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Great training, terrible culture

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  • Work/Life Balance
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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Amazing career development experience but unsustainable work-life balance

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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Steep learning curve on all dimensions, from soft to hard skills - client mgmt, communications, project mgmt, analytics, etc
    - Exposure to multiple industries/functions and the way the business world works
    - Working with really smart and talented people that are very driven
    - It's honestly a career-changing experience

    Cons

    - Work-life balance is very challenging to sustain, especially on travel cases. Most people leave after 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    There has to be a better way of adding value to clients without having BCGers have such a terrible work-life balance. Given the effort you put into recruiting us, training and developing us, you should probably do a better job at retaining us and keeping us happy at BCG.

  2. it was great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    long sometimes unpredictable hours makes work life balance tough

    Advice to Management

    continue to get good people

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