Boston Consulting Group
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Boston Consulting Group Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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Boston Consulting Group President and CEO Rich Lesser

Rich Lesser

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90% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Focus on work-life balance and try to be very family-friendly"
    in 23 reviews
  • "Steep learning curve and diverse experience"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "work-life balance stinks, variability of assignments has some cons"
    in 107 reviews
  • "Undefined project scope are becoming more common, resulting in long hours of work"
    in 75 reviews
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Outstanding people culture and leadership

Project Leader (Former Employee)
Sydney

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

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)

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time

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

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than a year

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)

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than a year

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

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Excellent

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

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

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than 3 years

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

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

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

I worked at Boston Consulting Group

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

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

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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Amazing career development experience but unsustainable work-life balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

Pros- Steep learning curve on all dimensions, from soft to hard skills - client mgmt, communications, project mgmt, analytics, etc
- Exposure to multiple industries/functions and the way the business world works
- Working with really smart and talented people that are very driven
- It's honestly a career-changing experience

Cons- Work-life balance is very challenging to sustain, especially on travel cases. Most people leave after 2 years.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere has to be a better way of adding value to clients without having BCGers have such a terrible work-life balance. Given the effort you put into recruiting us, training and developing us, you should probably do a better job at retaining us and keeping us happy at BCG.

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

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