Senior Analyst, Boston

Why did you choose to join Analysis Group?
I joined Analysis Group for two main reasons. The first was the people – everyone here is extremely intelligent, well rounded, and humble. I knew when I was choosing my first job that I wanted to be around people who were smarter than me, and I’ve already been able to learn so much from my colleagues. I also wanted to be around coworkers my age and have friends at work – people I could go out to lunch with every day and hang out with when not at the office. The second reason I chose Analysis Group was because of its success in helping analysts get into graduate programs: I have coworkers who are moving on to top Ph.D., M.B.A., and J.D. programs this upcoming year. I am sure that the diverse set of technical skills and high-level thinking I am developing at Analysis Group will contribute to my success moving forward.
What do you enjoy most about your work at Analysis Group?
One of the great things about Analysis Group is that analysts are exposed to a bunch of practice areas and industries. I have spent most of my time on intellectual property cases, but recently have been working on matters involving securities and financial instruments. It’s also great to be given opportunities to learn new things. Obviously, my quantitative skills are much stronger – my abilities to work within programs like Excel and SAS are much improved and I’m more comfortable and efficient when working with large data sets.
What is the corporate culture like in your office?
It is an academic, laid-back atmosphere in the Washington, D.C. office. Everyone is always willing to help, and people genuinely care that their colleagues have the tools to succeed. People work really hard, but also take some time to have fun. The great people, along with office activities such as fantasy football, really make the transition from college to the “real world” less stressful.
Have you found a suitable work/life balance?
One of the great things about Analysis Group is that a suitable work/life balance comes relatively easily given the firm’s culture. My colleagues are very willing to help out when I have a heavy workload. I also work with great people, and I often spend my free time with them, so I don’t necessarily see the two as completely separate spheres. Outside of the office, I recently ran my first marathon (the D.C. Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon) and loved the experience and the atmosphere.
Chris Bechler