Having started my career at a big four company, I joined Zanders via family. My nephew, who worked at Zanders for over 8 years, convinced me that I should join the ‘family-like’ consulting firm he worked for at the time. After being with the company for over 4 years, I can safely say that he couldn’t have been more right at the time.
Apart from the family-like culture, I joined Zanders because I was looking for a steep learning curve as I was in the early stages of my career. Furthermore, I wanted to join a relatively small company which could facilitate a tailor made (personal) development program. This desire was caused by an uncertainty on where my competences and interests lied at the time. Zanders allowed me to switch departments once I realized my interest lied more in risk management than corporate treasury. This flexibility is a key characteristic of Zanders.
In the last four years, colleagues have become friends and sportive competitors. Whether it is mountain biking, squashing, running or chess, there is always a colleague up for a challenge. Last May, my colleagues and I bundled forces to run from Paris to Rotterdam. Unlike the other yearly Zanders trips, which mainly involve socializing, no alcohol was needed during the weekend to have a similar amount of fun.
The flexibility and focus on work life balance was presented when requested six months of unpaid leave to go travel through South-America. No approval process was required, the response is: “That sounds like a lot of fun, you should definitely do that!”. I am not sure if I will miss working when traveling South America, but I am certain I will come back to the Zanders family!
Study: Master Management Consulting and Master Beleid, Communicatie & Organisatie, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Consultant at Zanders since: 2014