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Updated August 23, 2017
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  • Work/life balance can be challenging at times (in 338 reviews)

  • long hours potentially depending on project (average 60hrs/week) (in 276 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company and People"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People -- intellectual, collegial, generally down-to-earth
    Opportunities to work on high-impact projects
    Interesting problems to solve

    Cons

    Variability of cases and hours -- though opportunities to guide case experience over time


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Do 2 years then get out"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    * Good to learn the consulting toolkit
    * Contact with senior executives
    * Broadening opportunities across industries

    Cons

    * No work life balance. They use you up. Culture of face time
    * Very high level "expertise". Value proposition still mostly just smart people
    * MBA alpha personalities covering lack of substance

    Advice to Management

    * Stop using bi-annual CDC to fire people mid tenure
    * Be flexible on promotion timing for consultants that don't get given opportunities

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Executive Assistant at BCG"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great team, friendly people, AMAZING benefits, good perks (annual retreat, fully stocked fridge).

    Cons

    Hard to grow past the EA role, base pay tops out around 80K


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work as an administrative professional"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable, takes care of employees, hires great people

    Cons

    Teams can feel segregated.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good learning experience but lifestyle difficult at times"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart, driven colleagues; incredibly strong focus on learning & development by the firm

    Cons

    Travel and pace of work


  6. "Upgrading old review after 6 months at the job"

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

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

    Pros

    Tremendous learning environment with unique exposure to high performers
    Great pay & benefits
    Terrific focus on process, not just work
    Big impact on clients

    I expect to quit the job after 1-2 years, but I still am 100% glad I took this job. It's a great learning experience if you have few friends and family to spend time with.

    Cons

    Long hours
    Sometime feels too salesy (but other times we're adding huge value)
    Dislike like the culture of expensing everything and gaming reward kickbacks

    Advice to Management

    I don't interact with senior management enough to have much strong advice.

    Keep up the focus on process, training, and open communication. Personal growth opportunities are what make this job uniquely worthwhile.


  7. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to build a solid career foundation while doing high impact work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Intelligent, motivated, humble colleagues
     - Continuing business growth
     - Strong corporate focus on career development
     - First rate benefits package
     - Very competitive compensation, especially at the more senior (PL+ levels)
     - Meritocratic promotion and bonus

    Cons

    - Frequent travel
     - Stress / work-life-balance
     - At more junior levels (Associate, Consultant) difficult to control your experience
     - High turnover drives variable manager quality

    Advice to Management

    - Better short term resource planning / staffing proesses


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Principal"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    awesome place to work and make friends

    Cons

    travel can be hard; early missteps not entirely your fault can doom you


  10. "Jakarta Intern"

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    Former Intern - Project Intern in Berkeley, CA
    Former Intern - Project Intern in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    BCG provides an exceptional learning experience. When I interned at BCG, I was given the utmost responsibility an intern can get. I travelled, surveyed the market, proving/disaproving the team leaders; hypothesis and helping them forming a better angle or argument. They let me form my own questions and also refine my interview skills

    Cons

    The working hours are very long. I worked until 3 am and sometimes wake up at 7am. It could be because of my slow working progress. However, the experience is very rewarding. I met some of the most intellectual people from over the world.

    Advice to Management

    Management should really provide a more lenient return offer for those exceptional interns because in Indonesia, there is no return offer. What happens is, people who are very talented sometimes are taken with other big consulting companies eventually.


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