Research Services is a subsector of the knowledge team that was launched in 2012. Its members are billed as knowledge support experts in research rather than experts in any specific practice or topic area. I have worked on the founding branch of this team since its inception in Oct 2014.])

    Company overall looks great on a resume, benefits are excellent, good work-life balance in DRS (e.g.: no taking work home, hours predictable and regular, etc.), work covers a wide range of diverse topics.

    Cons

    Day-to-day work is repetitive, boring, and essentially the same at Associate Researcher or Research level. (These two roles have a combined average tenure of ~5 years, meaning that someone who signs on with minimal experience is looking at 5 years of the same repetitive, boring work.)

    Environment is high pressure and extremely deadline driven, but returns on individual efforts are too low to motivate sustained exertion. Attrition is extremely high.

    While lip service is paid to career opportunities within the firm, these don't seem to actually be available. On-the-job skills learned in DRS are very specific to DRS and largely nontransferable.

    Base compensation is low compared to industry.

    Management team (with a handful of exceptions) is insufficiently trained and lacks management experience. A number of members of the management team perform consistently below the expected level of quality across dimensions.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Great, truly kind people, relaxed but hard working culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruiting Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Recruiting Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazingly warm and welcoming culture - everyone is genuinely kind, smart, and respectful

    Cons

    It gets very easy to get into routine

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  8. Helpful (4)

    A rocket-ship experience for a new grad - excellent vehicle for personal growth, surrounded by smart people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Comp (for consultants and above), smart people, interesting problems

    Cons

    Hours that can be really long, sometimes ridiculous amounts of internal churn

    Advice to Management

    Bring Associate comp up, especially in high CoL areas - there's a reason so many leave after 1-1.5 years.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Great for Associates

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Huge amount of responsibility given to Associates- prove you belong there and they'll keep giving you more to do

    Learn on the job- practical expertise in working with companies versus sitting around in trainings

    Cons

    Associate to Consultant stagnation - skill set of first year Consultant is same as second year Associate. If you're a top performer you will likely feel like you're spinning your wheels until you get project management experience as a C2.

    Office disparity- the good offices are great. The not so good ones are bound by global bureaucracy and salesmanship rather than creative thinking and office pride

    Advice to Management

    Work on providing more project management exposure to A2C promotes or think about shortening C to PL

    Travel and expenses policies at some offices are way too strict. Your consultants are spending more time worrying about policies than they are about their case.


  10. Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Inspiring, high impact work, supportive culture, tremendous opportunities for growth and development

    Cons

    Can be demanding at times (no different from other client service businesses)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are to make BCG a great place to work. Love PTO and the new Time for You program. Keep them coming.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work - Knowledge Team has room to improve - but overall awesome place for intellectually curious people.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Knowledge Team in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Knowledge Team in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working on really interesting projects with top notch clients
    Fast paced work, not too much BS and meetings
    Great leadership - Senior partners are top notch on professional and personal level

    Cons

    All-business all the time, hard to build relationships with people if they are not on your direct project
    Knowledge Team seemed to be a good place to have a comfortable job, limited opportunity for fast paced growth and promotion.
    Only possible to get a raise on Knowledge Team when up for promotion. Can be 4+ years at higher levels. Too long.
    Benefits are not competitive on support staff with other top firms. McKinsey, Bain are better. Most other small firms offer more vacation and 401k match as well. I worked most weekends - could have done better than 15 days - didn't feel like I had much time to re-charge. Had to use most vacation at christmas and thanksgiving like others.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the bar for the knowledge team and make it a place where top performers want to stay and build a career - reward them financially.
    Knowledge Team has grown super fast. I'm concerned they are building it faster than they have been able to concurrently build a strong culture. A lot of opportunity to figure out the KT culture and build that. A lot of murmurs about the lack of pride and purpose at the lower levels of KT.
    Encourage staff to build relationships while at work and not focus 110% on work. Can be isolating place to work for an extrovert. European offices seem to be better at this - taking time for lunch with others. Could be a good model for US



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