Boston Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
547 Reviews

4.3
547 Reviews
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Boston Consulting Group President and CEO Rich Lesser
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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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  1.  

    Great people and great management team

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    Former Employee - Project Leader  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Sydney

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Focus 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 ManagementAdvice

    Losing 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...)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding people culture and leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Leader  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Sydney

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Travel 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 ManagementAdvice

    None really it's a great business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing learning experience - really interesting projects

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very hard work, and a lot of domestic travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evolve!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Associate in Sydney

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Experience varies widely from person to person

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    Highly 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

    Cons

    Training 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 ManagementAdvice

    Apply 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    Great work culture
    Performance Driven
    Working with the smartest minds

    Cons

    Work life balance can be an issue

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good stepping stone to open career options

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Sydney

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

    Pros

    You 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

    Cons

    Lack 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A global firm with great opportunities for training and advancement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    ok as long as you played the game

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    Former Employee - Management Consultant  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Management Consultant in Sydney

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    good peer group, some amazing projects

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal  in  Blow Clear
    Current Employee - Principal in 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 ManagementAdvice

    - Keep doing the rright things to retain the best talent
    - Strenghen the marketing message to recruits
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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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