The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play; luckily, at BCG, work always feels like play to me!
After graduating as a mechanical engineer in vehicle sciences, I decided to join BCG straight away. I made this choice because I preferred working on strategic questions that would have great impact while collaborating with top executives, rather than working on detailed engineering topics (think about redesigning a vehicle's side mirror in AutoCAD) with limited exposure for the first couple of years. Since then, I have never regretted this choice!
BCG has provided me with a variety of projects and knowledge that I could not have experienced anywhere else. Indeed, tell me, who expects a mechanical engineer to advise a retailer in female fashion accessories on their expansion strategy? Or who would predict a Belgian 23-year-old would go to Abu Dhabi to advise the CEO of a company made up of 10,000-plus people on its reorganization? Truly, BCG has taught me so much, but most important BCG taught me how to be open to new challenges and experiences to personally grow!
Prior to BCG, Benjamin obtained a master’s in engineering at the KULeuven university (distinction). During his master’s, he studied for one year in Stockholm at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). In 2015, Benjamin earned his MBA (on the dean's list) from INSEAD, for which he lived both in France and Singapore.
Q: What inspires you about BCG?
A: On a daily basis, I am inspired by my colleagues. There are two aspects in particular that I find most inspiring. First, each and every single colleague conveys a can-do mindset and is willing to go the extra mile and tackle the issues at hand no matter what it takes! This creates a vibrant environment in which a team collaboratively strives to reach its ambitious targets. Second, my colleagues don't only possess a can-do mindset; they all combine this with sharp minds and a creative drive to find solutions for the complex problems at hand! I have worked with smart, outspoken individuals who challenge the status quo and come up with great insights. They have all inspired me with their intelligence!
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: Put simply, there are three characteristics that each BCGer should have: First, a BCGer will typically behave like a boy scout in the forest, open to exploring and willing to walk through unknown terrain with an open mind. Second, a BCGer will be more of a collaborative midfielder than a goal-getting attacker. Each project at BCG is conducted within team, in a very collaborative fashion, where team players let each other score! Finally, a BCGer should be like the most gentle of grandparents you can imagine, always willing to lend a hand, willing to share knowledge about past projects, and willing to make you succeed before they do!
Q: What are some of your favorite places in the world and why?
A: My favorite place in the world is at home, next to my wife, preparing dinner together for each other. Luckily, at BCG, when staffed in Belgium, I have the flexibility to decide when I work and from where I work. Even better, BCG has taught me rigorously, from the start, how to maximize impact while balancing workload. As a result, I have been happily at BCG for the past five years, and I could stay another five!