At BCG, Explorers are unafraid to embark on new journeys. They try new solutions to untangle complex problems and drive transformational change. Andrey challenges the status quo.
The most important task at BCG is building on your strengths, much more than covering your weaknesses. If you are among the very best at something, the world will forgive—and even appreciate—a little eccentricity in other dimensions.
BCG has added incredible breadth and depth to my prior background in mathematics and software sales. I quickly found myself solving fascinating client problems in iron ore mines, automotive factories, banks, and technology and telecommunications companies. The very best moments, however, were when I realized that an insight developed for a steel company was 100% applicable in my telecom case a couple of years later. Those sorts of “Aha!” moments are rarely found outside BCG.
In addition, BCG has been a start of some great friendships and personal relationships. First of all, the people are fascinating, very smart and diverse. Second, once you spend a few months in a faraway corner of the country, people around you become almost like a true family. After six years, I realized that almost all my friends are either BCGers or ex-BCGers.
Andrey holds an MSc degree in applied mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Prior to BCG, Andrey worked in sales for a global enterprise software company.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The best part of my job is the first few weeks of each case. That moment when I’m still trying to figure out the problem and the path to a solution—but haven’t got it yet. It’s like the excitement of anticipating Christmas or birthday presents as a kid.
Q: How would you describe the BCG community?
A: All people can be divided into the thinkers, who know things, and the doers, who make things happen. I think BCG’s greatest strength is creating a culture of doers, who always deliver on the topics about which they, themselves, as it often happens, know far less than the experts. I think this sums up what our consulting staff is about.
Q: What does being a mentor mean to you?
A: Genuinely caring for people to the extent that you are honest to give them unpleasant feedback—caring enough to distill very simple, practical, and actionable advice for them and supportive enough to help them follow through with it.