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  • Work/life balance can be challenging at times (in 300 reviews)

  • Very long hours if you are not interesting in consulting or switching industries every so often (in 221 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Fantastic place to begin a career."

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
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    Pros

    BCG gives you the opportunity to have a great deal of responsibility at a very early early stage in your career. As an entry-level employee (Associate or Consultant depending on previous experience), you are critical to the success of or projects that have very high visibility with senior executives at major corporations. While you might not interface with senior clients as often as the partners with whom you work, you develop deep contacts within organizations as you formulate and implement recommendations.

    Furthermore, the culture at BCG is very non-hierarchical. Debate with more senior members of your case teams (including partners) is encouraged, and the hypothesis method discourages blindly applying existing frameworks to new problems.

    Cons

    In my experience, the most negatives aspects of working at BCG are related to lifestyle. While the firm's leadership has admirably tried to instill a culture that encourages time away from work, in practice the lifestyle can be very difficult. Team members typically work into the night during weekdays and often can have a significant amount of work pushed to weekends. Moreover, many consultants spend four days per week on the road, often traveling significant distances.

    Unfortunately, the travel requirements typically do not diminish as you grow more senior, as partners often have clients in several different cities that they need to visit on a regular basis.

    Advice to Management

    You have done a remarkable job in building a place where employees are truly happy to work. Continuing to search for ways to improve lifestyle has the chance to truly differentiate the firm from its competition.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A wonderful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    The people are the best you will work with - smart, committed, and nice. You can be yourself - there isn't a whole lot of pressure to act a certain way to fit in. The job is interesting - you're not taking a cookie cutter approach. You are constantly given opportunities to develop new skills so life never gets boring. There is a strong culture of apprenticeship and everyone has access to the partners.

    Cons

    The hours can be long or unpredictable on some projects. There is no doubt it is demanding - the hours, the travel. You'll need to make choices and tradeoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you are doing.


  3. "Unmatched growth opportunities, career credibility and strong network. However, job sustainability is an issue"

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    Current Employee - Consultant I in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consultant I in Boston, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best post-school training to start a career in management / business

    Cons

    Life at BCG can be very demanding

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where you come from ....


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work, but you must be willing to deal with volatility of hours from week to week"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Chicago, IL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, passionate about making a difference with its clients.
    The career development process is helpful in letting you identify your strengths and weaknesses. You get formal feedback on your projectson ~3 month basis and then your career development councelor aggregates feedback and provides you insight on your promotion timing every six months
    Benefits are second to none (fully paid health insurance), profit-sharing, end of year bonus, etc.
    Oppportunity for international experience. It is not mandatory but the option exists to work on projects in other markets either from BCG offices abroad or from your own US office. z

    Cons

    Volatility of hours. Some weeks you work forty hours, other weeks you work 70.
    Total hours. A lot of people will say that the work live balance is good, and I think it is if you are looking at the job compared to other consulting firms. I have friends at other firms that put in a lot more time than I do (it depends on the BCG office you are in however). If you compare this job to brand management or other general management jobs I think the hours would be less. You comp might not be as nice though
    Some (not all) of the senior partners can be a bit arrogant and difficult to work

    Advice to Management

    Being humble doesn't hurt sometimes


  6. Helpful (2)

    "great place to learn, difficult to sustain"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BCG provides great learning opportunities (lots of training both online and live sessions, including individual coaching sessions you can sign up for), constant feedback (sometimes too much). You will also be working with very smart and motivated people. Fast paced, challenging, mostly intellectually stimulating work. Difficult to get bored. Generally nice, low key people.

    Cons

    tough work, challenging lifestyle, lots of travel. Even though everyone thinks that they are ready for the challenge, it can wear on you after a while. Also you will constantly feel scrutinized, because of the constant feedback and plotting of your performance on a matrix vs other consultants. Everyone strives to overdeliver

    Advice to Management

    more transparency


  7. Helpful (3)

    "A good starting point for a business career"

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    Former Employee - Project Leader in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    A great training ground. Teaches you early in your career to distill most business problems to the essential issues. In theory it can give you exposure to a variety of industries, although people often get pigeonholed in industries they happen to have worked in before.
    Very nice salary, bright and committed colleagues.

    Cons

    Grueling travel commitments as in all big consulting firms.
    Projects are sometimes ill-conceived and poorly planned (a partner basically sold (oversold) a project wihout having any idea of what we were getting into or even whether this was really necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Only sell what you can truly fulfill and beware of the Peter Principle when it comes to Managers and Partners.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good post-business school option if you're not yet sure what you really want to do with your career"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
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    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great post-business school option if you're not yet sure what industry you'd like to work in. Allows you to see a variety of business situations to help you understand business better and ultimately find what you'd like to do long-term.

    Cons

    Travel can be grueling. Rarely do you receive positive feedback or are made to feel good about what you've accomplished on a case. Leadership skills are very poor.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately, the firm is broadening its services beyond traditional strategy consulting. Although this facilitates growth, the new services aren't necessarily the types of cases that many of us hoped to do as strategy consultants.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Foremost, a bunch of just really nice people."

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    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. People - obviously sharp, but also bring the best attitudes
    2. Quality of work
    3. Sharp emphasis on personal development
    4. Organizational focus on continuous improvement

    Cons

    1. Demanding, but not unusual, work hours

    Advice to Management

    Nothing they haven't already said, or are doing.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "BCG is truly one of the most challenging and interesting places to work. Just be cautious about the lifestyle"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to truly use your MBA towards some of the most complicated and interesting business problems.

    Cons

    The long hours make it sometimes less enjoyable.

    Advice to Management

    Need to figure out how to address the work-life balance problem


  11. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - A in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - A in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Diversity of work.

    Cons

    Quality of consultant hires not on par with associate hires.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up