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Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is an American management consulting firm founded in 1963. The firm is one of the world's three largest strategy consulting firms by revenue, often considered by some to be the most prestigious firms in the management consulting industry.

Richard Smallteacher from Corp Watch mentioned how BCG was implicated in an Angola Corruption Scandal, "Three major global consulting firms - Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey Consultants & PricewaterhouseCoopers - have been implicated in helping Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the former president of Angola, become a billionaire allegedly by plundering state coffers. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) was hired to help run a heavily indebted Swiss jewelery firm named De Grisogono that Dokolo tried to save with $120 million in Angolan state loans. A former CEO of De Grisogono described the international consultant as the 'shadow management' of De Grisogono but they failed to keep the business afloat under the new owners. De Grisogono filed for bankruptcy days after the Luanda Leaks were published."


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Auxiliar Administrativa (Current Employee) says

"mucho trabajo y poco sueldo Cons: estrés, poca consideración"

Consultant (Current Employee) says

"Least interesting place that I have worked in my career. Minimum levels of creative thinking, mostly creating slides based on the politics perceived by partners at the client on any given day. Cons: I no longer have a soul"

Senior Benefits Account Manager (Former Employee) says

"Call to verify all processing applications, follow up with call with clients/groups. I enjoy when I resolve an issue with a client/group. Worked well with co-workers. Hardest part is when I try to beyond an issue & it can't be resolved due to carriers reason to make an exception. I treat my clients like I would like to be treated. I'm bilingual & had members call me directly to help them with any issue with their benefits. I would do whatever is needed to satisfy clients/groups. Cons: Healthcare"

IT Intern (Former Employee) says

"I was in IT, and therefore did not have a lot of exposure to the consultants; however, they seemed to be overly impressed with outdated technologies. Similarly, I was not impressed by the IT staff that I worked with."

Senior Consultant (Current Employee) says

"Poor skills of management partners. Poor handling of the team (yelling at team). No worklife balance (90h/week)! Cons: Non-respectful treatment of employees"

Product Manager (Former Employee) says

"Ivy League Humanities and chemistry majors with zero tech knowledge, giving strategies to Fortune listed Tech giants"

GLOBAL SOURCING (Current Employee) says

"Initially was a great place to work and build strong relationships. As turnover in the team increased due to incompetent leadership, attrition keeps growing and Best Places to Work dramatically slides negatively. Cons: Very poor vacation time for staff"

Knowledge Analyst (Former Employee) says

"BCG is great company but DAAS is horrible team with extremely poor top leaders. Sh**ty work culture.. Open favoritism towards a**-lickers and pathetic work culture. Do not go there if you can't do dirty politics and if you want any kind of work life balance in your life. Cons: Extremely long hours, Favoritism and bias, Mental Harassment by Director"

Consultant (Former Employee) says

"This is a place where politics drive everything, not intelligence nor performance, to the contrary of what's typically said. Harassment (yes Harassment in every form) is constant and obvious in so many ways. Though people do not report it and colleagues ignore it because they know HR will not help, to the contrary, they will take whatever it is needed to protect the good name of the company (well I guess that true in most companies anyway). The difference at BCG and other companies is that if you bring ANY type of issue to management or HR you can be certain they will retaliate, sooner or later, sometimes much later, which almost always end with a departure, voluntary or non-voluntary (lack of promotion for many years along the way...). Every employee that has been at BCG for more than couple months know this, it's no secret, this is why anyone is extremely reluctant to report anything or to corroborate colleagues' abuses. Cons: Long work hours, lack of respect, contant retaliation, constant discrimination (especially towards females and non white people)"

Information Security Analyst (Former Employee) says

"The management is vert cut throat. Once you are not in favor of management, it is time to go. It is expected you do everything correctly. One mishap and your job can be in jeopardy. Only way to advance yourself is to become friends with your boss to advance. However, the benefits are the best part of the job with free dental and medical. Steer away from this place otherwise. Most individuals are underpaid even though this is a multi million dollar company. There are great individuals who work here otherwise, but you have to be careful or you could be in for quite a ride."

Senior Analyst (Former Employee) says

"BCG as a company is a one of the best consulting firms in the world. Good learning.People centric. Overall a good place to be in Cons: long hours, no work life balance"

Старший консультант (Current Employee) says

"Работаю по 15-17 часов в день, никакого роста, ужасное отношение между коллегами. Если не жалко здоровья, то пожалуйста!"

linen handler (Former Employee) says

"working with different people as well as working under pressure,time management.working as a team being a team leader was one of the thing that was dificult because i had to report everything that we made good things and also bad things Cons: 11 hours"

Senior Knowledge Analyst (Current Employee) says

"Fun work place with supportive colleagues. Decent amount of red tape and politics, but this is expected of a big company."

Finance Analyst - GL, Treasury and Fixed Assets (Former Employee) says

"Poor Work culture"

Global Marketing Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"As someone who had many different admin roles (i.e., not on a consulting track) jobs at this company can go very well for the right person - particularly someone who will work hard and not expect advancement right away. Company benefits are best-in-class so that's a plus as well."

Project Assistant (Former Employee) says

"By far the worst place I have ever worked. I cannot even express in words how bad it was. Non stop all hours for ridiculous things. Harassment. Sexism. Lack of diversity. Just no, don't do it! Cons: akin to being a servant"

Non-consulting IT (Current Employee) says

"Boston Consulting Group makes a crazy amount of money and margins that any business today would want to have. However, it comes at a cost to most employees who cycle through the company. The "up or out" culture is baked in and daily someone from your region in the company says their good-byes. Imagine if BCG tried to retain talent. Cons: Cut Throat, Rat Race, Short-lived culture"

PURCHASE LEDGER SENIOR (Current Employee) says

"Nice team of people who are very dedicated."

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) says

"* Great medical benefits, lack of advancement, the hardest part of the job is separating work/life"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than a year Cons: Oppressive culture, long hours, abusive management, extremely political Treated poorly, not respected, micro-managed Below market pay, no internal mobility"

Current Employee - Consultant says

"I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time Cons: Inhumane hours. Boring meaningless work."

Current Employee - Associate says

"I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than a year Cons: Very challenging to find consistent enjoyable projects while reaching performance goals - doing well normally involves doing undesirable work while internal politics add onto the heavy workload"

Current Employee - Senior Manager says

"I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time Cons: Unrealistic expectations for amount of work to be delivered"

Former Employee - Category Manager says

"I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Completely Incompetent global services procurement management team. High turnover, the organization is definitely going downhill very fast. Very poor vacation policy, annual raises are below cost of living and the bonus structure is a complete joke."

Former Employee - Executive Assistant says

"I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Line managers, no career growth, comp very low"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than 3 years Cons: The culture I experienced in the DC office was so toxic that I did not recognize the BCG I knew. Some examples: 1) On my second project, a junior team member made fun of a colleague with mental health issues. When I spoke up against her remarks, emphasizing that a surprising number of colleagues - including "successful consultants" - suffer from mental health issues, the rest of the team (all from the DC office and including more senior members) reacted negatively. They in fact tacitly supported the junior team member and her remarks - which became evident when the same junior member received a MBA Sponsorship a couple weeks after this incident. 2) The career development advisors I've met (which are of utmost importance to your BCG career) showed truly toxic behavior. During performance reviews, I've heard things like "Your opinion does not matter" or "we trust our local associates more than people like you". This behavior from CDAs (a relationship that builds on exchanging opinions and impressions openly) would have been absolutely unacceptable in any other BCG office I've seen. 3) Programs to enhance people's work-life-balance get advertised over and over, but management does its utmost to prevent people from actually using these. A close friend of mine tried to use "Time 4 you" (a program where employees are supposed to get unpaid vacation very easily) as her mother was terminally ill. Even though there were no clear business reasons (say, an ongoing project she was on and couldn't be replaced), the firm built up considerable pressure (e.g.her CDA calling, asking to "consider her career") to prevent her taking this time off. Given the context at hand, this behavior was a text-book case of bullying. 4) Compared to other offices, I did not find a single senior role model in the DC office - quite the contrary. One example is how our team got "burned" on a low-prospect proposal, with the partner letting us work until after midnight. On Valentine's Day, we - against previous agreements to the contrary - had to crank out slides without real urgency until 9pm, before the partner let us leave, saying "I understand that some people have a private life and this day is important to them". It became clear to me that Mid-level colleagues (Project Leaders and Principals) get groomed to fit into this culture - turning "nice people" to cynical "slave drivers" in a matter of a few years."

Current Employee - Associate says

"I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time Cons: BCG is full of SNAKES. Every man for himself, trust no one. Organizational culture is one of insecurity to force you to conform. Where intellectual curiosity is traded out for a love for hotels and airfare."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at Boston Consulting Group full-time Cons: I've never met such snobby people in my life"

Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant says

"I worked at Boston Consulting Group full-time for more than 3 years Cons: You are analyzed for social behavior and cues that are completely unrelated to your actual job performance. The pay is FAR BELOW pay grade for assistants spanned across competitors. The raise is a joke and the bonus after it's taxed at 40% is laughable."

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