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Updated January 2, 2018
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  • Awesome place to work with great people (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. "Fantastic place to launch your career"

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

    I have been working at BTS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Extraordinarily fun culture
    - An inspirational CEO of BTS USA
    - Amazing place to hone and develop soft skills
    - Cross industry exposure
    - Intellectually challenging client work
    - Excellent client list
    - A variety of travel, including international
    - Opportunities for upward mobility, with clear career road maps that lead to promotion when followed properly
    - Plenty of growth opportunities for juniors
    - Willingness to put juniors in client facing roles
    - Flexible with working from home
    - Unlimited time off
    - About to have a dope new office in NYC

    Cons

    - Very sales oriented culture that, in my opinion, values an additional dollar of internal revenue more than an additional dollar of impact to a clients business

    - On average weak middle management that is poor at developing and coaching juniors

    - The company operates with a triple threat model, which means each consultant is expected to develop solutions, deliver training sessions, and sell more solutions or sessions. This model makes it difficult to do one thing well and can challenge quality of life. DISCLAIMER: the company might be moving towards a more specialized model soon

    Advice to Management

    - Stop promoting people just because they hit sales numbers, there is more to the road map i.e. project leadership and growing stars. If you do promote them and they are poor PLs or people leaders then create plans for them to improve or move them into an individual contributor sales role
    - Truly focus on client impact


  2. "Great company with amazing culture"

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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

    Unbelievably amazing culture: Working at BTS has shown me what a good company culture should look like! From the top of the house all the way down, there is a culture of collaboration and fun at the company.
    Interesting work: The problems we solve for clients are really interesting. I thought creating experiential learning programs would be so rewarding. Clients come to BTS as trusted advisers and bring interesting problems that need to be solved.

    Cons

    Unpredictable schedules: The work is very cyclical and sometime unpredictable. Some months I don't travel at all, other months I was on the road 6-8 weeks, only home on the weekends.

    There is not that much transparency on base compensation.

  3. "Forward-Thinking, Disruptive, Entrepreneurial"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Springboard"

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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 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


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "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


  10. "Good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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