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4.4 of 5 stars

Pushing your mind where you never thought it could go to solve huge problems (with a great group of people).
Boston, MA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The project, the opportunity to stretch my mind, the people I got to work with every day, the opportunity to tackle big problems no-one has solved before.


Downers

I would have liked more opportunities to meet with the other interns.


Advice to Potential Interns

Throw yourself in 100%. The more you engage in the internship the more you will get out of it. If you want to push your mind right to its limit and then take another step beyond that, this is the job for you.


Sample Interview Questions

A large producer of fertilizer has been losing money because of a new GMO that doesn't require fertilization. What do you do?


Advice to Management

I think it would be great to give the interns more opportunities to interact with each other. Increased flexibility on location/mobility (particularly as the economy continues to move towards a geographically dispersed workforce).


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.3 of 5 stars

Great experience leads to full time offer
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

I was paired with a very good team for the summer. My PL was a great guy who is not only extremely smart but also cared about making sure I had a good summer. The other consultants I worked with were great as well. The work itself was interesting. I got paired with a partner sponsor for the summer; we checked in with each other fairly regularly and he was there to help make sure I was getting what I wanted out of the internship as well. Plus, there were a ton of really fun intern events (almost one per week), which were followed by bottle service at the club about 60% of the time.


Downers

I actually had fairly reasonable hours (~55/week) but if you're going to go into consulting, you just have to be aware that it can get a lot worse than that. After about 65 hours/week, I start to feel unbalanced and stop enjoying my work as much. Work at BCG, as in any consulting firm, has the potential to be like that. BCG has implemented PTO (google it) to help ensure life as a consultant is sustainable.


Advice to Potential Interns

Meet as many people as you can from each consulting firm you're considering. BCG, Bain, and McKinsey do have different cultures, and it's important to find which one(s) you vibe with best. The work is fairly similar between MBB, so is the pay, and so are the exit opportunities. The cultures are different, so pay attention to that.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.6 of 5 stars

Excellent Place to Learn and Grow with Great Co-workers
New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

-Lots of opportunities for learning

-Expected to perform and given real tasks to complete

-Very fast pace, you'll never be bored

-Given a lot of responsibility, and interaction with people people at high levels of client organizations


Downers

-Hours could be long (typically 55-60), but that's a given for this type of job


Advice to Potential Interns

Be mindful of what you're looking for, this is a great job but it's not a 9-5.


Would You Recommend

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4.4 of 5 stars

Phenomenal consulting summer experience
New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people and the company culture.


Downers

I loved the people and the company culture.


Advice to Potential Interns

Have a positive attitude.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.7 of 5 stars

I got to experience what being a BCG consultant is like. It is a demanding but rewarding job.
Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Getting an inside view of what the work really is. Interacting with the people you would be working on in the future and figuring it if you like them or not.


Downers

I worked on an organizational restructuring case and that is not my favorite topic.


Advice to Potential Interns

Try to get to know people who work for the firm. It is very hard to evaluate the job in itself from the outside; it is easier to determine if you like the people that work at each firm.


Sample Interview Questions

Case interviews and behavioral questions.


Advice to Management

The hours are pretty demanding but I guess that is much more a function of the industry rather than of the firm. The employee base could be a little bit more diverse.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.5 of 5 stars

Strategy consulting
Seattle, WA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people I worked with, the ability to work autonomously with high-level client stakeholders


Downers

Not applicable


Advice to Potential Interns

Take initiative and over-communicate


Advice to Management

Not applicable - great internship


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.3 of 5 stars

Fast paced, employee focused culture with real data analysis
Philadelphia, PA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Great team, very smart people, fast paced, exciting to travel, interesting work


Downers

Repetitive - lot of powerpoint/excel/other programs. May feel too on rails for the more creative.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you're good with a little more structure, appreciate a place where they do take care of their people, then BCG is great


Sample Interview Questions

Typical case interviews


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.3 of 5 stars

A great learning opportunity to experience what consulting really is, in a great firm
Washington, DC | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Impressive access to high level management problems. Great coaching and support to help me succeed in my internship. Many opportunities to know the firm better.


Downers

The ownership I had of the problems was limited (probably because I was an intern).


Advice to Potential Interns

It is important to take profit of the opportunities during the internship. This means working hard to get a full time offer, but also getting to know people, talk about their areas of expertise, and understanding what you like most and where you could fit. BCG offers great opportunities to do that during the internship.


Sample Interview Questions

What do you think that are the key drivers in the price of this product? What would be the key criteria for consumers before purchase?



What are your ideas to reduce costs in this scenario?


Advice to Management

Consulting is a hard job that requires long hours. BCG has a program called PTO that helps to make it sustainable. It makes an effort to give people flexibility: that way, the amount of hours would still be high, but people would be able to organize themselves better. My advice is to foster PTO even more and apply it uniformly in the different projects.


Would You Recommend

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4.6 of 5 stars

BCG trusts interns with tons of responsibility and ownership over work while providing amazing mentorship
New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Tons of responsibilities and ownership

Amazing mentorship

Incredibly fun events

Challenging environment

Bright people all around


Downers

Sometimes the hours can get a bit intense


Advice to Potential Interns

If you want to gain true business acumen while learning about multiple and diverse aspects of strategy and management in corporations from the brightest and most creative minds in the industry, BCG is the place to start your career


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4.4 of 5 stars

10 week crash course on analysis and presence. Realistic window into life of FT consultant
Washington, DC | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Compensation, program structure, people


Downers

Less opportunity to interact with home office, given 4 day a week travel schedule


Advice to Potential Interns

Good way to find out if you'd like the consultant life style


Would You Recommend

Yes


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