At BCG, Seekers go deep into the challenging issues our clients face. Their curiosity empowers our teams to facilitate change and add value to society. Luís connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
That funny feeling of pressure and expectation you feel on day one will never go away at BCG. By constantly having new challenges and assignments, you feel like you are returning to day one quite often. But in the end, this is what makes consulting refreshing and exciting.
When finishing my degree and looking for internships, I felt that consulting would allow me to experience different industries without committing to a specific career path, provide me with a challenging and demanding working environment, and give me the opportunity to participate in meaningful and impactful projects at a very young age.
BCG proved me right and gave me more! While confirming my beliefs, I also realized that the working environment is unique. You are constantly pushed and incentivized to go deeper to deliver meaningful results, thus having to get out of your comfort zone on a daily basis. However, you do this with the support of diverse and bright individuals who, more than team members, are close and true friends. BCG ends up being a second family!
After my internship, I was absolutely sure I wanted to work for BCG, and, after almost two years, I continue to be sure about it.
Luís holds an economics degree from Nova School of Business and Economics and a master’s in management with distinction from London Business School.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: There isn't such a thing as a typical day at BCG. In fact, when you start feeling your day falling into a routine and that you are doing the same thing you did yesterday, that is probably because the project is close to the end. Part of BCG's value proposition is that you will be constantly challenged to do new things and go where you thought you couldn't go. Therefore, instead of defining a typical day, I think it's better to define what you typically do as a BCGer: Work with the client to clearly understand the problem, build hypotheses, go deep to prove each of them, and come up with a meaningful and valuable conclusion.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: The first week of internship with BCG was as frightening as it was exciting. While everybody was super friendly and welcoming, they were all bright individuals very focused on their projects and very professional. Obviously, as a recent graduate with almost no working experience, I was panicking. But then I realized that everybody was very supportive, open to help me, and truly committed into integrating me as much as possible. Moreover, through various formal and informal get-together moments, I came to realize that there was a very friendly atmosphere in the office and that people were friends instead of coworkers. The moment I realized that people at BCG are highly committed to their work but, at the same time, are also as committed to the team was the moment I realized I wanted to belong to BCG.
Q: What’s your home office environment like?
A: Since the Lisbon office is a relatively small office by BCG standards, we all know each other very well, spend a lot of time together, and end up creating a very friendly environment. In fact, we have various traditions that resemble a family-like atmosphere. For example, when we decide to have lunch, we always go around the office looking for other people to join us, which frequently results in a group of ten people going out for lunch. Other examples are the informal get-together events that people organize year-round, such as dinners or the office snow trip.