Anyone here at BCG and also serving in the reserves? I'm interviewing at BCG and want to understand how supportive they are of military leave, especially for annual training, PME, etc.

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They are extremely supportive but regardless of firm, you need to accept the fact that you will be sacrificing some aspects of your career progression while you are gone.

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Is there a salary continuation or true-down policy for military leave over a certain amount of time?

I was at BCG for five years (left as a Principal) and was in the AF reserves the whole time. Mostly O-3 and one year as O-4.

The policies and general sentiment around military / reserves was great. BCG has up to 1 year differential pay. I did two PME courses while at BCG, including a 6 week in residence course (did it between projects).

Later in my tenure, I was leading projects and left for days up to a week without any issue — the team always flexed and made it work. Of course, I had to lean in on evenings/weekends to make sure things stayed the course but it wasn’t too bad.

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I was an early leader for veterans at BCG, not there anymore.

The reality is that the more junior (and therefore fungible) you are, the easier it is to juggle. But you’re going in as a PL. PLs are not fungible. You can do the job, but you cannot do it well and you ultimately will not be successful if your leadership team has to plan around your absences.

As Pr1 above says, you cannot just disappear as a PL — note Pr1 says they needed to check in on evenings and weekends while they were doing reserve stuff. I don’t know what your job in the reserves is going to be but I know that unless you have the kind of military job that lets you have evenings and weekends off somewhere that you have electricity and internet access, it’s just not going to work.

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Thank you. Very helpful advice!

I have no idea how people keep up top tier consulting and the reserves.
I quit the reserves right before joining BCG years ago and that was 100% the right call. If I was doing drill weekends and weeknight meetings (as an O-4 they were every other week in my command) it would have pushed me over the edge.
Only knew one guy who kept up the reserves at MBB and he wound up getting divorced. Go figure.

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Some more context, I'll be taking an XO position at a new unit soon. Should make O-3 later this year and eventually will take command of the same unit. I know it's a lot to handle and these next two years will be hell, but it seems like the right short-term move for long-term gain.

Currently a manager at Accenture being considered for project leader role at BCG.

Wish I could say it was only me, but the incoming commander that replaced me quit and moved within 5 months. Several “future” commanders (meaning LTs) in the battalion simply left for better civilian opportunities and because they didn’t want to be COs, which is understandable; you’re just now finishing up college with some experience in leadership and if you’re not oppose to moving then you can get offered a nice positions elsewhere. I’m glad you’re going into XO time with the will to do it, just be fully aware that it most definitely isn’t commanding, it’s baby sitting metrics.

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