At BCG, Advocates are thoughtful and engaged. They listen closely because they believe that the best solutions can be discovered in the most unexpected places. Matthieu is unafraid to try new things.
At BCG, we have an obsession for action and for actual and tangible results, what I call "action-orientation." During a six-week assignment, we very often spend two weeks on analyses and four weeks in the field to take action and implement recommendations.
A former consultant specializing in telecommunications, I wanted to give a new impetus to my career and step outside of my comfort zone. In 2012, I joined BCG, which I deemed the best strategy consulting firm. Since then, everything has gone very fast. I focus on industries as varied as health care, energy, and media, and issues such as human resources and growth. I have access to extremely high-level and, when needed, international resources and expertise. I was extremely lucky to have the opportunity to exchange views with Xavier Mosquet, a senior partner and managing director at BCG, who took part in the turnaround of the US automotive industry in 2009. On each assignment, partners are very supportive of their teams, sharing their experience and understanding of issues. Dynamics are such that you constantly push the limits.
Matthieu holds an engineering degree from Télécom ParisTech (2004) and a master's degree in industrial economy from the Paris-Dauphine University. Before joining BCG, Matthieu worked for seven years as a consultant specializing in telecommunications and media.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I underestimated the impact of our work. We support decision makers and make our very best efforts to actually change things. This kind of alchemy works in each assignment. We are also exposed, on a day-to-day basis, to a culture of demanding standards, innovation, humility and continuous improvement. These dynamics lead us all to push back limits we thought immovable. At the same time, BCG pays special attention to skills development, both technical and interpersonal.
Q: What’s the biggest impact you have had with your work?
A: We were supporting a struggling company. We had been commissioned to define a last-ditch strategy and action plan. It was really impossible to have any greater impact. We successfully contributed to turning around the company, which is now extremely competitive. It has gained market share and resumed growth.
Q: If you weren’t working at BCG, what would you be doing?
A: I would found my own company. My experience at BCG would most certainly modify my approach as an entrepreneur. I would be extremely hands-on and would want things to be done quickly. I would want to bring my project to quick fruition, even though I would probably need to adjust things along the way. At BCG, in my day-to-day work, I can satisfy this obsession for action and for actual and tangible results.