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  1. "Senior Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with clever people on interesting problems

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of travel

    Advice to Management

    Make the performance review process more transparent

    Boston Consulting Group2018-04-04
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Miserable people, bleak London office, outdated"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    - Very good pay - Events - Nice colleagues - US offices are much better than London office and i think have many more pro's such as free food, travel etc.

    Cons

    - Pay isn't actually good when you look at the hours you have worked. Working from 8am - midnight, results in a 14 hour shift which when you split up your salary, becomes roughly minimum wage. - Hours are insane - I haven't been here long and I absolutely have to leave soon. I'm getting sick and exhausted from the hours? I don't know how people do it? I don't even have time to eat dinner before i have to wake up and...

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    Advice to Management

    - Better London office - location is awful and interior - Nicer PL's - make you feel disrespected and they are rude - Reduce hours - this is hard to have a life with.

    Boston Consulting Group2018-11-07
  3. "Summer Associate"

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    Former Employee - Summer Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people and opportunity to contribute to the actual project. Luxurious lifestyle and fantastic benefits (cross-country travel, insanely nice hotels and dinners)

    Cons

    The actual work can be extremely mundane. There was a lot of learning in the first two weeks, but after that, just a lot of Power Point and political, bureaucratic nonsense. Absence of work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Instruct managers on how to conduct feedback sessions-- I often found that the "feedback" session I would have with my manager would be extremely broad and did not help me figure out how I could actually improve. My manager would start every session asking how I thought I was doing instead of giving me her opinion at all.

    Boston Consulting Group2018-10-09
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate (Experienced Hire)"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    BCG is a tremendous place to build core competence on business fundamentals - from financial modelling to organisation design and capabilities. Most of all you learn the art of "corporate storytelling" - which is imperative for a career at a large company. Fantastic lifestyle, from flights to hotels, everything is designed to maximize your comfort to get the job done People around are highly intelligent and (even...

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    Cons

    Experienced hires - your previous experience is used more as a credibility builder for the firm, rather than an opportunity to leverage your knowledge and skills. Consulting people are part of a mold - and they push everyone to be the same. Work life balance is a big issue - 14 hours days are a minimum

    Advice to Management

    Learn to understand and leverage knowledge and skills experienced hires bring

    Boston Consulting Group2018-09-27
  5. "Great learning"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues, so amazing opportunities, lots of chances to learn.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of travel

    Boston Consulting Group2018-04-03
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Good starting place"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people Access to ideas and frameworks Free coke in cafe Some interesting travel Good formal trainings and continuing professional development available

    Cons

    Limited interest in any purpose other than quarterly share-holder return for client Poor work-life balance Juniors and partners very good; middle management less impressive. Project managers don't have incentives to really develop their employees

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes there is a tension between creativity and efficiency and BCG prioritises the latter. Middle managers are often bad people developers. Some project leaders showed excellence in this area but left, whereas others were very poor and still kept their jobs / got promoted. Work-life balance remains a problem. The problem for many is not the number of hours but the amount of uncertainty about hours - there could...

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    Boston Consulting Group2018-01-30
  7. "Wonderful people with incredible culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office is pleasure to be in because everyone is so friendly and willing to help Great training Great perks - e.g office bonding events PTO makes an effort to reduce unpredictable working times

    Cons

    Volatile working hours - some crazy weeks but some very quiet weeks (but company tries to mitigate)

    Boston Consulting Group2017-01-29
  8. "Hard work but the people make the company great"

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    Current Employee - Summer Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting work that is helping shape some of the most influential companies around.

    Cons

    Hours are pretty antisocial but changes quite dramatically from case to case

    Advice to Management

    Healthy snacks that arent nut bars would be great!

    Boston Consulting Group2016-10-10
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Data & Research Services (DRS)"

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    Current Employee - Associate Researcher in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - the working hours are very social - perks of the job are great - BCG overall is an amazing company with inspiring individuals

    Cons

    - DRS does not reflect BCG at all in terms of culture and opportunities - case engagement is very limited (often you do just data pulls) - DRS is very process-driven and researchers (i.e. people) are referred to as 'capacity' - growth prospect are limited as you only get to do request coordination when you get more senior - overall it does not satisfy the intellectual curiosity of the high-calibre people they hire

    Advice to Management

    Give people real opportunities and make them genuine thought partners of the consultants. Create a culture that is truly open. You need to value the people you hire because quite frankly the model of DRS is an insult to anyone with two masters degrees (and there are some of us). Build a more client impact focused business that does not just aim to get as much done as possible, as quality suffers. Management overall has...

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    Boston Consulting Group2016-10-29
  10. "BCG - London"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, Perks, Culture, Food, Location

    Cons

    Hours, Negative feedback culture, Lack of interesting true 'strategy' projects

    Boston Consulting Group2016-06-21
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