Principal, Kuala Lumpur
At BCG, Seekers go deep into the challenging issues our clients face. Their curiosity empowers our teams to facilitate change and add value to society. Hitesh seeks a new perspective.
I realized the power of base logic at BCG: the most beautiful solutions are often the simplest.
I am a traveler, and the journey so far has been magical to the say the least—from riding the high seas (literally) to presenting in the boardrooms of some of the world's largest corporations, to fixing 34,650 bhp mammoth engines, to mending multibillion-dollar corporate fabric, to circumnavigating the world in a one-third-kilometer-long long VLCC (very large crude carrier), to having the privilege of being an “up in the air” corporate nomad.
My background is in marine engineering, and I served as an engineer-officer on-board crude oil carriers prior to completing my MBA, and subsequently joining BCG. BCG gave me the unprecedented opportunity to learn from the best, experience multiple industries, and increase my circle of impact multifold.
Hitesh holds a B.Tech in marine engineering from MERI and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. He served as a Merchant Navy engineer officer with one of the oil and gas supermajors prior to joining BCG.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working at BCG is a very humbling experience. You are surrounded by the smartest individuals packed with original ideas. Also, the moment you feel comfortable in any role you are moved upward and in new challenging roles—never a dull day. You strive, you learn, you conquer, and then move on to other uncharted waters.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: There is no such thing as a typical day at BCG. My “office” has ranged from the boardroom to factories, mills, a plantation, and even the back of a driving wheel as part of an eight-day road trip around remote parts of India! The challenges and setting vary from case to case. While many days involve breaking boundaries in the “war rooms” at client HQ, crunching large data sets on the laptop, and maneuvering through multiple meetings, other days may include observing dynamics within factories for a 100-year-old consumer goods company, conducting value stream mapping exercises across resorts for a global hotel chain, or even performing a “palm tree stand count” in actual multi-thousand hectare fields for one of the largest agro-commodities players in the world.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at BCG?
A: BCGers are very sharp, fun-loving, approachable people, who most importantly have a desire to have a positive impact on the world. You should definitely apply to BCG if you share any of these characteristics! The key to performing well in interviews is constant practice, and in this case, practice does make perfect! Get out there, get some case study buddies, and go through as many cases as you can.