Consultant, Los Angeles
At BCG, Pioneers have the courage to take action on unique insights. They share and activate ideas that enable our clients to gain the competitive edge. Amir challenges the status quo.
At BCG, challenging the status quo is not only encouraged, it is part of the job. Never be afraid of change.
BCG is a place that attracts many unique individuals, each with a different background. I started out my career in an entirely different arena—as a pairs figure skater. I represented the US team and competed both nationally and internationally, which came with some pretty cool opportunities—such as a chance to do stunt work for Will Farrell in Blades of Glory. Till this day, I'm still enjoying my 15 minutes of fame.
After my skating career ended, I decided to go back to school and pursue my second love of business and finance at the University of Southern California. In life, I constantly look to take on the next challenge or solve the next problem. And that’s what brought me to BCG—a company that thrives on facing the unique challenges of today and redefining the global environment of tomorrow. I have only been here for a few short years, but I have already worked on cases that help major companies go through a successful merger, introduce new products in new markets, reshape global growth strategies, all while in completely different industries, such as health care, energy, finance, and more.
The one thing you will notice immediately here at BCG is that there are no two people alike, much like there are no two cases alike. Every case will bring on new challenges and introduce you to new people and new thinking. It is truly a wondrous and exciting place to work, and the relationships and experiences you build here will follow you for a lifetime.
Amir holds degrees in finance and accounting from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: The most important thing I learned in my first year at BCG was that uncertainty is a constant companion in this job—uncertainty about how to complete a specific task, uncertainty about how to frame a story or approach a problem, and, of course, uncertainty when engaging and interacting with a new client. However, what changes is how quickly you grow comfortable with that uncertainty as you realize that there is always a solution and an approach, and often it is as simple as relying on the collective BCG experience to point you in the right direction.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: I believe the most prominent defining feature of any BCGer is intellectual curiosity. It is a person who is not happy with just accepting the “what” of a given statement but is driven by the desire to understand the “how” and the “why” that drives that statement. Couple that with a love for solving complex puzzles that require both tenacity and creativity, and you will get the perfect BCGer.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at BCG?
A: If you are a good team player, willing to work hard, and love to explore the challenges of global businesses today and tomorrow, then you will like working at BCG. It is truly a unique and accepting place. I promise you will never be bored.