Boston Consulting Group Canada ULC, The
BCG Canada employees celebrating International Women's Day in March 2020   (Photo credit: Manbir Sehmi)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Boston Consulting Group Canada ULC, The was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2023), Canada's Top Family-Friendly Employers (2022) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2023):

  • BCG Canada offers exceptional family-friendly benefits, including support for parents-to-be (from recently increased maternity and parental leave top-up to support for surrogacy, adoption, and fertility procedures) and support for caregivers (access to health service navigator as part of the company's benefits plan, back-up care for children and adults, and eight weeks of paid leave for care of an immediate family member)
  • BCG Canada strives to make mental health support more accessible through generous coverage (up to $10,000 per year) as well as appointments with an in-house registered psychologist
  • BCG Canada encourages employees to organize in-person get-togethers with a weekly reimbursement of $30 and hosted a number of company-wide social events in the past year, including an end-of-summer bash (employees could "choose their own adventure" of a painting class, kayaking, a boat cruise, or trivia and beer tasting at a local brewhouse, event culminated in a rooftop celebration)
After months of working remotely, employees of BCG Canada reconnect in person at an outdoor social event  

Employer Background

Industry Management consulting
Established in Canada 1963
Parent company The Boston Consulting Group
Parent company head office Boston, MA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 475
Part-time employees in Canada 15
Full-time employees worldwide 25,000
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 5%
Average age of employees in Canada 33 years
Longest serving employee 37 years

Work Environment Rating: A

Hybrid work Next Generation Ways of Working model (remote and in-person work), $700 stipend in 2022 for the business services team (can be used for commuting, parking costs, meals, or other types of spend related to transitioning to working in-office) and $1,400 stipend in 2021 (for office equipment, office supplies, kitchen items, meal preparation programs, fitness equipment, and internet upgrades)
Flexible work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay), telecommuting
Commuter amenities walk to public transit, electric vehicle charging stations, secure/sheltered bicycle parking, nearby bike sharing station, corporate ride-sharing account
Onsite workplace features recently moved to CIBC Square, workplace features a quiet library, wellness rooms, large, flexible and comfortable lounge spaces, "touchdown" spaces and cafés on each floor, telecommuter workstations, sit-stand workstations, private phone booth, nap room, religious observance room, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, fireplace, music, television, video games, foosball table, board games
Snacks available milk, almond milk, fresh fruit, cheese, carrots, peanut butter, hummus, granola bars, melba toast, quinoa cookies, almonds, weekly rotating snack (corn nuts, trail mix, wasabi peas), popcorn, yogurt, healthy chips, pretzels, oatmeal, candy, monthly catered lunch
Onsite fitness facility shared-use facility, subsidized membership, treadmills, stationary bikes, stairmasters, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, weights, shower facilities, group fitness classes, massage and physio services

Work Atmosphere & Communications Rating: B

Employee social committee name BCG Canada Social Committee (est. 1993)
Past social events summer and fall patio socials, end of summer bash (employees could "choose their own adventure" of a painting class, kayaking, a boat cruise, or trivia and beer tasting at a local brewhouse), holiday celebrations at offices across Canada (hosted at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto), and family skating day (virtual events were also held alongside in-person events)
Cultural aspects business-casual dress daily, dress-for-your-day policy, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, concierge services available, employee sports teams
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter, traditional/email suggestion box, internal social media
Other in-house communications internal conferences, TED@BCG series (educational talks from current employees, alumni and clients), town hall meetings, Women@BCG podcast

Financial Benefits & Compensation Rating: B

Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings non-matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Profit-sharing plan available to all employees
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Referral bonuses (max) new employee referral bonuses (up to $15,000) for some positions
Signing bonuses available for some positions
Additional financial benefits corporate discount program (e.g. retail, services, travel, etc.), discounted home insurance, discounted auto insurance, compensation increase across the employee base, special one-time bonus to thank staff for their efforts and contributions over the past year

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits Rating: A+

Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 20 hours per week
Waiting period there is no waiting period for coverage
Family coverage option yes
Dental coverage routine, restorative, orthodontics
Eyecare $400 every 2 years
Paid sick days employees receive 10 days off each year
Health plan includes traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs), employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. acupuncture, naturopathy), virtual healthcare services
Mental health practitioner benefit up to $10,000 each year
Health spending account up to $1,500 each year
Wellness spending account up to $1,500 each year
Additional health plan information evolved its wellness account to a lifestyle account with an expanded list of coverage options (including insurance, tutoring, cleaning services, and home renovations), in-house psychologist services, benefits also includes access to a health service navigator (to help employees and their families understand medical conditions, treatment options, and the health care system) and the Cancer Care Path program (specialized counselling, guidance, and support if the employee or loved one is diagnosed with cancer)
Additional health and wellness initiatives local wellness committee (initiatives include a Wellness Day, “dogs in the office” and massages), access to Headspace (meditation app), access to wellness workshops (Body + Soul Fitness) and on-demand fitness classes (through Wellable), participates in the Not Myself Today campaign
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $80,000 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 14 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 26 weeks
Adoption assistance subsidy up to $25,000 per child
Additional family-friendly benefits extended parental leave to unpaid leave, phased-in return to work for new parents, compassionate top-up to 100% of salary for 2 weeks
Additional family-friendly information surrogacy reimbursement of up to $25,000, employees eligible for 10 days of back-up care (child, adult, or elderly) per year, Families@BCG network for parents and caregivers, family care benefit (8 weeks of paid leave for employees caring for an immediate family member facing a serious health condition)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off Rating: B+

Vacation note BCG Canada has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Paid holiday shutdown during the Christmas to New Year's holiday break, employees receive an additional 5 days off
Personal paid days off employees can schedule 10 personal days off each year, as needed
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information 5 additional vacation days provided in 2021 and 2022, unlimited paid personal days for unexpected situations such as family illness (determined on an as-needed basis), flexible paid sick day policy, Time for You program (2-month leave while continuing to receive full benefits, can be used to recharge with family and friends, or to explore personal passions and pursuits)

Employee Engagement & Performance Rating: A

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 3 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition awards, long-service awards, Key to Purpose Awards (for employees who embody the company's principles), Paragon Awards (celebrates outstanding performance in a variety of categories including client service, operational excellence, social impact, and ideas and innovation), The Women@BCG "Wave Maker" Awards, the Business Services Team Excellence Award
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development Rating: A

Career planning in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $25,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Education leave educational leaves of absence are available
Unique training & development programs invests over $4-million on learning and development each year, LAB (Learning at BCG) portal (digital training resource with over 1,400 self-directed modules), learning and development week hosted in January, social impact internships and client secondments (6 to 12-month leave to work with one of the company's non-profit partners), global mobility opportunities

Community Involvement Rating: A

Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Total employee volunteer hours (on company time) over 7,000 hours last year
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 33 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Apple Schools, Black Health Alliance, Bowery Project, CAMH, Challenger Baseball, Fresh Routes, Global Spark, Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security, My Heart Counts Canada, Ontario Science Centre, Pathways to Education, Reel World, Second Harvest
Charitable giving matches employee donations

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Boston Consulting Group Canada ULC, The was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2022):

  • In 2020, Boston Consulting Group of Canada publicly announced six commitments to advancing racial equality, including investing $100-million in talent resources over the next five years, strengthening its supplier diversity efforts, and donating $1-million over five years to organizations leading the change
  • At Boston Consulting Group of Canada, an inclusion assessor is part of all consulting professionals' twice-yearly structured performance management process to ensure that any potential biases are identified and not included in the evaluation
  • Boston Consulting Group of Canada manages an Apprenticeship in Action program to retain and advance women, which focuses on encouraging development of "performance enhancing relationships" (such as building strong personal connections with managers, ongoing coaching, and obtaining guidance and advice on career navigation) and enhancing coaching on communication effectiveness, including ensuring that coaching is aligned with an individual's personal style and is not an attempt to achieve conformity with a traditionally male model of communication
Boston Consulting Group of Canada employees attend the company's 'Pride@BCG' summer picnic in 2021  

Highlights

Industry Management consulting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 425
Management of diversity and inclusion initiatives diversity and inclusion council, Canada Inclusion Accelerator committee (cross-functional team with representation across cohorts and diversity affiliation groups), DEI centre of excellence
Performance management and accountability hiring goal of 5% from the Black community, minimum of 3.5% of executive roles in Canada held by Black leaders by 2025
Employee resource groups Women@BCG, Pride@BCG, AccessAbility@BCG, Black+Latinx@BCG, Asian Diversity Network, Families@BCG
Noteworthy diversity strategies and policies implemented a rotating inclusion assessor for evaluations, who monitors the discussion to ensure potential biases are identified and not included in the evaluation (consulting professionals are evaluated twice yearly as part of BCG's global structured performance management process), Reconciliation Working Group, family support benefits include coverage for surrogacy and fertility procedures
Recruitment initiatives launched Bridge to Consulting (introduces consulting to students from underrepresented groups, 2-day workshop targeted at Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic/Latino first and second-year students, accepted students may be invited to a week-long program to shadow a BCG consulting team)
Retention and development programs MDP champion program in North America to drive retention and advancement parity for Black consulting professionals (senior leaders serve as a champion and mentor for new employees in their first year), Apprenticeship in Action program for women (encourages development of performance-enhancing relationships and coaching on communication effectiveness), Women@BCG network offers customized development and sponsorship plans that connect women with the firm’s most senior leaders, pregnancy program (reduces staffing capacity on cases to improve flexibility for attending medical appointments), Return to BCG program to support women returning to the workforce
Training and awareness initiatives 6-part cultural diversity and inclusion series, embracing anti-racism program, Men as Allies program, LGBTQ2+ ally program, observed International Transgender Day of Visibility with a panel discussion that included Peppermint and Sash Velour from RuPaul's Drag Race, hosted an Indigenous teaching and sharing circle for employees to attend during Indigenous History Month (held with an Indigenous Elder and Traditional Knowledge Keeper and focused on the impact of residential schools), Blanket Exercises, held an open dialogue session in June 2020 where Black colleagues shared their experiences with racism, held an all-staff panel and listening session on the Asian Canadian experience in March 2021, DE&I Week with sessions including a fireside keynote with Wes Hall (founder, BlackNorth Initiative), Day of Understanding with 2021 focus on "fostering belonging through psychological safety", DE&I book club, "Authentic Conversations" series
Diversity highlights access to onsite mental health professionals (virtual during the pandemic), mental health benefits coverage to $10,000 per year for psychologists, therapists and other mental health professionals, released "The Pervasive Reality of Anti-Black Racism in Canada" with CivicAction

Recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

Here are some of the reasons why Boston Consulting Group Canada ULC, The was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers (2022):

  • Along with international commitments to reach net-zero climate impact as a firm by 2030, Boston Consulting Group supports employee green teams in its offices around the world with over 1,250 employee volunteers in over 80 offices worldwide
  • Boston Consulting Group of Canada has introduced numerous waste reduction initiatives, including removing all disposable water bottles and installing new water filtration systems, stocking all cafés and lounges with reusable coffee mugs, cups, plates and reusable utensils -- and has introduced numerous paper consumption initiatives, including switching to more online resources that have helped reduced paper consumption by 10 per cent
  • Boston Consulting Group of Canada's Toronto office recently conducted a recycling audit to help further reduce waste and enhance its recycling efforts, including introducing TerraCycle bins to capture coffee pods, food bins and waste from meetings, and capturing all types of e-waste to ensure proper disposal, from recycling inkjet and laser cartridges to batteries
Employees at Boston Consulting Group of Canada garden at the company's annual Day of Care  

Highlights

Industry Management consulting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 425
Part-time employees in Canada 10
Employee green team Green Team (over 80 teams with over 1,250 employee volunteers worldwide)
Senior executive who oversees initiatives Director of Sustainability
Publishes sustainability report yes
Green highlights Green Team Awards (international recognition and awards program), program to reduce travel emissions with the goal of decreasing emissions by 30% per full-time employee by 2025 over a baseline 2018 year, monthly green newsletter
Noteworthy initiatives BCG Centre for Climate & Sustainability (initiative to bring together over 550 experts addressing a range of topics, including biodiversity, circular economy, decarbonization, sustainable agriculture, water management, and more)
Building footprint includes rainwater collection, green roof, electric vehicle charging stations
Extended recycling e-waste, printer cartridges, polyester clothing, works with TerraCycle to capture food waste, containers and coffee pods, removed single-use water bottles (and installed filtered water systems)
Commuter amenities walk to public transit
Community partnerships UN Sustainable Development program (has supported 14 projects across 12 countries), East York Kiwanis/Key Clubs (tree planting volunteering), Earth Day, World Wildlife Fund, Global Spark (week-long initiative engaging students in addressing pressing issues, including environmental issues)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2023):

Here are some of the reasons why Boston Consulting Group Canada ULC, The was selected as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2023):

  • New hires at BCG Canada are assigned an integration mentor to help navigate the organization while consultants are assigned a career advisor, who monitors and assesses their performance on a regular basis
  • New and recent graduates who join BCG Canada without outside work experience are encouraged to develop further through temporary social impact internships at one of the company's global social impact partners or client secondments -- consultants may also pursue a short-term transfer with BCG Digital Ventures, a subsidiary that provides digital strategy and design solutions for corporate clients
  • BCG Canada hosts a Bridge to Consulting workshop, which enables first- and second-year students from underrepresented groups to explore life as an associate at the firm and improve their interview skills -- participants in the workshop may be selected for a consulting internship through the firm's Growing Future Leaders program
BCG Canada employees reconnect during an all-staff patio social  

Highlights

Industry Management consulting
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB
Full-time employees in Canada 475
Student opportunities summer jobs, co-op opportunities, paid internships
In-house training programs orientation program, in-house training, online training, in-house career planning services, online employee skills inventory, mentoring, leadership training, apprenticeship/skilled trades programs
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $25,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Unique training and development opportunities 12-week summer associate and consultant programs, summer interns are paired with a buddy and a captain, and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, could attend dedicated events (welcome dinner, class excursions and term celebration), "office hours" program where staff can sign up for 30-minute mentorship conversations with senior staff, mentorship "pods" (small groups of employees at similar career points discussing challenges, best practices, and advice), The LAB (Learning at BCG) portal is constantly updated with tools, resources, case exercises, and video tutorials, "class deans" are assigned to cohorts of new employees (including first-year associates) and provide guidance and organize events, Business Services Team internships to provide co-op students with experience in operations (HR, talent acquisition, marketing, learning and development, and finance), learning and development week providing staff with opportunities to attend various sessions to drive personal and professional development, Digital Rotation Program (1-year program, consisting of 2 6-month rotations at BCG's digital businesses), and cross-office staffing
Additional highlights various global mobility opportunities available to live abroad for a year (global ambassador program, associate abroad program, mobility marketplace), application support for graduate school (current associates and alumni, includes written recommendations, tuition reimbursement for GMAT/GRE classes, formal support program with coaching by former associates), Bridge to BCG program for current PhD, MD, JD students and post-docs considering a career in consulting, Pathways to Education Internship Program, CEO Ambassador leadership program available to young people (participants typically join a team and work on one to two topics for 6 months, collaborating with senior leaders), Bridge to Consulting Workshop (interview prep support for first- and second-year students from minority groups)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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Boston Consulting Group of Canada employees and interns at a fall team golf event

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Management consulting
Full-time employees in Canada 251 to 500
Parent company The Boston Consulting Group
Parent company head office Boston, MA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Calgary AB
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $25,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Associate, Consultant, Assistant, Specialist
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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