At BCG, Pioneers have the courage to take action on unique insights. They share and activate ideas that enable our clients to gain the competitive edge. Donatienne challenges the status quo.
BCG is a place where all opinions are heard in order to create the best possible outcome and impact.
It is my curiosity and my high enthusiasm to work in an ever-changing environment that made consulting appealing to me. Through various encounters with BCGers over a couple of years, I realized that I had probably found the best place to jump-start my career.
While the industries and functions I have been exposed to have certainly satisfied my thirst for novelty, I have grasped over the years that it is BCG's culture and people who made this environment the best catalyst for my professional and personal growth. The emphases on teamwork and mutual support as well as the open culture of feedback in all aspects have turned this company into a thrilling environment where everyone is motivated and empowered to give their best. And this is precisely what I needed and wanted: a place where my opinions and contributions would be valued regardless of my age, gender, or work experience.
Donatienne holds a master’s degree in business engineering from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB). She joined BCG on a full-time basis in 2014 after a first experience as a visiting associate in 2012.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: At BCG, there is an open culture of encouragement and feedback. Concretely, we constantly receive informal feedback, whether on a presentation, after a meeting, or at some other time, but we also get formal feedback after each assignment. Through these latter sessions, I have been able to go through short development cycles of a couple of months, each time discovering my strengths and identifying further areas for improvement. Based on these, I could each time develop a personalized action plan with my project team leaders to make sure to progressively grow across all dimensions, from one project to the next one.
Q: What’s your home office environment like?
A: BCG in Brussels is of relatively limited size, with about 120 people. And it’s that SME spirit that gives it its richness. It is an office where we all know each other, creating an informal bonding culture regardless of ages, origins, and hierarchy levels. I have incredible memories of teambuilding activities with colleagues inside and out of the office. Many of those colleagues have grown to become real friends.
Q: What are some of your volunteer or charitable work experiences?
A: After graduating from university, I spent a few months in Nepal, volunteering in a kindergarden school. The experiences I had there are unforgettable. First, I have to admit that I have rarely been pushed so far out of my comfort zone, in all senses of the phrase. It took some time to get used to waking up and not knowing whether I would have electricity or water. But beyond this, I have had an incredible opportunity to truly understand what poverty means on a day-to-day basis, and to contribute the best I could. Finally, Nepal, its epic sceneries, its warmly welcoming population, its contrasts and paradoxes will always be a country close to my heart.