Insights from the newcomers: why I really joined Board of Innovation

Why did I join Board of Innovation? What is BOI's superpower? What surprised me the most after joining BOI?
Work culture insights, straight from the horse's mouth.

As we’re growing as a company we are scaling our projects with clients and hiring a lot of curious thinkers and great minds. 

We want to give potential future BOI’ers an insight into what it’s like working at Board of Innovation; regardless of whether you’re looking to run large projects as an innovation consultant, nurture our relationships with clients by being a kick-ass sales professional, or scale our global business operations.

And who can show you better than our cohort of new BOI’ers, bringing in their fresh perspective?

Why I joined Board of Innovation

For me, the people are the most important. I wanted to work in a culture with really good humans - those that are funny, whip-smart and motivated to make a real impact. That is exactly what I got at BOI.

Michelle Vander Heyden, Business Designer

BOI's current push to scale is what drove me to join the company. Being part of a fast-paced growth trajectory, where I could be responsible for an entire part of the business, from A to Z, was the ideal contrast to the classic corporate environment where I came from. Additionally, I love being challenged by the entrepreneurial spirit that saturates the BOI culture.

Anton Blockx, Finance Controller

I was finding myself to be a bit of a misfit in a corporate environment with a lot of bureaucracy, slow project cycles and lots of layers and processes. BOI stood out as an organization that puts entrepreneurship at the forefront, while doing high-impact projects at the same time. Apart from that, the people who work at BOI are just rock-solid in what they do, and are awesome humans.

Olivier de Hous, Growth Hacker / Innovation Consultant

There are three key things that drove me to BOI; culture, evolution, and the type of work. BOI has a very open, transparent, authentic and entrepreneurial culture, which is hard to find. Secondly, I wanted to work in a firm that was at the right point of evolution; BOI is a smaller firm, on a rapid growth trajectory, with an entrepreneurial management team. Lastly, it came down to the type of work. BOI gives me the chance to be involved in growth and to use creative thinking to solve business problems.

Gregg Clark, Business Development Director Americas

I joined BOI because I enjoy working in consulting. After a couple of different stops in different consulting companies, I realised that the smaller boutique consulting is what I really enjoy. BOI planted a seed in my head, a while ago, by sharing tools and content that I’ve used. So I wanted to see where this amazing knowledge comes from and who the people are behind it.

Marlene Kirchner, Principal Consultant

Our people,
our superpower

When asked about what surprised our new BOI’ers about the work and their job, there was a common theme in the responses: the people and the culture. Working in an innovation strategy firm, being surrounded by smart people and a challenging environment is paramount to developing out-of-the-box ideas and getting inspiration.

I tend to be skeptical towards company values. Oftentimes, they're nothing more than window dressing. That's not the case at BOI. The 4 core values really reflect on the people and the work we’re doing.
"Be entrepreneurial, help others, make it matter, raise the bar"

Milan Pelgrims, Lead Recruiter

I started my first day at the famous 'summer office'. So I was definitely surprised at how instantly friendships were created, and that my onboarding felt more like meeting a bunch of friends rather than co-workers.

Emilie Gueissaz, Sr Innovation Consultant

The BOI culture is incredible - the way people are with each other and the very nurturing ground of wanting to help each other and the business grow. It was far more than what I expected! Another thing that surprised me is the transparency; having worked in various consulting companies, I’ve never seen this level of transparency throughout the company, with frank communication and lack of politics.

Marlene Kirchner, Principal Consultant

Every professional services firm say that their people are their differentiator - but with the people at BOI, it’s really something of another level. The people are our superpower.

Gregg Clark, Business Development Director Americas

Working at BOI is amazing because of its people and the kind of projects we work on. I like solving problems hands-on, and to be in an environment that constantly challenges and inspires me to grow.

Gayathri Gopal, Innovation Consultant

Take a look at what our team in apac team says about the boi culture

Our biggest strength

“BOI has a unique position to really push the needle in bigger organizations. We can help cut through the noise of bureaucracy and deliver impact. Working on so many projects with nuanced differences means coming up with various approaches to creating impact”

Christian Cobb, Innovation Consultant.

This notion of creating impact through the work we do with our inspiring global clients is at the core of what the new BOI’ers see as the biggest strength and the favorite part of their job.

BOI focuses on working with clients and projects that have real impact potential. Not only impact for the client, but for society and for the planet. Next to that, you are in an environment where you constantly get to learn a lot from colleagues and your work.

Olivier de Hous, Growth Hacker / Innovation Consultant

BOI has a very international and diverse team, with the flexibility to go beyond standard frameworks and create custom solutions for creating the most impact for the client.

Darren Lim, Sr. Innovation Consultant

The amount of impact each project can have is my biggest motivator. BOI shies away from innovation theater, and strive to work with people and projects that raise the bar to have positive impact upon communities and businesses. I can go from delivering the latest trends in consumer goods to life-saving pharmaceutical treatments in a day.

Michelle Vander Heyden, Business Designer

Do you want to get on board?

We’re continuously adding new vacancies to our jobs page, so we encourage you to check it out and apply to become part of our team!

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