Senior Associate, London
At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Christopher has the courage to take action.
Everyone at BCG really wants you to succeed personally and professionally—there’s a great culture of collaboration and support to make the changes you want to see.
Before I started at BCG, I obtained a PhD in molecular cell biology and started pursuing a career in academic science. When I realized this wasn’t what I’d hoped for, I wanted a change that kept the parts of science that I loved most–trying to explain a problem and find a creative solution. BCG stood out particularly because of its strong track record of hiring PhDs and MDs, and it provided the chance to develop my skills and knowledge in a huge range of contexts with diverse clients.
What makes BCG is its people. There’s always space for you to pursue the changes you wish to see and everyone is passionate about what they’re trying to achieve. Because I want to promote diversity at work, I quickly got involved in recruiting with the Pride@BCG network. I found an immediate and enthusiastic response, indicative of the culture that runs through the veins of BCG.
Chris holds a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from University College London and did two years of post-doctoral research. He also has a BA in Physiological Sciences from Oxford University.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: There is no such thing as a typical day at BCG. One day you can be working with the Knowledge Team to research an industry you previously knew nothing about, the next you can be working with client data to build a model of the value of an investment, the next you’re facilitating a client workshop. Part of the fun of the job is this variety.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: In my second week of training, we were carrying out a practice case in a group of new joiners. There were some really interesting group dynamics, both positive and negative. We had one-on-one feedback with our facilitator and he gave me a completely new perspective on our situation. This is what BCG can be at its best, where you realize that something that you’d not considered can explain your situation and give you the tools to change it. After this, our team changed its setup and worked much more effectively together, and I knew this was the kind of firm that I’d really grow at.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: I chose to work for BCG because of the people I met whilst applying. They were all friendly, smart, and enthusiastic. They were genuinely keen for you to succeed, and were happy to offer any advice they could. Having joined, I’ve realized that this is part of the BCG culture, and I am really happy to fit in here.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: Enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, a desire to make a real difference to the client and the world. They work hard, but work isn’t all-consuming. They’re keen to help when they’re able, supporting people within their team and without.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: By learning how to work most effectively and efficiently, and ruthlessly prioritizing. There is always work to do, so to be able to succeed both with your work and with your life, you have to know what needs to be done and when, and you need to work toward those goals as efficiently as possible. Over time, you learn tips and tricks that make this easier. BCG also has many systems—leaves of absence, a culture of no weekend working, protected weeknight time off—that facilitate a life outside of work that supports and sustains your life at work.