Boston Consulting Group - Ultimately, not worth the pain | Glassdoor
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    "Ultimately, not worth the pain"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Brilliant, hard-working and intellectually honest peers, who will form a life-long network.

    Cons

    Terrible working hours (I was a consultant there for over 4 years and averaged 85 hours per week with many, many memorable 100+ weeks) Over the course of my tenure, I saw how the grueling hours and stress led to physical and psychological degradation of great people. One of my colleagues would suffer seizures because the medication he normally took for a chronic condition made him drowsy, and he couldn't afford... that additional drowsiness when already sleep-deprived on our projects. Another colleague developed a stress-related condition so severe it was mis-diagnosed as breast cancer during the few medical visits she was able to make without repercussions from management. When a manager of mine who was pregnant in her first trimester would leave the boardroom due to morning sickness, (ie. go throw up) our higher-up manager claimed it was "unacceptable for her to just leave the room": he also claimed she should be grateful BCG made arrangements for her to work there while pregnant, since "women getting pregnant was their own choice" (and not, say, a fairly important biological imperative of your species). That BCG institutes a metric system to track work/life balance is indicative of how much of your life will be under its control when you work there: all of it! These are insane costs to pay for prestige and learning.

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    Advice to Management

    Scope projects better, Staff better and Develop a conscience.

    Boston Consulting Group2013-09-09
  1. "Executive Assistant"

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    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Amazing culture and benefits. Free breakfast and lunch.

    Cons

    Low pay for BST and no room for promotion

    Boston Consulting Group2019-11-09
  2. "Great firm to start your career and exit opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great culture, learning experience, camaraderie Not very hierarchical Great exit options

    Cons

    Long hours (if you want to do well) Feedback heavy culture (which can be considered a good thing, it makes you learn really fast)

    Boston Consulting Group2019-11-08

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