At BCG, Allies bring a sense of collaboration and excitement to their teams. They create an atmosphere of trust and support in which people can do their best work. Murielle goes deep to understand challenges.
I understood that BCG would deliver on its promise of diversity when I participated in a meeting with an internal team gathering a physician, a biologist, two people with business degrees, and a political science graduate.
I feel passionate about the health care universe. It is a complex world with many diverse issues related to ethics and regulation, and, of course, it brings many important challenges: the ability to protect and improve the quality of life and access to health care. The pharmaceutical market is undergoing a major transformation of its business models as well as its approach to innovation.
When I decided to join BCG, I hoped I would be able to address all these issues and take inspiration from other industries in order to contribute to ongoing changes. I did not think it would go so fast. In no more than a few months, I had the opportunity to analyze the R&D strategy of a pharmaceutical group, work on an incredible ecosystem of biotechs, study the hematology-oncology market, and speak with renowned experts from around the world. And that is not all. Thanks to an assignment in the banking industry, I could measure the importance of human resources matters. I would never have been able to develop this functional expertise had I been anywhere else.
I never felt helpless or alone as I faced these new challenges. BCG offers a wide range of training courses—at a regional level with members of other BCG offices as well as on a more individual and customized basis.
Murielle holds a PhD in pharmacy from Rouen University and a master of sciences in strategic management from HEC Paris.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Every single day, I can quench my thirst for discoveries and knowledge by working on highly impactful issues with stimulating people and demanding clients. This combination creates a unique environment for learning. In a few months, I had the opportunity to meet an incredible number of different personalities, BCGers, experts, and business leaders from the health care industry. Moreover, the challenges that I face on a day-to-day basis enable me to grow all the time. Observing this fast transformation of my professional approach as well as interpersonal skills is highly energizing and motivating.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: I chose to join BCG rather than other consulting firms because of the people I met during corporate forums and recruiting interviews. Their enthusiasm struck me then. Whatever their level of seniority, it was obvious that they loved their work and that their professional development fully satisfied them. I knew that I could find my everyday motivation there, and it proved true. And in a job as demanding as consulting, the work environment and the people you work with play a bigger role than they do anywhere else.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: I was surprised to see how much everybody's opinion is valued, including that of newcomers—whatever their level of seniority or experience. Everyone is encouraged to share his or her ideas and propose solutions. As an associate, very quickly you are given responsibilities and listened to. I thus had the opportunity to present my analyses to the client only a few weeks after I arrived at BCG.