Associate Director, Chicago
At BCG, Seekers go deep into the challenging issues our clients face. Their curiosity empowers our teams to facilitate change and add value to society. Parul connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
Each day presents a new challenge to overcome, and with that a new learning opportunity. While the extrinsic rewards that BCG offers are incomparable, the ability to grow so quickly is what is truly rewarding.
I recently returned to BCG, after taking what I now like to call a five-year break. I started my career at BCG as a financial analyst, working on internal finance and planning. I had a strong interest in people and organization topics, and BCG encouraged me and enabled me to switch career tracks into the knowledge team—where I developed expertise in organization design, shaping several tools that are still used today by case teams and clients.
I'm now back as an expert consultant, helping clients tackle their toughest organizational design challenges and acting as an integral part of case teams. This is the role I've always wanted to do, and I don't think any other firm would be as supportive of such a winding career journey. The personal support and encouragement I've received throughout the years has truly been remarkable.
Parul completed her MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her bachelor’s in business administration focused on organizational behavior and finance at Boston University.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The expert track is the best of both worlds, in terms of generalist consultant and knowledge expert. I know that every case I will be on will cover topics that I'm passionate about. As I move from project to project, I'm able to take more expertise to the next client, as well as share back what I've learned with the practice area. At the same time, I benefit from the incredible learning and development opportunities that every consultant receives as part of the case team experience.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: After I left! I quickly realized how important cultural fit is, and that BCG is a great cultural fit for me in many ways. The key component is collaboration; every effort is a team effort. Every member of the case team, from the associate to the partner, wants you to succeed, and in turn you want to help them succeed. When I came back, I received notes from people who I was surprised even remembered me. One of them said, “Welcome home”—and it really does feel that way.
Q: What was one of your favorite case experiences?
A: One of my favorite case experiences was working on an internal project with an extremely diverse team in terms of roles and locations: our principal was based in Australia, our partner was a New Zealander, and we had consultants, knowledge team members, and tech team members out of New York, Chicago, and Boston. We came together in person during steering committee meetings, and our pivotal steerco was viewing a demo of the tool we were building. It was amazing to see our how our hard work had come together. To top it off, our project leader presented us with mementos that represented our modules and ordered us a ton of Korean food on the last day. It was unforgettable!