GAMMA Lead Software Engineer, Seattle
At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Bobby connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
BCG hits the sweet spot of being a well-established, successful organization that fosters a fast-paced, startup-like environment. This ensures that the work I do is not only interesting but that it will be meaningful with a widespread impact.
BCG was not exactly on my radar when it came to employment opportunities. I had taken a fairly typical path after getting my computer science degree, having worked both at a big tech company as well as a startup. However, since joining, I’ve come to really appreciate my role here. I spend most of my days coding and trying to design simple, elegant solutions to complex problems, which is something that I enjoy doing the most and plays to my strengths.
When people ask me what it’s like to work as an engineer at BCG GAMMA, I usually talk about how the culture is very similar to tech and how startup-like the environment is. We build software in a fast-paced, collaborative, and agile environment while getting to work with modern open-source technologies. It’s certainly an attractive setting for anyone who enjoys building software.
Bobby attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he studied and majored in computer science. Prior to BCG, Bobby worked as a software engineer at Amazon and also went on to cofound a tech startup, which has since exited.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG GAMMA?
A: A few people I had worked and gone to school with worked at BCG GAMMA, so I reached out to them and asked what it was like working there. I greatly respect their work and opinions, so it didn’t take much convincing before I decided that I wanted to join.
Q: How does BCG GAMMA fit into BCG as whole?
A: GAMMA is relatively new within the context of BCG, but it’s growing very fast both in terms of numbers and in business. GAMMA teams work on some of BCG’s most visible and influential work, and leadership recognizes that it plays a critical role in BCG’s future.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer? Or how would you describe the BCG community?
A: Smart, driven, and humble. I’m amazed by the quality of people that BCG is able to bring in and cultivate. It’s also remarkable how down-to-earth and well-rounded everyone is, and I consider myself lucky to get to work with the people that I do.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the office? Or your greatest adventure to date?
A: I enjoy both playing and watching soccer. I played somewhat competitively growing up and now I play in recreational men’s and coed leagues. A cool moment for me recently was when I realized that an opposing player on the field was actually a former Sounder (the professional team in Seattle) whom I had watched growing up. We lost that game.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: The level of attention and care BCG takes to invest in your professional development. If, before I had joined, someone said to me, “BCG takes a tremendous amount of attention and care to invest in your professional development,” I would still be astounded knowing what I know now about what BCG provides to help you grow.