Principal Advises ZSers to Avoid “Over-Engineering” Their Careers

Posted by ZS on Aug 16, 2018 4:00:00 PM

It was 2005 and San Francisco Principal Ammar was fresh out of school. He’d been studying engineering for several years—first in India for undergrad, and later at Texas A&M for his masters. His course work included operations research, which led him to a consulting career at ZS’s Evanston office.

Ammar started working on core sales operations projects such as sizing and structure, and gained exposure to seven or eight clients before initiating a transfer to California. His relocation--later described as the first pivotal point in his career--was not a strategic career move, but a personal decision.


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After 10 Years at Offices on Both Sides of the Pacific, This SF Principal Says He Landed at the Right Place

Posted by ZS on Aug 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Joe first connected with ZS by chance at a career fair for Japanese-English bilinguals in Boston in 2006.  At the time, Joe’s work experience was at technology-related companies, and he'd never even considered a career in consulting.  However, he found himself intrigued by the kinds of problems ZS solves.


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Andrew’s “Boomerang” Experience Proves Impact and Innovation Are Possible in Every Industry

Posted by ZS on Aug 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Principal Andrew was in business school at the University of Michigan when he started looking for an internship that would allow him to do the kinds of projects he liked most—those that helped clients improve their commercial capabilities through sales and marketing. That’s when he found ZS .


After a successful summer spent working on sales projects with a large pharmaceutical company, he accepted an offer to join ZS’s Chicago office as a consultant.

After nearly four years spent helping clients in the airline and building products industries, he was ready for a new, different adventure. In 2007, he accepted a role at growth strategy firm which was, ironically, located only a few blocks from ZS.

“I had a great experience there, but found myself missing the people and the unified culture at ZS more and more,” Andrew said. That, in combination with ZS’s growing reputation in marketing, is what led him to rejoin the firm in 2014.

Andrew “boomeranged” back to help lead our growth marketing work, and was elected principal in September, 2017. Today, he helps travel, hospitality and financial services companies see the marketplace differently and leverage insights that will help them grow more effectively and efficiently. 


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Boston Principal Karthik’s Pursuit of Impact

Posted by ZS on Jul 25, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Principal Karthik has always relished in research and innovation, but it wasn’t until 2010 that he truly figured out how to channel that passion.  After earning his PhD in industrial engineering, Karthik went on to accept a research role in operations and supply chain management at the IBM Watson lab in New York. After four years and multiple patents, he acquired a breadth of new knowledge—and a growing desire to do more. In his head, Karthik kept replaying the words of his Purdue advisor: “Your research is great, but who is going to use it?” 

“At IBM, my projects were all applications-oriented,” Karthik explained. “As I did those projects, the urge to see the influence my research had on implementation and, ultimately, change only increased more.”

So, in 2010, when an operations research consultant role opened up in Chicago, Karthik made the decision to join ZS. He knew the firm well, seeing as his wife had been a ZSer for six years herself. Karthik was elected principal in 2017. Today, he leads our marketing, market research and analytics work with pharmaceutical clients from the Boston office.


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San Francisco-based Associate Principal Tanya Says Local Pride@ZS Teams Feed Off Surrounding Cities’ Energy

Posted by ZS on Jul 20, 2018 11:30:00 AM

ZS has been my home since March, 2018. As an associate principal on the Patient and Consumer Health Team, leading our efforts across the western North America region, I spend most of my time at our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. I’ve also had the pleasure of visiting our offices in New York, Princeton and Philadelphia, as our clients routinely convene on the East Coast for meetings.

I’ve always firmly believed that if an organization wants people to bring their best selves to problem-solving and the creation of new capabilities, they need to embrace different points of view. During my time here, I’ve seen how ZS embraces hard-working individuals from different walks of life, including my own.


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