At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Anthony is unafraid to try new things.
You'll be successful at BCG if you're naturally curious about the world as it is and are passionate about finding ways to make it run better. BCG gives you a great platform to solve problems that really make a difference. It would be very hard for me to think of a more rewarding way to spend my weekdays!
I studied chemical engineering at university, completing a summer placement and then taking on a full-time offer at a multinational international oil company. I always loved trying to understand complex systems and then improving them, so the move to BCG from my previous engineering role was a lot more natural than it might have seemed on the surface.
Although I came into BCG with a fairly specialized professional background, my first year has seen me work on projects varying from health care to retail banking—including spending two months at Save the Children International. Nothing has struck me more than how deeply curiosity sits at the core of what we bring to clients. I've learned that regardless of how well I think I understand a topic, there's always a new question to ask or a new angle I haven't considered. It makes this an incredibly exciting place to work, and I feel as though the learning experience will continue long into my career.
Anthony holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College London. Before BCG, he spent four-and-a-half years as an engineer at Royal Dutch Shell, in the company's upstream (exploration and production) division.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: I'd have to say that I knew this at my final round interview, when I momentarily forgot where I was and cracked a joke. The partner burst out laughing. All three partner interviews I had that day evolved into open and genuinely enjoyable conversations on a wide range of topics. I had been unsure until that point, since I was joining BCG from a company I loved working for. Realizing the willingness of the most senior BCG consultants to debate and discuss even what seemed on the surface mundane—that was the moment it all clicked.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: Definitely the people. I expected a much more rigid and competitive atmosphere within the firm than the group I ultimately found. BCGers never lose focus on delivering high-quality results, but they also love to have fun. There are so many events put on by the office bonding committee, the drama club, and the various sports teams. Everybody is also incredibly helpful. I never imagined when I joined that I'd have colleagues who'd voluntarily stay on and share my workload just so that I wouldn't get home late.
Q: What are some of your favorite places in the world and why?
A: I lived in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, for two-and-a-half years, which was an amazing place for a whisky aficionado and close to some incredible national parks and outdoor spaces. Being able to drive out to the Cairngorms or the Highlands is something I still miss. Other than that, my home country Kenya is a favorite place. It's always great to go back and see family—but also to see how much has changed and grown since I was last there.