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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Consultant

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    A super transparent company, you know where you stand, what you are good at and what you need to work on. You will always have the tools and support to succeed. The best co-workers ever ! So smart, friendly, engaging, diverse. The company takes care of you bigtime. Excellent benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Long hours, unpredictable case assignments, travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work to make consultants happy and engaged!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Delivers exactly what consulting promises, the good and the bad

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    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)

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities, fantastic benefits and salary, work with brilliant people. Top notch professional development and on the whole very good managers.

    Cons

    Just as you would expect, 4 days a week on the road, long hours and unpredictability put real limits on a "normal" life. Not every case is a grind but you can't predict the ebbs and flows of work. More problematic is that the work can be unfulfilling or even boring at times, with an increasing number of cases focused on implementation, organizational "transformation" (or Org Efficiency -- aka layoffs).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's no need to burn people out just because it's client service. The churn and the constant travel is often unnecessary and avoidable. With just a little more slack on lifestyle, could be a much more sustainable place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great development opportunity for Associates!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    exposure to variety of industries and functional areas,
    working with great people- very smart and open to coaching
    interaction with super senior clients

    Cons

    long hours
    travel gets tiring after some point

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Very good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great platform, great benefits, great culture

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, limited career options unless you want to make Partner

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Working at BCG has been an amazing learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - You get to work with very talented people
    - Access to huge array of learning tools (database of past cases, e-learnings, etc)
    - Exposure to top management when working with the client
    - Flexible work environment (ability to work from home, etc.)
    - Prestige
    - Constant travel provides you with many perks (Platinum membership at SPG resorts is pretty sweet)

    Cons

    - Project staffing can be hit or miss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Would be nice to be able to make the leap to Consultant without an MBA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. I've never been treated better by an employer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They say they care about your work life balance and they actually mean it. The people that work here are smart, competent and still know how to have fun.

    Cons

    Could use more money, but couldn't we all?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great global firm, some offices better than others

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    Former Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Interesting and exciting job content; great learning opportunities; smart and fun colleagues; exposure to senior and impressive client executives; excellent comp and benefits; quick career advancements

    Cons

    Hard to achieve great work/life balance; lots of travel; long hours; quality of local leadership varies quite a bit between regions and offices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make BCG a truly global company; reduce importance of offices; reduce gaps between offices; let go non performing partners sooner rather than later; focus more on commercial capabilities

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Too much jargon, not enough focus on people

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues.
    Good pay
    Good brand to have on resume

    Cons

    Constant negative and vague feedback
    No focus on keeping top talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be in the people business you should try to retain top talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Great place to start a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    BCG has really amazing people to work with and will expose you to much more than any typical starting job.

    Cons

    Not every project is a great one and you need to be able to adapt to lots of change. Even though you're always doing something different, as an Associate it's easy to be ready to do something else after two years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that the economy is picking up, retention is going to be an issue. Need to do more to manage that side of things.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful

    It sucked but I would do it again.

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

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    People here are super, super nice; really smart but also caring and considerate.
    And, key point, the connections and resume boost when you leave are totally worth the investment.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, and regardless of what the brochure says, this is not a place that retains women. To do well here, you have to put work above absolutely everything else, and it's quite rare to find normal, nice women who are willing to do that. So the female principals and partners tend to be workaholic, pretty mean, and type A - not good role models for the rest of us, and not people who I want to consider mentors.
    Also, the culture here is highly evaluative - feedback is great, but the amount we receive here on few data points in intensely stressful. And they are *terrible* at recognizing and lauding strengths -- feedback is always strong oriented toward the negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not sure your CDC process actually does a very good job. If you have not worked with local officers, the decision process is based solely on what your CDC advisor says - and if he happens to be shy or not have done his research correctly, you've got a problem on your hands.

    Recommends
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