Associate, New Jersey
At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Carlos connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
My work with the LGBT Network has been instrumental to my professional growth and has provided me with access to many of BCG's most senior leaders and influencers—exposure that isn't available at every firm.
The biggest decision you'll make in college is deciding where and how you will start your career. I initially evaluated my decision based on industry, role, growth potential, location and how the job will set me up for future success. However, the most important factor is the people.
What I've found drives your experience is the people since they enable both your happiness and your learning. The teams I've worked with at BCG have all become friends, which makes the day-to-day team room environment amazing—even if you aren't working on the "sexiest" Excel spreadsheet every day. People ultimately enable your growth potential and skill development and help you find that dream job. BCG was the perfect group of people for me, and I encourage anyone who's interested in BCG to test the people. You won't be disappointed.
Carlos holds a degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Q: What’s the biggest impact you have had with your work?
A: The largest and most memorable impact I've had at BCG was with one of our financial services clients. Their portion of the market was very niche and historically survived on a government program that was ending. We were brought in to help them think through how to repurpose their capabilities and enter new industries. Not only was the case intellectually challenging but it was incredibly rewarding. In the year since the strategy project wrapped up, the client made a number of acquisitions into the spaces we identified. Seeing your recommendations implemented is incredibly rewarding and highlighted the true impact of the work our team was leading.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: I think sustainability always comes down to how you communicate within your team. If I ever feel there is too much on my plate, I flag it with my team and my managers. The best part is that if one of my teammates has extra capacity, they are always willing to help. We've built a culture at BCG where you are responsible for delivering a total outcome to the client—not just your modules deliverables—and we are all willing to lend a hand to help a teammate. These conversations allow you to work across the team and modules but also feel a lot more ownership over the total goal of the project. The worst thing you can do is keep quiet and feel overwhelmed; someone is always willing to lend a hand.
Q: What are some of your volunteer or charitable work experiences?
A: BCG is a huge supporter of the Out 4 Undergrad Business Conference, an LGBTQ business conference for college students. I was an attendee as an undergrad, and the conference is something I'm incredibly passionate about. I partner with a few other associates from our LGBT Network to organize volunteers and take the lead in writing consulting sessions to help students prep for case interviews. Having BCGers from around the country fly in for the conference to lead programming and meet students is a significant time and resource investment, all in the hopes that it prepares them for internship and full-time interviews. It's amazing working for a firm where I'm enabled and supported to spearhead our involvement and presence with an organization that was extremely impactful to my college experience.