Sign On for the Work, Stay for the Culture: Sandra’s Story

Posted by ZS on Apr 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

I joined ZS as an MBA summer intern in 2000. When I was looking for summer opportunities, I actually didn't want to do consulting. I had worked in consulting before and didn't think I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. I loved the job—the work, advising clients, working in teams—but didn't like the lifestyle and having to be consistently away from home. I was married with a 2-year-old daughter, and having a good work/life balance was really important to me. I ran into ZS while going through the summer process and it suddenly seemed like this magical place where I might be able to “have it all.” I could do the work that I loved but not be away from home so much. I decided to try it out and saw for myself that it was true. Even if I travelled, there were lots of opportunities to help manage that aspect of my job. I worked hard but I enjoyed it, and I wasn't always away from home as I had been in my previous consulting position.


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Boomerang agrees things are better the second time around

Posted by ZS on Mar 21, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Giving it a second go has paid off more than once for ZSer Daniel, one of our boomerangs who left ZS and then rejoined the firm. 

As a student, Daniel excelled in math, but he didn’t really enjoy it. In university, he planned to get a Ph.D. and teach social sciences—until his professors encouraged him to give math another chance.

“What kills a lot of people in Ph.D. studies is the quantitative work,” said Daniel. “My professors advised that math would serve me well when the time came, and as I continued to take math classes, I found it much more interesting and enjoyable.”


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A Surprise Opportunity, A Fulfilling Career for Nisha

Posted by ZS on Mar 1, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Ending up at ZS was a complete surprise for me. I was in grad school completing a degree in chemical engineering, and I had assumed that I would likely end up doing a stint as a postdoctoral researcher and becoming a professor or working in R&D. Then I realized that there were consulting firms coming to campus and looking for people with science, math and engineering backgrounds. I had no idea why they would be interested in those majors, but when I learned more, I understood that they were looking for people who could do complex problem-solving. I was intrigued. I was also drawn by the fact that the time frames for solving the problems were much shorter than in the research world: Instead of taking five years to do something meaningful, I would get to see the impact of my work within weeks or months.


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Like Anshul, like son

Posted by ZS on Dec 20, 2016 4:35:00 PM

Anshul, a principal at ZS in San Francisco, has been on the move for more than 12 years—both figuratively in terms of his career and focus, and literally in regards to his location.

After earning a degree in electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and working for a year as a software engineer, Anshul decided to make an early career change. In 2005, he was one of the original 17 ZSers at the newly opened Pune office. He spent the next two years becoming immersed in sales operations and in 2007, he was one of the first ZSers to transfer from India to the U.S.


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