Employee Engagement Lessons from the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For: Boston Consulting Group

As part of our quest to highlight a few of this year’s Fortune Magazine 100 Best Companies to Work For,” we’d like to spotlight the Boston Consulting Group. The 2011 Fortune list marks the sixth year that BCG has placed in the top dozen of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” moving this year to the #2 position from #6. (Read the first “100 Best Companies to Work For” spotlight, here.)
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Company Spotlight:   #2 Boston Consulting Group

The Boston Consulting Group is committed to its people. BCG recognizes that their employees are their greatest asset, a true fact in any industry, but especially true in a consultant firm where consultants are the foundation and driver of the firm’s value.
As part of the BCG commitment to their employees, the firm exercised extensive efforts to retain and even add employees during the recent recession. In fact, in 2010, BCG hired its largest class of recruits, ever. This unbelievably happened in a year when most companies, especially consulting firms, decreased their workforce to placate financial losses.
Good things (like having the stability to hire during a recession) come to companies who are committed to doing good. BCG fosters an extensive commitment to social impact work, striving to work on a global and local level. The firm even pulled consultants away from client projects to provide on-the-ground support in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.
In cooperation with a generous compensation and benefits system, paid sabbaticals, and unprecedented flexibility to facilitate increased work-life balance, the BCG commitment to its employees and to improving the world attracts top talent and engaged employees.
What do you think of the BCG approach? How much catering to employees is too much? Is there such thing as too many employee benefits and perks?
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