Rowland

Analyst, University of Virginia

 

"I have a great deal of creative control over my own research direction"

Rowland

Analyst, University of Virginia

 

"I have a great deal of creative control over my own research direction"

Rowland

Why did you join Dean & Company? How did you handle your transition from your previous job?

I left my previous job at a different consulting firm and joined Dean because I was looking for work that was more interesting, challenging and aligned with my career goals. I was immediately given significant responsibility and expected to contribute to client work both in idea generation and in analytic execution of our work. The camaraderie of the office helped me quickly get my bearings.

What is your typical day like? What kinds of problems are you solving?

My current client is a private equity firm and my average day is a bit different than my colleagues working with corporate consulting clients. I work on strategic assessments of potential acquisition targets - their market segmentation, products, competitors, regulatory implications, etc. The company / industry that I’m looking at can change on a daily or weekly basis, and the type of work varies significantly between targets - on any given day I might be working with large databases in Excel, leading interviews with industry experts, poring over news articles to determine market trends, or contacting customers / competitors. The client's timeframe can vary considerably and we have to determine the best path to delivering an informed view on an industry / market.

What do you like best about your job?

The level of responsibility immediately given to analysts at Dean is immense. I have a great deal of creative control over my own research direction and am encouraged to come up with new analyses on my own. For my client in particular, analysts are responsible for a large amount of client communications, including attending management meetings.

How would you describe the Dean culture?

The culture here is very collegial. Through firm events and “cohort” social events, the firm works to foster a strong bond between coworkers. The cohort (analysts, associates, and project leaders) manages special events that are well attended.  There are also firm events monthly which are open to everyone. In addition to structured events, lunch groups form every day and late night meals are great ways to meet and bond with colleagues that you don’t normally work with.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I just moved to a new place in Arlington with my fiancĂ©e, which is a 10 minute walk from the metro as well as Clarendon’s popular bars and restaurants.  On the weekends we can easily venture into the city via metro and visit friends or enjoy DC’s parks/museums and nightlife. In the summer it’s also easy to head out West toward Shenandoah (~1 hour) for camping, hiking, or canoeing.