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Boston Consulting Group Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  • Work/life balance can be challenging at times (in 312 reviews)

  • Management is not always sympathetic to long hours (in 242 reviews)

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  1. "Stop transplanting incapable managers from other countries to USA"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic culture
    Excellent pay & benefits

    Cons

    Our team manager was a transplant from a foreign country and did not have much knowledge about business topics, modern computer tools as well as basic etiquette. May be that works fine in his/her home country but creates lot of impediments at work for many of us.
    Again, this is just my team and may not be a company wide trend.

    Advice to Management

    Revert back to traditional school of thought. Most of my colleagues from 2010 and before say the work culture was much better, and abrupt increase in organizational size has been posing a challenge.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Value add to clients but at cost to the employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning at a young age
    Exposure to many different industries and industry leaders
    Real opportunity to make impact in large client organizations
    Opportunity to shape strategic decisions for huge companies

    Cons

    Many projects are badly sold with unclear objectives, understaffed, or crunched for time
    Inability of leadership to say 'no' to scope creep/ unreasonable requests from clients even if it significantly impacts employee's work-life balance and satisfaction
    A bit of masochism - a lot of deadlines are artificial and created internally, without any relation to client deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees are key to a happy company
    A lot of the good work we do would remain unchanged even if we change the fire drill culture

  3. "Good place to jump start career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn fundamental business skills and to get early exposure to executive level meetings

    Cons

    After first two years (as an Associate or as a Consultant) learning curve flattens significantly and that is reflected by industry demand

    Advice to Management

    Some offices and practices feel not welcoming to outsiders


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    collaborative culture, overall genuine people, 100% paid benefits, beautiful office, most roles have an opportunity for upward movement.

    Cons

    Pay in some of the business service team roles are underpaid considering the high pressure environment, and expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Often feels like only the consulting staff opinions matter.


  5. "BCG experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career growth, smart people, solve big business problems, nice perks, competitive salary, work with leading companies, mentoring is very important

    Cons

    Competitive, up or or out culture, long hours and travel, all at whim of partners time, experience Ailey depends on project team


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Ouch. Bad bonus year in NYC."

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Leader in New York, NY

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many of the good things that are advertised when you get recruited are true.
    - Smart co-workers
    - Such a strong brand, senior exec clients really listen to what you say and act on it
    - Consistent firm culture, and a lot of flexibilty to follow your own course and do any type of project you want to do (as long as you work hard and can do it really well)
    - All the private company perks (free proper coffee shop in the office! Lots of fancy office drink events, etc)

    Cons

    A few big ones, in addition to the usual consulting life drawbacks (travel, unpredictability, best people eventually leave etc)...
    - Feel a bit underpaid (yep as the title says, 2015 & 2016 weren't great bonus years in NYC, even for people on promotion track). Hurts when you average 70 hours a week.
    - Lots of recent recruiting (esp. expanding the smaller offices), maybe too wide a net, and often left with a person or two on a team who aren't able to step up and deliver as well as the others.. more common than it used to be
    - Big company feel now, and so you feel that much more anonymous than when it was smaller

    Advice to Management

    Don't spend all your money on shiny new offices and have no $$$s left over to retain the best people.
    Consulting is obviously highly competitive to win client business, but don't over promise / under staff on quite so many projects. Letting so many projects get sold on the basis of "BCG discounting some of the costs" in practice just means we under staff the project.


  7. "Project Leader"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Have opportunity to work with the most smart, intelligent, and passionate professionals

    Cons

    Too many business travels and long working hours

    Advice to Management

    Improve LWB more in the future

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good growth opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Principal in Summit, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong focus on development and learning
    Broad experience across multiple industries and functions
    Highly skilled coworkers
    Good exit opportunities
    High prestige
    Good benefits
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    Continued business travel is not fully compatible with a family


  9. "Great benefits and great learning opportunit"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Consultant in Summit, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse experience, exposure to senior leadershiup in Fortune 500 companies

    Cons

    Travel 4 days a week, Long hours


  10. "Project Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities and platforms for self-development and growth

    Cons

    Predictability, long hours and work-life balance


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