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"Highly variable rollercoaster ride"

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Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
Current Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Great people, especially at the lower levels of the consulting staff.
Junior staff has opportunity to make significant contributions to the output and have a voice.
Excellent benefits; company works hard to take care of its people.
Challenging and fast paced.
Constant development opportunities -- feedback sessions with managers, ongoing training.
Ability to gain exposure to a wide range of industries and develop skills fast.

Cons

Lack of control over type of work and experience.
Lack of transparency behind processes, such as staffing and career development.
People tend to get less interesting as they become more senior; Partners can be very challenging to work with.
More hierarchical than advertised; Highly political.
Consultants/Associates do the grunt work, which is typically being an Excel/Powerpoint monkey -- can get tedious and not be very fulfilling.
Most cases are not very interesting -- currently most are cost-cutting/delayering type cases that focus on benchmarking.
A lot of typical overachieving, aggressively Type A types -- less creative/quirky than the company sells itself to be.
Ability to work on social impact cases is very limited, though it is heavily mentioned during recruiting.
Most of the consulting staff seem unhappy/dissatisfied with their work experiences.
BCG's emphasis on feedback (mostly negative) creates a toxic atmosphere of insecurity.
Not always a great working environment for women -- some of the practice areas tend to be dominated by a very Finance-driven/fraternity like atmosphere that can be hostile towards women.

Advice to Management

Be more open to other ways of thinking and working -- e.g. embrace creativity and innovation; Make your recruiting messages more aligned with reality

Other Employee Reviews for Boston Consulting Group

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Solving challenging business problems through strategy and analysis"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people
    Thought leadership
    Excellent resources (Knowledge management, travel, expenses)
    Great office culture (lunches on friday, happy hours, family events)

    Cons

    Travelling 4 days per week
    Demanding work hours
    Educational elitism


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing people, interesting work, lots of travel - but you knew that going in"

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

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

    Pros

    Top of the class from the top schools
    Top tier salaries
    Constant focus on training and feedback

    Cons

    People rotate in and out so frequently that it's often hard to form good friendships
    Promotions are often about who you knew instead of what you did

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!

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