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Hi all,

Hope you're doing well.

I am joining the BCG office in London in the Technology Advantage (TA) practice in a few weeks and wanted to get a sense of the following for the TA practice in general and BCG London specifically:

1. Type of work/cases: Is it mostly digital strategy or more of IT cost improvement, etc. (relevant

2. Work culture: How supportive / competitive is the culture overall at the London office? Is it any different for the TA practice?

3. Work life balance: How is work-life balance? What are typical weekly hours? How is the work stress like? Is it super variable or manageable? Does management actively help manage lifestyle?

I come from a consulting background so am used to the lifestyle fairly, just want to get a sense of how different / similar things are in BCG London. Glassdoor wasn't much help since I am looking for specifics like number of hours,

Thanks a ton in advance!

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Mitchell
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replied on 01/30/2018
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Hi anonymous,
The Technology Advantage (TA) practice area is simply the IT function of BCG. There are other functional areas such as people & organisation. A few years ago the IT practice function re-branded itself to TA and ever so slightly moved away from the normal BCG functions. This is mostly to reflect the fact that IT skills are often specialist and can't easily be 'picked up' by normal consultants the way other functional skills can be learned. This allows a separate hiring path into the TA practice area for people with IT skills, and a slightly different management structure.

In terms of the type of work/cases, I can't say specifically for London, but globally there is a trend towards cases that are either digital strategy (corporates catching up), or complete IT transformation (e.g banks), which are very large, very difficult projects.

Although I haven't worked in the London office, I'm currently doing an MBA at London Business School just around the corner and so I know many of the London guys well. They say it's very supportive, and that anyone can really ask anyone a question. It's a fairly flat hierarchy as well. It is a large office though, which might make it a touch more difficult to get to know people. But on the whole, they're a very friendly, helpful and non-competitive bunch.

Hours: like all offices, hours vary considerably by project, and even within projects, so it's difficult to say. There are programs such as PTO (have a google) that help manage work/life balance, but the best bet is to call up someone in the TA office in London and ask them specifically.

Best of luck with the new job! Hopefully I might see you around the office sometime.
Mitch

Andrea
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replied on 01/31/2018
I am a former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews conducted and 8 years interviewing experience

One thing to add: TA practice has both a "directorship"/"expert" path but also a regular "partner" path. Therefore I would consider it very similar in that aspect to other industry/functional practices in BCG.

In terms of type of work/cases - transformation and cost rationalization are the lionshare

In terms of culture, specifically for TA, there is a slight difference with the industry practices in the fact that is more global rather than office specific (e.g. a lot of industry practices have informal nodes in specific offices due to the concentration of clients in the same industry near said office). What that means is that you might need to extend your networking outside of London office and take every opportunity to do so (practice events and so on).

Hope it helps,

Andrea

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