• Role: Associate
  • Location: London
  • University: Cambridge
  • Degree: Natural Sciences and Management

Gonzalo Ramos

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Why did you choose Marakon?

The main attraction for me was Marakon’s focus on strategy as opposed to other types of consulting projects. During my internship in the strategy division of a pharmaceutical company, I caught a glimpse of the complex decisions that firms must make. Strategy consulting seemed like the natural fit for me – tackling only the most difficult and interesting questions, requiring careful thought and analysis, was exactly the type of work I was looking for.

Secondly, but perhaps most importantly, was Marakon’s boutique size and feel. A card congratulating me on the offer, signed by the whole team, was as a true reflection of the welcoming and collaborative nature of the firm. After joining I very quickly got to know the team – both in London and from our offices around the world, having been flown out to Florida for our annual global conference just two weeks into the job.

What was your experience starting out at Marakon?

In my first week I started a project with a global insurance company; it was great to be in at the deep end, but quite a daunting experience. Just a couple of months later I found myself abroad, presenting to our client. Your role and responsibilities evolve as you progress in your career, and at Marakon this happens very quickly.

Thankfully, training and support is excellent – I have been taught everything from corporate finance to how to write better emails. We each have a dedicated coach who helps us assess performance and progress and gives us honest career advice.

I have since worked on projects across healthcare and insurance, with shorter pieces in banking and natural resources. I have taken great pride in seeing our work used to make big decisions at Board meetings and discussions with executives – this has been the most rewarding part of my career so far.

What do you get involved in besides your client engagements?

At Marakon everyone plays a role in firm building. Adding more responsibilities to your workload can be challenging at times, but I must admit I find it refreshing to spend a few hours a week contributing to the firm more broadly. Through my involvement in recruitment I have found myself screening CVs, helping build our website, organising social events, and even speaking at a case study skills workshop back in Cambridge, only four months after graduating!

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