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MBA student learns more than she thought possible in just a 10-week internship

5.0 of 5 stars

Dallas, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Helpfulness of fellow coworkers; autonomy; challenging work that had meaning to the business

Downers

I was staffed on an unconventional independent project so I did not have the benefit of sharing ideas with a case team

Advice to Potential Interns

The firm truly values its interns and makes you feel like a part of the team. The work is rewarding and serves as an incredible learning experience. Not to mention that the people are incredible and you want to work with them every day.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Intellectually challenging work, supported by a great team

4.9 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The intellectual rigor, caliber of people, and teaming.

Downers

Working with ambiguity was challenging at first.

Advice to Potential Interns

Fit with both management consulting and the distinct culture of the organization is critical to whether or not you will be happy in the job.

Would You Recommend

Yes

An extraordinarily rewarding summer; the firm stands up to its reputation

4.9 of 5 stars

Toronto | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Working with very warm and highly accomplished people on the toughest problems for the industry's top firm.

Getting significant responsibility from day one and deep exposure to senior client execs from the first week.

Flexibility of the case managers in allowing the interns to shape their summer experience early on.

Being able to work on different streams, including making financial models, designing and running workshops, presenting to senior executives, proposing a strategic framework to solve the client's problems, etc..

Regular PTO surveys and one-on-one discussions allows interns (and full-time team members) to safely express views on work satisfaction, work-life balance, and personal development.

Having lots of fun!

Downers

Long and unpredictable hours is an issue that most management consulting firms struggle with, and here is no exception.

Advice to Potential Interns

Take ownership of your work stream and always drive it forward without expecting your manager to drive it for you; it is hard at the beginning when you don't know much about anything, but the sooner you do it the better. Never go to your manager with open-ended questions or problems, always present potential suggestions/hypotheses/solutions for ANY issue your bring forward.

Would You Recommend

Yes

BCG provides interns with an immersive experience in management consulting

5.0 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Intern bonding events (Miami trip, golf outing, Yankees box, and many more), opportunities to get involved with 'extracurriculars' (a few interns played for the New York BCG soccer team and will be able to travel to Madrid to play in the BCG World Cup), amazing perks (fancy dinners, expense accounts), supportive recruiting staff that ensures everyone is having a positive experience, quality of managers

Downers

Work life balance could sometimes be tough to manage

Advice to Potential Interns

The primary difference between BCG and main rivals McKinsey and Bain are purely cultural differences. The actual work and lifestyle are similar at all of them. When comparing, pick based on personal fit. This is important because you want to like the people you spend most of your time with, especially when traveling.

Sample Interview Questions

The topics of my second round cases were:

1. An Australian bank is considering upgrading its IT infrastructure. Should it go forward with it?

2. A global appliance company's European division has seen it's competitors move production from Western to Eastern Europe. Should the client follow suit?

Advice to Management

Office-wide retreat would be great. More hands on Excel training would have been helpful.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Best development experience at an awesome company

4.9 of 5 stars

San Francisco, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Working with great people and learning a lot

Downers

It was difficult finding housing for the summer

Advice to Potential Interns

It's an amazing organization - highly supportive, fun, and challenging place to work.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Steep learning curve but a very rewarding experience

4.9 of 5 stars

Toronto | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

-Lots of great social events to get to know both the full-timers and the other interns

-Firm worked hard to give a "real" case experience so that I could get a good idea of what I'd be signing on for in the long-run

-Continuous real-time feedback helped me learn tons throughout the summer

Downers

Originally wasn't a huge fan of the industry I was working in but the case turned out to be really interesting regardless.

Advice to Potential Interns

Speak up early and often -- you'll be expected to contribute your ideas right away

Would You Recommend

Yes

BCG: where people are more invested in your growth and happiness than even you are

4.8 of 5 stars

Chicago, IL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The people, including mentorship, quality, and affability; work-life balance (I never worked more than 55 hours in a week, and start time was flexible); high-quality experience (working for a Fortune 50 client in the precise industry and function I requested) and client exposure; generous compensation, expense policy, and office space; many activities for interns to get to know each other, the office, and the city

Downers

We at times had unpredictable work demands, but never on two consecutive days.

Advice to Potential Interns

Try to meet a few BCGers before applying. You'll know whether it's a fit or not. Each company has a distinct personality. Make sure you know who you are and what you want, and be able to explain how BCG fits into that.

Sample Interview Questions

Why consulting? Why BCG?

Would You Recommend

Yes

Learn a lot, start a career, have an awesome time

5.0 of 5 stars

San Francisco, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Exposure to incredibly talented peers and inpressive clients

Downers

Truly had no complaints

Advice to Potential Interns

Have a blast, take pride in your work, think about your client's perspective

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great oportunity to live a real consulting experience while actually delivering value to clients

4.9 of 5 stars

Houston, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Great project team and very valuable mentoring.

Flexibility to manage time allocation to complete work

Various activities and events outside the case work to get to know the office, the people and the culture.

Staffing completely met interests for industry/function/location.

Downers

Learning about project a few more days in advance would help be better prepared for day 1

Advice to Potential Interns

Great for fast paced learning of multiple industries and roles.

Great company to build a strong network of co-workers/friends/mentors.

Multiple opportunities to shape work to fit with other aspects of life such as family or social service.

Would You Recommend

Yes

BCG provides significant exposure to clients and the consulting business, and develops interns' understanding of what makes a good business

5.0 of 5 stars

New York, NY | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Best aspects include client exposure, significant responsibilities (expert interviews, survey development, Excel operational modeling, etc.), and flat, team-oriented working structure

Downers

BCG could have given interns a list of possible projects to choose from rather than just asking for preferences (minor complaint)

Advice to Potential Interns

BCG is a top tier consulting firm that strongly emphasizes skills development as well as work-life balance. Furthermore, the firm supports you regardless of your career aspirations (i.e., whether or not you will stay with them long-term).

Sample Interview Questions

Typical 30-minute cases... Be prepared for a case interview with charts (BCG loves charts)!

Would You Recommend

Yes

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