Senior Knowledge Analyst, Boston
At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Sander goes deep to understand challenges.
Some of the best advice I ever received was during my first few months at BCG. I was nervous to ask about attending a training, and my manager could sense it. She stopped me and said, ‘If you want something, you have to ask for it.’ It’s another way BCG has helped me find my voice.
There is so much to like about BCG. Outside the obvious, like the people and culture, there is the expectation that everyone has a point of view. For example, part of my role as an analyst is to find the right research for the case teams, but delivering the facts is only one aspect. I also analyze the research and case questions to develop a point of view. My point of view can better help the case teams with their approach and give them new material with which to challenge the client. This approach adds more value and creates a tighter partnership between me and the case team.
Sharing my point of view up the organization, dissenting or not, requires more confidence. Once I became more comfortable, I was able to take a stronger point of view and further collaborate with the teams. The whole experience has been invaluable for me personally and the case teams.
Sander graduated from Lafayette College with a degree in economics and business and is currently working toward his MBA part-time at Babson College. Before BCG, he worked at Forrester Research covering the technology industry.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: BCG undoubtedly invests in its people, professionally and personally. The Learning & Development team does a wonderful job of creating an annual playbook from which we can choose trainings. They include financial accounting, Excel, storytelling, personal branding, and more. Additionally, BCG encouraged me to apply to a part-time MBA program and allowed me the flexibility and financial assistance to get it done. I know at least five others in my office getting similar support.
Q: What opportunities are you excited about at BCG, and beyond? What are your long-term career goals?
A: Long-term, I could envision a few scenarios. The obvious one would be staying at BCG, possibly on the expert career track. I’m also passionate about technology and investing and could see a scenario in which I get start-up experience or working in the venture capital community covering technology. Most important, I want to find something where I like the work I do each day and the people I work with, like at BCG.
Q: What’s your home office environment like?
A: My home office in downtown Boston is expanding fast to meet the growing head count. It’s a fun and competitive atmosphere. For example, after work we find time for a game of FIFA, which can get competitive to say the least! Additionally, we just had a chili cook off, held international food day, attended a Bruins game, have chair massages, and will be celebrating the upcoming Chinese New Year. There is never a shortage a good events and good people. It all sounds nice, but we certainly work hard for it.