At BCG, Allies bring a sense of collaboration and excitement to their teams. They create an atmosphere of trust and support in which people can do their best work. Fabrizio finds clarity in a complex world.
BCG taught me that there is no problem you can’t solve – all you need is a team of bright people and a whiteboard with markers.
My name means “the one who does” and there is no better description of me. I have always loved seeing my ideas in action and getting my hands dirty. I studied mechanical engineering to see how complex products are made, and I joined BCG to improve the engineering and manufacturing performance of Italian companies. I asked to work predominantly in Operations and Industrial Goods, and indeed this is my job.
Despite the fact that I work mainly on technical topics, what is special about BCG is that you always work side by side with C-level executives, and you impact the agenda of the actual decision makers. One day you are training a shift operator, and the next one you are presenting results and ideas to the CEO of the Group!
Fabrizio holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Naples “Federico II,” a Master’s degree in industrial automation from the Polytechnic University of Turin, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My colleagues are what I like most about my job. It is extremely rewarding to be surrounded by incredibly talented people. You feel like you’re growing and improving constantly. From the Senior Partner, to the visiting associates, you can always learn a new perspective, get the insight you are looking for, challenge an established idea.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: Intelligence, humility, intellectual honesty, integrity, and resilience are the characteristics that define a BCGer. I have never met a BCGer without such characteristics. While they are very bright people, BCGers tend to be very humble and open to new viewpoints. Part of our job is to have tough conversations with our client, speak up when we believe something is wrong, and clearly state what we believe. We can’t afford not to work with the highest level of integrity toward our client, our colleagues, and society as a whole. And last but not least, our job is not easy, and diving deep to unlock insight requires a great deal of resilience.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: My personal trick is that I state clearly at the beginning of the case what my personal KPIs are so that my team and I can create the work plan around them. As a marathon runner and a married man, this is extremely important. I need my time to train and spend time with my family.
Q: What does being a mentor mean to you?
A: To me, being a mentor means helping younger resources achieve their goals and grow at BCG, while enjoying the journey.
Learning new things can be stressful, especially when you are under pressure to deliver results. I think it is important to have someone who has been there before you, to share her/his experience, and give you valuable advice and comforting words.
Q: What are some of your volunteer or charitable work experiences?
A: Here at BCG Milan we have a dedicated “Local Impact” team that organizes volunteer events. I have taken part in blood donations, food donations, and even team-building events with a charitable goal, such as the construction of a playground for disabled children.
After I started volunteering at BCG, I realized I wanted to get more involved in charitable initiatives, that’s why I even decided to spend my honeymoon in Tanzania working for a poverty alleviation project.