Consultant, San Francisco
At BCG, Explorers are unafraid to embark on new journeys. They try new solutions to untangle complex problems and drive transformational change. Neechi seeks a new perspective.
My single favorite aspect of working at BCG is having the flexibility to choose my own path. Whether that path involves working with a clothing retailer in Southern California or helping global health organizations tackle disease abroad, I can pursue that passion at BCG.
As an MD with a background in clinical research, most of my days pre-BCG were spent thinking about the world of direct patient care. At BCG, those horizons have been broadened by considering the health care universe beyond the practice of medicine. BCG has allowed me to help solve the problems faced by all stakeholders who both directly and indirectly influence the practice of medicine. From working with academic medical centers, to integrated payer-providers, and medical technology companies, I have been able to better understand the broader world in which doctors operate.
At BCG you quickly realize that your potential is far greater than you previously imagined. Bringing people together from different backgrounds is a key asset to BCG, but the more important part is making all of those different people feel equal. This manifested most recently on a case with myself and three partners when I came out of a case team meeting having led the team on my thought process. Having people with decades of experience listen to and value my opinion was a transformative experience—and truly inspiring.
Neechi holds an MD from Duke University School of Medicine and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He also graduated with a biology degree from Harvard University.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the flexibility associated with my job. I often joke with people that my interests are more than I can keep up with. At BCG, you do not have to stick with only one area of interest. Instead, you can both be involved in recruiting while also doing your case work, or you can help with knowledge-building research (internal or external) in your spare time. Because of the nature of the case work, you often do not spend the full year on a single topic unless you want to. I find that I work best on two- to three-month cases, giving me time to get really deep in a subject and then move on to the next challenge.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: One of the most important areas at BCG is growth. This both keeps the work fresh and exciting but also ensures no one is without challenge. BCG supports this in a number of ways, beginning with the formal trainings that occur at least two times a year. We also have online lab courses that are on-demand and enable you to learn new tools in a self-driven way. However, because growth is engrained in our culture, our case teams are always looking to teach and ensure growth, so we learn a lot on our cases in the day-to-day work. Beyond that, BCG also ensures that we have access to a large set of mentors and that we are able to share our learnings by organizing informal trainings that any BCGer can run across cohorts and are completely optional.
Q: What’s the biggest impact you have had with your work?
A: We helped one of the largest and most prominent academic institutions think through how to launch a new cell and gene therapy center. This center brought together research from faculty who were siloed across the institution but who had amazing advances in medical research, including potential cures for sickle cell disease and various forms of cancer. The case was not only about the infrastructure (lab space, etc.) to house this research but was also focused on how to set up an effective leadership and governance structure, where to get funding, and how to think about partnerships with external stakeholders. It was challenging to align all of the different politics involved in academia, but it was a high-impact project that enabled the scientists we worked with to take their work even further out of the lab.