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Updated August 12, 2018
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Boston Consulting Group President and CEO Rich Lesser
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Pros
  • "Steep learning curve - quickly build skills in problem solving, executive communications, stakeholder management" (in 78 reviews)

  • "PTO" program baked in to cases to help proactively address work-life balance & other case experience issues" (in 72 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Unparalleled"

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

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Extraordinary colleagues, high-impact work, access to world-class clients, great training and development, good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Work life balance can sometimes be a challenge.


  2. "Amazing company, people, and career accelerator"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to leading people, resources, and projects. Amazing career acceleration, particularly coming in as a scientist (PhD).

    Cons

    Work life balance is always a challenge but they are having open conversations about how to improve.

  3. "Principal"

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

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great supportive work environment, excellent supportive colleagues and coworkers. Great place for personal development. Very interesting, fast paced projects. Good salary and great benefits (esp. Medical!)

    Cons

    Tough work-life balance, especially if travelling.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Your experience is dictated by the projects you get. Get ready to roll the dice."

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great healthcare
    -Nice offices
    -Some really great managers
    -Some really interesting projects with real impact
    -Feedback culture that, in the best of circumstances, helps you grow/develop quickly

    Cons

    -Some really terrible managers
    -Some really boring projects with unclear scope or questionable impact
    -Feedback culture that, on average, is not well-executed and leads to anxiety/kills confidence
    -Work/life balance, especially if you are in TMT or TA
    -Staffers that care more about billability than your learning and development

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of the impact that staffing choices have on new consultants and consider redesigning the initial staffing process to ensure that all new consultants are set up for success from the gates.

    The first 1-2 projects you get as a consultant really shape your career trajectory. If you get a project with a decent manager and a reasonable pace, you build foundational skills quickly and make relationships that set you up for success on future projects. If you get a project with a busy/inexperienced/harsh/etc. manager and rough hours, you don't build those skills and are playing catch up on your next project or are put on an internal project with limited growth opportunities. This turns into a downward spiral that's really hard to break.

    I unfortunately fell into the latter bucket and it left a bad taste in my mouth. In my case, staffing was so concerned about getting all of the new hires staffed that they interrupted me in the middle of orientation to take staffing calls for a "really exciting opportunity" for me, even though the staffer had never met me. It ended up being a terrible case (75+ hours/week for each person on the team, inexperienced manager). In those situations, there's zero time to learn how to do the job, work on areas that need improvement, or network to get onto a better case the next time around.

    On the flip side, some of my friends' first cases had great people developers and hours that gave them enough breathing room to grow. They are now kicking butt and taking names, and having a great time while doing it.


  5. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good work life balance

    Cons

    Job progression could be better


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, opportunity for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Brand is well respected, opportunity to work with great clients

    Cons

    Long hours, difficult clients, heavy feedback culture that results in highly political review process that disadvantages minorities (lack of sponsors to advocate, etc.), flawed staffing process (managers don't want to/aren't incentivized to staff new consultants)

    Advice to Management

    BCG overall cares about its employees, but there are clear issues that no amount of $ or great health insurance will overcome unless you make significant changes

    Implement unconscious bias training...a lot of the feedback here is predicated on people's opinions which numerous studies have shown can be heavily influenced by bias (ex. women should be more soft-spoken, etc.)


  7. "PTA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group part-time

    Pros

    A good start for career to establish industrial insights.

    Cons

    Some times too pushy. Lack of overall deal flow experience.

  8. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to real money making business

    Cons

    Favoritism is every where in org


  9. "Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to get variety of experiences across industries and training to be more structured and strategic

    Cons

    Feedback process ad-hoc and broken - many times reviews are not given in time for employees to react to- which is essential given the pace in which up-or-out decisions are made at a consulting firm. Work can sometimes lack substance given the nature of the business which is strategic advice versus running a real business - many times a lot of work and iteration is made for nuances like wording, slide layout etc.

    Advice to Management

    Timely feedback. More specific coaching mentorship for working through development. Senior leadership to avoid unecessary iteration and consider the value of rework


  10. "Amazing organization!"

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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 Boston Consulting Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, creative, caring people across the globe
    Innovation and creativity are rewarded and expected
    Collaborative, flat organization
    High level of trust in the employees
    Strong values

    Cons

    There is nothing significantly concerning at BCG.


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