Senior Associate, Brussels
At BCG, Explorers are unafraid to embark on new journeys. They try new solutions to untangle complex problems and drive transformational change. Julie empowers and inspires others.
BCG offered me the unique opportunity to combine a stimulating and international career with a family of my own.
I joined BCG just after finishing my PhD in neuroengineering. I was really passionate about my research topic but wanted to have more impact, have things go faster, and see the practical changes my work could bring. Working at BCG has met and even exceeded my expectations: I was directly involved in interesting projects that would really shape the future of the company while learning tremendously about business and management skills.
The critical criterion for choosing BCG over other firms was the importance BCG gives to diversity. BCG offers unique career opportunities for women who want to combine a highly stimulating and international career with a family life. BCG has set great policies to increase flexibility and support individual women—something I learned with the birth of my first child. Women at BCG are really supportive of each other and offer great mentorship.
Julie holds a master's degree in biomedical engineering from Université de Liège, a master's degree in bioengineering from Stanford University, and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from Université de Liège.
Q: Why did you decide to work at BCG?
A: I based my decision on a discussion I had with a BCGer. It was with a former researcher who also had a PhD. He had been working for six months in the research department of a major company before realizing that if he wanted to have some impact, it was not the way to go: he was not the next Einstein and would not solve important problems on his own. However, if he could manage a team of smart people, to have them work efficiently together, then they might go somewhere. To learn these management skills, BCG was the place to go. I really connected with that situation and here I am.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: I was impressed by how friendly people are. Everybody really cares about you and values your opinion. You are highly encouraged to speak up and give your opinion. Everyone’s contribution is valued, no matter your position, title, or experience.
Q: Why is BCG a good place for a woman to work?
A: BCG values diversity highly and has set great policies to achieve this, such as flexibility and mentorship programs. For instance, each BCGer has a career development advisor with whom they speak about their projects and expectations for their future career. This allows women at BCG to combine stimulating professional projects with a family life. This was a decisive point in my decision to join BCG and has lived up to its promise so far.