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. Francisco is unafraid to try new things.
The best part of working at BCG is the people.
When I joined BCG, I was looking for a role that would broaden my knowledge of the business world and give me flexibility for my later career. I was also motivated to work in diverse teams where I could meet smart people from different backgrounds. Since I joined the BCG office in Santiago, I have found this and much more. It has been a truly transformational experience and has allowed me to make lifelong friends.
BCG is a unique place, where you never stop learning. Moving from project to project and meeting BCGers from all over the world to work on the most interesting problems our clients face allows you to not only explore different industries and business areas but also push your limits and progress very rapidly in your career.
Francisco holds an engineering degree from the Catholic University of Chile and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: I don't think there is a typical day at BCG. One day you can be on a mine site in the middle of the desert working with operational people and the next you can be discussing strategy with a CEO in a corporate office. The only thing that is typical is that you are helping your clients with their top priorities, which makes it very interesting.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: When I see that there is little time to accomplish a lot, I make an effort to prioritize and understand what will add the most value to my client. I am also constantly communicating with my team to ensure we are effective and make things as predictable as possible. BCG has developed very solid tools, such as PTO (Predictability, Teaming, and Open Communication), to ensure we work effectively during case work and do not damage our personal lives. With these tools, and being proactive in planning work, I have been able to have a very sustainable career balance.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at BCG?
A: A BCGer once told me that there is no single way to be successful at BCG. There are many paths that you can follow to grow professionally. The challenge is to know yourself well to decide among the many options.