At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Sabine goes deep to understand challenges.
A good BCG project for me has to do with finding the right "story" behind the parts—to find what really drives success, what really motivates teams, what really convinces a customer.
I enrolled in physics and philosophy at university because I felt these were the topics that came closest to explaining the entire world. However, soon I realized that I was learning only very little details; I kind of missed the big picture and could not see any real impact from my research.
At BCG, I do not strive to understand the entire world, but I have found out that helping to solve a client's problems is a very rewarding experience.
And I have also been fascinated by how much I learn every day—about questions and industries I did not know existed. I think this is unique to BCG—to help people learn new things while making use of their background. There is a great openness of spirit among all BCGers. They made me feel welcome from the very beginning, even with my non-economist questions.
Sabine studied physics in Germany and France while working as a freelance journalist. She obtained her PhD in physics from Université Paris VI. At BCG, she focuses on energy companies and operations topics.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I just love the continuous and intense search for the best solution, and the intellectual honesty with which that search is driven. When somebody challenges an intermediate result, and it is clear that his challenge is valid, a BCG team will never try to hide that point but instead will work hard until a better or more convincing solution is found.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: I learned that the story behind the details might be even more important than the details themselves. And this was new to me as a scientist—but it would have valuable for the scientist, too. Good solutions can always be told in a way that everybody can understand—and this story needs to be found as much as the details behind it need to be right.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at BCG?
A: Be open. Each team and each project has so much to give: new challenges, new things to learn, maybe even new friends. And these things don't always come from where you would have expected them. I have seen numerous young colleagues who were convinced they wanted to work in a certain industry—just to find their passion somewhere entirely different. As for myself, I would never have expected to stay at BCG more than two or three years. It has been very surprising for me that I just kept on liking my work so very much that I did not want to stop.