At BCG, Innovators view the world from unexpected angles. They bring creativity and a fresh perspective to every challenge they face. Katharina champions uncommon ideas.
BCG helped me grow by supporting my decision to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School.
I started at BCG after I finished my bachelor's degree and was able to work in a number of different industries and on a variety of topics during my first months. This helped me identify which industries and functions I am most passionate about: retail and consumer.
BCG exposed me to many fascinating and challenging projects in these sectors, and after I spent two years as an associate, the firm supported my decision to pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School. During my MBA, BCG even let me gain firsthand experiences in retail for a summer internship. After I returned, I was able put my newly gained knowledge to work.
Katharina holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s from University of St. Gallen.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: To me, the people were clearly the differentiating factor. When in consulting, you will spend a significant number of hours with your colleagues and you need to make sure you are surrounded with people who provide you with positive energy. At BCG, I felt as if I belonged even before I officially started.
Q: Tell us about a moment when you challenged the status quo.
A: One of my favorite projects at BCG included developing a future strategy for a retailer. We developed scenarios in which cars could fly, people printed food at home, and energy was available for free—really challenging the way the world works today.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: You have to actively work on maintaining a sustainable career balance. Communicating my plans and habits early and openly and using tools like BCG’s PTO [Predictability, Teaming, and Open Communication] as a facilitator has worked well for me.