Boston Consulting Group
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Updated Apr 16, 2014
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Boston Consulting Group President and CEO Rich Lesser

Rich Lesser

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91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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BCG has been a fantastic experience. Superb all-round opportunties

Associate (Current Employee)
London, England

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

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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London, England

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

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

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

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!

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London, England

I worked at Boston Consulting Group part-time for less than a year

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

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

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)

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

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

Principal (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than 5 years

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

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group part-time for more than 5 years

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

I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than 10 years

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

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

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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