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BCG Digital Ventures Reviews

Updated July 26, 2018
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Pros
  • "Really smart people with impressive backgrounds at all levels of the company" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Interesting clients, great offices and red wine on a Friday evening" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Potentially long hours with a poor work life balance" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Extremely fast paced so not for everyone but for those that love it this is hardly a con" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced, world leading innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BCG Digital Ventures full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    We are building products utilising the latest technologies then launching them as startups. If working on the forefront of tech interests you then this is the place you need to be.
    The pace is fast and exciting, there is definitely ambiguity to navigate so you have to be comfortable with that.
    Your work mates are at the top of their game in engineering, design, growth and product so you have to want to push yourself and learn.
    Room for you to be creative and take responsibility.
    Good promotional paths.

    Cons

    Workload can peak at times but there is flexibility to manage this.
    Having a startup mindset and teaming that with corporates can throw up challenges


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Game changer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Visionary company. Best of both a start up and investment firm. Fun place to work. I don’t understand why glass door forces to write more words then needed.

    Cons

    Hard to get into. They need to have more healthy food he snacks are great but healthy food for all would be good.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for Strategic designers"

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    Current Employee - Strategic Designer in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Designer in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BCG Digital Ventures full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really good exposure with big companies and corporate partners

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be tough sometimes.
    Working across multiple industries can get challenging


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Entrepreneurial, but without the risk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BCG Digital Ventures full-time

    Pros

    Passionate people, great office, awesome growth experience

    Cons

    Travel, team, workload vary from venture to venture


  5. Helpful (13)

    "Better off going to BCG Digital (Consulting arm)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BCG Digital Ventures full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Competitive compensation and benefits
    - Provide individuals with ability to travel the world on company dime

    Cons

    - Focus on perception, optics and ego rather than adding value to corporate partners
    - Leadership lacks integrity
    - Masculine culture, watch out if you aren’t part of the “boys club”

    Advice to Management

    Completely overhaul BCGDV partner and functional leadership. The partnership is dysfunctional.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Most engaging work I have ever done"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BCG Digital Ventures full-time

    Pros

    Great mentorship opportunities! The company places a huge emphasis on mentorship and career development.

    Clients/projects are incredible. Subject matter and products created are truly unique and innovative. Always working with/in the latest technology.

    Fast-paced – small/agile – multi-disciplinary – approach to problem-solving.

    Satisfaction in seeing an idea evolve into a full-blown company.

    Cons

    The company sometimes uses promises of promotions to get people/ teams to perform, this trickles down and can result in overworking those below the director level.

    Design and engineering are sometimes treated as production workers and not thought-partners (it all depends on who your project leaders are).

    Navigating staffing and performance-reviews can be difficult. If you want to be successful here, you need to build relationships with those who can staff you and advocate for you.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to uniquely tailor the performance review process for each discipline.

    Focus on hiring creative thinkers and training them to consult, rather than hiring consultants and training them to think creatively. DV tends to hire people at the peak of their careers – hiring entry-level workers that are hungry to perform and career-end thinkers/experts would increase diversity and reinforce commitment to mentorship.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "This Company is a Trainwreck"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BCG Digital Ventures full-time

    Pros

    There are smart, hardworking people here.

    Cons

    None of the smart, hardworking people are making the decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Quit, and let someone else find your replacements.

  8. Helpful (27)

    "Not an engineering firm!"

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    Former Employee - Devops Engineer
    Former Employee - Devops Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BCG Digital Ventures full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Their medical plan is nice?

    Cons

    This company is more worried about making it look like their full of geniuses "saving the world" (I'm not kidding, they seriously said that) than actually doing anything. If you're the sort of person that enjoys playing office politics all while pretending the company is "fun" or "great", you'll love DV.

    Engineers and Designers have no actual control over the projects. Instead, you have mostly uneducated "partners" or whatever the company calls them - that not only get to define the product, but also the estimates and deliverables. And guess who get's bonuses based on the projects meeting those estimates?

    This leads to management that's technologically illiterate defining impossible products that keep getting redefined over and over, while the ridiculous deadlines get closer and closer. And if you don't work ridiculous hours, you're not being a "team-player"!

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize getting work done, and the people who actually do the work. I know it won't happen, since the management is full of either those who have never created something, or did it a few times decades ago and have no idea what it's like anymore.

    If something prevents people from doing work, there better be a damn good reason to do so. And no, "team building" isn't one of them.

    And by the way, a event is automatically not fun if you're forced to go to it.


  9. Helpful (26)

    "NO. Just, NO."

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    Current Employee - Creative
    Current Employee - Creative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BCG Digital Ventures full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Travel points?

    * Free food
    * Health insurance
    * Big client names

    Cons

    * CRONYISM

    * HIGHLY political
    * Thrown under the bus
    * Lack of mentorship
    * No transparency
    * Don't expect respect or empathy
    * Aggressive environment

    Advice to Management

    * Have zero idea what they are doing.

    * Need to wipe out top level leadership.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "QA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BCG Digital Ventures full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and friendly employees.

    Cons

    pay is not as competitive as big IT companies


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