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Updated Jul 27, 2014
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4.1 522 reviews

95% Approve of the CEO

Boston Consulting Group President and CEO Rich Lesser

Rich Lesser

(120 ratings)

90% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life-balance on most days (just make sure you get the right manager)(in 25 reviews)

  • You will work with very smart people and learn about different industries(in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance stinks, variability of assignments has some cons(in 113 reviews)

  • Undefined project scope are becoming more common, resulting in long hours of work(in 81 reviews)

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    Great people and great management team

    Project Leader (Former Employee) Sydney

    ProsWonderful work environment and supporting team for consulting staffs. You get to work with top notch talents solving interesting client problems.

    ConsFocus mainly on Fortune 500, dealing with lots of management/operations issues for these companies; much less so on strategy, which had gone in-house for many clients. Very few innovation-type opportunities

    Advice to Senior ManagementLosing out to companies like IDEO, or business strategy arms of marketing companies on projects determining the strategic future of clients means a step back for BCG. BCG should refocus on the highest value/highest impact areas of our clients growth/future, not the most profitable/biggest area. Uninteresting projects will eventually impact quality of people willing to join a great company. (how IBM/HP/Intel no longer attract the best tech people anymore...)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Outstanding people culture and leadership

    Project Leader (Former Employee) Sydney

    ProsSmartest people in the room who you'd also invite to a dinner party
    Projects are generally interesting

    ConsTravel can be unrelenting
    Occasionally the partners sell clients a dud project and it's either solved quickly (with a lot of justification work to deliver it) or it should never have been a project in the first place

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone really it's a great business

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing learning experience - really interesting projects

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat colleagues, interesting problems, learn really useful techniques, good pay

    ConsVery hard work, and a lot of domestic travel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvolve!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Better than I imagined, best place I could have gone from college

    Associate (Current Employee) Sydney

    ProsRespect for work life balance
    Emphasis on development opportunities
    Exposure to senior client meetings from day 1

    ConsUnpredictable day-to-day, difficult to make dinner plans, evening shows or family plans

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Experience varies widely from person to person

    Consultant (Current Employee)

    ProsHighly motivated and intellectually curious colleagues who challenge one another to excel;
    Good compensation packages;
    Incredible support staff;
    Top-tier clients with interesting business challenges to work on

    ConsTraining is meant to be achieved through on-the-job apprenticeship, but one's ability to get a good quality, productive apprenticeship is at the mercy of the nature of the case one is assigned to and the personality / time availability of one's manager on the case. Sometimes a new consultant gets a very good case and good manager who has time for apprenticeship, which sets one up for success; and sometimes a new consultant does not, which can immediately impact one's performance and the breadth of opportunities available going forward.

    Advice to Senior ManagementApply more rigour to determining what cases / managers are appropriate assignments for new consultants to ensure that in a new starter's first 6 months, their managers truly have the time and capability to apprentice them in a positive, productive fashion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Excellent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work culture
    Performance Driven
    Working with the smartest minds

    ConsWork life balance can be an issue

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    Good stepping stone to open career options

    Senior Associate (Current Employee) Sydney

    ProsYou get great exposure to a wide range of industries and functions, which allows you to survey industries to discover what you are interested in and good at
    Good brand name to leverage for faster and better access to future opportunities
    Feedback rich environment promotes learning

    ConsLack of opportunity to actually implement
    Breadth of experience sacrificed for depth: jack of all trades but a master of none in the first few years, which can be detrimental when moving out of consulting into industry if you are compared with people who have specific experience in your target industry.
    Strict tenure up or out process limits flexibility
    Brand name not as strong as McKinsey

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A global firm with great opportunities for training and advancement.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sydney

    Pros- World class training and business exposure
    - MBA full sponsorship
    - Friendly work culture
    - Opportunity for travel and global transfer
    - Awesome exit opportunities and assistance

    Cons- Unpredictable hours
    - Travel often four days a week away from home
    - Poor work/life balance
    - Feedback can be negative oriented
    - High attrition rate for female staff

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be a greater focus on retaining women and family oriented employees. We know this is hard in consulting, and client expectations can be hard to manage, but the future success of the company depends on retaining high quality staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ok as long as you played the game

    Management Consultant (Former Employee) Sydney

    Prosgood peer group, some amazing projects

    Conssome vice presidents and managers who did not repect staff and were too ambitious

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to develop your skills, work on interesting things and work with smart people

    Principal (Current Employee) Blow Clear

    Pros- Always work on interesting problems for the world's best companies
    - Lots of really smart people
    - Best total compensation package of the Big 3 strategy firms

    Cons- Job is very intellectually challenging
    - Pace and hours can be spikey
    - Experience can vary by office

    Advice to Senior Management- Keep doing the rright things to retain the best talent
    - Strenghen the marketing message to recruits
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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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