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Boston Consulting Group Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
595 Reviews
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595 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Poor Internal Management & Training

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Good benefits package and snacks.

    Cons

    Poor training, poor internal management, lack of growth potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees before sending them to the slaughter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning experience but challenging lifestyle

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Highly intelligent colleagues and managers, great exposure to vast array of industries

    Cons

    Must be willing to travel 4 days a week, very academic approach to projects and not always practical solutions given

  3.  

    Great firm

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    Former Employee - Principal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Principal in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    smart people, interesting work, good clients

    Cons

    long hours, sometimes difficult travel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company; will change your professional trajectory

    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Serious focus on people development. As am employee of BCG, you are working with an incredible set of colleagues and clients that are some of the brightest individuals you can meet. The experience will shape your thinking; a great place to start a career.

    Cons

    Not all clients and casework are the most interesting. Some travel can be enjoyable, others less so.

  6.  

    Rapid development, (mostly) very good people to work with

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    Former Employee - Principal
    Former Employee - Principal

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

    Pros

    Very interesting project work for a great roster of clients
    Meaningful client exposure across all levels
    Significant effort put into career development
    Respectful leadership (with a few exceptions)
    Helpful support infrastructure
    Senior management prioritizes delivering true client value

    Cons

    Expectations are very high - sometimes feedback fails to consider the circumstances a consultant was put in
    Travel can be extremely taxing, very little recognition or reprieve for the toll it can take

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Best place to work, period

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Smart, driven employees, great supportive culture, fantastic clients to work with, great exit opportunities and in-depth training.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be rough at times (though as expected with consulting jobs), sometimes tough to access international opportunities within the firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    My experience in BCG is really good.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is because of our way of conduct

    Cons

    You must be dicipline and ready to work.

  9.  

    Great culture and coworkers, tough lifestyle

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Incredible set of coworkers (smart, thoughtful, caring). BCG invests tremendously in developing its people with executive coaches, highly developed feedback systems, etc.

    Cons

    The travel and hours are tough, as is the norm for consulting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some good opportunities but very political

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

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Some good projects
    Good training programs
    Most colleagues are talented though some are not very smart but good at selling themselves

    Cons

    Extremely political promotion process
    Written reviews are meaningless - it is all about word of mouth at the end of the day, despite their claims to the contrary
    Terrible work life balance - often doing meaningless work to "put in the hours"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform and pay greater attention to feedback process
    Pay more attention to work done rather than politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing learning opportunities, voted 'best to work for' for years in a row now, great comp structure (no healthcare premium for example)

    Cons

    work/life balance obviously - this is a consulting job after all. Depending on the project and leadership, you will work an effective 50 to 80+ hours/week, with most probably around 60 hours. Note that self-training, expense report and travel are on top of that

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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