Project Leader, Paris
At BCG, Advocates are thoughtful and engaged. They listen closely because they believe that the best solutions can be discovered in the most unexpected places. Alice goes deep to understand challenges.
One of the most exciting and rewarding experiences at BCG consists of trying to provide a brand-new strategic perspective to our clients, convince them that they should adopt it, and take steps in order to make change happen.
An engineer by training, I did various internships where I held operational positions in the manufacturing industry. It was a rewarding experience, but after some time in the field I felt the need to discover other business sectors, other types of functional expertise, and new approaches. Yet when I joined BCG, I could not have imagined I would live so many intense moments and would go as far as I have—working on analyses and recommendations and making a concrete impact on companies.
There is a tremendous culture of taking on challenges at BCG. In one of my first assignments, we studied, item by item, all the costs of a very large program in the energy industry, and we developed and deeply investigated various hypotheses without ever being satisfied with a solution that we did not think fully and totally relevant. I have learned at lot, and I keep improving. Today, as a project leader, I feel that it is my responsibility to give my very best to my teams and our clients.
Alice holds an engineering degree from École des Mines ParisTech. She now is a project leader and focuses on industrial operations and energy issues.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: In the first year on the job, the learning curve is quite steep. Yet you progressively build self-confidence through working on assignments, creating value on some issues that you discovered only a few weeks earlier, establishing relationships of trust with clients, and identifying not only areas for improvement but also strengths you can rely on. Feedback, on a continuous and constructive basis, plays a key role at BCG.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: On an assignment in the Middle East for an investment fund, which focused on a company in Africa and during which I worked within a BCG team led by a German project leader, I discovered multiculturalism, new ways of working, and the need to adapt to markets, the rules of which are extremely different. I also gained a more international perspective on business issues and could better apprehend the human dimension of professional relationships.
Q: Why is BCG a good place for a woman to work?
A: BCG's culture is based on meritocracy and, therefore, provides women and men with equal career opportunities. Moreover, you very soon work with high-level managers, which can be a sort of shortcut to breaking the glass ceiling—something that can be difficult for many women at other companies.