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Boston Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
569 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)

  • Steep learning curve / Great on the job training (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • There isn't a good work/life balance - you work many hours over your traditional forty (in 122 reviews)

  • Undefined project scope are becoming more common, resulting in long hours of work (in 89 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing people, interesting work, fantastic benefits. But very difficult content, demanding clients and managers

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney
    Current Employee - Consultant in Sydney

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get access to the top tier of industry decision-makers. Your client list will be a who's-who of people and companies that make the world run. Yet, the colleagues are among the most down to earth and nicest people on the planet

    Cons

    Most assignments are done on extremely tight time frames. The projects and problems are extremely difficult, and although this is good, it does place immense pressure on teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people and great management team

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

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time (more than an 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
  3. 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 (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
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    Amazing learning experience - really interesting projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Current Employee - Associate in Sydney

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (more than an 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
  7. 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 (more than an 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
  8.  

    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

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good stepping stone to open career options

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Sydney
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Sydney

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A global firm with great opportunities for training and advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11. 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

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