Darren

Associate, New York

Why did you choose Analysis Group?
I wanted to work at a consulting firm where I could have more responsibility for my projects and provide more impact for my clients. In addition, I wanted to work with big data and learn hard skills beyond just Excel. It was also important to me to work for a company that values its employees and their professional development. Seeing Analysis Group ranked so highly on the Vault consulting survey and #1 in the [Boston Globe] “Top Places to Work” was a big draw.
What new experiences have you had since joining Analysis Group?
One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had at Analysis Group wasn’t working on a project, but was helping to launch AG Pride – the firm’s LGBTQ-focused inclusion group. With the support of firm leaders, some analysts and I have had the opportunity to envision, design, launch, and promote AG Pride, a group that highlights our inclusive and open culture to all.
What is it like to work in your office?
I think the firm culture is the best part of working at Analysis Group. People are very welcoming and accepting, no matter which office you’re in. I started out in the Boston office, which was great because although we have over 300 people in Boston, I still recognized almost everyone. The New York office, where I am now, is the perfect size for me. Everyone knows each other, and everyone – from analysts to partners – has lunch together in our café regularly. Analysis Group takes us skiing in the winter too, which is a ton of fun.
What kind of work do you do?
I work on health economics and health outcomes projects. Most of my client work is on the product side at pharmaceutical companies. We help them understand how their products are used and how to grow their business at all stages in the product lifecycle. For example, we just published an article for a large pharmaceutical company about how metastatic breast cancer is treated.
What do you enjoy most about your work and what do you find most challenging?
What I enjoy most about my work is that it IS challenging. The most exciting days are those where I have to solve a problem that doesn’t have a clear answer. I also really enjoy working with new people and teaching them some of the analytical techniques that I’ve picked up here.
What do you think about Analysis Group’s collaborative culture? How does it benefit your work and clients?
For a consulting firm, Analysis Group is a relatively flat meritocracy. Regardless of hierarchy, we always seek out the right person to answer the question at hand. Even in your first few months as an analyst, a partner could be asking you for advice or you could be discussing your analysis with a client. This allows analysts to quickly grow soft skills in addition to hard skills. It’s beneficial for clients, too. A VP doesn’t have time to get to know the ins and outs of a dataset, while this might be an analyst’s area of expertise on a case. Our clients know this and feel comfortable working directly with analysts to work through analytical questions. As an associate, I’ve already had the opportunity to work directly with clients on a regular basis and lead internal teams.
What do you think of the case team dynamic?
I’m always impressed by how easily and efficiently a diverse group of people can quickly come together, understand a problem, and begin addressing it. The people I work with have strong intuition about how to handle a situation but are always open to hearing other opinions.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I love exploring new neighborhoods in NYC and finding great food and cool bars. I also love cooking and having friends over to my apartment for dinner. I like to go for runs along the West Side Highway and in Central Park. And, I like to travel outside of NYC whenever possible! To find a work/life balance that works for me, I try to plan my weeks and months out in advance – and sign up for projects that will allow me to have consistent and stable work hours.
Darren  Thomason