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1. What brought you to Intellia? What keeps you here?

Before joining Intellia, I worked partly on a few assignments with the firm, and I enjoyed the work so much that when I got the offer from Intellia, it was a fairly easy decision for me to accept. Working on those assignments and attending the training sessions at Intellia made it apparent that besides learning, I would have great flexibility and autonomy at work.
When I joined Intellia, I was not surprised by the amazing work culture and everyone supported to ensure that I integrated well in the company. Onboarding training with the directors clearly defined the professional development planned for me at the organization and it matched exactly with my personal work interests.
What excites me the most, is the fact that I get a chance to explore many sectors ranging from finance to real estate, and from public policy to retail. Short term engagements are a challenging part of the job, but it is what it makes it great. Moreover, I get a chance to work with the best of the best.

2. What did you learn in your first year on the job?

 

The most important skill that I learned at Intellia is the cutting-edge research. During my first year, I have broadened my skills on data collection. However, as there were a handful of people when I joined Intellia, it meant that I have had the opportunity to work on different projects, in all stages from planning and execution to closing.

3. What do you like most about your job?
 

Being a part of Intellia is exciting, and working closely with the amazing colleagues is what makes the company more fun. I did not have any consulting experience before I joined Intellia, but I have received extensive support to get started in the industry. Given the limited experience I had of different tools and techniques, my manager and sometimes the directors themselves were involved in the process of mentoring and teaching me. This even meant that sometimes I was given the time and room for practicing a task at my own pace which could otherwise be completed in a few minutes.

4. How do you find the balance you need at the firm?
 

It is often believed that consultants work really hard, to the point that they have to give up their personal lives and well-being. This sounds true given the types of challenges that consultants are trying to solve for their clients. It is true that it takes a lot of effort and hard work. 
What makes it interesting at Intellia is the efforts to ensure the right work life balance at work. Apart from the project team meetings, there are weekly meetings where all the teams come together and discuss about their personal lives. This acts as a learning opportunity not only for relationship building, but also to understand and support each other in their work life balance goals. This ensures that everyone gets the support they need if they need to entertain important things outside of work.
Moreover, monthly get together (even on Zoom due to pandemic) and fireside sessions with different experts from the industry help in maintaining the balance between work and fun.

5. Tell us about your most memorable project.
 

One of my recent projects that I worked on was exciting for me, mainly because of an incredible team, but the fact that pandemic has made it difficult to physically get together with the team made it even more challenging. In order to meet at a place, anywhere apart from home, we chose a quiet and comfortable coffee shop to work. We stayed there the whole day and were involved in work so much that we did not realize that it was almost an hour up the official closing time of the shop. The whole staff had to work after hours just so we could meet our deadline. When we realized this, we apologized to the whole team but they assured us that they were happy. Now that coffee shop has got a loyal customer base, at least from our team.

6. What has been the best training program?

A couple months back, we had our annual retreat when we went to a hill station. The growing size of the team in recent months meant that there were many new joiners on the trip. So there was a workshop on the values and strategic direction of the company. Partly due to the pleasant weather and scenery, this was one of my favorite trainings. It gave a clear sense of direction for Intellia and the future plans.

7.  What characteristics do you believe define an INTELLIAan?
 

Diversity
Teamwork

Perseverance

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