Project Leader, Houston
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. Omar seeks a new perspective.
The best part of working at BCG is the number of learning opportunities that come from solving challenging problems with a team of very smart and driven people. The diversity of ideas and perspectives that everyone brings to the team is often quite insightful.
I joined BCG looking to work on projects that went beyond my previous experience working in technology. Particularly, I had a very strong interest in solving strategy problems for clients in the energy sector. At first, I was staffed in roles that would leverage my background, creating value while learning the skills I needed to move into other practices. In only a few months, BCG helped me build a good foundation of skills and knowledge of the industry to the point that I am now leading projects for energy clients in a wide range of areas, including strategy, operations, and procurement.
To this day, BCG continues to give me the opportunity to design my own path within the firm. Every time I have a conversation about a potential new project, the team always makes sure it is not only a project where I can contribute but also one that is interesting to me and that allows me to continue learning. This is extremely valuable as I really enjoy going after new challenges on every project.
Omar holds a mechatronics engineering degree from ITESM Mexico City and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: BCG gives me the opportunity to work on projects across many industries while solving a very wide range of problems. I really value being able to constantly work on new topics, both as a learning opportunity and as challenge. Either because of the industry, the problem, the team, or the client, there is always something new in each of my projects. This makes for a very dynamic environment with rarely a dull day.
Q: What does being a mentor mean to you?
A: To me, being a mentor means truly caring for and supporting the growth of someone else. The best mentors I have had in my career are the ones who always find ways to make time to listen, advise, and challenge me to achieve my goals or solve whatever challenge is in front of me. At BCG, I have been impressed by how willing everyone is to dedicate time and effort to mentor others regardless of how busy their calendars might be. I am now trying to follow this example to make sure I am always easily approachable and make time to help my team accomplish their personal and professional goals.
Q: What was one of your favorite case experiences?
A: My favorite case experience to date has been developing a strategy around disruptive technologies in the energy sector. Working with a global energy company, I spent several weeks talking to experts and learning about recent innovations, such as autonomous vehicles and long-range electric cars. The goal was to help the client identify ways to tap into such innovations as part of its growth strategy. The combination of innovative technologies with the capabilities and footprint of the client created very interesting scenarios for potential investments. In the end, our recommendations had the potential to deliver a lot of long-term value for the client, and I personally enjoyed learning how rising technologies might change our lives in the not-so-distant future.