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Boston Consulting Group Reviews

Updated 18 February 2018
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Boston Consulting Group President and CEO Rich Lesser
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Pros
  • Steep learning curve but everyone is willing to help you along the way as long as one makes the effort and have the right attitude (in 74 reviews)

  • PTO" program baked in to cases to help proactively address work-life balance & other case experience issues (in 70 reviews)

Cons
  • High degree of travel; Low work life balance (in 360 reviews)

  • Long hours, as per the rest of the industry (in 293 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Recruiter"

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

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I truly enjoy working at BCG and am very much enjoying my role here. My position is varied and challenging, I am learning a great deal and I feel I am growing professionally each day. Alongside this, I feel supported and nurtured.

    Cons

    I don't have any concerns relating to my role and the wider business at this point.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good starting place"

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

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time (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 be more forward-planning and guardrails on this.


  3. "Thoughts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Really great people who are friendly and smart - made friends for life here

    Cons

    Depending on the project, hours can be tough


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  5. "The Boston Consulting Group"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    Very bright people who in general are most interested in knowing what is the right answer to a specific question

    Cons

    As usual, management consulting working hours


  6. "Accounts Payable"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payble in London, England
    Former Employee - Accounts Payble in London, England

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learnt alot about different programmes and software they use

    Cons

    Sometimes they ran out of things for me to do


  7. "Part Time Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group part-time

    Pros

    Great working environment, high calibre colleagues.

    Cons

    Working wage is rather low.


  8. "BCG review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    culture, benefits, exits, people, environment

    Cons

    offering more exposure to juniors


  9. "Good but tough"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time

    Pros

    good pay for the experience

    Cons

    very long hours and high pressure


  10. "Great place to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - London office is full of smart, interesting, hard working and fun people, many of whom have become good friends. You get the best of this if you join as an Associate
    - Diversity of cases means you learn a lot and at a fast pace (you'll never be bored)
    - Great Partners
    - Fun office events
    - Great opportunities for secondments, travel, leave of absence etc
    - Strong alumni network for after you leave

    Cons

    - Not a 9-5 job by any means but it is predictable and manageable. Expect to work long hours Mon-Thurs but leave by 6pm on Fridays. Very limited (if any) weekend work
    - Huge variance in quality of Project Leaders (first level of management)

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  11. "Amazing learning experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues that challenge you each day to solve the most important problems for some of the biggest companies globally.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance although this is to some extent mitigated by internal programs


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