Senior Associate, London
At BCG, Innovators view the world from unexpected angles. They bring creativity and a fresh perspective to every challenge they face. Sophie champions uncommon ideas.
The best part of working at BCG is that you are constantly learning and never bored. Every project is a new challenge.
Before joining BCG, I completed a DPhil (PhD) in Cardiovascular Science at the University of Oxford. As a researcher, I enjoyed conducting experiments and analyzing data to solve problems, but was frustrated by the sometimes slow pace of experimental work and being confined to a single, rather niche topic. Working at BCG appealed to me because I felt that consulting would give me the opportunity to solve “real-world” problems and provide me with new challenges and opportunities to learn. Now, six months into the job, I can definitely say that I have been constantly learning from the challenges presented by cases across a range of industries.
One of the things I have found most welcoming about BCG is the strong sense of community. As a new joiner I immediately was treated as a valued member of the case team. Another great thing about BCG is the investment in bonding activities such as theatre trips, sports teams, and much more. Taking part in these events and groups has allowed me to meet BCGers across the office outside of my case teams and to become embedded in the community.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: In my experience at BCG so far, there has been no typical day! The job can vary so much depending on the case you are on. This is one of the things I love most about working at BCG. There is never time to get bored.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: As a researcher, I enjoyed conducting experiments and analyzing data to solve problems, but was frustrated by the sometimes slow pace of experimental work and being confined to a single narrow topic. Working at BCG appealed to me because I felt consulting would provide the opportunity to solve real-world” problems and give me new challenges and opportunities to learn.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: At times, working on a case can be demanding and the hours can sometimes be long when a push is needed from the team for an important deadline. One of the things BCG does to manage this issue is the PTO program. PTO ensures that team discussions around work/life balance, teamworking, and communication take place. Teams at BCG work together to make sure that everyone can stick to their personal commitments in the evenings. BCG also allows you to take a “Leave of Absence” each year -- four to eight weeks of unpaid leave that offers an opportunity to relax, travel, and pursue personal goals.
Q: How would you describe the BCG community?
A: As a new joiner I found the BCG community extremely welcoming. Everyone I worked with on case teams was encouraging and supportive as I found my feet over the first weeks and months. The wide range of bonding events also helped me to meet people from across the office and to really feel part of the community. This has ranged from monthly drinks in interesting locations to theatre trips, sports, escape room challenges, and much more.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at BCG?
A: The first thing I would say is to find out more about consulting to find out whether you would enjoy the job. One thing I found helpful was to read and practice case study examples which are available online. Not only did this help me prepare for interviews, but I also found that I really enjoyed doing the case studies. And that proved to me that I was doing the right thing by making a move to consulting. Once you are ready to find out more, I would definitely recommend coming to meet us by attending the BCG recruiting events which are held each fall before applications open.