Senior Analyst, Los Angeles

Why did you choose AG?
I did research the summer before joining Analysis Group, and while I liked it, I wanted a more team-based environment. Analysis Group was the perfect mix of technical skills, research, and a collaborative work environment. As analysts, we basically get to write a series of really intense research papers with a group of terrific, smart people.
What is it like to work on a case team?
Honestly, I don’t think I would like the job as much without case teams. Unlike group projects in college, everyone is invested in the outcome. Most of the time you are working alone on relatively open-ended tasks, but you always have that broader support and are always checking in to coordinate with team members. It also builds community, since everyone is working towards a common goal.
What new skills have you learned since joining Analysis Group?
I’ve been able to greatly develop my statistical programming skills at Analysis Group. For example, I’ve learned SAS, R and VBA – and routinely run analyses using one or more of these languages. I’ve really liked the data work so far, and recently have been given more responsibility to develop analyses, which is something I am excited to develop more. I’ve also learned many soft skills that are equally as valuable. My organizational skills have improved, from how I structure a case folder and my individual analyses, to how I coordinate with team members in order to meet a deadline efficiently.
What is it like to work in your office? What is the culture there?
We’re relatively laid back and everyone is super friendly – among analysts, but also between analysts and managers. The LA office has an Analysis Group-sponsored soccer league on Sundays and an office-wide foosball tournament. One nice thing about being an analyst at Analysis Group is that you have an analyst “class” of others who started around the same time as you. It can be especially hard to meet people if you move to a new city, so I’ve really appreciated having a group of smart, nice people to befriend. For example, on Tuesday nights a group of analysts will often go to a local brewery for trivia. Many of us even hang out on the weekends. Besides the fun stuff, something that’s stood out to me since day one is just how helpful everyone is. If you have a question, people will stop whatever they’re working on to answer it. People talk about companies having a flat structure, and Analysis Group truly has that.
Lenore  Byers