At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Silvia empowers and inspires others.
BCG supported my growth by giving me the opportunity right from the start to sit at the table with today's business leaders.
During my last year of university in France, I had the chance to participate in a BCG recruiting event in Paris. The experiences that the consultants shared with us were very compelling and generated great enthusiasm in me. During the next summer break, I decided to do an internship at BCG's Madrid office, and I joined BCG as an associate one year later after my graduation.
After two years working at BCG, I can say that doing my internship at BCG was the best decision that I could have made. BCG has continuously supported my growth by giving me the opportunity to work on truly challenging and strategic cases in different industries, including health care, energy, and industrial goods. All my cases have generated great impact on our clients and have helped me grow both as a professional and as a person. What I value the most at BCG are the brilliant people who comprise the firm, some of whom I have developed long-lasting friendships with.
Silvia holds a double degree in civil engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France).
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: During my first year, BCG gave me the opportunity to sit at the table with high-level management from different industries, and I learned how to understand individual and organizational behavior in order to help companies adapt to change and transform their current operations. This was a key learning that complemented the strong analytical skills I had acquired during my engineering studies and that will be essential to me in the future to help the world change.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: I chose to join BCG after my graduation because of the great workplace environment and culture that I experienced during my summer internship at BCG. Before starting my internship, I was expecting a cold and competitive environment, but from the first day at BCG I realized how wrong I had been. Everyone I met was friendly and warm, and I was struck by how helpful people were—even if they had a heavy workload and helping me would mean extra work for them. After two years at BCG, I continue to observe and feel grateful for this sense of teamwork and collaboration.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: A BCG consultant has great analytical and problem-solving skills as well as great interpersonal skills that will help him connect with clients and create long-lasting trust relationships. However, what makes a consultant a good BCGer is his or her contribution to the team and desire to help other team members and make a change in society. Work at BCG is based on feedback; team contributions and the role modeling of BCG values are important conditions for personal growth and development at the firm.