The Boston Consulting Group has 90 offices across 50 countries, employing more than 6,000 consultants and more than double that number of total employees. The Oslo office of BCG was established in 1996 and since that time has become Norway’s leading premium business consultancy. BCG Oslo serves numerous industry sectors across both regional and international businesses. Between 2013 and 2014, Joey Horn worked for BCG as the Retail and Consumer Practice Sector Manager. The Oslo office is located close to the residence of the prime minster and the Royal Palace, on Parkveien.
BCG Oslo works with some of the world’s most prominent companies, operating within the oil and gas, retail, consumer and industrial goods, communications and technology, financial services, energy and utilities sectors. Within the oil and gas sector in particular, BCG Oslo has become a global capability hub, with clients served across the globe as well as within the Nordic region. BCG as a company is dedicated to social impact work. In the Norway branch, this is carried out through working with the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Partners and Programs
There are ten partners in BCG’s Oslo office, of which more than half are senior partners. Each of these senior partners brings a significant record of global impact to the table within the BCG framework. The partners include the worldwide sector leaders for the consumer sector, and the trading, energy and risk management sector. BCG Oslo is active in the global BCG abroad programs, which facilitate international experience for consultants on both temporary and more permanent transfer bases. Currently, there are consultants from BCG Oslo working in Zurich, Sydney, New York and Kigali. In Rwanda, the BCG consultant is working with UNICEF and the World Food Programme through a social impact secondment.
Diversity and Community
The BCG ethos revolves around diversity and community, applauding acceptance equally as much as innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and analytical thinking. There are many different nationalities represented among the BCG Oslo office, each with the talents that BCG looks for when hiring.
A sense of community is created and enhanced through various social events throughout each year. These include regular ski trips in the winter months as well as sporting events, a summer party, a yearly black-tie party and other outings and social gatherings. Managing director and partner Børge Kristoffersen states a belief that the people and how they work together form the foundation of the BCG Oslo growth trajectory.
The BCG Oslo hiring policy is one of diversity and inclusion, rewarding the most talented individuals from around the world regardless of gender, ethnicity, background, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Women@BCG is a networking organisation that achieves far more than simply fostering professional relationships. Through Women@BCG, the company has achieved growth and progressed in terms of seeing women represented both overall at the firm and within key senior positions. The number and success of women within BCG has increased, as has reported job satisfaction among female employees. There are various models for success, with many women taking initiatives such as exploring new geographical regions, challenging established thinking and building new practices.
The Flexibility@BCG programme focuses on approaches to work-life balance, facilitating sustainable intensity by turning inwards to identify and implement ways to create a better environment within the workplace. The AiA initiative identified several key themes that would improve job satisfaction and employee retention, as well as promotion within the company. The Segment of One programme runs parallel to this, supporting individual goals and ambitions.