Name: Sushmita Mukherjee
Title: Summer Analyst
Year Joined: 2016
Education: B.A. in Business Administration, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
Why were you initially drawn to the Summer Analyst Program at T&Co?
"Following my positive interview experience and visiting the Chicago office, I was impressed by the caliber of people working at the firm, the camaraderie, and the overall emphasis on personal development. Treacy & Company allows you to reach to your full potential in two ways – the flat structure, and the supportive culture. No matter what your ‘formal’ role, you are given the amount of responsibility you are ready to take on, and that provides you a fantastic learning opportunity that’s rare to find at other firms."
How would you describe your work as a Summer Analyst at T&Co?
"My project focused on creating growth for a $2B revenue company. As an analyst, I supported my team on developing implications from the constant influx of data, and ultimately recommending strategies to our client to increase sales in different regions. My manager and fellow teammates consistently supported me in achieving my professional development goals by catering my work-load based on those goals. Overall, my summer experience at T&Co has honed my ability to manage multiple asks, clearly communicate with managers and clients, and influence a client effectively based on their motivations."
What was a particularly memorable moment from your Summer Analyst experience?
"During Social Impact Day, our firm planned a fun day of activities for children in a low-income school in Boston. Our activities revolved around playing various indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, etc. My first activity with the kids was outdoor water games, where we were supposed to play "organized" water balloon games. Just a few minutes in, the scene was utter chaos. Children were throwing buckets of water at each other, at coworkers, and I was drenched in seconds. My favorite memory? I watched in awe as our Founder, Michael Treacy, facilitated the chaos and gleefully dunked water on fellow employees and children."
What are you passionate about outside of work?
"Outside of work, I’m invested in both gender equality issues and environmental causes. As of now, I’m still learning as much as I can through campus activities, so I can create an impact as I move forward with my career. As an international student, I also love global perspectives. Therefore, I’m constantly seeking international experiences, by studying abroad, traveling for pleasure, or interacting with exchange students as part of my job on campus. I also thoroughly enjoy the fictional world, and therefore read many books/ get way too invested in shows and movies."
What advice would you give to prospective candidates for the Summer Analyst Program?
"I would give potential candidates three pieces of advice:
1) Talk to as many new consultants as possible - It’s good to know what you’re getting into, whether the day-to-day work will interest you, and where your skill set can match what consulting firms need.
2) Mastering the case interview is 2-parts practice, 1-part confidence - You’ll only impress an interviewer if you’re sure of yourself and your ability to think on the spot. Make it a conversation, engage them, and you’ll be on your way to acing the interview. Don’t be let down by a few first awful cases.
3) Know yourself well and don’t go with what the crowd says - Pursue companies who feel good to you culturally and match what you would want in an employer, not what your peers deem mainstream."