Associate, Washington, DC
At BCG, Explorers are unafraid to embark on new journeys. They try new solutions to untangle complex problems and drive transformational change. Sarah seeks a new perspective.
The best part of working at BCG is being surrounded by teams that challenge you to think outside the box, support your individual goals and ambitions, and care about making an impact on the world.
Like many other people from a liberal arts background, I came to BCG wanting to learn about a broad set of industries and to solve problems with a "business" sensibility. And while I've certainly learned a lot about business, I think the bigger skill set that BCG has equipped me with is the ability to be a better and more confident thinker, communicator, and teammate.
One thing I learned very quickly at BCG is that the problems we deal with rarely fit within a prepackaged framework, and they're rarely addressed by a one-size-fits-all analytical approach. They are unfamiliar, thorny, and intimidating—which makes working as a team to leverage each other’s strengths and ask good questions all the more important. There is no singular "business" or "BCG" approach that defines the way we tackle problems as teams, which is what makes the work continuously challenging, exciting, and rewarding.
Sarah holds a politics degree from Princeton University.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The people! BCG gives you the opportunity to work with some of the smartest, funniest, most down to earth people. On every team I've been fortunate enough to be a part of, there has been a truly incredible variety of experience, worldview, and skill set. I've learned so much from everyone I've worked with and have walked away from every project with a larger circle of mentors and friends.
Q: Can you give an example of a time when your team really came together in a big way? Put another way, what’s the best team experience you’ve ever had?
A: I was on a project for about eight months that was pretty tough at times, with some late nights, messy data, and challenging meetings. Our team of ten came from lots of different BCG offices and became incredibly close-knit. What surprised me the most during that experience was the extent to which we all supported each other. Every member of the team pitched in whenever needed, outside our own narrow scopes of work, to make sure we all succeeded.
On top of that, we still managed to have fun together and did everything from great team dinners to a trampoline dodgeball tournament. I still keep in touch with everyone from the project at least every few weeks, and I had the chance to see everyone at a team reunion we organized a few months after the project ended.
Q: What groups or organizations have you gotten involved with at BCG?
A: Being involved with recruiting is one great way to stay connected to your alma mater, get the chance to visit campus a few times a year, meet other BCG alums, and share your experience with current students. I've also been involved with our office soccer team and got to play in the North America tournament in Brooklyn last summer. In addition, I have helped out with Women@BCG and our alumni committee events. The great thing about all of these groups is it's easy to be as involved as you want—and to shift that involvement over time as different priorities (work and nonwork) come up.