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Experience report Mateusz
Field report: Mateusz, Business Analyst, Warsaw
Question 1 - How did you get to zeb?
I got to know the company in the second year of my bachelor's degree when I was participating in a case study organized by zeb's Warsaw office. I was very impressed by the broad knowledge and open-mindedness of the zeb consultants in this case, in which we developed a digital transformation strategy for a European SME bank. Even if I wasn't sure at the time whether I would like to continue my professional career in management consulting, zeb made a brilliant first impression. A few years later, as a student on the CEMS Masters in International Management program, my desire to become a consultant was much clearer. I saw zeb, one of the CEMS corporate partners in the MIM program, as a great first step in the industry for me, as I had already gained some professional experience in the financial services sector through working for a Big Four transaction consultancy and had a deeper understanding of this Wanted to develop banking. After submitting my application, I was quickly contacted by the Warsaw office, and although I was in Lisbon on an international exchange, the whole process was carried out remotely without any problems. During the interviews, I not only solved challenging case studies, but also had the opportunity to participate in insightful discussions about the future of the banking sector. This further confirmed that zeb is the right company for me.
Question 2 - What makes zeb special for you?
Firstly, the relatively small size of the Warsaw office promotes a fantastic team spirit, flat hierarchies in daily dealings with one another and a relaxed atmosphere. No matter how intense the project is, you can always count on a nice chat over coffee or lunch in our kitchen corner. Second: extensive involvement in a project from the very first days in the company. It's not that interns never leave the office and just work through huge Excel spreadsheets, but rather they are encouraged to interact directly with clients, attend meetings, and make meaningful contributions. Thirdly, the fact that zeb has specialized strictly in advising the financial services sector enables the consultants to gain a deep understanding of the challenges the sector is currently facing and allows them to achieve sustainable results through their expertise.
Question 3 - What are you responsible for at zeb?
I am currently working with a senior manager from the Warsaw office on a project to digitize processes for a major Polish bank. I actively participate in the daily meetings with the customer team, and my duties range from supporting discussions and brainstorming solutions to preparing presentations, conducting market research and other analyzes, to managing a separate project area and moderating Workshops with the customer's employees. Although I am still an intern, I am seen by the customer as well as internally at zeb as a full member of the consulting team, and I am entrusted with some responsibility even without a “babysitter”. Of course, more experienced colleagues at zeb are always at my side with advice and action. Even if the learning curve is sometimes very steep, the work gives you an awful lot.
Question 4 - How did you feel during the first few weeks at zeb? What was your first impression
The onboarding process was very well organized. In addition to providing me with the necessary equipment, our office manager made sure that I learned everything about our office and our culture. I have also been assigned a Career Development Counselor (CDC) - one of the senior managers - as my main point of contact. He offered me valuable insights into the company and answered all of my questions about what to expect on my first assignments or how I should approach the first tasks assigned to me.
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