Lin

Analyst, Georgetown University

 

"What makes the people and therefore the culture different is that everyone is also very down-to-earth, honest and willing to help"

Lin

Analyst, Georgetown University

 

"What makes the people and therefore the culture different is that everyone is also very down-to-earth, honest and willing to help"

Lin

Why did you join Dean & Company?

As an undergraduate business student, I knew I wanted to be a consultant after graduation. My understanding of the type of work I wished to pursue made it easier for me to choose a company based on its people.

Company culture is a buzzword you hear a lot during recruiting events. While it may seem like a vague term, once you talk with representatives from different companies, you begin to understand differences. For me, I felt most comfortable with the consultants from Dean. Everyone - from the president (who interviewed me) to managers to analysts - is without a doubt extremely intelligent and analytical. At Dean, what makes the people and therefore the culture different is that everyone is also very down-to-earth, honest and willing to help. We are a small company so this compatibility is especially important.

What types of experiences have you had working at Dean?

Dean has a learn-on-the-job philosophy, which works for me as a hands-on learner. After initial training, I was staffed on a team and running models for the client. Since then, I have also received some timely introductions to topics such as using our research database. Another company practice that I find useful is the monthly Friday Morning Session. During an FMS, a team will present on their client work. This keeps you aware of what else is happening in the firm and also gives you the chance to ask questions and learn.

The firm also holds a number of social events such as Nationals baseball games and concerts at the local open-air amphitheater, Wolf Trap. The social events are a great chance to get to know other members of the firm better and to meet people from our sister companies.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Despite having spent the last three years in D.C. for school, I am still exploring new places. As a foodie, I love visiting all of the restaurants in the area: Indian in Penn Quarter, Ethiopian in Adams Morgan, and contemporary American in Georgetown. There are dozens of farmers markets held each week throughout the city. D.C. is also the non-profit capital of nation. On the weekends, I volunteer with several youth education groups in the area.