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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 (9)

    "Steep learning curve, toxic office culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The learning curve is very steep. You are given a ton of responsibility right away and there are a vast number of resources and mentors that support you along the way. The level of exposure to a variety of industries and functions is also a big plus, especially if you are not sure what your long-term career goals are.

    The perks are great. In addition to a good base salary, BCG offers high performance and signing bonuses, profit sharing, 15 days PTO, and a generous expense account. Expect to stay in the nicest hotels and eat at the most expensive restaurants on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Although BCG prides itself on a strong work-life balance, this is hardly the case. 70+ hour weeks are the norm, so on a per-hour basis, we are definitely under-compensated compared to our peers in investment banking. Also, in the San Francisco office, there appears to be a lack of strategy-oriented work. Most of the work has recently been operational and process-oriented for non-Fortune 100 companies.

    Also, there is very poor communication from upper-management regarding staffing, promotion decisions, bonuses, the business pipeline, etc. This has led to a toxic office culture characterized by rather unhappy employees (especially at the more junior levels).

    Advice to Management

    More communication is key. Don't keep everything such a secret from more junior people in the office: it leaves people feeling worried, unhappy and less committed to the company. There needs to be a strong shift in leadership methods and a greater sense of appreciation towards Associates and Consultants.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Quality output and good opportunities with some political issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High level of competence in staff and good quality output. Good job opportunities after, although alumni network is not strong overseas. Flexibility in time off was good - no specific hours as work had to be done at high quality, but if you didn't need to be in the office, then you didn't come in as there would invariably be a project you'd work insane hours on (so take leave when you can get it).

    Cons

    Hours, politics... depending on your office, there are some poorer quality principals/directors who the company isn't willing to get rid of. Offices are also getting more homogenous than they were re: types of people they employ.

    Advice to Management

    Be more ruthless is getting rid of senior management who are poor communicators/managers (even if they're good with clients) if they are supposed to actually manage a team.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Top Tier Consultancy But Lags Behind Bain and McKinsey"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Excellent training in problem solving and management consulting techniques, and documentation (making decks)
    -Top-caliber colleagues
    -Many interesting projects in their portfolio
    -Global presence
    -Good (but fading) brand

    Cons

    -Culture and work/life vary from office to office, but typically is very poor. Expect 65-80 hours a week typically when you are on a case
    -Travel is constant; you will average 15-16 days a month at least
    -From my experience, despite the marketing during recruiting, typically work is not about innovation, creative thinking, and teamwork; it's 'find, mind, grind.' It's a far cry from its formidable legacy; as it's grown at least an order of magnitude since the Bruce Henderson days, BCG is not an innovative organization compared to its peers--it's lost its edge
    -Compared to McKinsey or Bain, BCG does less pure strategy work and tends to reward 'output' more than quality. Its reporting and decks tend to be denser (meaning more work for a consultant)

    Advice to Management

    Reward results over throughput and the 'grind'. Focus more on innovation. Tackle the work/life problem


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  5. "Wouldn't change a thing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are generally very nice and smart, without being arrogant. Really enjoyed learning about the quirks people had at the firm (and there were many!). Definitely the smartest bunch of people I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    The culture is very feedback intensive. Perhaps too much focus on the minutae of areas for development while not enough praise for jobs well done.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to measure and reward impact to the client (perhaps taking client feedback more formally and incorporating into reviews).