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Updated Jul 24, 2014
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4.1 520 reviews

95% Approve of the CEO

Boston Consulting Group President and CEO Rich Lesser

Rich Lesser

(119 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 80 reviews)

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    BCG has been a fantastic experience. Superb all-round opportunties

    Associate (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGood travel opps. Early responsibility. Wide range of industries.

    ConsSome longer projects and less glamorous travel. Can also feel repetitive moving from A to C.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more flexible with promotion times.

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

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    Analyst (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsHigh levels of activity and interesting projects ensure there is never a dull moment. The ability to work on various types of project broadens opportunities in the future.

    ConsHaving such a wide scope of activity can lead to instances where multiple demands arise at one time and it is then a case or prioritising and working out who your ok to let down.

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

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    Great place to start a career, but do not stay for too long

    Consultant (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat learning experience
    Some smart and/or nice people in the firm
    Interesting projects to work on
    Opens doors for next career move

    ConsConsulting is a sales business so (i) some projects are sold without clear scope and client buy-in and (ii) sometimes juniors are told to distort analysis in order to enable partners to sell more to the client (especially in tough times)
    Hierarchy is flat until you start disagreeing with someone (in this instance it becomes very vertical)
    Hours are difficult and stress is permanent
    More and more politics involved as the office is growing
    Can become a bit repetitive after a couple of years

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop growing too fast
    Clean the top of the pyramid to keep your best elements
    Make sure Partners convey the right culture

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, good culture!

    PTA (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsThey provide a lot of opportunities to work on different kinds of projects which can help the employees find their own interests and pursue their own career.

    ConsWork load is very high. Need to work late in the nights usually. Given the payment level, the salary could be higher.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing culture and really smart people

    Consultant II (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat stimulating case work
    Very down to earth culture - a bunch of smart people that like to help each other and solve tough problems

    ConsHours, but that is like any consulting job

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

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    Politics are getting bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood clients, good brand and intellectual capital

    ConsStrong politics around the "old guard" who are attached to their power base and have simply not evolved

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the partners who do not espouse our values

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Not a sustainable life for most; be careful about exit timing

    Principal (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsVery rapid learning curve, opportunity to work with top management at well-known clients, very friendly office culture (at junior levels), very smart and motivated people, and a powerful addition to your CV.

    ConsAs noted elsewhere, there is a powerfully-entrenched long-hours culture and absolutely constant and overwhelming pressure on teams. The PTO process is supposed to address this, but in London at least, has resulted in no real changes to partner behaviour, and so PTO sessions really just turn into grumbling sessions that don't change expectations. The fact that the name was changed from its original "predictable time off" to "predictability, teaming and open communication" is a pretty good clue.

    There is a very wide range of partner personality types. For example, judging by what consulting staff say, 3/4 of the London energy Partners have a ruthless, critical, and driving approach to teams, as do the private equity guys, while media Partners are at the other end of the scale in terms of personality and approach. Banking partners are in the middle.

    Career progression can be tough, with any negative feedback or issues with individual partners magnified out of proportion. At the Principal level, one bad project can be enough to derail your career.

    A lot of project approaches are very theoretical, and although what ultimately goes to clients is almost invariably of high quality, what the client sees is often a fraction of the work consultants are driven to do to satisfy partner desires for a perfect solution, rather than a practical one. With the wrong partner, case team meetings can be a nightmare.

    Finally, it is important to manage your exit timing, keeping in mind that even Partners rarely stay longer than seven years. Consultant or P/L is likely to have the best mix of exit options that don't require a big fall in salary and give good industry exposure. At P or Partner level, industry options become far fewer, and often require a big drop in compensation. Do keep in mind that in contrast to McK, the BCG alumni and career services network is rudimentary, so you will be on your own when you start looking!

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeware of believing your own hype! Consider significantly expanding the expert career track approach, as one key lever for breaking out of the pattern of belief that overworked generalist MBAs are the best source of value creation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good for my CV

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat brand name
    Lots of structure
    Deep expertise
    High class training

    ConsBureaucratic
    Slow paced
    Can be too dogmatic
    Poor hours

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent experience - came to stay 2 years, and it's now almost 15

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsVery rewarding, great colleagues, very little politics

    ConsKeeps you busy, can be all consuming - but you have control

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

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    Great company

    Associate (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsGreat people (highly intelligent, motivated and nice), great culture, and generally great work. Also lots of perks: good compensation (inc. bonus), gym, generous expenses policy, office trips etc. Also strong social impact commitment.

    ConsLong hours, travel can be difficult sometimes

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

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