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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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4.1 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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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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4.2 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


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.


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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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.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Action packed learning with very smart people
Los Angeles, CA | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

the people, and the client and the resources for learning


Downers

nothing, I think the internship program is very good


Advice to Potential Interns

nothing to share at this time


Advice to Management

NA


Would You Recommend

Yes


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5.0 of 5 stars

Learn, laugh, and grow with BCG's one of a kind internship
San Francisco, CA | 2013 | VERIFIED INTERN


Uppers

The awesome people, the challenging and stimulating work, and the friendly and down to earth company culture. I also got to travel to client sites which was a unique experience.


Downers

Honestly, nothing comes to mind.


Advice to Potential Interns

If you aren't afraid to be thrown into a challenging environment, one in which you're forced to quickly learn and work hard, then this internship is for you.


Advice to Management

Honestly, nothing really comes to mind again.


Would You Recommend

Yes


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