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. Mike is unafraid to try new things.
BCG never stands still. Some of my most impactful work has been recruiting our new classes, building new internal tools, and developing ground-breaking insights while working on a BCG Perspective.
My background is in chemical engineering, and I was faced with my fundamental industry versus consulting conundrum early in my career, but I was intrigued by the promise of a companywide strategy, helping inform big decisions, international projects and challenges, and working alongside a top-notch set of folks (both BCG and our clients). I can safely say that since 2005 when I joined, my BCG experience has been all of these things and then some!
One of the most amazing things about BCG is our singular focus on high performance. You see it in how we approach our client problems, how we promote, and even how we engage outside of the office. It's great to see people being competitive to find the right answer, to reach their next career step early, or to crush the other team in paintball. And you might think that this breeds internal conflicts or infighting, but what makes BCG special is that we all seek this high-performance level but are committed to working together so we can all achieve it. It's like one big dream team! It's truly amazing that I can just put my head down to support my clients and my team and the rest of my career just takes care of itself—very different from other places I've worked.
Mike earned a chemical engineering degree from Rice University in Houston and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In his spare time, he runs, camps, hikes, ice climbs, and rock climbs—basically anything that involves being outside and not writing slides.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: I've worked on 5 continents and in 15 countries since joining BCG, including South Africa, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan. It's been amazing to support our global clients and to witness the strength of the BCG culture and team collaboration even when people are separated by thousands of miles.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: I actually find this balance pretty easy to strike, even with all of my domestic and international travel. I take all of my vacation every year as planned, full stop. If you can't carve yourself out of your project, you are doing something wrong as a manager. I also just had my first child, and I took plenty of time off to support my wife and bond with my new little guy. BCG has all of the structure and support that anyone could ever want, and the office is very supportive as we exercise these tools to make this job sustainable in the long term.
Q: If you weren’t working at BCG, what would you be doing?
A: The long-term plan is to make just enough money to run away from it all, become a farmer, and make the best California Cabernet the market has ever seen—spending my days with my wife Masha and our golden doodle Ozzie working the land. I'm sure we'll find good company in a lot of other type A individuals looking to lose a bunch of money making grape juice.