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Excellent training ground to learn business fundamentals and gain exposure to multiple industries

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Current Employee - Principal
Current Employee - Principal

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

Pros

- Access to business executives
- Very strong training program: analytics, presenting, slide writing, managing client relationships
- Consistent, 360 feedback culture
- Typical 2-year track to move to next level
- Rigorous, clear, and common job reviews provided during / after each project
- Exposure to many different industries and business functions
- Excellent comp and benefits, especially at the lower levels in comparison with similar opportunities

Cons

- Typically extensive travel
- Long hours (always 60 hours+ per week)
- Many short projects (<5 weeks), which are exhausting "sprints" and often prevent the development of strong client relationships or team bonding
- Forced rotation among managers can mean exposure to great managers and poor managers with little to no choice
- Rotation among projects & managers requires consistent getting up to speed on managers' styles; may not click and can lead to poor reviews
- Some offices have fewer long-term or large clients, forcing a very exhausting, consistent sales culture
- Interview process only moderately successful at forecasting employee performance
- Verbal focus on work-life balance, but in practice, depends greatly on the client, the type of project, and most importantly your manager. Again, unusual to have <60 hour work weeks, and will generally involve travel
- Some offices are very travel heavy, while others have more local work

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
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    Continues to be one of the best companies to learn, grow, and make an impact

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partner
    Current Employee - Partner

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

    Pros

    The number one reason to work at BCG is the people. BCG has some of the best and brightest people that you will ever get the pleasure of working with. But beyond them being smart, they are also humble and willing to go the extra mile to help you. I've been in the corporate world before BCG and know first hand how rare it can be to have wonderful colleagues like the ones that you will meet at BCG.

    Cons

    Travel and unpredictability are the biggest downers. But, this is more a function of management consulting in general.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the core principles of BCG. They were relevant 50 years ago and continue to be relevant today.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK place to rack up a few resume points after B-School

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    BCG offers good pay and great healthcare benefits. Great peer group of smart and positive people coming in the door. There are opportunities if you want them for a variety of assignments across industries and countries. Good office locations in most major cities and some flexiblity to relocate. Annual practice meetings were the highlight.

    Cons

    Both obsessed and encumbered by growth BCG is finding it increasingly difficult to live up to Denis Henderson's ideals and is evolving into a clannish powerpoint factory.

    BCG is no longer a platform for the vital few who offer breakthrough thinking and back it up with hard work - if you're in this bucket you'll find yourself in better company at one of the BCG alumni firms who have chosen not to accept the compromises of scale. Consider Bain or one of the smaller splinter firms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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