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Boston Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 26 September 2014
Updated 26 September 2014
556 Reviews
4.2
556 Reviews
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Boston Consulting Group President and CEO Rich Lesser
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life-balance on most days (just make sure you get the right manager) (in 25 reviews)

  • Steep learning curve and diverse experience (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • work/life balance obviously - this is a consulting job after all (in 120 reviews)

  • Undefined project scope are becoming more common, resulting in long hours of work (in 87 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible with promotion times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It is a very good campany.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group

    Pros

    They are respecting it if you have children.

    Cons

    You have to work very long.

  3.  

    BCG Analyst

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    High 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.

    Cons

    Having 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Consulting 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, good culture!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PTA  in  London, England
    Former Employee - PTA in London, England

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

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing culture and really smart people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant II  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant II in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hours, but that is like any consulting job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Politics are getting bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good clients, good brand and intellectual capital

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the partners who do not espouse our values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Principal  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Principal in London, England

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

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Beware 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good for my CV

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great brand name
    Lots of structure
    Deep expertise
    High class training

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Slow paced
    Can be too dogmatic
    Poor hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Very rewarding, great colleagues, very little politics

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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