Michael

Associate, Los Angeles

Why did you choose Analysis Group?
I did an internship as a summer associate and really enjoyed the experience, so I was happy to return as a full-time associate after business school. The culture was a big factor in my decision to come back. I was drawn to the firm’s rigorous approach to problem solving, as well as its collaborative and friendly culture. And I like how Analysis Group’s open staffing model lets me be selective about the cases I work on.
What do you enjoy most about your work? What do you find most challenging?
I really enjoy the diverse mix of cases and talented people I work with. I also love how I’m constantly learning new things here. The most challenging thing is how unpredictable our case schedules can be. I deal with this by deciding what’s important in my life, and taking on a balanced work load that allows time for those things. The flexible labor market allows me to have at least some control over how much I am working.
What new experiences have you had since joining Analysis Group?
In our office we have a “mock case” for the summer associate interns, which is based on a real case. It gives the interns a chance to request data, develop arguments, conduct analyses, and ultimately write a report. I helped administer the mock case and enjoyed getting to know and interact with all the summer associates. I also had the opportunity to be a peer mentor to a summer associate, which was rewarding. Since I went through the internship experience myself, I’m glad I got to play a role in ensuring a great experience for someone else.
What do you think of the case team dynamic?
I think our relatively flat organization is really good for the case team. I find that team members, regardless of title or seniority, are respectful of each other and value new ideas and open discussion. That leads to better ideas and ultimately a stronger work product.
What is it like to work in your office?
The culture in the Los Angeles office is casual and social with lots of office activities and events, and at the same time everyone works very hard. There is definitely a work hard/play hard culture here. We have epic summer and holiday parties that everyone looks forward to.
Michael Chu