Analyst, Chicago

Why did you choose Analysis Group?
I interned as a summer analyst and made the very easy decision to come back the following year. I was glad to take advantage of my economics and statistics skills in a professional setting, but more than that, I appreciated the sense of community and inclusion in the Chicago office. Even as an intern, I felt that my ideas and contributions were valued by my case teams, and that feeling has only grown.
What do you enjoy most about your work? What do you find most challenging?
I enjoy the open-ended nature of our assignments on a new case. We often have a lot of flexibility in designing our initial analyses, and it’s exciting to try and shape the direction that our research and eventual arguments might take. Analysts’ impressions and insights are often critical to the team’s decisions on how to move forward. As for challenges, there are definitely times when tight deadlines and the need for accurate, high-quality work product can feel in conflict with each other, and that can be stressful. But case teams usually work well to come up with creative solutions.
What is it like to work on a case team?
Working on case teams is without a doubt the best aspect of being at Analysis Group. Collaboration in our work allows for so much sharing of knowledge and expertise that it’s easy to learn new things every day without even trying to. Teams are essential for keeping each other motivated and productive, avoiding burnout in tough cases, and providing invaluable ideas to push analyses and projects along at every stage.
What is it like to work in your office? What is the culture there?
Above all, the Chicago office is collaborative. Everyone is quick to ask questions and ask for help, whether within or across case teams, because you can be certain that someone else in the office knows the answer, or at least has an idea. This allows for a consistent quality and style of work across the office. More importantly, it helps build a natural community of friends and collaborators that always feels open and available.
How do you find a suitable work/life balance?
While work here is always partially unpredictable, people are generally respectful of each other’s time, and everyone does their part to make sure the burden never falls too heavily on any one person. Communicating plans up front and being willing to pick up the slack when you’re able to usually allows things to balance out.
Zach Yost