The best part of working at BCG is the tremendous culture of mentorship and support. A clear motivation for BCGers is to help others succeed, and this shows in the importance given to people and skills development.
My time at BCG has been spent working in the fields of telecom, industrial goods, and automotive in India and Australia. I have also had a chance to explore different practice areas within the firm: strategy, sales and marketing, transformation, and more. All of my cases have had a strong impact, have challenged me, and have helped broaden my horizon and understanding of the world.
BCG is a great firm to work for, and it provides great opportunities to be involved in some of the most cutting-edge and high-impact challenges that companies are currently facing. And one gets that exposure right at the start of the career. In my second case with BCG, I distinctly remember being encouraged by my team leadership to present findings to the client CFO. BCG provides tremendous exposure and a strong mentorship program to help one succeed.
Gaurav holds an electronics and communications degree from B.I.T. Mesra and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
The best success mantra that a consultant on my second case gave me was, “There is always more responsibility and growth available in BCG. All one needs to do is ask for it.” For me, that expresses the true DNA of BCG. The limits of BCG are not defined by anyone but ourselves.
This mantra is valid not just for case work, but beyond. For example, I am the campus coordinator for IIM Calcutta recruitment and the Excel and analytics trainer for new the intern and associate batches. These opportunities offer a fantastic chance to break from the routine—beyond the case work—and meet new people and contribute to the firm development in your own unique way!
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
One of the key charms of being a part of BCG is the widespread network and reach (82 offices and counting). As a professional, it really helps to build a more well-rounded skill set and be a part of a different set of problems and cases.
I am currently in the Sydney office on a one-year transfer and have also traveled to Brazil, Japan, and Malaysia for trainings and case work. It is really interesting to see the differences in the working style between BCGers in different offices and how communication styles and ways of working with clients vary across different regions.
Q: What’s the biggest impact you have had with your work?
One key piece of analysis that stands out for me is the work that we did for a telecom operator in India. We were working toward creating a smarter way to think about network deployment. We decided to approach the problem so that we didn’t just look at where the subscribers live and spend time talking but also at all their instances of latching on a network. We ended up plotting an interdependency matrix that could be replicated at a sub-city level and help companies plan their products and services better.
This experience stands out for me because of the relevance of similar study across other areas and industries.