As a consultant, you will be expected to travel at some point. So to the extent that travel isn't family-friendly, the job won't be family friendly. It just comes with the territory. It seems like BCG is trying to do a lot to make things easier for parents, but again, the travel is a limiting factor that is hard to work around indefinitely, though you can avoid it for periods of time.
It's a demanding job and to be fair, it compensates fairly well in comparison to other consulting firms. The real upside of this job is the plethora of options it opens up afterwards, so definitely a good pit stop to make in the early part of your career but beware that climbing the ladder internally requires serious commitment sometimes to the exclusion of everything else outside of work
Job Satisfaction Level
16 paid / 11 unpaid
Generous by US standards but compares poorly against similar employers in the UK who normally would offer 26 weeks of paid leave
Great place to start your career, especially as it's easier to be successful at this job if you're young and have fewer commitments outside of work
Improve work-life balance and policies (e.g. flex-time, limit face time)
Support for women dwindles the lower down the ladder you are, leaving those with the fewest resources and greatest dependency the most vulnerable. More disposable and less visible administrative roles don't have access to the same organizational backup or negotiating muscle of six-figure consultants; obviously that's truer for women at every level across the board. Neither HR nor my manager were willing to act on my behalf after a partner and managing director repeatedly violated company policy with inappropriate (sometimes illegal) personal requests; as a direct result I resigned immediately after securing employment elsewhere.
It can be a really amazing experience but it's not for everyone -- the hours and travel are tough. But if you work hard, do well, and find a good niche it can be hard to beat the impact/importance of the work and the freedom and flexibility at times, and the top-notch pay and benefits.
Job Satisfaction Level
16 paid / 0 unpaid
Work is mostly great, hours and travel are really tough
Demanding job, but well worth it. People really care about experience and trying to help each other make it work. Great mentors. Senior leadership really cares and is committed to making BCG a great place to work.
BCG is very supportive of women and constantly working hard to overcome the previously male-dominated culture. Our benefits are quite generous, and you can really take as much time off for things like maternity as you want (it just won't be paid after 12 weeks). It's client service, so there are always last minute requests and "fire drills", but in general it is quite flexible, without the need for "face time". This was very important to me after having kids.
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