Olga

Senior Analyst, Menlo Park

Why did you choose Analysis Group?
I chose Analysis Group because of the people. While I had some research and nonprofit experience working at think tanks and the White House during college, I wanted to try consulting and the private sector but still stay close to economic academia. When I interviewed at Analysis Group, I felt I really clicked with the intelligent, highly driven, and kind people I met.
What do you work on at Analysis Group?
I work on a range of topic areas such as antitrust, finance, media and communications, intellectual property, and governance litigation. My day-to-day work consists of a fairly even blend of qualitative research and quantitative analysis. I’ve definitely gained a lot of technical skills – everything from coding in Stata and SAS/SQL to the intricacies of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. I’ve also gained “soft skills” like learning to manage teams of junior analysts, managing senior staff expectations, and working directly with clients and experts on deliverables.
What do you enjoy most about your work? What do you find most challenging?
My favorite thing here, which can also be the most challenging, is working with junior analysts and helping them succeed. I’ve had opportunities to help manage various workstreams, providing guidance to teams of analysts and helping them work through unexpected challenges. When I started at Analysis Group I worked with really smart, capable senior analysts, and I like to think that I can now “pay it forward” and be a go-to resource for junior analysts.
What is it like to work on a case team?
Cases vary widely. I’ve been on very small teams where it’s just me, a partner, and an expert working together to develop and conduct research and analyses. I’ve also been on teams with more than 15 people who work across three or more offices. When I’m part of a large team, I usually work most directly with one case manager and a few other people. On certain analyses, members of the larger team might work together.
What is it like to work in your office? What is the culture there?
The partners in the Menlo Park office have a relatively laid-back demeanor that trickles down to the whole office. Vice presidents and partners are approachable and willing to listen, and case managers respect my work, opinions, and time, which makes me feel valued and supported.
Olga Baranoff