At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Aleksandra has the courage to take action.
I believe miracles happen outside of the comfort zone. Joining BCG was the best choice to get outside mine as an experienced hire.
Before joining BCG in May 2015, I had more than ten years of professional experience, including various board positions. My experience is not the stereotypical background you usually see in consulting. After achieving senior positions, I looked for new challenges—especially in the diversity of tasks, industries, companies, and people I could work with. People with consulting backgrounds bring a lot of value to business, but consulting can leverage business people too. What really makes BCG unique is how everyone pushes further and strives for perfection. Being a manager in a company means bringing the results and solving problems quickly, and being a consultant means going beyond the obvious. What is also specific to BCG—and what I personally value—is its culture, which is based on a can-do approach, eagerness to help, respect, and feedback.
Aleksandra holds an executive MBA from University of Quebec Montreal and Warsaw School of Economics, and graduated from Warsaw School of Economics with a master’s degree in finance, banking, and international economic relations. Aleksandra also completed doctoral studies in economics at Warsaw School of Economics.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being a consultant allows you to concentrate on delivering a task. You work in a great corporate culture, free of silos and politics. Corporate culture is, in my opinion, the soul of the company that can decide its success or failure. I also really value working with people from all around the world. BCG is extremely effective at sharing knowledge and experience, so everyone in the home office (or any other) will help you. Consulting also offers a variety of experiences, as even if I concentrate on one industry—in my case, financial services—I work within different practices.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: Consultants are most often associated with analytical thinking, mathematical skills, and problem solving. But what makes a BCGer is eagerness to help other team members, people in the office, their client, and social-sector partners. Another characteristic is respect for individuals and high personal culture. Work at BCG is based on challenge and feedback, but these two characteristics allow you to maximize quality of work and personal growth without pressure or stress.
Q: What was one of your favorite case experiences?
A: So far, my favorite case was preparing a digitalization program for one of the biggest banks in Poland. The project involved a lot of benchmarking and brainstorming possible solutions. It really showed me that everyone’s voice in the discussion is equally valid. I could leverage my experience in working with sales while learning more on corporate banking. It is also very satisfying to see the impact of the project.