Emily

Analyst, Harvard University

 

"I am in a constant state of hands-on learning"

Emily

Analyst, Harvard University

 

"I am in a constant state of hands-on learning"

Emily

Why did you join Dean & Company?

During recruiting, I was impressed by the detailed and analytical approach to problem solving, which I feel gives our work the ability to stand on its own. Working at Dean has given me the opportunity to apply the skills and abilities I learned in college to challenging real-life business problems. Dean provides all the challenges and opportunities of working in a big consulting firm but in a very personal and cooperative environment.

What kind of client engagements have you had?

I've had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of problems in multiple industries. One engagement I worked on involved deciding whether or not our client, a pharmaceutical company, should launch a set of generic cancer drugs. Before I started the engagement, I knew very little about cancer treatments and their markets. I worked with my team to model the potential revenue of these drugs, utilizing multiple resources and building my knowledge along the way. In a few short weeks, I went from having a layman's understanding of cancer drugs to having the expertise to accurately create a model for generic drug entrants. We found that bringing these drugs to market would not be economically viable (primarily because there were already several generics already on the market) and the client cut its losses by discontinuing development. It's very rewarding both to see my work applied to real-life business decisions and to build on my personal knowledge and skills.

What do you like best about your job?

I am in a constant state of hands-on learning. When you join, Dean & Company throws you right into a case, and you learn the ropes by seeing and learning from your fellow teammates, and eventually by doing it yourself. In addition to learning business skills and applying them to real life problems, I enjoy getting exposed to a huge number of industries, essentially becoming an expert in each one before moving to the next case. If you get bored, you will likely soon get the chance to start diving into a different topic.