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    Former Employee - Analyst in Vienna, VA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Vienna, VA

    I worked at Dean & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

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    The work tends to be very analytical and interesting and the clients are top-tier. The recruiting process is very selective so you'll be awed by some of your classmates. Over the last couple years, the company has made a lot of changes and have promoted VP's to CMO and COO, which seems to have put more focus on growing the client base and improving the internal processes. The case managers on average tend to be pretty good. I think this is a great place for a quantitative type to begin learning about business.


    Given that it's a small firm, the work tends to be concentrated in a few clients at any one time. The project flow can be uneven, especially on private equity, so you'll have some 75 hour weeks and other 45 hour weeks. Client contact and travel is uneven across projects. The training program is OK, but could use some upgrades

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    The two areas that should be focused on are marketing and training. It would be good to expand into a few more industries but that takes time. Outside training options should be considered.

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    Applied on campus; process took about two weeks. Basically all consisted of case interview (very limited behavioral portion)...cases were thought provoking and interesting. Interviewers were conversational and helpful. I found them to be challenging but practice definitely helps. Office visit was useful to meet most of the firm and get a sense for the work. Had multiple opportunities to ask questions of analysts as well as managers.

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    • Question regarding telecom was the toughest given no industry knowledge but thinking through the structure is more important.   Answer Question

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Headquarters Vienna, VA
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded 1993
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $5 to $10 million (USD) per year

Dean & Company works on complex multi-disciplinary problems that have significant bottom-line implications for its clients. Solutions are tailored to each client based on their needs and individual situation. Dean & Company works primarily with Fortune 500 companies and private equity funds across a range of issues, and brings its disciplined, highly quantitative approach to develop actionable recommendations. The outcome: high impact results on high stakes issues. Founded in 1993 the firm's offices are in Vienna, VA just outside of Washington D.C.

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