The Bridgespan Group Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Rewarding work with intellectual challenges.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Bridgespan Group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    challenges.Some of the smartest people I've ever worked with. Inspired and passionate. Really want to effect change.

    Cons

    Fearful of changing their own paradim.

    Advice to Management

    Let people speak truth to power within TBG, not just to our clients.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Terrific workplace and fulfilling work

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    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Case Team Leader in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Bridgespan Group full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people, great clients. Sets you up very well for most any position in the nonprofit sector. Small enough to be close to everyone in the office, senior management knows you well and really cares about your development and career. Lots of focus on professional development.

    Cons

    Hard work, hours are long but quite manageable by management consulting standards. As in any consulting job, you don't have complete control over the projects you work on and therefore cannot always focus entirely on your areas of strongest interest.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Very smart people, but challenging and often inept partners and managers make life difficult.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Bridgespan Group full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, interesting projects, and amazingly talented staff.

    Cons

    Some of the leadership team is very arrogant and are poor managers. Some intellectual bullying during the case process.

    Advice to Management

    Improve diversity and retention of underrepresented minorities.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Great place to learn, but be prepared to work hard and put in long hours.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Bridgespan Group full-time

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

    Pros

    Apprenticeship model ensures many opportunities to learn and build on various skill sets. Co-workers are incredibly intelligent and intentional- inspiring individuals who have chosen the non-profit sector when they could be doing anything and making a lot more money.

    Cons

    Can be inflexible and unnecessarily rigid when it comes to policies. They often hire experienced individuals for more junior roles, but do not take extra schooling or experience into account making for a frustrating experience; There is a lot of favoritism and if you don't establish relationships with the right people, you could risk not being put on more favorable projects or not getting promoted early or even 'on time'; Managers are at all different levels and your experience is very much dictated by which Manager you work with- many are excellent consultants, but have poor people and management skills; The hours are long and the work is hard- you are constantly being challenged and there is an expectation that you are 'on' 100% of the time; There is a culture of feedback- you must have a thick skin and know how to take (and give) constructive criticism.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Benefits a +

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Bridgespan Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing benefits package -- PPO Healthcare means no referrals needed, any hospital, doctor, dentist, or surgeon is covered. 401K match has gone down recently, but is still competitive. The pay is competitive with similar consulting firms, though significantly less at the partner level (this is a non-profit, after all). The time-off policy is generous.

    Cons

    Non-consulting employees don't have the same career path/professional development opportunities. A recent, poor fiscal year, means small raises and limited promotions (especially for operations staff).

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the career development of all staff, not just consulting talent.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Good if you know you want to be in the sector and want a slower paced work life

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at The Bridgespan Group full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues
    Still a good brand on you resume
    Good feeder in the good graduate schools
    Early exposure to senior leadership internally

    Cons

    Conservative environment; not very cutting edge or innovative
    Slow paced / lack of urgency
    Slow professional development; often boring or repetitive workstreams
    Certain managers play favorites
    Recently a very high turnover
    Company going through awkward post-startup phase and unsure about how to navigate it

    Advice to Management

    Give junior staff more stretch room
    Let junior staff contribute at the firm wide level with new ideas that can improve the work place and the way we work -- contribution leads to ownership
    Start rewarding those supervisors and managers that invest in people


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great experience and opportunity. Working with some of the smartest people in my life on work that matters.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Bridgespan Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart, articulate group of people working on challenging projects for interesting clients. It's great to be in a place that puts leadership principles from folks like Jim Collins, Steven Covey etc to work. The group is big enough to tackle interesting challenges and still small enough to have a strong, positive culture

    Cons

    Very consulting focused. While that's fine for most situations, the lack of operational awareness and understanding can be an obstacle to running the actual business


  9. Helpful (3)

    Consultant

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

    I have been working at The Bridgespan Group full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent and driven coworkers, client focused management and the projects were not only challenging but helping solve critical social issues. Company culture shines through by providing a very accepting, comfortable work environment.

    Cons

    Slow work environment with a bad work / life balance. Some partners were a bit checked out and more focused on business development instead of quality of work.

    Advice to Management

    I would hope that management understands that there needs to be more a work / life balance and that many consultants are going way above and beyond to get things done by the arbitrary deadlines set by partners and managers.


  10. Great people, great clients, work can get tedious at times

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Consultant in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Bridgespan Group

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The fellow employees are fantastic - really friendly, smart, motivated.
    The clients Bridgespan works with are really interesting, high-performing nonprofits, and Bridgespan helps them achieve great outcomes.

    Cons

    At more junior levels, there is a lot of focus on detail-oriented work like making Excel models and PowerPoint slides, and a lot of oversight from managers. At times the analysis can feel too academic and removed from the issues of the nonprofits Bridgespan serves.

    Advice to Management

    Bridgespan is a great place to work and has the potential to be even greater. I would like to see the organization make a concerted effort to help employees manage a tough work/life balance. In addition, leadership should continue to build a company culture in which all employees are valued.


  11. Helpful (2)

    More management consulting than nonprofit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Bridgespan Group

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Bridgespan is an outstanding place to work, but potential employees should know that it is more like a management consulting firm than a nonprofit. Bridgespan works with nonprofit client, but it demands as much from its employees as for-profit consulting firms. My advice to most people is that if you think management consulting would be a good fit (with all it's pros and cons) for you but you want to work solely with nonprofit clients, then Bridgespan is a good fit. If you don't think management consulting is a good fit for you, then being at Bridgespan won't change that.

    With that said, I loved Bridgespan. It is an incredibly demanding yet incredibly warm place to work. Bridgespan pushed me to develop faster than any work environment I've ever been. I highly recommend it.

    Cons

    Long hours, demanding work, and a "culture of feedback" that isn't always that candid. This can make it tough to understand how well you are actually performing.

    Advice to Management

    My primary feedback would be that Bridgespan should revamp its feedback process. In an effort to be "nice," reviews have lost some transparency. Candor should be used at all times.



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