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Updated October 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Awesome place to work with great people (in 7 reviews)

  • Improvements in the work life balance and benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • You need to manage your own work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Lots of travel, which can be fun/exciting or exhausting (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Forward-Thinking, Disruptive, Entrepreneurial"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BTS full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible environment to learn, grow professionally, and gain exposure to executive level audiences at some of the largest, most influential companies in the world

    Cons

    Fair bit of travel, depending on project needs


  2. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome place to work with great people. Pay is competitive, great benefits and ability to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Work/life balance needs adjustment. Career growth for administrative employees is challenging.

  3. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BTS full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Meaningful client work, management cares, flexible with time

    Cons

    Travel can get hectic at times


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Springboard"

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

    I have been working at BTS full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, inspiring leadership and interesting projects

    Cons

    Your clients and the projects you are staffed on will completely determine your career growth at the company. Big focus on sales early in the career

    Advice to Management

    Consider that not everyone is passionate about selling


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Good company to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BTS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    BTS tries to occupy a space where learning & development and management consulting intersect. It does so by offering custom business simulation tools tailored to the client, which highlight key success factors for the client's business. BTS sales tag line is, pilots learn to fly without risk in a flight simulator, so should business leaders in a business simulator. As a result, BTS attracts some of the brightest people I've worked with and gets very interesting companies with interesting business challenges as clients. It also does a fair amount of training on its own employees on the topics including sales, presentation, development, etc. As with any other professional services, the job requires tons of travel, which sometimes includes ones to international destinations and luxury/ premium corporate off-site venues. BTS used to plan an annual employee ski conference to a resort destination in Europe.

    Cons

    Their profitability is highly sensitive to the personnel expense relative to sales volume. So the average comp level is low, especially compared to typical permier management consulting firms BTS aspires to become. It is especially low at entry level. The sales highly cyclical and when it comes down, it comes down fast. To avoid carrying too many people so they can retain profits, BTS tends to overwork its staff which results in high turnover. Their philosophy is for every employee to become a "triple threat" - be good at sales, development, and delivery of workshops. The management talks about making improvements in forecasting, staffing and achieving better work-life balance. However, I have not seen meaningful improvements while I was there. They also let go people quickly but that's not so unusual in the consulting industry. What pains me a bit is to see that they almost focus on hiring young people without much work experience who are attracted to BTS's exciting appearance. As soon as those new hires sees the reality and learn what they are missing relative to outside BTS, they leave. They tend to find positions at highly reputation companies like Google, Wall Street firms, etc. For them, such realization happens after 2-3 years of working there. But that's long enough for BTS to extract value out of them and they will find replacements. It is interesting to note that the turnover is rare at the top level. You do not see experienced leaders moving to the industry or join an exciting start-up or anything like that. I suspect they are comfortable keeping the status quo. It has been a while since I left so I hope the situation has improved.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Clients make your job fun or miserable. Great culture."

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BTS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong client base and expanding services. Improvements in the work life balance and benefits. Strong leadership for the most part.

    Cons

    Silos between office and regions. Business is cyclical and our services are constantly getting price pressure. Clients will have a big impact on your success.

    Advice to Management

    As we move towards a more traditional consultant model - don't lose the culture.


  7. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at BTS full-time

    Pros

    Salary, Work, Prestiege, good learning experience

    Cons

    Work life balance, commute, no personal life

  8. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Quantitative Finance Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Quantitative Finance Analyst in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Awesome senior level company with room to grow

    Cons

    Lots of traveling is involved.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of growth opportunity if you want to move around.


  9. "Sr. Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun group of very smart people, exciting clients to work with, nearly unlimited challenges in constantly varying work.

    Cons

    Can be stressful when many projects on deadline crunch. Lots of Travel (though could be a pro as well, depending if you like to travel) Destinations often vary (not a typical consulting model where you travel to the same place week after week Monday - Thursday)


  10. "Great company! Entrepreneurial firm with Fortune 500 clients"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BTS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smaller company with big clients and ambitions. Strong focus on driving value for clients and employees simultaneously. A big focus on creating a culture of fun and adventure, which is unique in a typically 'serious' industry.

    Cons

    Consulting, by the nature of the work, creates demands for time based on client need. As a result you can find that work life balance is harder to achieve than other industries. However, within that balance the company gives the employee a great deal of freedom to offset (including unlimited vacation).

    Advice to Management

    Bring a higher degree of transparency to the org with more regular communications to all levels of the business.


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