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Tough, and Not as Pretty as It Seems

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA
Current Employee - Consultant in Boston, MA

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

Pros

Great people
Very smart people
Interesting content

Cons

Up or out very stressful
Overall, most are competitive and have cold personalities
Tons of travel
Disagreeable clients (usually brought in by senior management, and we have to deal with junior clients)
Not very mobile (hard to transfer offices unless you are in the top10%...which means most cant move)
Lack of innovation, employees do not understand basic technology developments in the past year

Doesn't Recommend
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    Great place to launch a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    High- priority projects at top companies, great opportunities to make connections across industries, and the opportunity to work with some of the smartest people in the world

    Cons

    It can be challenging to maintain work/life balance.

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    Keep thinking about ways to make the job sustainable

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  2. 13 people found this helpful  

    You get out of it what you put in - but you can become a dramatically better version of yourself here.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    1. Career opportunities
    Starting at BCG, so many doors open to you, it's crazy. Head-hunting emails every other week. Relationships with clients, from the C-suite to analysts. People leaving to do everything from joining PE firms to corporate clients to non-profits at senior levels.

    2. Affiliation
    Less than two years in, I already feel about as close to some of the Associates in my starting class as a lot of my friends from college that I've known for years. And you'll get to know the principals and partners really well as well - from joking around at team meetings, trash talking over college sports, or sitting around with beers at happy hours. Additionally, holiday parties, retreats, and other occasional events are a lot of fun to attend and just mix with the people at the office. BCG is growing very fast and the partners are committed to keeping it feeling as close-knit as possible.

    3. Work that makes a difference - most of the time
    Yes, there will be instances where you have to do somewhat dry work. But with the rare exception, managers make sure you're putting in work that's serving a purpose, not just being fed into a black hole. Clients may not always take our advice, but you can bet that both you and the people you work with will constantly demonstrate a culture that is committed to bettering the client. And people will always sound smarter than you, no matter how smart you may be. That's a great environment that always ups your game instead of letting you rust.

    4. Pay
    From anecdotal evidence, BCG is constantly at or near the top for each tier in pay. The PSRF adds a solid chunk to your retirement fund, and the bonus process is very transparent.

    5. The health benefits
    BCG pays for every penny of your premium and the benefits are phenomenal. My recent surgery cost $5. While this may seem small in and of itself, it's indicative of the general culture.

    6. *People care*
    This is manifested in some of the earlier points I've made, but at every step along the way, it's obvious that managers, partners, staff, even office heads go out of their way to make life better for its employees. The atmosphere is fair and transparent, especially considering that it's a private company. Honestly, I think this is the most important facet that sets BCG apart. You won't feel it unless you've gotten to know the people. And that's why, as cliched as it may sound at recruiting presentations, 'the people' is the most important aspect of where you work.

    Cons

    Yes, you'll have to average more than 50 hours a week. It varies from office to office, across managers and projects. But most managers will try to be as accommodating as possible for personal commitments, vacation days, making sure you have a life outside of work and that you don't burn out.

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