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4.4 of 5 stars

Great people, interesting work, valuable exposure to client's and BCG's businesses
Seattle, WA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Quickly seeing how high performing teams function and being integrated into the workflow.


Downers

At times my experience was a bit isolated.


Advice to Potential Interns

Very smart and nice people employed by a company that has their best interests in mind.


Sample Interview Questions

See 'BCG Case Interview' questions


Advice to Management

PTO will be an important consideration in my decision whether or not to accept my full-time offer to BCG; I felt lucky to have exposure to two case teams that leveraged this program and I think it is important that all summer interns are able to experience the same.


Would You Recommend

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4.1 of 5 stars

Diverse experience with dedicated development
San Francisco, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Hands on experience, coaching


Downers

Work hours


Advice to Potential Interns

Understand that you're getting into a competitive job with high expectations. It's tough, but very rewarding. If you're up for the challenge of continuously being developed in an honest way - then go for it! Feedback is big at BCG, and you need to be humble enough to accept it, while confident and dedicated enough to see the feedback through.


Sample Interview Questions

Tell me about a time when X happened (behavioral) and case interviews


Advice to Management

Better work-life balance, higher compensation, more PTO


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.2 of 5 stars

Work with highly intelligent people on complex, challenging problems
New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The people, the level of responsibility, the constant challenge and learning


Downers

The hours and the pace of work


Advice to Potential Interns

If you enjoy learning and being challenged, you'll enjoy working at BCG


Sample Interview Questions

Learn to case interview


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Yes


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3.8 of 5 stars

Summer consultant learns a lot and makes a meaningful impact on a large corporation
New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Responsibility and exposure, mentorship and learning, teaming


Downers

Work-life balance was not great, stressful at times


Advice to Potential Interns

Focus on your fit with the people you meet - it makes a huge difference


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.1 of 5 stars

BCG-- Best Career Growth
New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

-feedback

-social events

-incredible network of advisors and guides for summer interns


Downers

-majority culture of working more rather than working smart


Advice to Potential Interns

Do you like the people?


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.2 of 5 stars

Own your experience and deliver the best solutions to the client
San Francisco, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Great feedback culture allowed me to continously learn; high client interaction; high interaction with senior management at BCG; great opportunities to network and have fun with fellow interns


Downers

Long hours


Advice to Potential Interns

BCG is a great place to continue learning and expanding your horizons. Boredom is impossible, since you will always be challenged. You will be empowered and encouraged to take ownership of your work.


Advice to Management

Hours could be more balanced amongst different projects


Would You Recommend

Yes


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4.1 of 5 stars

High impact project, which involved deep analysis, people skills, and dealing with ambiguity.
Mexico City | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

- Strong ownership

- Collaborative and smart team

- Interest from the company to grow its employees

- Fast learning curve, and many challenges


Downers

- Unpredictable hours / work load


Advice to Potential Interns

- BCG is a place where employees will be challenged, no matter the project they are in. You will work with highly talented and collaborative individuals, providing the customer with impactful recommendations.

- BCG is also highly concerned with its employees develompent.

- Hours will be unpredictable, you have to be very flexible.


Sample Interview Questions

- Market sizing

- Project valuations

- New product introduction

- Turnaround challenges in a company


Advice to Management

- Keep on working towards improving work life balance. There is an ongoing effort to establish rules to respect this balance, which in my opinion is a good solution to this matter. Consultants will perform better as they improve their work life balance.


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3.7 of 5 stars

Lots of travel with the same four people
New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

Best aspect was definitely the people, the benefits were also nice (not having to pay for meals, etc. was a big help in terms of $), the structure of the internship was great (they did a ton of intern events and tried really hard to help us meet other people in the office, explore the city, etc.)


Downers

The amount of work was definitely not something I enjoyed. I often worked until 11pm, midnight ish, and while that is certainly not bad compared to some other jobs, I found it exhausting and didn't really enjoy it. The travel was also difficult - I was traveling to Puerto Rico and leaving every Monday and returning every Thursday, and while it was fun/doable for the first few weeks, by the end I was pretty exhausted and shocked that the rest of my team had been doing that for months.


Advice to Potential Interns

Definitely try to learn as much as you can about the actual cases that people are working on. People often think about consulting in general and theoretical terms, but in order to understand whether you'll enjoy the job/the work, you need to just ask as many people as possible what they actually do on a day to day basis.


Sample Interview Questions

Most cases are pretty standard - how to fix falling profits, whether a company should enter a certain market, etc. Most of the fit questions were also expected - name an experience when you felt like you failed, why consulting and not x industry that you've worked in previously, when have you had to make a difficult decision, etc.


Advice to Management

Honestly, not much - I think the issues I had with BCG (e.g. hours) are more a problem with the industry rather than BCG itself, and I don't blame BCG for having to work late some nights - it's expected with the job.


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4.8 of 5 stars

Interning at BCG was the best investment I could have made in myself and my career
Boston, MA | 2012 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The amount of responsibility they gave you--they treated me like a real employee


Downers

I wish I could have traveled more


Advice to Potential Interns

BCG is a great place to grow, especially for someone coming out of undergrad because of its diamond structure. You will not get the same learning experience at any other firm--including McKinsey and Bain.


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4.8 of 5 stars

Exceeded expectations on all metrics.
Chicago, IL | 2012 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

-Interesting and impactful project work
-Great firm culture and opportunities for development
-Great exposure to partners and more senior BCG'ers
-Flexibility in terms of post-internship opportunities (location)
-Firm was genuinely interested in meeting my personal and career goals


Downers

-Was difficult to get to know less senior staff (however, understandable in such a large office)


Advice to Potential Interns

Do whatever it takes to strengthen your candidacy with BCG...the hard-work pays off.


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