Boston Consulting Group Reviews
84% would recommend to a friend
(6393 total reviews)
90% approve of CEO
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- "People are great and there is a focus on making the job as sustainable as possible." (in 853 reviews)
- "Great benefits and very flexible with your living situations." (in 444 reviews)
- "Culture is great and mild" (in 364 reviews)
- "Great leaders and colleagues to work with and learn from" (in 338 reviews)
- "Good salary and other persks such as car" (in 183 reviews)
- "no work life balance and alot of stress in week days" (in 790 reviews)
- "This is a top firm; expect long hours and pressure; but it teaches you how to work" (in 638 reviews)
- "Late working hours for some projects" (in 416 reviews)
- "life balance; bad management" (in 59 reviews)
- "Managerial skills take a back seat to excel/powerpoint skills so it's just luck if you have a good manager" (in 58 reviews)
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Updated Dec 3, 2023
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- 5.0FEATURED REVIEWNov 14, 2023PartnerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsLondon, England
Great learning and career progression Great colleagues Great benefits and lots of flexibility
It is demanding, challenging work Level of support you get from colleagues varies by team But all considered, it's a great employer. Very happy here.
- 5.0Nov 30, 2023ConsultantFormer Employee, more than 1 yearSan Francisco, CA
Good people to work with at your peer level
Inexperienced PL's don't know how to lead and grind a team to the ground
- 4.0Dec 1, 2023ConsultantCurrent EmployeeChicago, IL
eputation and Prestige: BCG is considered one of the top-tier consulting firms globally. Working with BCG can enhance your professional reputation and open doors to various opportunities in the future. Learning Opportunities: BCG offers a steep learning curve. You will have the chance to work on challenging projects with some of the brightest minds in the industry. The exposure to diverse business problems can contribute significantly to your skill development. Networking: BCG provides an extensive network of professionals, both within the firm and with clients. This network can be valuable for future career opportunities, collaborations, and business connections. Global Exposure: BCG operates worldwide, giving employees the chance to work on international projects and gain exposure to different markets and cultures. Training and Development: The firm invests in the training and development of its employees. You can expect to receive structured training programs that help you build both technical and soft skills.
Work-Life Balance: Consulting, in general, can be demanding in terms of time and effort. The work at BCG may involve long hours, tight deadlines, and frequent travel, impacting work-life balance. High Expectations: The high standards set by BCG may lead to high expectations. The pressure to consistently deliver outstanding results can be stressful. Intense Competition: The consulting industry is highly competitive. There is often a competitive environment within the firm, and individuals may feel the need to constantly prove themselves. Limited Control over Projects: Consultants may find themselves working on projects that they may not have much control over, as clients ultimately make decisions. This can be frustrating for those who prefer more autonomy in their work. Exit Opportunities May Be Limited: While BCG experience is highly valued, some individuals may find that the skills acquired are more specialized to the consulting industry, potentially limiting their options when transitioning to other sectors.
- 1.0Nov 7, 2023ConsultantCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsChicago, IL
Mentorship and apprenticeship is unmatched with any job out there.
Firm has changed from a firm that values its people to a sea of numbers. Don’t expect the organization to deliver on any promises particularly Re: mobility or have any transparency as they make changes that impact people’s life plans. In particular, this has worsened since the latest team of Csuite leads. If you’re considering BCG for the mobility opportunities, think again — most has been removed. The people you meet and work with at the firm are, however, exceptional. I wish that NAMR’s constantly changing rules and lack of transparency or consideration of people’s lives and plans outside of work had not ruined this experience. There was so much potential. Hours are not sustainable or with the pay.3
- 2.0Nov 22, 2023Subject Matter Expert (SME)Current Employee, more than 5 yearsChicago, IL
Learning, benefits, compensation, offices, some of the people Great opportunities to learn and go elsewhere if you can survive the toxic culture for long enough.
Generalist culture unwilling to adapt to different skills sets despite creating separate tracks for experts Project experiences centered around the idea of “false urgency.” We frantically scramble to get work done for deadlines that are entirely self imposed and have no defensible reasons. Partners are absent and detached from their teams in the post-Covid world. No boundaries and respect for life outside of work, family, personal health, etc Christoph is not a good CEO. He’s rude and frequently misses the point of employees concerns. I wish I could give him more than a thumbs down, a huge mistake by the partnership. We all miss Rich.
- 1.0Nov 25, 2023Healthcare ConsultantFormer Employee, less than 1 year
**Pros:** 1. **Global Exposure:** BCG provides opportunities to work on diverse projects globally, offering exposure to various industries and business challenges. 2. **Learning Culture:** The company fosters a culture of continuous learning with extensive training programs, mentorship, and a knowledge-sharing environment. 3. **High Impact Work:** BCG consultants often engage in high-impact projects, influencing strategic decisions for top-tier clients, which can be professionally rewarding. 4. **Network and Connections:** Working at BCG provides access to a vast network of professionals, clients, and alumni, facilitating valuable connections for career growth. 5. **Merit-Based Advancement:** BCG promotes a meritocracy where career advancement is based on performance, allowing individuals to progress based on their skills and contributions.
Cons:** 1. **Demanding Workload:** The nature of consulting can lead to long hours and high-pressure situations, resulting in a demanding and sometimes stressful work environment. 2. **Frequent Travel:** BCG consultants often travel extensively for client engagements, which can be challenging for those seeking a more stable or localized work routine. 3. **Steep Learning Curve:** The fast-paced and dynamic nature of consulting may pose a challenge for individuals who prefer a more gradual learning curve or a stable work environment. 4. **Client Dependency:** Consultants may face challenges when dealing with client expectations, differing work cultures, and varying project requirements. 5. **Work-Life Balance:** Achieving a healthy work-life balance can be challenging due to project demands, potentially impacting personal time and well-being. Senior management and program/project managers lack clear direction, often placing recent graduates in leadership roles without field experience. Senior executives seem condescending in meetings, discussing irrelevant topics. The company has a cult culture, penalizing those focused on client work during department syncs. To advance, one must fully embrace this culture, attend all syncs, and participate in company activities. Expect to write white papers, even outside your expertise, during "downtime." BCG struggles with government contracts and, without rectifying mistakes, recently conducted significant layoffs under the guise of cost-cutting.
- 2.0Sep 17, 2023Talent Development & Coaching ManagerFormer Employee, more than 1 yearBoston, MA
Great Insurance and benefits. Free lunch on Wednesdays. Great people to work with (in general). A variety of trainings available to help you upskill.
Very fake and toxic leadership that will find ways to terminate you if they feel envious or jealous of you. They expect you to take a lower salary to work with the firm as they think they're doing you a favor. Very Gynocentric company that clearly favors women over men The onboarding process is stupid, complicated, and they provide little to no assistance with it. Leadership is very lazy and does not provide any direction when you are a new employee. Leadership will claim they want you to be entrepreneurial so they don't have to give you any assistance, but then they act petty and jealous of you when you actually do achieve results.6
- 5.0Nov 28, 2023ConsultantCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearBrooklyn, NY
Incredible learning and colleagues. The perks and compensation are world-class as well.
Work / life balance is very poor, and you have very little predictability in your job.
- 4.0Sep 18, 2023Project LeaderFormer Employee, more than 1 yearHouston, TX
BCG has a great, supportive culture that enables quick development. It also demands quick development. The pace is fast and can result in an all-consuming Monday-Thursday where you can protect some time if you have a personal event, but expect to make it up after hours to keep up. Weekends are generally well-protected though, which is distinct from other firms I have worked with. The office network is highly supportive.
A ton of extracurriculars which, while not required, become an issue come review time if you haven't engaged. Some are worthwhile but some feel a lot like ambition filler for people who have to promote some sort of contribution. If you are functionally aligned you need to make sure you are in an office with a lot of your function, because BCG is very much centered around the local office in which you work more than a functional or industry alignment.1
- 2.0Sep 29, 2023ConsultantFormer Employee, more than 1 yearMinneapolis, MN
- Amazing pay and benefits that aren't locked in to a particular location (e.g., pay is the same in Minneapolis as it is in NYC) - Little to no weekend work - If you're fired ("Transitioned") they provide career services and a generous pay and benefits package unmatched by industry - Super smart, fun, and intelligent people. Everyone works hard, everyone plays to win.
- You're not staffed to your strengths all the time - You're expected to perform at a high level in any position no matter the manager, client, or what's happening in your life (e.g., pregnancy, depression, broken bones) - Being a consultant is your entire life and you give up all personal freedoms (e.g., very little advance notice over travel schedule, hard to have weeknight personal commitments)5
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Boston Consulting Group has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5, based on over 8,468 reviews left anonymously by employees. 84% of employees would recommend working at Boston Consulting Group to a friend and 77% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -3% over the last 12 months.
84% of Boston Consulting Group employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Boston Consulting Group 3.0 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.2 for culture and values and 4.4 for career opportunities.