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Boston Consulting Group Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
548 Reviews
4.2
548 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 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 81 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best place to start your career

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

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    +Good salary
    +Great colleagues
    +Challenging work
    +Broad exposure to topics and industries
    +Culture of feedback

    Cons

    -Long hours
    -A lot of pressure to perform
    -Travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job of making sure BCG wins in the market and is able to provide opportunities for the employees. Very happy I am with BCG and not with McKinsey or Bain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Learn alot but at a price

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Great people, learn very much

    Cons

    Too much work, too many hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    smart motivated people
    interesting projects
    personal development culture

    Cons

    work life balance
    address weakness, not build on strengths

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to jump start your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Extremely smart people, great exposure to challenging and interesting business problems, great benefit. Very supportive career services people when transitioning out of the firm and great alumni support base.

    Cons

    Work can be pretty challenging especially for people who are uncomfortable with ambiguity. Clients can be demanding from time to time and expectation is pretty high for BCG consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When people move around a lot between projects, it's hard to get the mentor-ship one needs at an early stage of his or her career. It would be great to have more mentor/apprentice interactions between PLs/Parters and Associates/Consultants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people. Fun work, but bad work-life balance.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Work with very smart people.
    Fast growth.
    Challenging and fun work.

    Cons

    Very bad work life balance.
    Hierarchical environment
    Breeds an environment that is risk averse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more creativity, bold decision making. Don't turn everyone into a cookie cutter insecure overachiever.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    BCG

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Exciting
    Great people
    Good salary
    Great leadership
    Worldwide footprint

    Cons

    Long hours
    Extensive traveling
    High stress
    Small teams
    Overly structured

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to learn, but high burn!

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Compensation
    - Benefits, benefits, benefits
    - Excellent learning experience
    - Smart, brilliant people
    - Lot of exposure to Senior Leadership both within BCG and with clients

    Cons

    - Ruthless culture, non-performers pushed out quickly
    - Staffing on projects depends on your network, can be quite political
    -Terrible work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great training, terrible culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    -Great training. If you are a recent graduate, you get a ton of introductions to fundamentals of business
    -Clear career track.

    Cons

    -There is a club. If you don't have connections (with higher ups or Partners) going into this firm, it's harder to succeed. This is because...
    -...you are at the mercy of staffing. They regularly staff people on terrible cases if you don't have connections because there is demand and someone needs to supply it. Even if you are a high performer.
    -They throw money like it's no big thang. Spend it on champagne and boozy dinners. Not really responsible spending.
    -The culture more suited for older employees (35 with children). Forced social gatherings with SOs. There is a difference between work events like going out for bowling versus a four course meal sit down dinner with your SO's.And it was uncomfortable, especially if you are single and/or have other plans.
    -Their career track is weird. They promote according to if you are really good at your CURRENT position and not according to your POTENTIAL. I have seen eggheads with beautiful models who have zero personal skills get promoted to project managers when people who had humanities backgrounds and decent modelling skills who would have been fantastic project managers get asked to leave.
    -Demand for consulting is going down. In the world of big data, companies are able to analyze data on their own with tools like New Relic. Tech is taking away demand from consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture is hard to change; but i would invest more in making it a friendlier place for younger people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent learning experience at a company with clear values and excellent work quality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, challenging problems, fast learning and development, career acceleration, and fun culture. I really have enjoyed getting to know my cohort of other colleagues that started with me and have found some great more senior mentors.

    Cons

    Client services can be inherently challenging, although I believe BCG does a good job to try to innovate and protect people's time when they can

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to innovate -- excited to see some of the new ventures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    it was great

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    smart people, oftentimes fun projects (but also terribly boring ones too)

    Cons

    long sometimes unpredictable hours makes work life balance tough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to get good people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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