Two aspects that really attracted me to Parthenon were the opportunities to learn and be challenged across diverse industries and functions, and the entrepreneurial culture of the firm.
Coming into Parthenon I was interested in both education and corporate strategy and the two-case model has allowed me to dually pursue both interests. I am consistently challenged by new cases and industries and the opportunity to quickly take on greater responsibility and leadership roles pushes me to continue learning every day.
I was also interested in working in an environment where I would be supported in exploring new ideas and areas of personal interest. To this note, Parthenon’s size has been one of my favorite aspects of the job. I am close to my colleagues and my managers are focused on my personal development and growth. The opportunities to take on leadership roles and define new initiatives are always available and the firm leadership is incredibly supportive of bottom-up innovations and the pursuit of personal passions in and outside of work.
What stands out regarding the variety of case work at Parthenon?
The diverse exposure to a wide variety of clients, industries and strategic challenges makes working at Parthenon an exciting and highly rewarding experience. One of the benefits of being on a two-case system is that we are able to see a broad range of cases and work with multiple teams and managers to simultaneously develop diverse skill sets and industry perspectives.
What type of internal initiatives have you been involved with at Parthenon?
One of my favorite experiences at Parthenon has been working on the Diversity initiative and the Parthenon Gay Straight Alliance (PGSA). Associates are encouraged to take on internal roles in training, philanthropy, writing the newsletter and other initiatives around the office, and they are a great way to complement case work with areas of personal interest. Internal initiatives also provide an opportunity to work closely with co-workers from other offices and coordinate Parthenon’s global position on a variety of issues.
What was your favorite case?
One of my favorite cases focused on the future roles of technology and technology companies in U.S. education. Our goal was to create a strategy that would make our client a brand leader in education technology and help them become catalysts for innovations in U.S. learning. We spent time with the client exploring industry opportunities and trends as well as forming ideas on new ways to transform the sector. The case gave me the opportunity to work at the intersection of two rapidly changing industries and collaborate closely with the client to define their role in the future of these industries.
How does Parthenon fit into your life outside of work?
The people at Parthenon are a very close and social group and that makes it easy to spend time with colleagues outside of work hours. Most weekends I get to see friends from the office, whether it is on our group ski trip or at a concert downtown. Parthenon also provides numerous athletic opportunities, which for me include playing on our Parthenon basketball team and recently riding in a two-day charity bike ride with a number of colleagues from the Boston and San Francisco offices.
What do you like about your home office’s location?
The Boston office is located in the center of downtown by Quincy Market, the Aquarium and Boston Harbor. Aside from the incredible views, being close to restaurants, bars and sports games makes the downtown area very lively. I also enjoy getting out of the city to go to the beach, visit the Harbor Islands or go camping. The combination of city life, history and easy access to green spaces makes Boston a great place to work and live.
What is your favorite thing about Parthenon?
At Parthenon, I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with great people who are committed to my continued growth and development. The culture at Parthenon promotes close working relationships where managers directly seek learning experiences for their teams and provide unique opportunities to junior members of the firm. The culture at Parthenon is focused on excellent strategy work and superior analytics but the people are dually committed to creating a working environment where curiosity and passion are rewarded and close friendships can develop.