Consultant, Buenos Aires
At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Matthieu is unafraid to try new things.
At BCG, development opportunities are exceptional. You should therefore make the most of them and do as many things as possible.
An engineer by training, I took a year off to complete an internship at an investment bank, where I could appreciate the efficiency of the project-based work organization, the diversity of issues, and the opportunity to learn a thousand things. Yet I missed the direct contact with clients and the corporate world. BCG offers the best of both worlds. Since I arrived, I have addressed strategic issues with high-change challenges while developing close relationships with clients. My various assignments have made it possible for me to visit watch factories, work with blue-collar workers in a plant in Brittany, and ponder the best strategies to penetrate a market in the building industry or counter a new player in the transportation business. I do like the balance between issues that often are very concrete but may also be more theoretical. At the same time, my analytical skills have made a quantum leap: knowing how to address a complex issue, making assumptions, testing them with rigor, and continuing until you find the very best solution, which will be up to extremely high-quality standards. Also, at BCG, I feel autonomous and supported at the same time.
Matthieu graduated from École Centrale Paris. After a year-end internship at BCG, he joined the Paris office in 2015.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: A very effective way of working, which combines creativity and rigor. I quickly understood that, thanks to this method, I did not need to be an expert on an issue or in an industry to provide a fresh perspective. This way of working involves using intuition and common sense in a highly analytical and scientific environment.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: At BCG, there is a right balance among empowerment, accountability, autonomy, and support. Starting with your very first assignment, you are given time to understand a topic or solve a problem: "Let's meet again in a couple of days and take stock of progress." I immediately valued this freedom and autonomy. Also, organization is highly flexible. Sometimes I work at home or only go to the office for an hour between two travels. But at the same time, you feel supported, you can resort to BCG experts, rely on your colleagues' help or managers' coaching. You are very soon exposed to clients. This dynamic challenges you on a day-to-day basis and favors quick development.
Q: What’s the biggest impact you have had with your work?
A: During that first year at BCG, a case strongly impressed me not only for its impact but also for the role we had to play in order to implement our recommendations. It was a pricing-strategy case. The solutions that we proposed would enable our client to earn 15 million euros over three years. In order to ensure that this potential materialized, we went in the field to explain the action plan to the various sales teams in Europe and supported them in the implementation process on a day-to-day basis.